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Project boosts confidence for young people

An arts and advice project run by Alnwick’s youth project and supported by a housing association is having a positive impact.

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Andy Johnson and Coun Wayne Daley.

Councillor promises ‘education revolution’

The councillor responsible for young people has pledged ‘a revolution in education in Northumberland’.

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Coun Wayne Daley, the cabinet member for childrens services.

Process to abolish post-16 transport charges to start

The council’s administration has launched the process to reintroduce free transport for post-16 students.

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Pupils from St Michael's CofE Primary School in Alnwick at Newcastle Cathedral.

Alnwick pupils take part in special service

Through its strong links to the Newcastle Diocese, St Michael’s CofE Primary School in Alnwick was invited to take part in a special Christingle service last week at Newcastle Cathedral.

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Children at Seahouses Primary School enjoy the VR headsets.

Virtual reality brings lessons to life

Children at Seahouses Primary school enjoyed a mobile planetarium this half-term.

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Mark Tuff's son.

Nature helps nurture confidence

“I’m a big believer that not all classrooms need to have walls and you can teach any subject outside.”

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Pupils at Ellingham Primary School.

Quality of teaching praised

One of north Northumberland’s newer primary schools following the reorganisation in the Alnwick Partnership has been rated good by Ofsted.

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Students at Netherton Northside First School celebrate their Ofsted report last year.

‘Not many options’ for school future

Councillors agreed that there are not many options other than closure for a rural north Northumberland first school.

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Northumberland's director of education, Andy Johnson.

Welcome for legislation on home education

Councillors and officers are pleased that legislation is in the pipeline to allow closer monitoring of those children educated at home.

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Protesters at the post-16 transport meeting at County Hall back in 2014.

Post-16 fees ‘had little impact’ on choice

The introduction of the £600 charge for post-16 transport had very little impact on where students chose to go to study, councillors heard.

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Northumberland Gazette latest

Good and bad for children’s services

Performance in children’s services at the county council is a mixed bag, according to a new report.

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Whittingham CofE Primary School's Stay and Play session.

Stay and Play success

As part of Whittingham CofE Primary School’s work with families, its Early Years class runs a Stay and Play session every half-term.

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Northumberland Gazette latest

Increasing trend for education at home

There is concern about the growing number of parents in Northumberland who make the decision to home educate before receiving advice or accepting support.

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A post-16 transport protest in Alnwick in 2014.  Picture by Jane Coltman

Free transport for post-16 pupils, but with an admin fee

The proposed reintroduction of free transport for post-16 students is set to cost the council £1.4million next year.

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Knife crime in schools: Figures for Northumberland revealed

Knife crime in schools: Figures for Northumberland revealed

Pupils aged 12 or under have been caught in possession of knives at schools in both Northumberland and North Tyneside.

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Pupils at St Mary's CofE Middle School in Belford.

Final bell set to ring in July

The final bell is set to ring this summer at the middle school in Belford, with councillors expected to agree to the 
closure next Thursday.

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George Osborne and Lord Jim ONeill launch the first report from the Northern Powerhouse Partnership in February 2017 with Collette Roche. Picture by Tony Johnson

Improving education key to tackling skills shortage in north

Too many children in the north are falling behind other parts of the UK leading to a serious skills shortage for employers, a major new report has found.

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Students at Netherton Northside First School celebrate the recent Ofsted report.

Rural first school at risk of being axed

Another rural school in north Northumberland is under threat with a consultation on its closure to be launched next week.

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Hipsburn Primary School

School apologises after two young children got out last week

A primary school in north Northumberland has issued an apology after two children managed to get out and leave the site.

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Northumberland College's main campus in Ashington.

College calls for alumni to celebrate diamond jubilee

Northumberland College is calling on former staff and students as well as members of the local community to attend its Diamond Jubilee event next week.

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