Education Zone

Union call for greater transparency over vice-chancellors' pay

12:03am Wednesday 4th March 2015

THE universities of Newcastle and Sunderland refused to answer questions on their vice-chancellors’ spending on flights, hotels and expense claims, according to the University and College Union (UCU).

Fundraising determination results in new classroom for children

Darlington and Stockton Times: OUTDOORS: Children at Middleton Tyas CE Primary in their new outdoor classroom

4:11pm Wednesday 4th March 2015

PUPILS at a rural primary school are celebrating the opening of a new wooden outdoor classroom after the school raised £20,000 to fund it.

BALLOT: Anger at 'unreasonable' school uniform costs - £251 for primary school and £316 for secondary on average

12:03am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

PARENTS across the region have had enough of paying almost £90m a year on school uniforms, according to research by The Children’s Society.

Parents find schools of their choice

6:20pm Tuesday 3rd March 2015

THE majority of parents in North Yorkshire are seeing their children educated in the schools of their choice, new figures show.

Meet The Head: Alan Stevens, Barnard Castle School

10:27am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

With his country tweed jacket, professorial air and book-lined study Alan Stevens looks every inch the minor public school headmaster.

Education Secretary defends plans for more academies

5:55pm Friday 27th February 2015

EDUCATION Secretary Nicky Morgan has defended her Government’s plan to create more academies - despite growing concerns whether they are any better than the schools they replace.

Are more academies the answer?

2:58pm Thursday 26th February 2015

If anyone thought that another scathing report by MPs into the Coalition’s academies policy might put its expansion on ice, the prime minister has quickly proved them wrong. In a recent speech laying out the Conservative’s education policy ahead of the election, David Cameron has given no ground.

Durham Free School to close at Easter, DfE announces

Darlington and Stockton Times: General view of The Durham Free School. Picture: DAVID WOOD (16572739)

6:19pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

DURHAM Free School is to close at Easter, the Department for Education has announced.

Headteachers step down after Ofsted labels Darlington school 'inadequate'

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:00am Wednesday 25th February 2015

AN academy rated as “inadequate” by Ofsted last November has announced its principal and an assistant principal are stepping down on health grounds.

Bid to create 'bionic' hand

Darlington and Stockton Times: BIONIC MAN: Dr. Kianoush Nazarpour from Newcastle University's Biomedical Engineering department pictured with the newly developed 'multi-functional prosthetic hand'.

12:03am Tuesday 24th February 2015

NORTH-EAST scientists are leading a new £1.4m research project which aims to produce a sensitive bionic hand that can transmit information back to the brain.

Durham student says family really happy she's made last 100 for Mars trip - even though it's a one-way journey

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:29pm Monday 16th February 2015

A DURHAM University student is among five Britons shortlisted for a one-way trip to Mars as they hope to become the first humans to step foot on the Red Planet.

Low-cost programme 'boosts reading' for year 7 pupils

Darlington and Stockton Times: Low-cost programme 'boosts reading'

12:10am Friday 13th February 2015

A LOW-COST scheme significantly improves the reading ability of year 7 pupils, according to research carried out by Durham University.

Schools rewarded for improving attainment of disadvantaged pupils

Darlington and Stockton Times: MONEY AWARDED: Carmel College in Darlington

6:54pm Thursday 5th February 2015

SCHOOLS across the region have won £5,000 for improving the educational performance of disadvantaged pupils.

School rated as 'outstanding'

Darlington and Stockton Times: BOARDERS:  Sedbergh School, in Cumbria, has been rated 'outstanding' for boarding

2:04pm Wednesday 4th February 2015

A SCHOOL has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate following a two-day visit in December.

Meet The Head: Long-serving head at Bishop Barrington celebrates school's progress

Darlington and Stockton Times: MEET THE HEAD:  Jackie Gent Head of Bishop Barrington School Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

11:32am Tuesday 3rd February 2015

THERE can’t be many head teachers in the North-East who have spent a third of a century at the same school but step forward Jackie Gent, head teacher at Bishop Barrington school .

Early years boost for schools in the region

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:34pm Sunday 1st February 2015

A GOVERNMENT minister has announced a new scheme which aims to give young children at six North-East schools a better start in life.

Labour pledges to replace university fees with graduation tax

Darlington and Stockton Times: Labour's business spokesman Chuka Umunna. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

12:03am Friday 30th January 2015

LABOUR today pledges to axe university fees and introduce a graduate tax “as soon as possible”, to lift the debt burden on students.

Questions raised over reliability of school GCSE league tables

Darlington and Stockton Times: FRUSTRATED:  David Dunn, headmaster at Yarm School,  who feels that independent schools are not getting a fair deal from the Government

5:00pm Thursday 29th January 2015

DESPITE claims the Government has made school league tables less reliable by ‘moving the goalposts’ many of the region's schools excelled in getting students through their GCSE exams this year.

School closures: Thursday, January 29, 2015

Darlington and Stockton Times: SCHOOL CLOSED: Hundreds of schools in the region are affected by Wednesday's strike action

10:49am Thursday 29th January 2015

SEVEN schools in the region have been forced to close following heavy snowfalls overnight.

Number of state secondary schools underperforming doubles since last year

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:28am Thursday 29th January 2015

NEW school league tables out today show that the number of state secondary schools in England which are judged to be underperforming has more than doubled since last year.

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