Education Zone

Education Secretary defends plans for more academies

Darlington and Stockton Times: MINISTER: Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education talks with pupils at Yarm Primary School from left ten year olds Sophie Cuthbert, Noah Bickenson, Coco Sowden and Rachel Aucott. Picture: ANDY LAMB

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.

Glowing report 'undermines' closure of free school

Darlington and Stockton Times: SUPPORT: Terri Mould (12) and her dad Terance join fellow students, parents and staff to voice their support to save Durham Free School. Picture: DAVID WOOD

5:22pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

A CLOSURE-threatened free school was given a glowing report just months before being panned by Ofsted, it has emerged.

Parliamentary debate on future of free schools in aftermath of Durham Free School closure

Darlington and Stockton Times: CRITIC: Roberta Blackman-Woods

4:34pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

Live updates from the parliamentary debate on the future of free schools with Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods leading the session.

Ofsted places second free school in region into special measures just one day after Durham Free School closure announcement

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:14pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

A SECOND free school in the region has been placed into special measures just a day after news that Durham Free School is to close following a damning Ofsted report.

6 schools that could be the answer for parents with children at Durham Free School

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:17pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

Families of over 90 pupils at Durham Free School are now faced with finding new places for their children following the announcement that the school is to close. Education editor Barry Nelson explores the options available to parents.

Families plunged into uncertainty after demise of Durham Free School

Darlington and Stockton Times: CLOSURE: Durham Free School

6:24pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

THE demise of the short-lived Durham Free School has plunged 90 North-East families into uncertainty.

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