Dr Bernard Trafford, headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, and Kieran McGrane, headteacher at Ponteland High School

North East school leaders spark debate over making school day longer

A new online forum has shown headteachers have come out largely in favour of a longer school day, but some have their reservations

Northumberland County Council's £2m for Sill Centre could be better spent, locals say

View from the north east showing first floor café with panoramic views
Northumberland County Council's £2m for the Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre could be better spent, people in the area say

Holy Island shoe discovery's possible link to witches and demons

Holy Island Roger Andrews with the ladies boot he found at the bottom of his fireplace during renovations
An old shoe found on Holy Island could have been used to keep witches and demons at bay

Lottery cash plan to aid North East historic churches and take on new roles

St Thomas' Church, Haymarket, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Scheme aims to create new community uses for 18 churches in region

BT comes under fire over six month delay in Alnham church project

Alnham Church
BT has come under fire over a six month delay in a Northumberland church community project at Alnham

War of words between Ukip and Labour in Bishop Auckland after mayor defects

Helen Goodman Labour MP for Bishop Auckland
Row breaks out days after the Labour Mayor of Bishop Auckland Colin Race defects to Ukip

Abolish fees to get more North East young people into universities, say education leaders

MP Pat Glass
Labour MP for North West Durham Pat Glass said fees of up to £9,000 a year are putting off many North youngsters from going to university

Glass House champagne bar: A first look at work on the Newcastle venue

A CGI of how the Glass House champagne bar in Newcastle will look when complete
Panoramic photos show how the luxury champagne bar on Dean Street is gradually taking shape

Grindon Hall Christian School accused of failing to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain

Grindon Hall christian school Sunderland
Grindon Hall Christian School, in Sunderland, has been branded inadequate in an Ofsted report published on Friday

Thieves steal Allen Banks camera set-up to capture antics of otters in Northumberland

An otter family captured on video by rangers at the National Trusts Allen Banks in the Tyne Valley
The National Trust camera, which just days ago captured the first video footage of a family of otters, was stolen from the banks of the River Allen

Malhotra Group buys Whitley Bay's Rex Hotel out of administration

The Rex Hotel in Whitley Bay
The landmark Rex Hotel on Whitley Bay's seafront had fallen into administration due to "spiralling" debts

ScS private equity owners line up £35million stock market listing

ScS
The Sunderland-based furniture retailer ScS is set to float on the London Stock Exchange at the end of January

Lord Beecham: Thatcher's government cared more about local democracy than the Coalition

Lord Beecham
Lord Beecham says pressure on essential services is "palpable" and he has never seen councils in a more 'desperate plight'

Pressure on North East foodbanks could be eased by £22m EU fund, politicians tell PM

Maureen White (third from right) with volunteers at the East End Food Bank
The Prime Minster David Cameron was criticised by Labour MEPS for allegedly rejecting the money for 'ideological reasons'

Duke of Northumberland's business venture Northumberland Estates accused of seeking to make 'a quick buck'

The Duke of Northumberland
The Duke of Northumberland's business venture Northumberland Estates has been accused of seeking to make "a quick buck"

New North Tyneside campaign encourages people to become more active

Staff at North Tyneside Council launch the Active North Tyneside campaign
A new campaign has been launched to encourage people to become more physically active. Reporter Sonia Sharma takes a look
Holy Island Roger Andrews with the ladies boot he found at the bottom of his fireplace during renovations

Holy Island shoe discovery's possible link to witches and demons

An old shoe found on Holy Island could have been used to keep witches and demons at bay

Les Walton: A little more PE, a little more woodwork, a little more world peace

Teacher Mr A L Douglas giving a little help to pupil John Crump aged 14 during a woodwork lesson at a Birmingham School. 2nd March 1971
Journal columnist Les Walton, chair of the Northern Education Trust, on the grand ambitions some had for the raising of the school leaving age

Lottery cash plan to aid North East historic churches and take on new roles

St Thomas' Church, Haymarket, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Scheme aims to create new community uses for 18 churches in region

Northumberland County Council's £2m for Sill Centre could be better spent, locals say

View from the north east showing first floor café with panoramic views
Northumberland County Council's £2m for the Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre could be better spent, people in the area say
Beth Farhat, regional secretary at the Northern TUC

Beth Farhat: Time to include workers on company boards

Regional head of the TUC Beth Farhat wants better worker representation in the boardroom

North East apprenticeship vacancies rise 45%

Ian Malcolm, managing director, ElringKlinger (Great Britain) Ltd
Encouraging statistics for region's skills base, but Redcar manufacturer says more must be done to encourage new entrants to industry

Business Interview: Chris Gray, head of fundraising at CHUF

Chris Gray- Head of fundraising for CHUF
Former civil servant "fell into" charity work but now spearheads fundraising at North East health body

Innovative entrepreneurs turn out for Venturefest launch

From left, Ian Tracey, Roy Sandbach and Simon Green at the launch of Venturefest North East 2015
Conference will provide workshops, high profile speakers and one-to-coaching sessions from industry experts
A1 northbound lane reopens after two vehicles collide near the A69 Hexham turn off

A1 northbound lane reopens after two vehicles collide near the A69 Hexham turn off

The incident happened on the A1 in Newcastle at around 7.50am and tailbacks stretch back to the Metro Centre

Bedlington Post Office up for sale as public consultation into its move nears its end

Bedlington Post Office up for sale as public consultation into its move nears its end
Services to move to nearby newsagent, leaving the current property available for retail, industrial or office use in prime town location

More than 300 worried people have attempted to find out about partners' past under 'Clare's Law'

More than 300 worried people have attempted to find out about partners' past under 'Clare's Law'
North East police forces receive flood of applications since Domestic Violence disclosure scheme launched less than a year ago
Bucharest Wolves 10-52 Newcastle Falcons analysis: Job done in Romania

Bucharest Wolves 10-52 Newcastle Falcons analysis: Job done in Romania

James Ponton stepped up to head coach for the day and was rewarded by an efficient performance by Newcastle Falcons in Romania

Newcastle United insist they will not move for Sporting Lisbon star Andre Carrillo

Newcastle United insist they will not move for Sporting Lisbon star Andre Carrillo
Newcastle United fans begin to fear that no transfers will be done this month - but will Papiss Cisse leave Tyneside during January?

Capital bonus for Blaydon as Tynedale's relegation picture worsens

Capital bonus for Blaydon as Tynedale's relegation picture worsens
Blaydon rallied to take a losing bonus point off Rosslyn Park, while Tynedale fell to bottom club Macclesfield in National One
The BBC's Home Front is transferring to Tynemouth

BBC First World War drama moves to Tynemouth

The action in Home Front, BBC Radio 4's epic First World War drama, transfers to the North East with a largely local cast

Follow in Byron's footsteps on Valentine's weekend at Seaham Hall Hotel & Spa

Seaham Hall in Seaham, County Durham
At Seaham Hall Hotel & Spa they have come up with some gilt-edged pampering for romantic couples

Seafood couple seek backers for new Tyneside venture

Adam and Lucy Riley with their Fish Shack
The Tynemouth couple behind Riley's Fish Shack are seeking crowdfunding support for more substantial premises
Adam and Lucy Riley with their Fish Shack

Seafood couple seek backers for new Tyneside venture

The Tynemouth couple behind Riley's Fish Shack are seeking crowdfunding support for more substantial premises

The Durham Street Food Project makes a welcome return

From left, Lee Hardy, Toby Marshall-Robertson and Centre Manager Richard Toynbe at the launch of the Durham Street Food Project
Meet the two food-obsessed friends who have found a tasty alternative use for a Durham city centre car park

Slaley Hall appoints Paul Bussey as new executive chef

Slaley Hall's new executive chef, Paul Bussey
Paul Bussey, who has worked at Rockliffe Hall and in Dubai, has been appointed executive chef at Slaley Hall in Northumberland
Syriza supporters outside Athens University Headquarters, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015

Morning news headlines: David Cameron warning after Syriza win in Greece, Australian PM defends Prince Philip knighthood

The latest news from around the world

Prince Charles and David Cameron flying to Saudi Arabia to pay tribute to King Abdullah

The Prince of Wales and Prime Minister David Cameron
The decision to lower flags on public buildings in London has drawn criticism from some politicians

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Police Marine Unit recover a body from the river Wear in Durham

Journal opinion: A night out cannot end like this

A CGI of how the Glass House champagne bar in Newcastle will look when complete

Glass House champagne bar: A first look at work on the Newcastle venue

From left, Lee Hardy, Toby Marshall-Robertson and Centre Manager Richard Toynbe at the launch of the Durham Street Food Project

The Durham Street Food Project makes a welcome return

 
 

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