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All the latest education news, comment and analysis on schools, nurseries, colleges, universities, further and higher education and teaching from across the North East, including Newcastle University, Northumbria University and Durham University.

Prof. Chris Higgins, Vice chancellor of Durham University

Durham University awards honorary degrees to business leaders

Bob Young and Tony and Barbara Laithwaite have been recognised for their contribution to Durham University

Nicole Gallagher had various jobs after studying at college but took up an apprentice programme to become a mechanic

South Tyneside Professional and Vocational College students learn from successful dealership

Esh facilitates group enjoyed a two-hour visit to Benfield Ford’s new £5.8m outlet on Newcastle Road, Sunderland

Education Secretary Michael Gove

Education Secretary to be asked to back North East schools fund

An ambitious plan to turn around under performing schools is being backed by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and the Education Secretary

PHD students at Durham University will benefit from the £1.2m Government funding

Government cash boost for Durham University students

Durham University has received £1.2 million in Government funding to support PhD students in science and engineering

Dianne Sharp, the new leader of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

New CBI director calls on schools and businesses to work together for success

The new regional leader of employers' body, the CBI, has given her support to The Journal's Proud to Back Apprenticeships campaign

From left, apprentice Bobby Grieves, East Durham Business Service's apprenticeship consultant Simon Naisbett, and apprentices Matthew Errington and Jordan Scott

Business support service helps more than 60 NEETs to find employment

East Durham Business Service sees strong take-up of apprenticeship programmes which has led to employment and apprenticeships

Hexham MP Guy Opperman

Northumberland schools urged to back controversial new funding scheme

Rural schools in Northumberland have once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win better funding, claims Hexham MP Guy Opperman

Children sitting exams in school

Ofsted figures reveal North East schools among the best in the country

North East schools are outpeforming the rest of the country according to education watchdog, Ofsted

Students attend a university lecture

Research confirms Studio West philosophy

Study shows 91% of business leaders more likely to employ those who have undertaken regular work experience

The Economic Forecast Breakfast at Ramside Hall

Economic Forecast Breakfast highlights key issues for North East economy

Around 130 business people turned out for the Economic Forecast Breakfast event at Ramside Hall in Durham


Microsoft backs UK teachers' programme

British teachers will be taught computer science by experts from Microsoft in advance of the subject being put on the National Curriculum

The University of Sunderland

Entries sought for Blueprint Awards

The Blueprint Business Planning event is open to University of Sunderland students and those who have graduated within the past five years

Illustrator Stuart Trotter chats with kids at Newcastle school for boys Gosforth

Rupert Bear illustrator Stuart Trotter opens new school library in Gosforth

The County Durham illustrator who brings to life Rupert Bear and other popular cartoon characters has opened a new school library on Tyneside

Northumbria University graduate and Trunki inventor Rob Law

Northumbria University hailed as shining example in call for design focus

Northumbria University has been named as a shining example of why British design schools should be top of the government’s education agenda

Aerial views of Newcastle International Airport

Labour MP joins Newcastle Airport staff to launch English Tourism Week

Newcastle Labour MP Catherine McKinnell turned customer service apprentice yesterday to help launch English Tourism Week

Exhibition of the work from Tentmakers of Islamic Cairo, R Reem Abou-El-Fadl of Durham University

County Durham exhibition shows off the Art of Egyptian Tentmakers

An exhibition in Durham has celebrated the art of Eqyptian tentmaking at Durham Castle’s Norman Chapel

James Ramsbotham, chief executive, NECC

Graduates bring in £1.4bn to the region but it could be more

Business leaders in the North East have welcomed a report which puts pressure on the Government to reduce the North-South divide

Vickie English and Ben Creke help launch the 100 Days Apprenticeship Challenge

New scheme bids to boost levels of North East apprentices

The North East Chamber of Commerce is launching a 100 Days Apprenticeship Challenge to tackle a skills shortage in the region

Guide Post Middle School

Council seeking to press ahead with closure of Guide Post Middle School

Northumberland County Council is seeking to press ahead with the closure of Guide Post Middle School, despite pleas for it to be given to improve

Cllr Paul Watson, Leader of the City Council, Anne Isherwood, Principal at Sunderland College and Rob Lawson, Chair of Governors at Sunderland College

New £29m college campus set to boost Sunderland city centre

State-of-the-art campus for City of Sunderland College to boost skills and regenerate city centre


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