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.

(L-R) Patrick Pogue, Ian Smith, Zoe Lewis and George Ritchie

Industrial giant Sembcorp makes major donation to Tees college

The equipment from Sembcorp's Wilton operation is worth tens of thousands of pounds

Ashington Head teachers Andrew Roberts, David Godfrey and Rob Kitching come together to discuss plans to merge education into a two-tier system

Two tier school switch moves a step closer at Ashington in Northumberland

Proposals to change from three to two tier schooling at Ashington have moved a step closer

School pupils sitting an A-level exam

Les Walton: Are educational theories just a way to come up with excuses for our failure?

The chair of the Northern Education Trust draws on his own memories and experiences to challenge how we use educational theories

Fastflow CEO and owner, Neil Armstrong

Big grid deal for Washington-based Fastflow Energy Services

Since launching two years ago Washington-based Fastflow Energy Services has created jobs for 100 people

Lara Johnston, 8, left, and Charlotte Wilson, 8, from Slaley Primary School, in the outdoor classroom in the grounds of Slaley Hall

Slaley First School pupils embrace 'forest school' status at luxury hotel

Pupils at Slaley First School are using the grounds of a luxury hotel to bring subjects to life

Mike Matthews of Nifco

Business executive of the year warns on growing skills gap

Nifco boss Mike Matthews says firms must do more to address the growing skills gap in the North East

Newcastle's Dance City

19 pictures of the best new buildings on Tyneside

Updated book brings in 20 modern buildings to sit alongside the best in Newcastle and Gateshead

Children taking part in a conker tournament at school

Bernard Trafford: A risk-averse culture risks denying our children the chance to mature

Royal Grammar School headteacher Bernard Trafford says the modern psyche won't accept that accidents sometimes happen

Virginia Bodman with her exhibition at the Globe Gallery in Newcastle

Virginia Bodman: North East artist takes over three floors of Newcastle gallery

Three floors of a big Newcastle art gallery have been given over to the paintings of one artist, Virginia Bodman. DAVID WHETSTONE gets a guided tour

From left, Colin Barnes and Keith Robertson of Go North East with the company's new apprentices and Gavin Batie, curriculum ops manager at Gateshead College

Gateshead College partnership offers transport sector apprenticeship opportunities

Both Go North East and Nexus have committed to training up apprentices to fill the skills gap in light of ageing workforces

Students try out the new Lancook project

How multilingual utensils are helping 'Bake Off' languages students

Newcastle University is leading the way in helping people learn foreign languages as they cook with embedded smart technology

Schools North East Summit 2014 at St. James' Park

Vocational 'prestige' needed to help tackle North skills crisis

Vocational qualifications should be given more prestige, according to education leaders at the North East Schools Summit

Alan Milburn speaking at the Schools North East Summit 2014

The Journal Opinion: Vocational qualifications should be more valuable than many degrees

The Journal's opinion column for Monday, October 13, in which we back calls for vocational qualifications to be given more prestige

Schools North East Summit 2014 at St. James' Park. Nick Hudson, Ofsted Regional Director

Schools must not use deprivation as an excuse for failing children, MP says

North East schools must not use deprivation as an excuse for failing children, a former cabinet minister has said

MP Pat Glass and Tristram Hunt MP, Shadow Education Secretary, speak to head teachers at St. Bede's School in Lanchester

North East jobs market failing pupils from disadvantaged North East schools

More jobs are needed in the region to keep talented youngsters who are leaving education, according to a North East MP

Alan Milburn MP

Schools North East summit sets big questions for region's schools

Hundreds of school leaders from across the region will gather today to discuss the challenges facing North East education

Independent Schools

North East Independent Schools Guide: Our 8-page guide to independent education

The Journal's Independent Schools guide aims to help parents considering private education for their child

MP Guy Opperman, with apprentice Jade Scott, at the Fuse Media Centre at Prudhoe High School

Hexham MP Guy Opperman says apprenticeships should pay more

Conservative says North East teens should be offered £3.79 an hour, like other 16-17-year-olds, to make career path attractive

A Magical World from Lawnmower productions will be performed as part of Juice Festival

Let the Lawnmowers take you through a Magical World during the Juice Festival

The Gateshead-based theatre company which provides rich experiences for people with learning disabilities are performing at Juice

Michael Pagan Associate Director Strategy and Planning and Decide Managing Director Jeremy Hall at their offices South Gosforth

Investing in People: Postgraduate education is reaping dividends for creative consultancy Decide

Jerry Hall, chief executive of Newcastle-based creative consultancy Decide, explains his take on employee upskilling


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