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.

Dianne Sharp

Dianne Sharp: UK businesses cannot afford a power vacuum after the election

Regional director of the CBI calls on new Government to commit to the EU but see ambitious reform of it

Judith Moran

Learning Curve Group sold in multi-million pound deal backed by private equity funds

Co-founders Judith Moran and Tony Outhart exit the business as management trio take over

Hannah Furness

Surveying industry appeals for more North East women to join its ranks

RICS launch campaign to encourage more North East women to consider surveying as a career option, in a bid to tackle workforce diversity issues

Profound Services managing director Steven Ward

Training provider helps 69 people enter the construction industry in the North East

Profound Services delivers eight-week programme that prepares 16-18 year olds for life in the construction sector

Jeremy Middleton

Our students need literacy, numeracy - and employability

Jeremy Middleton welcomes the opening of the new Studio West School in Newcastle on Wednesday

An assembly taking place in a school

Les Walton: How the inspectors were egged on at my school assembly

Les Walton on how to keep students interested - and drive home the chosen message - at school assemblies

Red squirrel watch near Wooler, Northumberland

Northumberland school stages red squirrel musical

Stannington First School will perform Squirrels: The Musical on March 26 in the village's St Mary's Church

Richard Metcalfe (centre) with Chris Parker and Lindsey Grieves of NEL

Former Newcastle Falcons player Richard Metcalfe secures £250,000 for sportswear business

Mr Metcalfe's Newcastle-based Orion Workwear will use the Finance for North East Growth Fund money as working capital

Singer Jerry Lee Lewis - circa 1964

The day I started teaching was the day the music died

Les Walton, chairman of the Northern Education Trust, looks back to his days as a music-obsessed student - before a life of work kicked in

Mia Chapman founder of Girl Geeks North East

Newcastle-based Girl Geeks Campus gains support from Accenture

Professional services firm backs programme aimed at promoting STEM subjects and careers to female students

Left: Ciaro bazaar, from the Berwick Burrell collection; Right: Dancers by Degas, from the Berwick Burrell collection

New display highlights Northumberland's very own Burrell collection

Berwickshire shipping magnate who bought his first work of art with money given to him for a cricket bat donated hundreds of items

Dr Richard Buckley, lead archaeologist on the Greyfriars dig

Durham University graduate will give talk on Richard III grave discovery

Durham University graduate Richard Buckley will return to the region to give a talk on discovering the grave of Richard III

Hilary French, head teacher at Newcastle High School for Girls, in a school at one of the most deprived parts of Uganda

Girls' education in East Africa is 'another world' says Newcastle headteacher

Hilary French travelled to Uganda where she taught in one of the most deprived areas of the country

One of the student illustrators at Cleveland College of Art & Design

Festival of Illustration set to be a major attraction in Hartlepool this summer

Renowned illustrators and comic book artists will be flocking to culturally ambitious Hartlepool in the summer

Richard Sice, from Fast Track China (UK) Ltd, on Prestwick Court, Newcastle.

Monday Interview: Richard Sice from Fast Track China

Richard Sice explains how his company is helping others overcome the barriers to international trade

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

More than 40 years in the front line: Sir Alan Beith's life in politics

Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith has represented Berwick-upon-Tweed since 1973 but is set to stand down in May.

Jane Siddle of NEL flanked by Dan Elgie (left) and Peter Behan of Group Horizon

Group Horizon receive further £120,000 investment to fuel expansion

Gateshead training providers have secured three portions of the Finance for Business North East Growth Fund

Left to right is: John Crow, Chris Dawson, David Fraser, Asen Dobrev and Christina Ong

Newcastle University student utilities firm goes national after first month in business

Student firm One Utility Bill aims to give students access to cheaper utilities and broadband and avoid arguments about bills

L-R Dr Edyta Roszko and Dr Claire Sutherland at the Vietnam exhibition at Durham University's Palace Green Library

Durham University's Palace Green Library hosts Vietnam: A Nation, not a war exhibition

Vietnam: A Nation, not a war explores national identity, migration, cultural diversity, faith and belonging using historic and contemporary objects

Jake Bugg launching the NE1 Space 2 scheme

Scheme launched by North East businesses is getting youngsters into work

NE1's Space 2 scheme is driving down the number of NEETs in the North East and getting people into employment, training or employment


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