Students at Tanfield School, open up there GCSE results, left to right, Kathryn Alexander, Chelsey Hart and Rebecca Harrison

GCSE results climb across the region but North East is still below the national average

There has been a rise in GCSE grades across the North East, but figures show the region is still behind the rest of the country

Dr Bernard Trafford Headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, Jesmond

North East ready for top GCSE results despite overhaul in education system

Schools across the North East are today preparing for their best GCSE results to date

Food technology class pupils John Campbell, Nicholas Sum and Liam Patterson at Excelsior Academy

GCSE and A-level attainment figures released: Find out if your school is on the up

New figures show improvement in GCSE and A-level attainment for almost all North East schools. Check how your school compares with the rest of the UK using our interactive map and league table

School ratings

School ratings: Journal Real Schools guide rates schools across North East

We've created a searchable system to rate secondary schools across Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne & Wear

Pupils from St. Thomas More School in Blaydon, open their GCSE results

Were some North East GCSE pupils robbed of grades?

Changes to GCSE exam grade boundaries have sparked fears for some North East school pupils' marks

Just over half of the young people were looking for work

Unions blast Government on youth employment

Leading unions have clashed with the Government over new figures showing more than a million young people are not in work, education or training

Hungry 'Generation Z' are an entrepreneurial breed

TODAY'S students are adapting their thinking and developing their skills to deal with the uncertain world they now face when they graduate.

Schools ‘fail on basics’

SCHOOLS in the North-East are failing to provide pupils with basic maths and English skills, it was said last night.

Drive aims to encourage next generation of process workers

RECRUITMENT of such large numbers of people into the sector is not going to be easy, this is why, through NEPIC, a number of companies have collaborated to make an eight-minute DVD film of the industry and the region.

School standards a scandal, say firms

THE failure of schools to equip teenagers with the basic skills they need for work is a “national scandal”, business groups said last night.

Rail masts are needed to prevent tragedies

In January 1995, heavy rain caused a landslide on the Ais Gill line between Carlisle and Leeds.

MP secures top talks on academy

A worried mp is seeking top-level assurances that plans for a £25m academy school in a Northumberland town will not threaten the future of its existing high school.

Grieving mum out to get rid of knives

A grieving mother whose son was stabbed to death helped police launch a knife amnesty yesterday.

Shields killer jailed for life

A remorseless killer who stabbed a bright 16- year-old celebrating his GCSE results to death was jailed for life today.

Independent schools have a strong track record of inspiring every pupil

Every parent wants to give their child the best start in life, especially when it comes to education.

Top private schools challenge results

Some of the country's most famous private schools are challenging exam boards to remark their pupils' GCSE papers after a sharp fall in top grades this year.

Enterprise at work

Seaton Burn Community College has seen its "improvement culture" pay dividends - significantly with a huge leap in GCSE results.

Education Secretary's aides `tried to bury results'

Labour leadership hopeful Alan Johnson was embroiled in a row over spin last night amid claims that his aides tried to bury news of poor primary school test results.

Farewell to stab victim Glen

Hundreds of mourners yesterday paid their last respects to stabbed school-leaver Glen Corner.

Exams reality is quite a sorry tale

We need to take a closer look at this year's GCSE results.

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