Quick links to regional news

Darlington’s Skerne Park Academy primary school to remain closed because of heating problems (Northern Echo)
Polam Hall School in Darlington announces plans to join multi-academy trust (Darlington & Stockton Times)

Pupils from Belmont Primary School, Durham get active to raise awareness about sensory processing disorder (Durham Advertiser)
School says fond farewell to chairman of governors (Northern Echo)
A County Durham special school has earned a prestigious national science accolade (NE Connected)
Framwellgate Moor School, Durham, pupils take part in House of Lords debate (Durham Advertiser)

Little ones’ nativity leaves families in tears at Gateshead primary school (Chronicle Live)

Hartlepool students’ show is anything but frightful (Hartlepool Mail)
Sweet treat for Hartlepool school’s support staff (Hartlepool Mail)
Rise in number of Hartlepool pupils in good or outstanding schools (Hartlepool Mail)
The world of wizardry comes to Hartlepool (Hartlepool Mail)
School support staff win high praise (NE Connected)

‘I love my job. Teaching young people is a privilege and an honour’ (Gazette Live)
Builders give children lesson in safety (Darlington & Stockton Times)

See inside a Newcastle’s school’s prayer room – thought to be the first in the North East (Chronicle Live)
This haunting film by Newcastle school children might just give you nightmares (Chronicle Live)
Plans shelved for Newcastle United backed school in city’s West End (Chronicle Live)
‘I, Daniel Blake’ star Kema returns home to Excelsior (NE Connected)

North Tyneside
Eco students earn coveted award (News Guardian)
Minibus gives lift to disabled pupils (News Guardian)
Pupil awarded Arkwright scholarship (NE Connected)
Codie’s into coaching (News Guardian)
‘World class’ award for North Tyneside school (NE Connected)

Business bake-off earns a fair crust (News Post Leader)
Blyth schools and employers join forces to tackle skills gap (NE Connected)
Pupils put ‘big school’ to the test (News Guardian)

Redcar & Cleveland
Thousands of primary schools’ rankings upended by new Sats (The Guardian)

South Tyneside
South Tyneside pupils spread festive cheer with carol concert (Shields Gazette)

Teachers to strike at Stockton school in row over excessive workload (Gazette Live)
Teacher’s union confirms strike action at Stockton academy on Thursday (Northern Echo)
North-East school earns best educational building award in national competition (Darlington & Stockton Times)

Sunderland school flying high as it celebrates 50 years (Sunderland Echo)
Number of Sunderland pupils in good or outstanding schools is up – but city still trails (Sunderland Echo)
Sunderland youngsters take on the mannequin challenge (Sunderland Echo)