Quick links to regional news

Darlington has second highest proportion of under-performing secondary schools in country, figures reveal (The Northern Echo)
Young book judges awarded Blue Peter badge (NE Connected)
Cancer conscious student donates prizemoney for research (NE Connected)
Hurworth pupils on course for success in science (The Northern Echo)

Primary school in Barnard Castle inspired by Star Wars theme (The Northern Echo)

Entrepreneur shapes up for bright future (Gateshead College News)
Thorp Academy debating team – Students dominate debate in first competition (NE Connected)

Employers get set to inspire Hartlepool students at industry event (Hartlepool Mail)
Teacher backing campaign promoting the profession (Hartlepool Mail)
Hartlepool youngsters organise event to promote tolerance (Hartlepool Mail)
Princess Anne officially opens new college redevelopment (Hartlepool Mail)

Laurence Jackson School to challenge ‘requires improvement’ Ofsted rating (GazetteLive)

Anger as Newcastle school installs CCTV cameras in the pupils’ toilets (ChronicleLive)
Parents of St Mary’s pupils call for clarity of Heaton Manor School leadership loan (ChronicleLive)
North East schools that have been told to improve by inspectors – including Newcastle’s biggest (ChronicleLive)

North Tyneside
Pupils raise vital funds for local charity (NE Connected)
Sixth Form Centre prepares to open its doors to region’s youngsters (NE Connected)

Triumphant trio (Northumberland Gazette)
Youth team leads the way (Northumberland Gazette)
Minister rejects school closure (Hexham Courant)
Ponteland schoolgirl finds recipe for success (Hexham Courant)

Redcar & Cleveland
Teesside High School student receives prestigious Oxford offer (NE Connected)
Cleveland College of Art and Design announce plans to create major film and TV production hub (GazetteLive)

South Tyneside
South Shields pupils celebrate double award (Shields Gazette)

‘We are all absolutely elated’ – parents react as special needs nursery is saved from closure (GazetteLive)

Special needs pupils at risk of ’emotional and physical harm’ at school, critical report says (ChronicleLive)
Sunderland’s newest special school rated inadequate and placed in special measures (Sunderland Echo)
Students put skills to test in Digital Dragon’s Den (NE Connected)