More than 260 pupils from schools around the Scottish Borders have attended an event run by Royal Highland Education Trust in Kelso.
Final preparations underway for the official opening of a new building near Carlisle where people with disabilities can learn life skills.
Children's laureate visits Cumbrian libraries
A primary school in West Cumbria has banned bananas because a pupil has a severe allergy to the fruit.
Bananas and anything that could contain traces of it is not allowed past the gates of Westfield Primary School in Workington.
If the youngster comes into contact with bananas she suffers a severe allergic reaction that requires urgent medical attention.
Lecturers gathered outside the entrance to the University of Cumbria on Brampton Road this morning as part of a move by university staff across the North West who went on strike today in a row over pay and pensions.
Union members from all 13 North West universities are involved in the nationwide action taken by Unison, Unite and the University and College Union.
A school near Penrith has staged a rather unusual educational exercise to get its pupils to be more enthusiastic about writing and story-telling.
Pupils arrived at Morland Area School this morning to find a trail of blue paint, handprints and scorch marks on the fields.
Several members of staff had also been "contaminated" with the blue substance.
The children then left the morning assembly to find a trailer with blue goats in it had been abandoned outside the front of the school.
The area was cordoned off by local police who then asked the children to help them collect physical evidence from the scene and write up a full police report.
However, this was not some serious vandalism - or a case of abandoned animals - as the school was in on the joke.
The exercise aims to get young people more engaged with their education and in particular, to improve their writing.
A Scottish pipe band accompanied hundreds of schoolchildren this morning as they walked from their old school to their new one.
Scottish Borders Council spent nine million pounds on the building in West Linton.
Today was the first day at the new school and the future of their old Victorian building is still uncertain.
Matthew Taylor's full report is below.
Councillor Sandy Aitchison from the Scottish Borders Council says that although moving to a new school may look like a superficial change, he believes it will have a measurable effect on the teaching within the school itself.
A new primary school has opened in the Borders following a £9 million investment.
West Linton Primary has been built to replace the old school that was more than 100 years old.
The children walked from the former school to their new one, just a few hundred yards away, accompanies by a pipe band.
The new school is bigger and has a better playing area as well as more high tech equipment.
Thousands of children across Cumbria are off school because of a strike by teaching unions.
The action is being taken in a row with the government over pay, pensions and working conditions.
Teachers from Cumbria have been joining colleagues from the North East for a large demonstration in Durham.
More than a hundred schools are either fully or partially closed and 40,000 children are thought to be affected. The Government says the action is disruptive and holds back children's education.
Almost half of Scottish pupils want to do more PE at school, according to a poll for the British Heart Foundation.
However, one in five said they were 'bored' by the lessons and wanted to try different types of sports.
We have been to one school in Dumfries and Galloway to find out what they think. **
***Phil Roscoe reports.*