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Are libraries under threat in the North East?

More libraries across the region could be under threat as local authorities try to make cost savings.

Campaigners trying to save them say Government cuts mean less money is being spent on them.

A spokesperson for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has said: "We know libraries remain important to people - that's why councils will have almost £200 billion to spend on local services, including libraries, over the lifetime of this parliament".

Writer Ann Cleeves has said, the hit-TV series Vera would never have been created without libraries.

Watch Helen Pearson's special report for National Libraries Day:

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Plans revealed for new 1,200 pupil school in Newcastle

Plans for a new school for 1,200 9 to 16-year-olds in Newcastle have been revealed by by the Government.

The academy trust Gosforth Federated Academies Ltd is to open the Gosforth Great Park Academy in Gosforth, Newcastle, once full plans have been drawn up.

Building on their successes within their two existing academies, both judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, the new school will aim to provide academic excellence centred around the core skills of English, mathematics, science, and PE.

Students will be able to access a varied vocational programme, as well as a highly successful languages programme supported by the University of Newcastle.

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Corbyn backs school's anti pyjama campaign

Parents should 'put some proper clothes on' when the do the school run, Jeremy Corbyn said as he backed a headteacher who appealed to parents to stop arriving in their pyjamas.

But the Labour leader said how they dressed was less important than making sure their children arrived on time and were well fed.

Kate Chisholm, headteacher at Skerne Park Academy in Darlington, made the appeal after she had noticed an increase in the number of parents wearing nightwear to the school gates and even to school assemblies and meetings.

Asked about the issue during a visit to Middlesbrough, Mr Corbyn told The Gazette: 'I wouldn't do it myself, I'd advise people to wear a coat and put some proper clothes on - it gets cold out there.'

Parents fear 'scum' label after pyjama letter

A request for parents to stop wearing their pyjamas on the school run has divided opinion at a primary school in Darlington.

Some parents say that not getting dressed for school is 'shameful', while others have criticised the letter for bringing them unwelcome attention.

Meanwhile, Skerne Park Academy headteacher, Kate Chisholm has defended her choice to ask parents asking them to stop wearing pyjamas on the school run.

Ms Chisholm has said despite all the media attention, she would send the letter again for the sake of improving standards at the school.

'Pyjama drama': Headteacher would send letter again

The headteacher of a school in Darlington has defended her choice to send a letter to parents asking them to stop wearing pyjamas on the school run.

Kate Chisholm has said despite all the media attention, she would send the letter again for the sake of improving standards at the school.

I can't tell people how to dress and I would never dream of trying to.

However, I think some things need to be said whether parents agree with me or not.

I feel it got to a point where for the sake of school improvement and the outcomes of the children I had to say something.

At the end of the day I would still send that letter because I do believe in reinforcing children's life chances."

– Kate Chisholm, Headteacher at Skerne Park Academy
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