A Tyneside charity is using DNA tests to show everyone has ancestors from across the world
As thousands of students celebrate success across the North East, we take a look at some pictures from the morning.
Some of the thousands of people who take part each year in courses run by the Foundation of Light attended an award ceremony at the stadium.
George Stephenson High School has mirrored the pattern across the North East, and seen a rise in A*-C grades.
I've been analysing the North East GCSE results: pupils here achieved the biggest rise in A*-C grades in England and Wales.
As teenagers across the North East are collecting their GCSE results, exam boards and teachers are warning pupils and parents to expect 'volatile results'.
Ian Wilkinson, Head Teacher at George Stevenson High School, has spoken of the difficulties students face under the new exam process, which was brought in last September.
Teenagers across the region will be collecting their GCSE results today. But exam boards are warning pupils and parents to expect "volatile results".
Sweeping changes brought in last September have toughened up the exam process, and could lead to a drop in pass rates for those achieving the top A star to C grades.
Teesside University is to spend £6m on its science and engineering department, which it says will make the building "futuristic".
Money will be spent upgrading its laboratories. Among the new equipment will be a flight simulator for aerospace engineering students.
Tens of thousands of the region's students celebrated after collecting their A-Level results. The North East saw an increase in its share of A and A-star grades compared to the rest of the country.
And for those who missed out on their target grades, there are 30,000 more places in further education this year, with some universities even offering cash incentives.
Dan Ashby reports.
The percentage of students in the North East of England achieving the top grades stayed the same in 2014, despite a fall elsewhere across the country.
And for those who did not quite make their grades, the chance of them winning a place at university could not be better - because there are an extra 30,000 places available this year.
Dan Ashby reports from Newcastle Sixth Form College.
Figures for the North East of England show the proportion of pupils achieving A* grades has risen in 2014, while the overall pass rate fell slightly.
- 98.4% of pupils passed with at least an E grade - down from 98.5% in 2013
- 91.3% achieved a D grade or above - down from 91.8% in 2013
- The percentage of pupils achieving a C grade or above stayed exactly the same, at 74.8%
- The proportion achieving a B or higher went up to 48.3% from 48.2%
- The number scoring an A or above dropped to 21.9% from 22%
- And at the top end of the spectrum, the number of pupils achieving an A* went up to 6.6%, from 6.1% in 2013
The figures for the North East are from the Joint Council for Qualifications.