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Doctor 'Doc' Spencer misses out on global teaching title

A teacher from Teesside has narrowly missed out winning the coveted title of "Best Teacher in the world" - and a $1 million dollar cash prize.

Dr Richard Spencer got through to the last 10 of the Global Teacher Prize because of the way he uses music and dancing to teach A level biology at Middlesbrough College.

But, at a ceremony in Dubai this afternoon, the top prize went to Nancie Atwell from America.

The prize was handed out by Bill Clinton and the ruler of Dubai.

Teesside Teacher to learn if he's won 'best in world' title

Dr 'Doc' Richard Spencer will attend the ceremony in Dubai this afternoon Credit: PA

There are just hours to go until Teesside biology teacher Dr 'Doc' Spencer will find out if he is truly top of the class - and is named the best teacher in the world.

The Global Teacher Prize is being awarded in Dubai this afternoon and recognises outstanding contribution in the profession.

The winner will receive a $1 million dollar prize as well as the coveted title which is considered to be the 'Nobel Prize for teaching'.

Dr Richard Spencer was nominated for his innovative teaching methods which include lively songs to educate A level biology students about chromosomes and DNA during their biology classes at Middlesbrough College.

He already has an MBE for his services and has even met the Pope during his career.

Dr Spencer receiving his MBE from Prince Charles. Credit: PA

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Will Teesside Teacher be top of the class in 'World's Best' final?

Dr Richard Spencer has already been awarded an MBE Credit: PA Images

A teacher from Middlesbrough has arrived in Dubai ahead of the final of a competition to name the best teacher in the world. Dr Richard Spencer, who teaches biology at Middlesborough College, is the only British teacher who's made it through to the final of the Global Teacher Prize. The competition recognises an outstanding contribution to teaching. The winner will be announced in Dubai tomorrow afternoon. Watch the video below to see his innovative teaching methods:

The students at the college call him Doc and, if he wins tomorrow, then Dr Spencer would receive a $1 million dollar prize and the title of best int he world. Dr Spencer already has an MBE and he's even met the Pope.

Dr Spencer meets the Pope in Rome Credit: PA Images

The winner of the final is expected to be announced early tomorrow afternoon. Good luck Dr Spencer!

Campaign to stop McDonald's opening near school

Teachers and parents will attend a public meeting this evening to discuss controversial proposals to build a McDonald's restaurant near Kenton school on Tyneisde.

A campaign's underway to block the plans, with the school's principal saying they are deeply concerned for the health and safety of their students if the restaurant goes ahead.

McDonald's says it believes opening a restaurant in Kenton will bring investment to the area.

12 new schools to be built in North East

Twelve new schools are to be built in the region, after the confirmation of European financing.

It is part of the Government's revised school building plan, that followed the scrapping of the Building Schools For The Future programme.

Among the twelve will be Mandale Mill Primary School in Stockton and the Duchess's Community High School in Alnwick.

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Northumberland school to educate from birth

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A school in Northumberland is offering to educate children from birth to boost their learning and language skills.

Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington runs daily pre-school classes and is now recruiting child-minders to work with under-two's.

Teachers say they are trying to gain every possible advantage in an area where children's language and literature has fallen behind.

Cameron announces new free schools

Sunderland football club are supporting new free school

The Prime Minister said today that 49 new free schools announced by the Government today, including one due to open in Sunderland next year, will deliver "the best schools and skills for young people."

The Sunderland Centre for Opportunity will have 90 places and is due to open in September 2016 within a sports community facility.

It is being backed by Sunderland football club who hope to use sport to inspire 13- to 16-year-olds back into education.

David Cameron said: “Delivering the best schools and skills for young people is a crucial part of our long term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain. Free schools set up by teachers, parents and community groups are not only outperforming other schools, but they are raising the performance of those around them.”

Labour has criticised the free schools policy, claiming it can lead to money being channelled to areas where there is a surplus of school places instead of being targeted at areas where classes are overcrowded.

A Liberal Democrat spokesman said: "This proposal simply masks the deep cuts the Tories are planning for education. Their scorched-earth policy for public services would mean that funding for nurseries, schools and colleges could be slashed by a quarter by 2020.

"In government, the Liberal Democrats ensured free schools were only set up where there was a genuine need for places, we blocked Tory plans to introduce profit-making in schools, and we stopped Michael Gove's plans to cut the schools budget in 2010."

Sunderland to get new free school

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Sunderland football club is backing a new school for disadvantaged children.

The Sunderland Centre for Opportunity will be open to up to 90 children who have been excluded, or are at risk of exclusion, from mainstream school and is due to open in September 2016.

It is one of 49 free schools announced by the Government today and will be located within the Beacon of Light, a new education, skills and sports community facility located next to the Stadium of light.

The idea is to use sport to inspire 13- to 16-year-olds back into education, offering vocational options as well as GCSEs.

More than 140 local businesses have already signed up to provide aspirational learning experiences in support.

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