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Chess making a classroom comeback

It's a board game that's centuries old, but perhaps surprisingly it's making schoolchildren on Teesside put down their iPads and smart phones.

Chess is enjoying a resurgence in fans, and is being used in some North East schools to help youngsters develop their maths and thinking skills.

Rachel Bullock went along to Park End Primary in Middlesbrough to see how the ancient game is faring amongst modern players:

Decision due over teaching assistants' new pay offer

The outcome of union ballots on whether teaching assistants (TAs) in County Durham accept a new pay offer is due to be announced this afternoon.

Teaching assistants at the Durham Miners' Gala Credit: ITV News

Durham County Council says the offer would mean more than three quarters of TAs get a pay rise.

But some TAs say it is unfair that 472 of them still stand to lose out.

If the new offer is accepted it would end a dispute involving more than 2000 workers which has lasted almost two years.

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