The latest in a series of rallies against Government education policies has taken place in Newcastle.
Members of Tyneside's Sikh community have been celebrating the opening of a new temple that cost £2.7, paid for by entirely by fundraising
Students at a Tyneside school have published their own book with the help of a member of staff, who happens to be a published author.
Durham University has spent £1.4m on art, including works by Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, while raising tuition fees for students. The costs have been uncovered by a Freedom of Information Act request by student journalists at Palatinate, the student newspaper.
700 jobs are being created in the region as the Business Secretary Vince Cable has announces more than £5 million to revive the manufacturing industry.
Another £3.5 million will go towards creating 200 new apprenticeships, across Teesside and County Durham.
Frances Read reports.
Business Secretary Vince Cable met with members of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership Board as part of his visit to Teesside on Monday.
On the table for discussion was an update on the region's Finance for Business scheme, which providis equity and loan finance to new and growing businesses.
North East LEP Chair, Paul Woolston, says he is delighted to see the partnership's strategic leadership in action.
“Opportunities like this to accentuate the positives about our future plans are extremely valuable. We need to continue to build on the ownership that the North East LEP is demonstrating.
“Meeting the Secretary of State in a part of the region with a huge future ahead of it is testament to the broad based and well-balanced economy of the North East.”
The Redcar MP Ian Swales has welcomed the introduction of a new apprentice and 'fast track' graduate scheme at the Sembcorp site on Teesside.
Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, is visiting the Wilton International plant today to launch the new scheme.
– Ian Swales, MP
"I look forward to seeing this contract get up and running.
"There has been a lot of hard work from the team at Sembcorp to get to this point and it is an exciting project.
"Apprenticeships are vital for this area, and I am delighted that the Government has backed a further 300 in the Tees Valley for a range of people to access.
"By up-skilling our workforce, we provide young people with the ability to compete in the workplace and increase the amount of people who want to remain living and working on Teesside."
The Rt Hon Vince Cable is visiting the Wilton International site on Teesside on Monday.
The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills is launching a new "fast track" apprenticeship and graduate training scheme aimed at 16-24-year-olds.
The Sembcorp Skills Development Programme will create 200 new jobs for apprentices and graduates in the process industries and their supply chain businesses.
Dame Kelly Holmes is one of our most successful and best loved Olympic athletes. For the past year, the gold medalist has been helping to coach sport students at Gateshead College.
It has been a life changing experience for the young people, who have received a crash course in life at the very top of their field.
Today, at the end of the programme, they have been taking stock of their new skills.
Watch Helen Ford's report here:
Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes has been back in the region, passing on tips to aspiring athletes.
The former 800 and 1500 metres star was working with students at Gateshead College.
It is the final visit for Dame Kelly and a team of experts after overseeing a year-long programme to help young people achieve their dreams through physical and mental preparation.
Students from Gateshead have been getting the chance to have a workshop with legendary olympian Dame Kelly Holmes.
The double gold medalist visited Gateshead College this morning to promote sporting excellence across the region.
We sent our reporter Richard Wilson to try out one of the experiments on offer at this weekend's International Maker Fair - the nose test.