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Middlesbrough 'worst place to be a girl' says report

Middlesbrough town centre Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A new report suggests that Middlesbrough is the worst place in England and Wales to be a girl.

Compiled by the charity Plan International UK, the report looked at factors such as child poverty, educational attainment and teenage pregnancy rates. It's the first of its kind to assess the experiences of girls across every local authority in the two countries.

Waverley in Surrey came out top.

The report appears to show a stark geographical divide for girls' prospects, with inner city areas performing worst and the south-east performing the best.

But the authors behind the report stressed that girls across the UK are being "failed" and urged the Government to take "urgent action".

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SCHOOLS NorthEast: Govt 'blinded by school structure'

The organisation representing schools in the North East has said Theresa May's plans for a new wave of grammar schools shows the government is "blinded" by the structure of schools, and missing what could really improve standards here.

It is right that tackling deprivation, and its impact on the life chances of young people, should be the number one priority of this Government.

But its obsession with school structure at the expense of all the evidence on what really counts in education has blinded it to the changes that would have the most profound difference.

More must be done to ensure every classroom in the country has an outstanding teacher delivering an inspiring education for all in well-resourced schools that are led by high quality leaders.

Staff shortages, financial constraint and the focus on Ofsted compliance and a narrow core curriculum are hampering schools’ ability to offer the opportunity for all children to shine.

– Mike Parker - Director, SCHOOLS NorthEast

North East's first University Technical College opens

The North East's first University Technical College has opened in Newton Aycliffe.

UTC South Durham is a school for 14 to 19-year-olds, focused on giving them the skills needed for the workplace.

The state-funded school was founded by the University of Sunderland, with businesses Hitachi Rail Europe and Gestamp Tallent.

There is an initial intake of 150 students in Newton Aycliffe, studying technical and academic subjects. Credit: UTC South Durham

There are 48 University Technical Colleges around the country. UTCs are opening in Scarborough later this month, and Newcastle next year.

We’re providing a very different education for students which focuses on hands-on learning to prepare young people for the world of work.

We’ve worked hard to design the spaces, build links with employers and design a curriculum which gives students a real insight into working life and the skills needed to succeed.

– Tom Dower - Principal, UTC South Durham

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Hartlepool school boasts improving grades

Across the North East, the number of students achieving A*-C grades has dropped. However, a school in Hartlepool is boasting improving grades, especially in maths.

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