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.
A pioneering free school that offers students a specialism in engineering has had to tell all of its pupils that they no longer have a place this year.
The Discovery School in Newcastle was due to open in September but has not yet agreed its funding with the Government.
As our education correspondent Dan Ashby explains, it has opened the debate about free schools and what they will mean for the region.
Watch his full report below.
On the hottest day of the year so far, it was straight to the ski slope for enthusiastic children in Sunderland.
World class athlete David Ryding gave them some top tips and they showed him what skiers in Silksworth are made of!
People are being invited to help form a voluntary group set up by a diabetes patient in Tyne and Wear to support others who have the condition.
George McLaughlin, who lives in Washington, decided to organise an initial meeting of the group after visiting his diabetes nurse.
People are invited to attend the meeting at Washington Leisure Centre, The Galleries, to learn more about diabetes and how to better manage the condition.
The meeting will also be an opportunity to meet other people with diabetes and share ideas and experiences.
– George McLaughlin
"I was telling my nurse that I had joined Diabetes UK as a support member and she came up with the idea of having a support group for Washington.
"We are hoping enough people come forward so that we can set up a committee and hold regular meetings to help people with diabetes in the area."
Dr Rahul Nayar, consultant diabetologist at Sunderland Royal Hospital, will offer information and advice about diabetes and answer questions.
It is hoped that this will be the first of a number of regular events for people in Washington living with diabetes.
The meeting will take place on June 6.
– Rose Lee-Gough, volunteer development officer for Diabetes UK Northern and Yorkshire
"Voluntary groups and volunteers are the backbone of our charity. They work tirelessly to increase awareness of diabetes, support local people with diabetes and raise vital funds to help us care for, connect with and campaign on behalf of people with, or at risk of developing, the condition.
"I wish George every success with getting a support group off the ground in Washington."
The winner of the European Cup for Slalom Skiing, David Ryding, has been hosting a skiing master-class in the town of Silksworth.
He has also been talking to them about his own skiing experiences - including qualifying to compete for Great Britain at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Plans to open a new 'free school' in Newcastle this September have been halted after funding was withdrawn because not enough pupils had enrolled.
Watch the lunchtime report from Dan Ashby below.
A pioneering free school that offers students a specialism in engineering has had to tell all of its prospective pupils that they no longer have a place this year.
The Discovery School in Newcastle was set to open in September but has not yet agreed its funding with Government.
A drug that could help to tackle all forms of cancer is being trialled at Newcastle University.
Specialists at the Northern Institute of Cancer Research are working with dozens of patients who have no further options of surgery, or drugs that are currently available.
If successful, the new treatment would work by starving the cancer cells of the nutrition they need to grow.
However, experts are stressing that the trials are at a very early stage.
We see dinosaurs in books and films, but have you ever wondered how you would react if you could actually see one? A group of schoolchildren came pretty close to finding out!
Pupils from Wingrove Primary in Fenham and St Oswald's in South Shields braved a new exhibition at the Centre for Life in Newcastle to come face to face with moving dinosaurs.
Teesside University is hosting an event later to encourage more cared-for children to apply to university.
40% of children in care want to go on to further education, but only six per cent actually do.