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Teaching roadshow come to Tyneside

Train to Teach roadshow comes to Tyneside

An event is taking place on Tyneside today (Saturday 31 January) to encourage people to take up teaching.

The Train to Teach roadshow has been organised by the Department for Education (DfE), who are targeting those who are considering a change in career.

According to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), teaching is often a popular choice among career changers. 40% of people in the North East who registered an interest in teaching last year were career changers.

The roadshow aims to give those considering a career in teaching the chance to discover more about the profession and the different training routes available.


School Debate: Sunderland Academy gets involved

With only 100 days until the General Election, ITV News Tyne Tees has been working with schools to involve young people in the political process.

Pupils from the St. Aidan's Catholic Academy in Sunderland are using the ITV Schools Debate online tools to engage pupils and look ahead to the election:

Whatever your school is doing, please let us know at ITV News Tyne Tees as we would like to cover some of the events ahead of the election.

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Teachers tour Nissan to learn better careers advice

Nissan and other firms will talk to teachers about how their pupils can get jobs in manufacturing Credit: PA

Teachers from across Sunderland are visiting the Nissan car factory today to learn more about jobs in manufacturing - in the hope that they will give students better careers advice.

They will also listen to talks from other local manufacturing firms. It is the first event of its type to target teachers, rather than students themselves.

The organisers, Work Discovery Sunderland, hope it will help young people in the area find jobs with local businesses.

MPs to debate performance of Durham Free School

The performance of Durham Free School will be debated by MPs next week.

Labour's Durham city MP Roberta Blackman-Woods will lead the debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday (27 January). A minister from the Department for Education will also take part.

This comes after Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announced plans to close the school. That decision was prompted by the school getting the lowest possible rating in an Ofsted inspection.


Hundreds of parents at meeting over school's future

There is standing room only at a meeting of parents at Grindon Hall School in Sunderland. The school has been put into special measures by Ofsted inspectors, meaning it has been rated 'inadequate' and will need to be closely monitored.

Parents at Grindon Hall School in Sunderland
Parents standing at the back of a meeting at Grindon Hall School

Christian school says report is a 'small part of the whole picture'

A Christian secondary school in Durham has been told it will close, after its first Ofsted report found it was failing to prepare students for modern life.

Durham Free School only opened in September 2013. It was founded by a group of parents who now say they'll fight to keep it open. Lucy Taylor reports:

Durham Free School to close after inadequate rating

Durham Free School will close, less than two years after it opened, after Ofsted gave it the lowest possible rating in its first inspection.

The Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announced during Education Questions in the House of Commons that funding for the Christian free school would not continue.

Inspectors said the school was 'failing to prepare students for modern life' and there were many instances of bullying.

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