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Teachers' Strike: Hundreds attend Durham NUT rally

Hundreds of people have attended an NUT rally in Durham in support of a national teachers' strike over what they claim is inadequate funding.

Education Secretary Nicky Morganhas said the strike will "harm children's education" and "damage the profession's reputation in the eyes of the public".

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Number of school closures in council areas

As teachers across the region stage a 24-hour strike, pupils remain at home because of closures.

Teachers are involved in a national dispute with the government over school funding.

Below is a list of how many schools are affected (closed or partially closed) in each of our council areas.

  • Durham - 65
  • Newcastle - 29
  • Northumberland - 30
  • Sunderland - 43
  • South Tyneside - 17
  • North Tyneside - 13
  • Redcar and Cleveland - 6
  • Middlesbrough - 55
  • North Yorkshire - 42
  • York - 23

Teacher strike over 'inadequate' school funding

The National Union of Teachers is staging a strike today over what it says is inadequate school funding.

A demonstration in support of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), as teachers in England are to stage a one-day strike over pay and conditions. Credit: PA

NUT acting leader Kevin Courtney is calling for an increase in funding to meet rising costs for schools.

Education Secretary Nikki Morgan has said the strike will "damage the profession's reputation in the eyes of the public".

In a letter to Mr Courtney she urged him to reconsider the industrial action:

Removing unnecessary workload for teachers is a priority for this government, and we have made this clear in our discussions.

To suggest we aren’t prioritising school funding is disingenuous...This year the schools budget will total around £40bn, an increase of around £4 billion since 2011-12, so it is now the highest it has ever been.

It is also disappointing that the underpinning basis for this strike seems to be teacher pay.

I believe this action is counterproductive – it will harm children’s education, inconvenience parents and damage the profession’s reputation in the eyes of the public.

– Nikki Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education

Gateshead youngsters' garden party to help celebrate Queen's birthday

Gateshead school children helped celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday with a special lunch.

Pupils at Clover Hill Primary School in Whickham, ditched the school dining room in favour of a picnic-style Garden Party on the grass outside the school.

Headteacher Louise Easton said the youngsters had been learning about the longest-reigning monarch and said it was important they knew their royal history.


MPs react to new database to share medical records

On this week's Around The House, we debate a new scheme to share medical records kept by GP surgeries.

The information will be collected in a huge database and could eventually be shared with researchers and drug companies.

The NHS says data will be coded to protect confidentiality. Opponents say that cannot be guaranteed.

The North East MPs Iain Wright and Ian Swales joined the Carlisle member John Stevenson to consider the issues:

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