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Plans revealed for new 1,200 pupil school in Newcastle

Plans for a new school for 1,200 9 to 16-year-olds in Newcastle have been revealed by by the Government.

The academy trust Gosforth Federated Academies Ltd is to open the Gosforth Great Park Academy in Gosforth, Newcastle, once full plans have been drawn up.

Building on their successes within their two existing academies, both judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, the new school will aim to provide academic excellence centred around the core skills of English, mathematics, science, and PE.

Students will be able to access a varied vocational programme, as well as a highly successful languages programme supported by the University of Newcastle.

How well is your child's school doing?

Figures on school performance have been released by the Department for Education Credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

The Government has released the annual performance figures for state funded secondary schools in England.

You can find out how your child's school is performing by visiting this link.

The Department for Education supplies information about how primary level children are performing in reading, maths, grammar, punctuation and spelling. At secondary level, key information such as how many students gain five good GCSEs can help you decide if your child's school is providing a good education.

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Teacher: 'It's largely about the conditions for me'

Thousands of public sector workers from across the North East are taking part in a 24-hour strike today.

Like the last strike of this scale, it means hundreds of our schools will be closed or partially closed. The industrial action also affects town halls, libraries, Sure Start centres and many other council-run facilities.

The action is part of an ongoing dispute over pay, pensions and working conditions.

Nik Jones, from Wolsingham School and Community College in County Durham, is one of thousands of members of the National Union of Teachers taking part in the walkout. "It's largely about the conditions for me", he said.

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Poll: 51% oppose teachers' walkout

Half of the British public oppose teachers going on strike today, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

A young boy in Liverpool's Mann Island holds aloft a flag in support for the strike. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

When asked whether teachers were right or wrong to go on strike, 51% said they opposed the walkout, 35% supported the strike and 14% did not know.

The poll also showed that those working in the public sector are more likely to support the strike (45%) than oppose it (41%).

Some 2,039 people were asked by ComRes about the strike.

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Teacher morale "dangerously low"

The secretary of Bradford NUT, John Howarth, has apologised to parents affected by today's strike - but says he hopes they will support the teachers' action.

Teacher workload is unsustainable and the thought of doing the job until 68 is driving many away from the job. Teacher morale is at dangerously low levels. Children need teachers who are fresh and well motivated not tired and demoralised. All the polls show that Michael Gove is out of touch with teachers and parents - he must listen and change direction. This strike is his fault - teachers do not like taking strike action but they are prepared to lose pay to stand up for education. We do apologise for the inconvenience to parents but we hope they will support us.

– Bradford NUT Secretary, John Howarth

Hundreds of North East schools to close because of teacher strike

Hundreds of schools in the North East of England will be closed or partially closed due to a strike by teachers.

The National Union of Teachers has called the strike because of a long-running dispute over pay, pensions and workload.

Teachers marched through Newcastle in April 2008 Credit: PA

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Ofsted chief condemns 'disruptive' NUT strike action

On the eve of strike action by the National Union of Teachers, the head of Ofsted told ITV News he condemned that action.

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw also spoke of his new mission to improve classroom discipline, calling on headteachers to be tougher and more consistent in their methods.

ITV News social affairs editor Penny Marshall reports:

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