The Education Secretary Michael Gove is on Teesside for the first time since he publicly accused schools in East Durham of not doing enough to raise aspirations among their pupils.
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War veterans taking part in the walk of Britain got a singing send-off from school pupils in Northumberland.
A cast of the skull of St Bede - the English scholar who is considered to be the founder of English history - will go on display in Jarrow.