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Farewell to ‘inspiring’ Dame Maura Regan DBE OBE DL

Farewell to ‘inspiring’ Dame Maura Regan DBE OBE DL (21st July, 2022)

Last week, Heads, teachers, governors, school staff, and students from across the North East gathered to give thanks to Trust CEO and Schools North East Trustee Dame Maura Regan DBE as she celebrated her upcoming retirement after an incredible 43 years in education.

Community Foundation funds projects throughout the region

Community Foundation funds projects throughout the region (21st July, 2022)

During 2021/2022, Schools North East partnered with the Community Foundation to make £110,000 of funding available for Tyne & Wear schools looking to develop their cultural, sporting or careers provision for disadvantaged and looked-after children.https://twitter.com/SCHOOLSNE

North East school SHINEs with new Ofsted grade

North East school SHINEs with new Ofsted grade (21st July, 2022)

As the school year comes to an end, North East Schools are speaking up with pride about their new Ofsted ratings. Springfield Academy, part of The Education Village Academy Trust in Darlington recently achieved a higher grade of ‘good’ following their previous ratings of ‘requires improvement’ in both 2018 and 2016. All schools within The Education Village trust are now on a rating of ‘good’.

Have a Great Summer. You’ve earned it!

Have a Great Summer. You’ve earned it! (21st July, 2022)

This week, Schools North East has been reaching out to the region’s schools to offer our thanks for the amazing work we have seen this year. Chris Zarraga, Director of Schools North East, sent the following message to all North East school staff in recognition of their superb performance throughout one of the most difficult years schools have seen to date:

Congratulations as Town End Associate Research School gains full Research School status

Congratulations as Town End Associate Research School gains full Research School status (15th July, 2022)

Sunderland based Town End Associate Research School (TEARS) has been designated by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) as a full research school from September 2023.

More than 300 students from across the region gather for Durham Cathedral performance

More than 300 students from across the region gather for Durham Cathedral performance (15th July, 2022)

This week, schools from the 29 schools within the Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, a Schools North East Partner Trust, gathered at the iconic Durham Cathedral to perform Footsteps into Paradise.

Congratulations to Academy 360

Congratulations to Academy 360 (15th July, 2022)

Academy 360, in Sunderland, celebrated this week after recently receiving an Ofsted grade of ‘good’, an amazing result over its previous rating of ‘inadequate’ in 2016.

North East school performance in new Ofsted framework

North East school performance in new Ofsted framework (15th July, 2022)

Over a quarter of North East schools upgraded in post-Covid inspections 

Newcastle Sings Schools’ Festival Day

Newcastle Sings Schools’ Festival Day (8th July, 2022)

Schools in the North East were invited to sing in a number of locations in Newcastle City Centre last week to take part in the Newcastle Sings Schools’ Festival Day.

Former ministerial team face departmental questions

Former ministerial team face departmental questions (8th July, 2022)

Nadhim Zahawi MP took education questions in the House of Commons on Monday, prior to this week’s cabinet reshuffle. It was likewise Will Quince MP’s last department questions, following his resignation from the DfE ministerial team.

Pupils Champion Diversity at South Hylton Primary Academy

Pupils Champion Diversity at South Hylton Primary Academy (8th July, 2022)

Pupils at South Hylton held their very own Pride Day to celebrate diversity, difference and promote understanding.

Forced reshuffle sees new Education Secretary Appointed

Forced reshuffle sees new Education Secretary Appointed (8th July, 2022)

We live in interesting political times.  Amidst all of the turbulence this week in Westminster, a new Secretary of State for Education was briefly appointed after Nadhim Zahawi’s promotion to Chancellor. Michelle Donelan, who was previously the universities minister became the third Education Secretary this academic year.  But her tenure lasted a short time, resigning after less than three days.