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Seaton Sluice Middle School host their 2022 Press Awards

Seaton Sluice Middle School host their 2022 Press Awards (1st July, 2022)

Students at Seaton Sluice Middle School have had their hard work celebrated by the school at their ‘Press Celebration’, last week.

MPs debate removing Friday from the school week

MPs debate removing Friday from the school week (1st July, 2022)

MPs held a Westminster Hall debate on Monday, considering a petition relating to the school week. The petition required schools to make Friday a part of the school weekend, arguing that children can have lots of stress at school due to exams and homework and with a 3 day weekend, children could have a longer time to relax. The petition received nearly 150,000 signatures.

Careers Day at Rosa Street Primary School

Careers Day at Rosa Street Primary School (1st July, 2022)

Pupils at Rosa Street Primary School in Spennymoor took part in a ‘Careers Day’ recently where their eyes were opened to a variety of potential options for their futures.

Schools continue to face attendance challenges in Summer term

Schools continue to face attendance challenges in Summer term (1st July, 2022)

Attendance figures released this week show slight increases in school absences in June, according to the DfE’s latest attendance data released earlier this week.

Join your colleagues at Beech Hill school for bespoke Experience Days

Join your colleagues at Beech Hill school for bespoke Experience Days (24th June, 2022)

Beech Hill Primary School, in West Denton, is hosting a course of ‘Experience Days’ to help teachers with professional development for those who would like to improve or develop their planning and teaching practices.

Monkton Infants scoops pioneering mental health award

Monkton Infants scoops pioneering mental health award (24th June, 2022)

Monkton Infants School, in South Shields, was recently awarded the Bronze Mental Health Award by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools.

Hotspur Primary trials School Streets Initiative

Hotspur Primary trials School Streets Initiative (24th June, 2022)

Schools in the region have been taking part in the School Streets Initiative wherein Local Authorities work together with educators to restrict roads surrounding schools in order to tackle traffic, air pollution, road danger and poor health.

Cost of living crisis impacts on NE schools

Cost of living crisis impacts on NE schools (24th June, 2022)

The impact of the cost of living crisis is being felt all over the North East by families, schools and teachers. Schools report struggling to recruit and retain staff due to the financial stress felt across the country as inflation and costs soar.

Hartlepool students reach for the STARS

Hartlepool students reach for the STARS (17th June, 2022)

Brougham Primary School, in Hartlepool, recognised the achievements of a student this week, by naming a star after her. The CEO of Ad Astra Trust, Andy Brown, dropped into the school to give the student a certificate announcing the naming of star ‘Imogen’ to celebrate and reward her accomplishments.

Seaton Valley Federation Football fly to Valencia

Seaton Valley Federation Football fly to Valencia (17th June, 2022)

Teachers and students from Astley Community High School, Whytrig Middle School and Seaton Sluice Middle School took a trip to Valencia, after 3 years of delays due to the pandemic.

North East Schools take part in Healthy Eating Week

North East Schools take part in Healthy Eating Week (17th June, 2022)

Over the last five days, schools in the region took part in the British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week (HEW). Meanwhile, the government released their Food Strategy White Paper on Monday, with little mention of any immediate intention to change their Free School Meals (FSM) plan despite last week’s worrying data.

Schools fight post-pandemic attendance challenges and wait to see impact on exam results

Schools fight post-pandemic attendance challenges and wait to see impact on exam results (17th June, 2022)

This year saw the first ‘normal’ GCSE exam period since 2019. Schools are concerned about post-pandemic school attendance. In particular, as tests are marked and pupils eagerly await results, the region is waiting to see how Year 11 attendance may impact exam results.