Teesside is suffering from a ‘brain drain’ of workers as four in 10 students take up jobs outside the North-east within six months of graduating. In a bid to encourage people to stay on Teesside, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen wants to turn ‘brain drain’ into ‘brain gain’. Mr Houchen supports three main ‘brain gain’ policies which aim to spark a ‘digital revolution’ across Teesside. The policies include: - An audit of unused public sector buildings which could be converted into low-cost officers for start ups. - Universities to allow students to form start up businesses in their buildings after graduation - Allowing Apprenticeship Levy funds to be used for retraining people returning to work after a period of unemployment Mr Houchen has spent time at his former school, Conyers in Yarm, encouraging students to study languages at university. The Gazette spoke to nine young people who grew up on Teesside. Some decided to build … [Read more...] about Jobs, cash and quality of life: Why do so many leave Teesside?
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The SATs – a British standardised testing system which children take twice during their academic lives – are a quality control measure to ensure that at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 (years two and six) parents can be informed about how their children are progressing and the effectiveness of schools can be compared to national averages. This sounds pretty good and is comforting for parents. Let’s face it – although we put our little ones into the hands of professionals five days a week, umpteen weeks a year, by the time they have moved through the early stages of education, our grip on how they are doing loosens. We have to trust that our children are somehow moving in a direction that is likely to reap rewards in year 11. Parents’ evenings and reports help to keep us posted, but as a secondary school teacher, I know that glazed look well: there are things that parents do not understand and they trust teachers to get … [Read more...] about I am a teacher and I don’t want my children sitting SATs exams
TROY: Fall of a City is up and running on BBC One, with entranced viewers being taken back to the ancient world. But just who is starring in it? And what else have the cast been in? We take a look... Who is in the cast of Troy: Fall Of A City? This new series features an all-star cast, including: Louis Hunter as Paris Louis is a 25-year-old Australian actor who has been working professionally since 2009. Starting his career in theatre, Louis has taken on a number of acclaimed roles including Prince Edward in War of the Roses opposite Cate Blanchett, and Mercutio in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Shakespeare classic, Romeo and Juliet. Louis got his break onto television with series Out of The Blue, before heading to the US after landing a role in CW supernatural drama, The Secret Circle. However, the show got cancelled after only one season. He has since been seen in a recurring role on drama series The Fosters, playing Nick Stratos. David Threlfall as Priam David is a … [Read more...] about Who is in the Troy: Fall Of A City cast? Louis Hunter, David Threlfall, Tom Weston-Jones, David Gyasi and Frances O’Connor
0 Have your say Trainee teachers in Scotland could soon be given lessons by schoolchildren to prepare them for life in the classroom, under proposals being considered by the Education Secretary. The idea is being examined by John Swinney as part of plans to modernise teacher training at universities, with the aim of giving students a children’s-eye view of learning.READ MORE: As it happened: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit in EdinburghThe proposal is being developed following a special meeting of the Scottish Cabinet a year ago which was attended by representatives from the Children’s Parliament and Youth Parliament. A progress report published by the Scottish Government ahead of the next meeting, due to be held in Edinburgh next month, says Mr Swinney is giving serious thought to the idea. “[The] Deputy First Minister will consider the involvement of children in initial teacher education,” the document states. It makes sense to involve children … [Read more...] about Scotland’s trainee teachers set to get lessons from children
PUBLISHED: 11:42 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:32 19 January 2018 Simon Parkin Alex Green as Jerry Travers and Kathryn White as Dale Tremont in Top Hat. Photo: Submitted Archant From the Brighton Fringe Festival to successful show Yank, Chris Cuming is a name to watch in the UK theatre world. Now he is bringing his magic to something very different, directing a revival of Top Hat for the Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society. Alex Green as Jerry Travers in Top Hat for the Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society. Photo: Submitted You can like his work or hate it but just don’t be bland in your feedback. That is the message from top choreographer/director Chris Cuming who is currently bringing his creative input to bear on a revival of the classic musical Top Hat. The classic story of Broadway star Jerry Travers and his pursuit of society beauty Dale Tremont returns to the Norwich Theatre Royal, the latest of Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society’s always highly … [Read more...] about Putting on his Top Hat for glamorous revival of Hollywood musical in Norwich