'They don't need them in school hours' - 17 things you said about banning mobile phones in the classroom

An overwhelming number of you have backed calls from a senior MP to ban mobile phones in classrooms.

(L to R) Alan Bell, Shelley Bage, Neil Bowyer, Amy Trundley, David Butler, Claire Atkinson and Patrick Chapman.

Work starts on converting Hartlepool landmark building into student flats

Work has started on a major revamp to a landmark building in Hartlepool.

St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive in Peterlee.

School budgets more than £5million in the red, councillors told

Cash-strapped schools in County Durham were short more than £5million from their budgets by the end of the last financial year.

Would a ban benefit children?

Vote: Should mobile phones be banned in the classroom?

Head teachers across the UK should ban mobile phones in the classroom, the Culture Secretary has said.

Hope Wood Academy pupils take over the running of the school.

Take Over Day: Pupils and teachers swap roles at school

Youngsters took over the running of their school for a day and staff had to be on their best behaviour.

Vote: Should university students have to sign a code of conduct for their behaviour?

Vote: Should university students have to sign a code of conduct for their behaviour?

Durham University students could be made to sign an American-style ‘honour code’.

Were you at the Ralph Ward Jackson birthday celebration in 2006.

Remember having great fun at this historic 2006 event in Hartlepool?

It’s been 12 years since these children helped to celebrate a moment in Hartlepool’s history.

The sugar tax affects the cost of soft drinks

How much will Hartlepool schools get from sugar tax fund?

Sixteen schools in Hartlepool are set to benefit from a £56,000 windfall from a sugar tax on the soft drinks industry.

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Modern students shun drugs and worry about excessive drinking, new study finds

Most students have not used drugs during their time at university and more think excessive alcohol consumption is a bigger issue, a new study suggests.

Rebecca Hough being presented with her award. Photo courtesy of

Green-fingered florist wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show

An East Durham florist has clinched a top award at the country's most famous flower show.

Playmates Private Day Nursery manager Julie Hall.

Winner announced in Hartlepool Mail Nursery of the Year 2018

A Hartlepool nursery is celebrating after scooping the title of the Mail’s Nursery of the Year 2018 winner.


Fun on the water for Hartlepool children with lesson from 1851 Trust

Dozens of school pupils have been all at sea in Hartlepool.

Louis Wood, left, and James Wilkinson-Jones in rehearsals.

Hartlepool students set for top UK stage school ahead of college swansong

Budding West End stars from Hartlepool have won a place at one of the UK’s top stage schools.

A free website for schools to advertise teacher vacancies is expected to be launched nationally this year. Pic: David Davies/PA.

Free website for teaching jobs to be piloted in the North East to help schools save money

A free website for schools to advertise teacher vacancies is expected to be launched nationally this year, the Department for Education has confirmed.

Aimee Monkman with her collection of textile-based artwork which will be on display at the degree show.

Art and design students get set to put on major show in Hartlepool

Art and design students are preparing to put their talent in the spotlight at the annual Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) degree show.

Hartlepool Borough Council leader Christopher Akers-Belcher.

Hartlepool council chief welcomes £30million a year boost for adult education

Hartlepool’s council leader has welcomed a cash boost for adult education.

A warm musical welcome awaits the ships.

How you could help Sunderland create a new world record - for singing

Sunderland is calling on the UK’s schoolchildren to join them in a world-record singing bid.

A report found that 44% of children avoid using the toilet at school at some point.

Teachers 'spend a million hours a year' teaching primary pupils toilet hygiene

Primary school teachers lose more than a million hours of lesson time each year toilet-training children and teaching them basic hygiene, according to new research.

Students from Hartlepool school tackle 5k run for cancer charity

Hartlepool students took fundraising in their stride when they joined in a charity 5k.

Grace Kennedy at the Discovery Museum.

Hartlepool schoolgirl Grace engineers herself a top prize

A Hartlepool youngster has engineered herself a prize with her winning design.

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