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Education is always a lively topic in Halton - even more so since radical reforms that paved the way for the town’s first state-funded academies. We celebrate the good work being done in Halton's nurseries, schools and colleges - and are not afraid to challenge the problems. From league table analysis to lessons with a twist, the Weekly News gets to the heart of what’s going on across the region’s education sector.

Sarah Crompton.

Former self-harm sufferer from Widnes putting experience to use helping others

Sarah Crompton cut and cold-burned herself as a teenager

Ofsted tells Runcorn school teaching not good enough

All Saints teaching deemed 'ineffective' by inspectors

One in five final-year primary pupils in Halton obese but borough bucking trend

Health chief says borough bucking national trend

Police are seeking information after a pupil was assaulted in Widnes.
(L-R) Professor Nigel Mellors, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research & Enterprise at the University of Salford, Professor Judith Smith, Dean of Science and Technology College at University Of Salford, Steve Nicholson, Project Director of the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board and Victoria Pollard, Environment Manager at Merseylink. PICTURE: Stuart Bogg Imaging

Mersey Gateway team signs deal with University of Salford

Project will last three-and-a-half years

The team behind the transformation of bully-blighted Halton High into Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy is to take control of The Bankfield in Widnes.

Sod-cutting marks start of building work on £2.7m sports pavilion in Widnes

Multi-million pound investment in 'amateur sport' begins

School’s recovery continues

A Runcorn primary  school that sank into  special measures last  year after being  branded ‘inadequate’ by  Ofsted has continued its  recovery, a recent inspection found.

Volunteers to tell story of Gateway’s progress

Chance  to be a  part of  project

Gordon and Helen Anderson with son Gordon Jr. Family have taken son out of The Bankfield after the school wrongly referred them to social services

Social services pupil referral claim denied

Parents to withdraw child from The Bankfield School

The Bankfield School

Bankfield school in academy bid

Ormiston Academies Trust looks to take over

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Child road accident rise down to budget cuts

Transport chief says lack of money increases danger

Bankfield High School

Troubleshooters appointed to improve Widnes high school in special measures

The Bankfield plunged into teaching standards crisis

Children at Farnworth C of E Primary School enjoying the Forest School project

400 trees planted at Widnes school

Pupils take part in environmental project

Highfield Male Voice Choir
Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy’s perform Hamlet at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool

Young Runcorn actors perform Hamlet in Liverpool

Actors praised for performance of Shakespeare tragedy

Josh Furber, 20, from Runcorn who died after falling near a waterfall in Australia

Outrage as court forgets to tell family about son’s inquest date

Family of tragic Runcorn student left devastated after coroner’s  office forgets to tell them that inquest was taking place

NSPCC says at least two children in every class have suffered abuse or neglect across England

Halton among lowest spenders on child safety services says NSPCC

Figures show Halton spent less on children and young people’s safety than any other area in the North West

The Heath school in Runcorn

Heath school teacher jailed for offering schoolgirls money to pose topless

Neil Mason of Widnes offered £300 to teenage girls

The Park Primary School in Castlefields

Special measures for The Park Primary School in Runcorn

The Park Primary in Castlefields has been plunged into special measures following an inspection