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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.

Riverside College preparing for cut to adult skills funding as spending focus shifts towards apprenticeships

Skills Funding Agency slashing overall funding by 11% in 2015-16

The Children's Society has called on the Government to explore capping the costs of school uniforms.

Charity estimates over 2,500 Halton children go to school in incorrect or unclean uniforms due to cost

The Children's Society estimates £4.7m is spent by Halton parents annually

The Daniel Adamson

Historic Runcorn tugboat lands £3.8m Heritage Lottery Fund restoration grant

One of town's cultural gems to carry passengers once again

More than 200 young people collected their Duke of Edinburgh awards at The Brindley

Halton young people collect Duke Of Edinburgh Awards at Runcorn theatre

More than 200 young people attend ceremony at The Brindley

Halton student Tom Fairclough pictured on site at the Mersey Gateway Project with Merseylink site agent George Houston and senior works manager John Humphrey

Runcorn student gives up school holidays for Mersey Gateway work experience

Tom Fairclough swapped his February half-term

Cronton College Art student Adam Gennis has been offered a place on a prestigious Automotive and Design Degree at Coventry University

Widnes art student on course to design supercars

Adam Gennis from Cronton Sixth Form College offered a Coventry Univsersity place

Matthew Lloyd, prospective parliamentary candidate for the Conservatives for the Halton constituency, along with Cllrs John and Marjorie Bradshaw on the right and Colleen and Phil Harper on the left, chairman and treasurer of Halton Conservatives respectively.

Conservatives announce candidate for Halton parliamentary seat

Matthew Lloyd to contest Halton seat in May

Ryan Bate, centre left, pictured here with Lib Dem councillors and activist, has been selected as the party's General Election candidate for Halton.

Halton Lib Dem election candidate says his party will protect education spending

Contender urges voters to pick Lib Dems at the polls to guard schools budgets

Holy Trinity Ragged Sunday School Mission's banner with St Andrews Sunday School children leading the Whit Walk in the late 1950s

Ray Miller: Whit walks a sight to behold

Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

Plans to demolish and relocate Halebank Church Of England School in the same area haven been approved by Halton Council.

Health And Safety Executive decides against calling in Widnes school's planning application

Halebank Church Of England Primary School had rebuilding plans approved in January

Wade Deacon's Executive Headteacher, Lynne Fox (seated right) with Wade Deacon students and students and staff from Hillside High School

Widnes headteacher gains national recognition for raising attainment standards

Lynne Fox, head at Wade Deacon High School, has achieved National Leader Of Education status

Pupils from Moorfield Primary School with SSEs ecology consultant Eamonn Ritchie and centre guide Merril Cummerson
Mark Wyss, Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy principal, said he was 'proud' that Ofsted has picked the Runcorn school to find out how it helps pupils from less well off backgrounds to do well.

Runcorn high school 'bucking the trend' with pupils from tougher backgrounds

Ofsted to visit Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy to gain insights into helping students from low-income backgrounds to do well in education

The Green Tree Gold Award being presented to the Head Teacher of Ashley School, Linda King

Widnes school wins Woodland Trust award for green activities

Ashley School on Cawfield Avenue has scooped the Green Tree Schools Award

Riverside students wowed local employers at the Colleges annual Hair and Media Makeup competition
Irene Hodkinson, Fairfield Primary School headteacher, with pupils following the Widnes school's 'good' Ofsted inspection grading.

Widnes school formed a year ago graded 'good' by Ofsted

Clean sweep of 'good' scores for Fairfield with some 'outstanding' features

d3t directors (left) with Robot Club members at St Nicholas Catholic High School

Runcorn IT company d3t visits school's the Robot Club

IT chiefs deliver career talks to students

Graham Evans MP, Susan Smith, head of Daresbury Laboratory and John Simpson of STFC with a plaque marking the launch.

Cutting-edge medical physics lab opens in Daresbury

State-of-the-art scanners used to train students

Sofia Mestre (left) and Sophie Anderson (right) looking at their results

Widnes school transforms GCSE mock exams by giving pupils taste of results day

Wade Deacon presented mock GCSE certificates to pupils after completing their exams

Fairfield High School being demolished in 2013.

Sport England objection could leave Fairfield High cemetery plan in Widnes dead and buried

Funding body says it has 'not seen any evidence' of playing fields being replaced