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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.

Pupils from Farnworth CE Primary, Widnes took part in Children in Need and World Diabetes day

Widnes pupils fundraise for Children in Need and World Diabetes Day

Children at Farnworth Church Of England School, on Pit Lane, wore onesies, pyjamas and blue clothing on Friday, November 14

Cronton Sixth Form students present science projects at the Nuffield Presentation evening at the World Museum, Liverpool. L-R Adam Stringer, Jordan Marsh and Matthew Burniston

Talented science students from Widnes college present Nuffield Bursary Projects

Four students from Cronton Sixth Form College showcased their work at the Nuffield Presentation Evening

Award and celebration evening at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy

Awards evening at Runcorn school marks students' achievements

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy welcomed Levi Tafari as a guest speaker

Higher Education Students Graduation

Celebrating with honours

Riverside College Celebrates Higher Education and Access students at Graduation

Castle View House in Runcorn

Council offered to buy mothballed Government building in Runcorn 'for £1'

Former mayor said empty site costing £30,000 a year in security but DfE says closure saving cash

West Bank Primary School in Widnes has been rated 'good' in its most recent Ofsted inspection.

Widnes primary school rated good by Ofsted after spending over a year in special measures

West Bank Primary School, on Cholmondely Street, has been rated 'good' by the education watchdog

Cheshire Police And Crime Commissioner John Dwyer said that 11 projects have been put forward for the next round of Change The Grange.

Voting opens on next round of initiative designed to transform Runcorn neighbourhood

The next round of Cheshire police and crime commissioner's Change The Grange project has begun

Runcorn Fire Station could have an outdoor classroom built after plans were submitted to Halton Council.
Children and staff at Warrington Road Nursery School in Widnes celebrate Ofsted rating the nursery school 'outstanding' in its most recent inspection.

Widnes nursery school rated 'outstanding' by education watchdog

Warrington Road Nursery School, on Naylor Road, was inspected by Ofsted in October 2014

Cronton sport stars in a group

Future sport stars train at Cronton

Sporting stars of tomorrow training at Cronton

Edward Timpson MP

Primary schools in Halton receive cash to improve PE

DfE awards £23m to the North West

Michael Stewart and his wife Becky

Widnes dad launches online petition to make DBS checks for childminders every 12 months

Michael Stewart, 31, has launched the petition following their own experiences with a childminder

Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Statistics show percentages of Halton pupils gaining five A*-C grades has fallen by 22.1%

The figures were released by the Office For National Statistics

The whole school dressed from 1914

Runcorn primary school holds First World War interactive workshop day

Tony Cope brought Great War artefacts Aston By Sutton Primary School

St Chad's Catholic And Church Of England High School

Troubleshooter recruited in bid to rescue Runcorn school from special measures

Parents and carers meeting to take place says Halton Council following damning Ofsted inspection

Ofsted said governors were 'over-reliant' on St Chad's headteacher Andrew Keeley, pictured, and senior staff for exam data after it placed the high school in crisis conditions. updated

St Chad's High School placed in special measures in Runcorn

Watchdog punishes secondary for drop in GCSE standards as governors 'over-reliant' on exam data from headteacher to sort out problems and failure to meet statutory obligations on website

152 nurseries have been inspected across Halton since September 2008, with only two being rated inadequate by education watchdog Ofsted. PIC: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Halton Council welcome Ofsted statistics on inspections of borough's nurseries

152 early years providers have been inspected in Runcorn and Widnes since September 2008

West Bank Primary School in Widnes will become an Academy in January 2015.

Widnes primary school gains new headteacher ahead of Academy conversion

West Bank Primary School, currently in special measures, will become an Academy in January and Karen Highcock it the new headteacher

Julie Darnell, 39, died in a collision on the M56 near Runcorn on Thursday.

Family pays tribute to 39-year-old killed in M56 crash near Runcorn

Deceased was 'kind, considerate' and 'caring'

Big projects helping to boost employment in Halton include expansion at Jaguar Land Rover, Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port and the Mersey Gateway. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Number out of work and training falls 34% in Halton

Jobcentre Plus says most will have found employment