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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.

West Bank Primary School

Average teachers' pay at Runcorn and Widnes schools in special measures tops £37,000

Public spending lobby group says performance related pay should be considered

Half of Halton's schools shut tomorrow for industrial action

Local government workers and teachers strike over pay

West Bank Primary School in Widnes has been in special measures since May 2013.

Widnes school in special measures making 'reasonable progess' according to Ofsted

West Bank Primary School has been in special measures since May 2013

The logo designed by Jessica Whelan, of Halton Lodge Primary School, featuring a slogan devised by young people at HRMZ youth centre on Grangeway in Runcorn.
Hannah Smith, Jessica Rigby and Jack McAdam from Cronton Sixth Form.

Widnes students to experience life at prestigious universities over summer

Three Cronton Sixth Form students have gained a place on the Sutton Trust Scheme

The official launch of the Thomas Mottershead statue appeal in Victoria Park, Widnes.

Widnes VC winner’s statue campaign appeal officially launches

Thomas Mottershead was awarded honour posthumously in 1917

Skills minister brings Government push for apprenticeships to Runcorn

Matthew Hancock visited O2 in Preston Brook

Pamela Wright, executive principal at Wade Deacon in Widnes, thinks the NTL achievement is 'great'.

Widnes high school takes leading role in teaching standards

Wade Deacon chosen by the National College For Teaching And Leadership

The children who visited Burwardsley Education Centre.

Spinney kids take on great outdoors adventure days

Widnes pupils undertake outdoor activities on trip to Burwardsley

The DfE logo

DfE to shut 'outstanding' nursery in Runcorn to cash in on building sale

Parent fears children's learning will suffer as education departments

Thomas Hendey, of Runcorn, is a marine engineer on board Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond.

Marine engineer from Runcorn takes on Syria mission

Thomas Hendey is escorting chemical weapons to the Middle East aboard HMS Diamond

The Bankfield will become the Ormiston Chadwick Academy in September.

Runcorn nursery rated ‘good’ by Ofsted – months after being deemed ‘inadequate’

A Runcorn nursery has experienced a turnaround in fortunes after  being rated ‘good’ by an education watchdog. 

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