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All the latest national education news plus the local issues affecting the Birmingham and West Midlands area.

Eight reasons to love the controversial new Birmingham Conservatoire

After a raft of criticism for new plans, the dean overseeing the new Birmingham Conservatoire spells out why it is a step forward

Tom Surridge, 23, a former forensic scientist at West Midlands Police, is training to be a chemistry teacher at Arthur Terry School in Sutton Coldfield

Trainee teachers in a class of their own

Education correspondent Emma McKinney meets the trainees who will be educating the next generation of pupils

Pledge to transform Trojan Horse schools in a year

£12m city council action plan to improve education after scandal of extremist Muslim plot

Planners liken new Birmingham Conservatoire to a cheese-grater and Oxo cube

Despite some criticism of the design the council’s planning committee gave their full backing to the £40 million relocation of the music school to Eastside

New Art West Midlands: Alexandra Darby, Chrysophobia #1 (2014)

New Art West Midlands: Best emerging artists get chance to exhibit at major galleries again

Visitors will see painting, sculpture, photography, performance, installation and video works from 30 of the West Midlands’ most promising artists

Former BP chief executive Tony Hayward has pledged to help students from poor families

Former BP boss donates £200,000 to Aston University

Tony Hayward backs major city scholarship boost for students from poor families

Chemistry apprentice

£23m Birmingham boost to create next generation of scientists

Six West Midland universities and a college will share £23 million for science and technology education.

Greg Lowson

Birmingham employers rated new workers as poorly prepared for work

Schools are not doing enough for leavers, say city businesses in government survey.

Neil Pountney, a leading construction strategist and procurement advisor

'Retirement' will be hard work for construction boss

Construction sector troubleshooter Neil Pountney announced his retirement - only to be swamped with requests for new jobs

Helen Milner-Viney business manger at the BioHub building on Birmingham Research Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Birmingham Biohub paves way for growing medical quarter

Birmingham looks to attract start-ups away from Oxford or London.

Ofsted probe as West Midlands' pupils failed by secondary schools

Investigation launched by government watchdog which will see a study published next year after newly published report highlights shock state of education

Plantsbrook School students celebrate their GCSE results

Carillion lands deal to refurbish six West Midlands schools

The support services firm will deliver the Midlands Private Finance Batch under the Priority School Building Programme

Mark Rogers

Birmingham Council boss urges staff to stay "tough" as they face week of hell

Damning review into council failings to be followed by redundancy plans and critical Ofsted report

Birmingham City Council updated

Sir Bob Kerslake: Birmingham's poorest are being let down

A damning report commissioned by Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has warned Birmingham of City Council to stop making excuses for its failings, and to change the way councillors are elected

Bath Court which could be turned into an 11-storey student accommodation tower

Silver Blades developer eyes Birmingham's student accommodation market

Bouygues Development lodges new plans to build 11-storey tower in Edgbaston to target city's booming influx of students

From left: Jamie Smith, of South Staffordshire College, Michelle Wright, of Gough Bailey Wright, Katie Hall, marketing officer at South Staffordshire College and Rhodri Burridge, account director with Gough Bailey Wright

Gough Bailey Wright wins South Staffordshire College brief

Marketing and PR agency boosts design portfolio with prospectus project aimed at attracting more students

Labour MP Tristram Hunt

Tristram Hunt: Combined councils could help prevent Trojan

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has welcomed moves to form a combined authority for the West Midlands.

Sparkhill community library and neighbourhood office

U-turn on Sparkhill library building sale after backbench pressure

Birmingham City Council deputy leader Ian Ward agreed to withdraw the Sparkhill council building from auction after local councillors pleaded for it to be offered for community use first

Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood

Why Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood is speaking out over radicalisation...

Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood says the ideology promoted in some city schools could lead children into extremism when they are older.

CGI of the nursing and dementia home planned at the Bournville Care Village

Jobs boost as building on Bournville nursing home starts

Dozens of posts will be created at the development which is part of a wider £60m care village in south Birmingham on the site of the old Bournville College

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Graeme Brown
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Business Reporter
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Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
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Ben Hurst
News Editor
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