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

Trojan Horse

Trojan Horse inquiry uncovers campaign of 'aggressive Islamic ethos'

Pupils branded "kaffir" if they did not attend prayers and non-Muslim children excluded from school trips designed to teach languages but which were really religious pilgrimages

The 10 local students who spent a two-week internship with Grant Thornton in Birmingham are pictured with audit director Becky Eagle (centre front) and colleagues Ria Hitchens (immediate left) and Melissa Hollis (right), who helped organise the programme

Grant Thornton internship programme continues to target tomorrow's talent

Year 12 students came from a range of schools across the West Midlands, including CTC Kingshurst Academy, Solihull, King Edwards VI College, Stourbridge and St Peter’s Collegiate College School, Wolverhampton

Waheed Saleem, chairman of Lunar Society

Call for 'citizens charter' after city school scandals

A Citizens' Charter for the city with a clear set of values would help it compete globally and encourage economic growth.

Gisela Stuart

End blame game over Trojan Horse says MP

Gisela Stuart calls for MPs, Government and city council to focus on solutions rather than blaming one another

City planners slammed over Selly Oak proposals

Council branded 'ridiculous' over project to covert family homes into large student flats near University of Birmingham

Birmingham became the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons during the Trojan Horse allegations

Gisela Stuart MP: City must take a long look at itself in wake of Trojan Horse

The extreme fragmentation we have seen here has not happened in other places.

Pinsent Masons' Birmingham office in Colmore Circus

Pinsent Masons advises on Student Hall Fund deal

The deal will see the international property investment manager sell its Student Hall Fund, which comprises 2,904 bedrooms across Bath, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Loughborough

CGI of the new extensions to Whitley Abbey Primary School in Coventry

CWA wins school refurb contract

Engineering consultancy wins brief to carry out extension and upgrade work at 10 Coventry schools

Independent school closes after 80 years of education

Majority of the 65-strong team have been made redundant after failed hunt to find a buyer

Creative industries unite to invest £37 million in development of skills

Birmingham to benefit from capital investment into sector to boost training and education

Jatinder Sharma, principal and chief executive of Walsall College

Black Country University Technical College unveils relocation plan

Major boost for engineering in as plans revealed to move to new state-of-the-art facilities near Walsall College

Andy Faizey, strategic and director of Lioncourt Homes

Lioncourt Homes submits plans for 800-home development

Five-year project to regenerate 104 acres of land takes significant step forward

Green transport schemes receive £3 million funding boost

Package of Birmingham and Solihull transport initiatives will strive to boost economic growth and cut carbon

Abbots Bromley School (Picture: Google Street View)

140-year-old Abbots Bromley School in Staffordshire appoints agency to handle PR

Rugeley-based Ian Strachan Communications has been appointed to provide PR support to the school

Local activist Maxie Hayles and Governor Camille Ade-John with friends of Kajans Hospitality & Catering Studio College, in Aston, protest over its threatened closure

Protesters in legal bid to halt food college closure

Birmingham catering college facing closure pledges to take legal action against the Department for Education

At the topping out ceremony for the £32 million Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering are (from left) Janarthanan Ashokan, Coventry University student, John Savage of Lindum Construction and Dr Carl Perrin from the institute

£32 million engineering hub takes shape on city campus

Final part of the roof at new Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering has been completed

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

Miliband pledges to reverse centralisation

Opposition leader reacts to the Government's spending spree by pledging to reverse a "century of centralisation"

Sir Michael Wilshaw

Employers condemn Ofsted chief after his public attack on Birmingham

Birmingham Chamber of Commerce has accused Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw of deliberately setting out to damage the city

University of Warwick flags

Threat to 800 jobs at the University of Warwick

Top Midland university considers action plan to implement £1.6 million in cuts

Sir Michael Wilshaw

Ofsted boss calls for Birmingham education shake-up

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s chief inspector, told a Commons inquiry that city headteachers had complained the council was “pretty useless”

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