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

Solihull School headmaster David Lloyd (left) inspects the start of building work on its new £4.5m sixth form centre with (from left) Ian Brinksman of Malcolm Payne Group, Mike Thompson of Rider Levett Bucknall, Solihull bursar Richard Bate and Philip Wright, Tim Burt and Richard Monk, all of Speller Metcalfe.

Work starts on £4.5m Solihull School sixth form centre

New development will feature green credentials and provide latest addition to site which has been home to school since 1882

Aston University

Mercia Fund Management backs Aston EyeTech with new funding deal

Aston University spin-out plans to roll out software programme design to help optometrists

Professor Robert Winston

TV stars and business leaders to get honorary doctorates at Birmingham City University

Some of Birmingham’s high profile people will also be picking up honorary doctorates, including Dame Christine Braddock – chairman of Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Bishop Vesey's Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield

West Midlands parents paying tens of thousands to be near top state schools

Families living in the postal district of Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield are forking out 79 per cent more for their property than the county average

Paul Kehoe, chief executive of Birmingham Airport, one of three companies to save the city's baccalaureate

City firms step in to save Birmingham Baccalaureate

The Birmingham Baccalaureate is designed to give youngsters the skills demanded by a 21st century economy and was key part council manifesto

Scottish students currently get free university tuition

Andrew Whitehead: Scottish independence debate is an education

A major concern of the Scottish universities will be the preservation of their non-EU student fee income, which in 2011/2012 brought in £337m from non-EU course fees.

Bournville College

Bournville College to open centre of excellence in India

The new centre of excellence, which is due to open at the end of the year, will train local people in ‘soft skills’, technical education and healthcare

Burrito Kitchen is one of five West Midlands businesses named in the Lloyds Bank Enterprise Awards shortlist

Five Midland businesses make Lloyds Bank Enterprise Awards shortlist

Three categories open to entrepreneurs currently studying or who graduated within the past five years and have been trading for more than one year

CGI of Islamic free school planned for former IMI site, in Wellhead Lane, Perry Barr

City backs plan for Eden School on former IMI site

Go ahead for new Islamic free school despite concerns it could 'sterilise' surrounding area and impact local businesses

Professor Nick Morton, Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University launches bid to address skills shortage

University teams up with Mott MacDonald to offer work experience opportunities with engineering consultancy

Jayne Hulbert and Jayne Cresswell, who founded SWEET, which provides support for more than 450 families in south Birmingham

Birmingham project helping desperate families is threatened with closure

The SWEET project, which provides free support for more than 450 families and individuals, faces closure because of Department of Health funding cuts.

The Library of Birmingham, July 2013

One year on: How the Library of Birmingham brought the world to the city

'One million people streamed through the doors in the first 100 days, an astonishing 10,000 per day, and they keep on coming'

Aston University

Aston University to offer MBA scholarship to people who have been made redundant

Aston University will provide awards of up to £10,000 for aspiring MBA students who have been made redundant or who feel their job is threatened by redundancy.

Classroom of children

Number of 30-plus classes in West Midlands soars

Labour accused the Government of squandering money on pet projects such as free schools instead of providing more teachers and classrooms where they were needed

Zena Wooldridge OBE, Director of Sport at the University of Birmingham

Birmingham Sports Awards: Birmingham University sponsors the Professional Sportsman of the Year

With a shortlist of three finalists to be drawn up for every one of 13 different award categories, nominees are itching to find out who is to be honoured.

19th century education reformer and politician George Dixon

Chris Game: George Dixon and Birmingham's first School Board elections in 1870

School boards were empowered to make attendance compulsory for five to 13-year olds, but not until 1880 were they required to.

CGI of new student halls at the University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham launches next phase of £300m regeneration

Hunt is on for contractor to build new student halls and sports complex next to Grange Road Gate

Jerry Blackett

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce in first as it launches Edgbaston business school

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) has submitted a bid to open a pioneering studio school for enterprise in Chamber House, Edgbaston.

Iain Duncan Smith

Jonathan Walker: Why employment figures for the West Midlands make the best of a bad job

Iain Duncan Smith does not explain the gap between falling unemployment and rising employment.

A computer-generated image of the view from Bordesley Street of the Eastside Locks student housing development

£30m Eastside Locks student housing work starts

Alumno Developments is investing £30 million to deliver a canalside scheme at Eastside Locks

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