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

University Hospital in Coventry was the region's biggest PFI project

West Midlands PFI projects set taxpayers back £12.7bn

Schemes such as Building Schools for the Future and Queen Elizabeth and Walsgrave hospitals have racked up a gigantic bill for the region

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh before the State Opening of Parliament

Queen's Speech: Devolution, jobs and EU referendum to be included

Conservatives claim the Queen’s speech will drive forward jobs, investment and growth throughout the West Midlands

Britain's obesity epidemic

NHS boss: Parents making childhood obesity ‘normal’

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Parents who allow their children to eat junk food and lead sedentary lifestyles are “normalising obesity”, the head of the NHS in England has warned.

A Birmingham street in the 19th century

Grim reading from the pages of Birmingham's history

Newly published trip down Birmingham's 'Memory Lane' is enough to turn stomach

Prime Minister David Cameron is hoping to capitalise on his General Election victory by introducing key elements of his education strategy quickly

Teaching Union slams plan to sack heads of failing schools

60 'inadequate' city schools could be forced to reopen as academies

Simon Atkins, charity partner at Clement Keys

Youth employment award for Clement Keys

The honour was announced at an awards ceremony organised by AllAboutSchoolLeavers – an independent organisation with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of apprenticeship and school-leaver programmes across all industry sectors.

Karen Thomas, centre, and the Back Up team

University of Birmingham student to spend a week in wheelchair

Ms Thomas, a volunteer on Back Up’s Skills for Independence course, is doing her wheelchair challenge in the first week of June

Brad Johnson, managing director at Zest Education

Zest's growth plans backed by Positive Cashflow Finance

Zest was set-up by managing director Brad Johnson, who has more than 10 years’ experience in the education recruitment sector

Museums at Night events you can visit in Birmingham and beyond

Coffin Works, Black Country Museum and Herbert Art Gallery are among the venues taking part in this annual event until May 16, 2015

A biology exam was interrupted for 30 minutes at Kings Norton Girls' School

Biology exam at Kings Norton Girls' School paused for fire drill

Headteacher defends decision to hold the drill during practical A-level exam as worried parent says decision 'beggars belief'

Lewis Sinclair Parry, Aston University Business School

BYPY 2015: Lewis Sinclair Parry, Aston University

Our penultimate 2015 Birmingham Young Professional of the Year finalist takes on the Q&A

Emily Rose, University of Birmingham

BYPY 2015: Emily Rose, University of Birmingham

The first of three aspiring talents starts the countdown to the 2015 ceremony for Birmingham Young Professional of the Year

Brasshouse Language Centre could be on the move from its historic home in Sheepcote Street

Brasshouse Language Centre's historic base 'no longer viable'

City council could be on the hunt for a new home for world-renowned centre as it assesses options for language school

The topping out of the new Chamberlain halls of residence at the University of Birmingham, performed by Vice Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood

Milestone in University of Birmingham halls of residence scheme

Chamberlain Hall, a 21-storey tower, offers students studying at the university spectacular views

Newly discovered cousin of T. rex 'was vegetarian'

Birmingham scientists have discovered an ancient cousin of the Tyrannosaurus rex - and it was a vegetarian.

David Edwards is made chief of education development

Midland man who went from brickie to African 'chief'

Midland man who became mature student and professor 'crowned' in key Ghanaian role

Conservation staff at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery working on 'The arming and departure of the knights of the round table on the quest for the Holy Grail'.

Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller: I'd rather have met William Morris than Andy Warhol

Jeremy Deller is curator of Love is Enough, an exhibition of William Morris and Andy Warhol at Birmingham's Gas Hall

Primary school pupils

Saltley school one of best for boosting pupil success

Parkfield Community School, in Saltley, has been named one of the top in the country after helping boost the academic success of its disadvantaged pupils .

Trojan Horse troubleshooter to take over city's education

Colin Diamond will succeed current education director Sally Taylor in interim capacity until   permanent replacement is found

Director Iqbal Khan: My grim view of Birmingham has changed

The prestigious director talks about his work with English Touring Opera and Royal Shakespeare Company

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