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

Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty

Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti to speak at Birmingham Law Society event

  • Law

A qualified barrister, Ms Chakrabarti was a panel member for the Leveson Inquiry, the judicial inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the UK press, which focused on the phone hacking scandal

King Solomon International school finds new home at Aston University

World free school identifies site next to city university to launch business teaching from September 2015

Birmingham City Council's new chief executive Mark Rogers

Mark Rogers: Let's stop poring over Birmingham's failings

The council chief pointed out that the city has been the subject of a range of inquiries by the Government and official inspectors in the past year

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

Birmingham MPs unite to demand HS2 college in the city

The MPs, eight Labour, one Conservative and one Lib Dem have all signed the letter in which they argue Birmingham is the only logical place for the college

Cllr James Hutchings who has apologised for comments he made to a Muslim councillor

Tory James Hutchings apologises for 'headscarf' comments to Muslim councillor

Member for Edgbaston claimed fellow councillor had received preferential treatment because of the way she was dressed

Chairman of the Black Country LEP Stewart Towe (right) and Jatinder Sharma, Walsall College principal and chief executive, officially open its new £300,000 Engineering and Manufacturing Workshop

Walsall College opens new £300,000 engineering workshop

Institute is hoping to address a shortage of key skills in the region in manufacturing and engineering

Sally Alexander, head teacher of Kimichi School where all pupils must play a musical instrument

Kimichi School opens doors to new educational tune

Headteacher wants to promote music lessons at new fee-paying schools in Acocks Green

Charlie Bond and Wendy Garner at the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering

Students begin 'factory ready' training at £32m institute

The youngsters will begin training at the new Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering

The referendum vote for Scottish Independence.

Firms set for Scottish independence shake-up - regardless of referendum

The Scotland Act 2012, dubbed the biggest transfer of powers in 300 years, will mean major changes for companies

Richard Sykes, employment partner at the Birmingham office of Mills & Reeve

Mills & Reeve reappointed to legal panel of London Universities Purchasing Consortium

LUPC is a professional purchasing organisation that acts on behalf of over 60 member institutions made up of universities and colleges as well as government agencies, research organisations and museums and other cultural establishments

Legal services manager at Browne Jacobson, Sally Swift

Browne Jacobson helps spearhead law apprenticeships

Specialists at the firm have been working with the Department for Business and Department of Education on the Trailblazers Apprenticeship in Law initiative

Aerial pictures of Birmingham from the Rotunda, in Birmingham city centre; St Martin's church

Birmingham has "flatlined" warns top civil servant leading Government review into city's problems

The Trojan Horse affair, failing child protection services and Birmingham’s massive debts have led central government to launch an inquiry into what’s gone wrong in the city.

A coding lesson

Jerry Blackett: Why Birmingham will be saying 'hello, world' as digital sector booms

Coding is now commonplace in classrooms, and Birmingham is cashing in on this programming revolution.

The former Birmingham Municipal Savings Bank, in Broad Street, which could be the home of a new museum

Museum plans for Municipal Bank and Great Barr Hall

New vision to transform 'at risk' empty buildings into major tourist attractions

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.

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