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

CGI of the new Foyles store which will open in Grand Central next month

Cressida Cowell to open children's department at Foyles' Grand Central store

London-based bookstore chain will open its sixth venture next month and has also released a new CGI of how it will look

Aaron Banks and Kiemara Fields, two of the first to join an accounting apprenticeship in partnership with Aston Villa FC, with Villa in the Community head Ravinder Masih

Aston Villa team up with charity for accounting apprenticeship scheme

Apprentices will study for an accounting qualification at college whilst also developing leadership skills through football coaching

Hitting the right notes in our duet with China

Mike Loftus on our attempts to understand modern China and its role in the global economy

CGI of Birmingham City University's new plans to build on its City South campus in Edgbaston

Birmingham City University unveils £41m campus expansion

University lodges plans to build new school of life sciences at its City South campus in Edgbaston as programme of building continues

The Library of Birmingham has been the subject of more negative headlines in recent weeks

Literacy campaigner hits out at cuts to Birmingham's library service

Quality 'under threat' after council stops buying books in favour of public donations in latest bid to mitigate against budget cuts following decision to slash opening hours and reduce staffing

Solihull School is among the West Midlands' best for AS and A-levels results

Private Birmingham schools named among West Midlands' best

Quartet of elite institutions rank high for AS and A-level results during the recent 2014/15 academic year

2,800 new places 'created in failing schools' by city

Supporters of the Government's controversial free schools policy have accused Birmingham City Council of creating 2,800 new primary places at failing schools in the city

Pupils during a GCSE exam

New GCSE shake-up 'will lead to shortage of examiners'

Tougher new GCSE exams could lead to a national shortage of examiners, a Birmingham teaching union has claimed

Comedian Jack Whitehall joined pupils Michaela Moclair, Xerxes Petalcurin and Nickesha Claire-Ward at Greenwood Academy in Castle Vale, to open their GCSE results

Jack Whitehall helps Birmingham pupils celebrate GCSE results

Comedian drops in on Greenwood Academy in Castle Vale which has seen a rapid rise up the rankings in recent years

Some of Victoria Hall's student flats in Selly Oak - the developer is now eyeing another site in the district

Selly Oak student block planned for Goose pub car park

Victoria Hall brings forward proposals for 63 bedrooms at rear of popular pub as it continues expansion in Birmingham suburb

Birmingham students set for new GCSE subjects

Astronomy and statistics among those new topics which will be on the agendas of pupils across the city

Independent Islamic schools in Birmingham top GCSE pile

New figures released ahead of this year's results show that three Muslim schools in the city were among Birmingham's top 20

Carillion JV seals £187m schools contract

Black Country group will build three new schools in Birmingham as part of wider programme to deliver eight new sites across the Midlands

Birmingham firms named and shamed for flouting minimum wage

Disability support group among those found to be underpaying workers

Solihull School students and headmaster David Lloyd celebrate a record high in A-level results

Poor A-level results don't have to mean a poor future

Education correspondent Emma McKinney asesses the future for those teenager today which didn't get quite what they hoped for in the A-levels

Rosie Mann, Niamh Robinson and Samantha Galbraith with their top A Level results, at Saint Martin's School in Solihull

West Midlands A-level students celebrate rise in overall passes

More than 75,000 A-levels were taken at schools and sixth form colleges with 98.1 per cent of pupils achieving A* to E

Birmingham Library Service has been criticised for deciding not to buy anymore new books

Authors condemn latest Library of Birmingham debacle

City council confirms there is no budget to buy new books and newspapers so is now appealing for public to donate unwanted items to Birmingham's libraries

New A-levels could 'harm education' of Birmingham teenagers

College chiefs express fears over new format of qualification format following decision to scrap coursework element of assessment

University of Birmingham has offered some applicants guaranteed places

Universities bid to woo students to Birmingham

Cash bursaries, scholarships and unconditional offers are being dangled in front of students as city's institutions aim to lure in the 2015 intake

Erin O'Connor outside Selfridges in Birmingham - the model will be made an honorary doctor by BCU

Birmingham City University to honour model Erin O'Connor

Black Country model to receive honorary doctorate to mark 15-year career in the fashion industry

In This Week's Paper


Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
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Business Reporter
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Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor