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

Literary Map of the West Midlands drawn up by Writing West

Putting our literary luminaries on map

The region is bursting with creativity and Writing West Midlands has produced a literary map to show it. Alison Jones asked why it decided to landmark local talent and talks to two authors who are contributing to Birmingham's burgeoning books scene

Lord Jones of Birmingham

Digby Jones: Why The New Troubleshooter makes me go gooey

Lord Jones explains how The New Troubleshooter came about, and how he came to pick up the baton from his ‘hero’ Sir John Harvey-Jones, who presented the first series in 1990

University of Warwick

Engineering college boost for skills shortage

The University of Warwick is proposing a new college backed by Jaguar Land Rover, Aero Engine Controls and Arup, which have had difficulty recruiting staff with the right abilities

Robert Bloxham from ORB Creative at the Birmingham Post Investors' Fortress event.

Politicians and businesses welcome £5m Birmingham Post Growth Fund return

Cabinet ministers and businesspeople alike herald new fund as a boost to small and medium-sized firms

From left: John Latham of Coventry University, Carol Burke of Unipart and Dr Carl Perrin of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering at the groundbreaking ceremony

Works starts on new manufacturing and R&D campus

Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering hails new 'faculty on the floor' through Coventry University and Unipart tie-up

Sir Albert Bore

25 schools investigated over 'Trojan Horse' claims

The council has received more than 200 letters, emails and calls from parents, governors and teachers giving information about the alleged plot

Bournville College

Bournville College secures £7m for free training courses

Bournville College has been granted European Funding to invest into a scheme which will offer free courses to support the training of workforces in the local area

Call for apprenticeships to be pushed in secondary schools

  • EEF

A suggestion apprenticeships should be highlighted in secondary schools was one of the key messages at the launch of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation’s new Technology Training Centre.

Three Michelin-starred chef Alain Roux with BCF Chef of the Year Adam Handling

Birmingham renews culinary links with Lyon by signing Protocole d'Entente

Agreement aims to boost culinary co-operation between the cities as college hosts young chef competition.

Park View School, Alum Rock and Golden Hillock School, Sparkhill

School takeover plots, rumours and questions over new academies

According to all information coming out of Birmingham City Council the 'Trojan Horse' letter describing a plot by Islamic extremists to infiltrate inner city schools is most likely to be a hoax.

bournville college

£5m RGF award for Birmingham Post Growth Fund to boost the region

The Post, alongside partner Bournville College, has been given the money by government to distribute to companies throughout the region, and help to stimulate investment and unlock job creation

Lord Jones of Birmingham

Former city lawyer Digby Jones debuts as BBC's Troubleshooter

  • BBC

The business guru is The New Troubleshooter in a three-part BBC2 series which starts tonight

Park View School, Alum Rock and Golden Hillock School, Sparkhill

All city MPs call for full inquiry into Trojan Horse claims

The MPs from the three main parties presented a united front in a joint letter to Education Secretary Michael Gove

Sir Alex Ferguson

Lessons in management from 'The hairdryer'

Steven McCabe explores Alex Ferguson's appointment as a teacher at Harvard Business School.

University of Birmingham

Universities give £4.5bn boost to local economy

West Midland universities boost the economy by more than £4.5 billion a year, according to new figures.

Headmaster Bennet Carr (left) and archivist Richard Pearson in Shakespeare's classroom

£1m funds bid could see Bard's classroom open to the public

Shakespeare's School is applying for a £1million grant to restore and open up his original classroom - 450 years after his birth. Catherine Vonledebur reports

The historic School Yard frontage has been treated with respect

How to turn a building inside out and start all over again...

A building can take on a number of identities over the years, as a new function replaces the previous one.

Birmingham consultancy IE Design scoops three major European awards

IE beat international competition from the likes of Lloyds Bank and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau

The Black Country Living Museum

Black Country Living Museum gets £263,000 Arts Council funds for skills scheme

Museum was recently used as a filming location for hit BBC drama Peaky Blinders

Birmingham illustrator launches Monarda Creative design studio

Nicola Brissett began a tattooing apprenticeship but was faced with a lack of volunteers to train on, so after one year Nicola began considering alternative careers

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