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

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

Ed James and Matt Reynolds (left and right), of Ed James Group, with Rob Spittle, managing director - operations of automotive group Guest.

New client wins for Ed James Group

PR and marketing agency secures new briefs in education and automotive sectors

Jean Wilks CBE, former headmistress of King Edward VI High School for Girls who has died aged 97

Former headmistress of King Edward's VI High for Girls dies aged 97

Jean Wilks considered 'saw the best in people' and was known for broadening curriculum and battling for state-funded placements

Jatinder Sharma, principal and chief executive of Walsall College

Walsall College offers degree courses for first time

Black Country institute teams up with Birmingham City University to launch trio of courses with more to follow

Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore hails rebirth of Birmingham over 30 years but says more is to come

Sir Albert Bore says Birmingham can look forward to more years of growth

General business

Andrew Whitehead: Where's the energy for Scottish independence?

Thoughts are once again turning to the call for Scottish independence, perhaps rejuvenated with a wave of national pride.

Rachel Maclean

'Birmingham Baccalaureate' skills policy hangs in balance

The Birmingham Baccalaureate has now ended and, with the children set to return to the classroom from September, no new deal has been signed.

Kevin Hodgetts, Haines Watts

Haines Watts adds new face to partnership

From graduate trainee to partner in 14 years for audit specialist  Kevin Hodgetts

Employees have the opportunity to impress employers of their abilities and talents, which, if they have any sense, will be recognised

Russell Luckock: Time to give start-up businesses a real leg-up

Small businesses, some with just two or three people, are producing a wide range of goods that are directed at the impulse buyer.

Tom Claughton and Saajan Jemahl achieved the maximum mark in the International Baccalaureate

King Edward's pair secure top grades in International Baccalaureate

Tom Claughton and Saajan Jemahl, students at King Edward's School in Edgbaston, achieved the maximum 45 points, a feat achieved by only 146 students worldwide

Apprentices in the Aston Martin design department mould a car from clay

An Aston Martin as you've never seen it before - made from clay

Midland-based luxury carmaker Aston Martin aims to create the best of tomorrow’s automotive design talent – by recruiting clay sculpting trainees

The private thoughts of a teenage girl as war erupts

  • WW1

Dorothy Annie Curzon Priest was a pupil at King Edward VI High School for Girls from 1910-1914.

Theresa May

Trojan Horse children 'left unprepared for modern Britain' says Theresa May

Home Secretary urges all to look at how controversy came about but stop short of demanding police action

Classroom of children

Other countries do without governors - so why can't we?

Lots of other countries manage without governors. If we want to continue this historic custom, it needs a modern re-think.

Artist's impression of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering in Coventry

AME wins R&D project three months before opening

Technology Strategy Board grants £750,000 to manufacturing and engineering research centre

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Business Reporter
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