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

Paul Philip, SRA chief executive

Apprenticeships in law set to improve access to legal profession

Apprenticeship standards in law are part of a package of 59 measures announced by David Cameron

CGI of the new students flats in Windsor Street

Vacant Nechells site to house new student flats

Industrial area near Aston University could house the second student accommodation development in Birmingham to be run by operator Amare following project in Selly Oak

Prime Minister gives go ahead for Solihull free school

New establishment called Solihull Alternative Provision Academy will cater for up to 90 children in the borough who are at risk of exclusion from mainstream schools

David Hillan, practice leader at Grant Thornton in Birmingham, with this year's trainees

Grant Thornton breaks trainee record with class of 2015

Twenty young people, including seven school-leavers who took part in last year’s summer internship, have joined Grant Thornton

Aston Martin headquarters at Gaydon

Aston Martin to expand apprenticeship scheme as part of growth plans

The Warwickshire-based sports car-maker has revealed plans to create an additional ten apprenticeships as part of its Second Century Plan

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

In This Week's Paper

Journalists

Dave Robson
Editor (Agenda and Business)
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Tamlyn Jones
Business Reporter
Emma McKinney
Local Government Correspondent
Emma McKinney
Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor