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

Margot James MP is defending her Stourbridge seat

How the new English Baccalaureate will give every child a fair chance of a job or university place

MP Margot James says the introduction of the English Baccalaureate will help ensure every GCSE student takes the subjects they need to have a chance of a good job or university place

Parents have complaints about traffic outside schools

Call for end to Birmingham schools' traffic carnage

Parent tells councillors it is dangerous taking her children to school owing to mass of traffic outside

Sir Mike Tomlinson says recruitment is the biggest issue facing schools

Bid to lure new teachers in wake of Trojan Horse

Schools in Birmingham are facing recruitment crisis which has prompted a new campaign to find more teachers

A ballot is being held over possible strike action at the University of Birmingham

Union could call strike over University of Birmingham cull

University and College Union says it rejects any compulsory job losses at Edgbaston institute and launches indicative strike ballot

Birmingham Properties Group unveils £45m development plans

Group unveils a host of residential schemes following major investment in West Midland properties

Little Kickers

Little Kickers' founders eye global goal

Couple who met at Aston University in line for top national award as they eye China for next football franchise

Mark Smith (regional chairman of PwC in the Midlands), Julian Wilkins (CBSO Youth Chorus conductor), Stephen Maddock (CBSO chief executive) and Graham Sibley (CBSO principal tuba)

PwC announces CBSO sponsorship deal

The support was announced as the CBSO bid farewell to its music director Andris Nelsons.

From left: David Hardman, chief executive of Innovation Birmingham, Karle Burford, director of AHR Architects and Ian Hirst, bid manager with Thomas Vale Construction

Innovation Birmingham launches new business centre plan

City campus to house dedicated hub aimed at helping SMEs and growing companies interact better with city's universities

Mary Rhodes presented Lincoln University's Natasha Turney with the Journalism Student of the Year award.

Birmingham Press Club crowns its Student of the Year

Lincoln University's Natasha Turney was crowned Journalism Student of the Year at Birmingham Press Club's inaugural Midlands Media Student Awards.

University of Birmingham

Hard lesson as top academics feel full force of austerity

The West Midlands may be leading the way in job creation but the world of academia is suffering, says Jon Griffin

Scores of jobs have been placed under threat at the University of Birmingham

Threat to 100 University of Birmingham jobs

City academics and staff in neuroscience and engineering departments face axe as institution looks to refocus on key growth areas

CGI of 6 Cardigan Street which will house BCU staff

Birmingham City University secures new base at Eastside Locks

University expands its footprint in city district with letting deal to house staff moving from Perry Barr campus

The VMF restaurant at Aston Villa will close next month after five years of trading and training

Aston Villa's popular Restaurant VMF to close

The restaurant - rated Birmingham's seventh-best on Tripadvisor - closes its doors for the last time in July

Thousands of West Midlands children in classes over legal size limit

New data suggests nearly 7,000 infants are in classes which breach the Government's guidelines on how big a class should be

Birmingham Ormiston Academy forced to 'think outside the box' after funding cuts

Birmingham’s “Fame Academy” has had to take drastic action after being plunged into a funding crisis.

Major gains in trauma care ‘must not be lost’

Huge steps forward at a Birmingham hospital have led to much better survival rates for soldiers who have suffered terrible injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan.

CGI of new student development at 54 George Road which has been granted permission by the city council

Green light for Calthorpe Estates' student project

Vacant plot in Edgbaston which has previously housed a garage and petrol station will be home to 50-bedroom building

Birmingham's Baroque art masterpieces to get new lease of life in transformed BMAG galleries

Research project transforms visitor experience of two galleries of 17th century European art at BMAG

University of Birmingham

Universities at the heart of growth

Universities and businesses can form fruitful relationships if they work together, says Dr David Hardman

‘Prejudice by teachers holds back obese pupils’

Low expectations of fat pupils ‘could harm academic performance’, claims researcher

In This Week's Paper


Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor