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

Barker Brettell patent partner Jenny Atkinson

Barker Brettell secures place on patent panel for University of Oxford's Isis Innovation

  • Law

The appointment follows a competitive tender process launched late last year by Isis Innovation – the research and technology commercialisation arm of the University of Oxford

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station

General Election 2015: Election fraud fears over missing voters

Almost 70,000 Birmingham voters have dropped off the electoral register since a strict new system was introduced.

Barrister Simon Ward with the Steiner Academy Hereford team competing in the final of the Citizenship Foundations Bar Mock Trial competition

Birmingham barrister supports students in national law competition bid

  • Law

Mr Ward, who is based at St Philips Chambers, has been guiding 15 year 10 students from Steiner Academy Hereford, who will be competing in the national final of the Citizenship Foundation’s Bar Mock Trial competition

Selly Oak has been plagued by student house extensions in recent years

Time for Birmingham to put its houses in order over blots on the landscape

The Selly Oak Community Partnership has made very reasonable objections to the general trend which sees family homes sacrificed and converted into student digs.

Streets such as this in Selly Oak have become a hotbed of development aimed at students

'Favela' extensions in Selly Oak must come down

Property developers told it must pull down extensions which it built without planning permission

Nansen Primary School in Saltley

'Trojan horse school' interim head axed after two months

Dr Rashida Sharif's departure from Nansen Primary – placed in special measures last year – was confirmed after a damning Ofsted report found violence, racism and wasted funds.

Trojan Horse pupils let down by Ofsted and DfE, claim MPs

MPs said exam results had fallen in schools at the centre of claims some governors and teachers had attempted to impose an Islamic identity on them

Judy Murray at the launch of the Tennis Foundation's new Education Strategy in Birmingham

Andy Murray's mum puts tennis on Birmingham schools' agenda

Judy Murray visits Broadway Academy in Washwood Heath as she backs the Tennis Foundation's three-year strategy to encourage more children to play tennis

White boys in Birmingham are lagging behind at every level of school, report reveals

White Birmingham boys still lowest achievers at city schools

City council vows to give more help to schools after report reveals white British boys are lagging behind their peers.

Prime Minister wants BBacc in every Birmingham school

Greater Manchester also now looking to devise its own version of the city's flagship education policy

Julian Lloyd Webber

Julian Lloyd Webber to be new principal of Birmingham Conservatoire

The internationally renowned cellist replaces David Saint who retires in April

University of Birmingham School awards ICT contract

Computer Systems in Education will help new university training school deliver IT classes

A computer-generated image of the entrance to the Eastside Locks student housing development

O'Brien chosen for work on £30 million Eastside Locks scheme

Alumno Developments’ Number 1 City Locks will provide accommodation for 659 students

Baroness Estelle Morris

Estelle Morris to lead Birmingham Education Partnership

Former MP and school teacher takes on role aimed at improving performance at city's schools

The Edgbaston High School for Girls team which won the heat of ICAEWs national business and accounting competition, BASE

Edgbaston High School for Girls team triumphs in ICAEW’s business and accounting competition

Edgbaston High School for Girls impressed the judges and will go on to represent Birmingham at the national final which takes place at the Metropole Hotel in Solihull in June. This was one of 46 heats attracting nearly 3,000 students around the country

Lauren Hartigan-Pritchard, assosiate solicitor at Thursfields

Thursfields joins forces with Birmingham Metropolitan College for 'guru' lecture series

The aim of the academy is to equip students for the world of work and encourage local jobs growth.

Education chief Coun Brigid Jones says rising academy numbers have left city with 'impossible job'

Rising academy numbers leave Birmingham 'unable to plan ahead'

City councillor says increasing number of free schools and academies opening up is making authority's job impossible regarding pupils places

£12m plan to boost Birmingham education standards

Birmingham City Council's schools strategy and improvement plan is now to go before the cabinet on Monday.

A child living in poverty.

Birmingham's child poverty shame at heart of city debate

A total of 37 per cent of youngsters growing up in households with less than £15,000 per year income compared to a national average of 27 per cent

Young people on the BBC Make it Digital Traineeship pilot programme in Birmingham

Birmingham chosen to pilot BBC Make it Digital Traineeship programme

  • BBC

The BBC Make it Digital Traineeship programme is a partnership between the broadcaster, the Department for Work and the Pensions and Skills Funding Agency, supported by a range of other organisations

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