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

The Library of Birmingham, in Centenary Square.

Queues for the Library of Birmingham on last ever Sunday

The controversial decision to cut access times at the Library of Birmingham to save costs has provoked widespread outrage.

Birmingham Metropolitan College

Birmingham Metropolitan College axes up to 250 jobs

Funding cuts blamed as further education college reveals major cutbacks across the region

Hundreds miss out on favoured primary places

More than 12,000 parents have received the news today whether their child as been accepted into their preferred school

Trojan Horse teaching staff could face ban for life

Current and former school staff linked to the scandal could face disciplinary action after being investigated by a professional watchdog

Nicola Gould, head teacher of Bournville School & Sixth Form Centre

'Traditional values' key to turning around Bournville School & Sixth Form Centre

New headmistress is upbeat about south Birmingham school which was rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted 18 months ago

The students from Deltion College at Selly Manor in Bournville

European students learn about town planning during Bournville visit

Bournville’s open spaces and well-designed and quality built homes are what gives the suburb its distinctive look and feel

Glen Alexander has criticised Tory plan which could see Archbishop Ilsley School become an academy

Academy plans 'could threaten' school ethos

Head teacher of Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School hits out at election pledged by Tories which could see it forced into becoming an academy

Robert Judge Rinder, Lord Justice Leveson, Lady Rae and Mr Mark Mulholland QC with the Steiner Academy Hereford team and St Philips' barrister Simon Ward

Birmingham barrister helps Midland school reach final of mock trial competition

  • Law

Winners from the UK regional heats gathered in Edinburgh to contest the final

Head of King Edward's VI School John Claughton will retire next summer

King Edward's School head set to retire after stroke

John Claughton will have led the independent school for 32 terms when he steps down next summer ahead of his 60th birthday

Birmingham school plans rejected over transport fears

East Birmingham Network's proposal hits the buffers as planning chiefs say nearby road in Erdington is too busy

Liam Nolan outside the Perry Beeches II free school in Newhall Street

£18m school for Birmingham City University campus

Chain of 'Perry Beeches' free schools has revealed it will house its sixth and final institute in buildings Birmingham City University's north campus

The Library of Birmingham, in Centenary Square.

Library of Birmingham users slam decision to close on Sundays

The Post's Facebook page has been deluged with comments from unhappy Brummies after the reduction in opening from 73 to 40 hours a week

Tim Boyes is keen to see a radical shake-up of Birmingham's schools

Radical shake-up of Birmingham's schools

Chairman of Birmingham Education Partnership Tim Boyes says private sector could play a key role in ensuring city's pupils are less divided and polarised

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

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