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


Tom Watson MP, Mim Hall, Principal, Sandwell Valley School; Paul Bassi.

MP's praise for Sandwell Valley School at opening

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party officially opened Sandwell Valley School

The Real Schools Guide: Search for your primary school

We've analysed all the local government data to bring you the rundown on your local primary schools. You can see how each primary school compares against other schools in your area and across the UK. Data is available for comparison on everything from pupils' attainment and the quality of the teaching to when the school was lasted inspected and teacher to pupil ratio.

West Bromwich Albion found itself under new ownership in August

Review of 2016 - August: West Brom takeover, Assay Office in India and Specsavers jobs cull

August saw another Chinese investor plough money into the West Midlands with the purchase of West Bromwich Albion while Specsavers announced plans to close its manufacturing base in Aston

Ex Cathedra's expedition to explore the New World

Ex Cathedra conductor Jeffrey Skidmore tells Christopher Morley about the Birmingham choir's journey to discover the baroque music of South America

Jayne Magee, BITC; David Darlaston, Founder and CEO, PLANit Global; Lisa Nicholson, BCC.

Innovative online careers platform for young launched

More than 60 guests from business, education and the public sector attended the launch of PLANit Global

Sir Simon's scintillating symphonies top of the pile for Christmas

As the festive season is upon us, here’s Christopher Morley's top picks for the best gifts for the classical music lovers in your lives

Talented trio of brothers back to where it all began

Three of the award-winning 12 Ensemble who appear in Birmingham next week tell Christopher Morley how they honed their craft from a young age in the city

Tchaikowsky's The Merchant of Venice by Welsh National Opera.

Prejudice under microscope in Tchaikowsky's Bard opera

Tchaikowsky never lived to see his interpretation of The Merchant Of Venice see the light of day, but it’s now alive and kicking thanks to the WNO

Alpesh Chauhan

Birmingham conductor's 'excited' about Italian job

Still only in his mid-20s, Birmingham-born Alpesh Chauhan will soon take charge of an orchestra in Parma after impressing with the CBSO.

Some of the 132 graduates and students who have joined PwC's Birmingham practice

PwC welcomes bumper intake in Birmingham office

More than 130 graduates and students have taken up new roles in the city centre office of financial services firm

Staffordshire University threatens to axe more than 80 jobs

New academic structure will be implemented at university to create six schools which ‘reflect its most successful and relevant subjects'

The new University of Birmingham library will open on Monday

New £44m University of Birmingham library to open next week

University's new facility will feature almost 40 miles of shelving and will launch with an exhibition showcasing collections from the past 500 years

CGI of plans for new science labs at University of Birmingham

Condemned designs for Uni of Birmingham's labs hailed by planners

New science block criticised by Post readers is due to get green light as city council officers praise 'high standard of design'

David Hillan (centre), practice leader at Grant Thornton in Birmingham, welcomes new trainees to the firm's city office

Grant Thornton and RSM recruit latest trainees

Financial services firms unveil 2016 batch of school leavers and university graduates embarking on new careers in Birmingham

Chuka Umunna (seated, Labour's then shadow business secretary), Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood and TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady meeting apprentices at EEF's technology training centre in Aston

EEF's new Aston training hub to open later this year

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Manufacturers' organisation is putting the finishing touches to £5 million addition to technology hub which will train 400 apprentice a year

Birmingham City University on Curzon Street

A tutorial on the best student digs in Birmingham

Where are the best places for students in the city? We take a look at the key areas for those who are heading to Brum this September.

A new booklet celebrates the work of former Birmingham Post cartoonist Bert Hackett

New book chronicles life of Birmingham Post cartoonist

Mild-mannered cartoonist Bert Hackett, better known as Gemini, spent 42 years drawing the big stories of the day

Adaptable co-founders Dan Cooper (left) and Olly Sorsby

Adaptable wins online revamp brief for Stone Group

Education technology firm brings in Digbeth studio to transform its brand identity and web presence

Guitarist Chris Ketley, on stage with Ellie Goulding at Wireless in 2014, is working with Digbeth firm LessonWith

Digbeth tech firm signs up Michael Jackson's guitarist for online lessons

New start-up company launches websites offering online music tutorials with artists who boast tours with Michael Jackson and Ellie Goulding on their CVs

CGI of plans to build 520 student bedrooms in Cliveland Street

£45m Gun Quarter project to start this month

London-based private equity house and developer acquire derelict site to build 520 new student bedrooms

In This Week's Paper


Graeme Brown
Editor (Agenda and Business)
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Tamlyn Jones
Business Reporter
Neil Elkes
Local Government Correspondent
Emma McKinney
Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor