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

Major Birmingham property portfolio the Great Charles Street Estate put up for sale

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The estate on Great Charles Street, over the road from the Paradise Circus development, has been put on the market for offers of more than £20 million

Selly Oak where developers are hoping to build more than 400 new bedrooms for students

Developers eye Selly Oak for more than 400 student bedrooms

Applications lodged to build flats on two separate plots of land near Battery Retail Park just weeks after councillors warn of overcrowding in south Birmingham suburb

England cricketer Chris Woakes and pupils from Victoria Specialist Arts College with the new Lord's Taverners minibus

Investec Wealth & Investment co-funds Lord’s Taverners minibus for Victoria Specialist Arts College

Following England’s international summer of cricket against India, T20 hero Chris Woakes unveiled the accessible minibus at Edgbaston Cricket Ground

Eamonn Burns, new regional director for the Midlands with construction group Seddon

Seddon appoints new Midlands regional director

Construction group is aiming to boost turnover in the region to £100m on the back of appointment to education development framework

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron blames Birmingham's Labour council for 6,000 job cuts as conference kicks off

Conservative Leader David Cameron highlighted Tory hopes of winning Birmingham Northfield and Birmingham Edgbaston in interview as the Tory conference comes to the city

CGI of the new Health Futures University Technical College in West Bromwich

BAM wins brief to build £9m university technical college in Sandwell

Construction group behind several projects across the region awarded latest contract to deliver specialist health college

Principal of the University of Birmingham School Michael Roden which opens next year

University of Birmingham school inundated a year before it opens

The unique school could eventually rival fee-paying establishments as 1,600 parents sign up to attend open days

Birmingham City Council

Trojan Horse fallout sees Whitehall official parachuted in

Sir Mike Tomlinson will spend a year ensuring changes are made following critical reports of city's schools

New plans to prevent Birmingham's disabled children travelling miles to school

Proposals come after councillors revealed last year that some children with special educational needs were having to get up to 12 buses a day

Liam Byrne MP who is calling for powers to be moved to the regions immediately

Liam Byrne urges Birmingham to convene 'constitutional convention'

Hodge Hill MP and former Cabinet Minister among a number of Labour MPs demanding action to move power from Westminster to English regions

Lord Michael Heseltine

Lord Heseltine launches chamber link with colleges to close skills gap

New Skills Hub founded with local colleges to develop formal integration between employers and training providers

Redrow ploughs on with Ravenhurst Playing Fields housing plans

Housebuilder submits application to build 121 houses on former playing fields despite continued protests from action group

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Picture: Michael Bulbenko

Apple founder Steve Wozniak: Entrepreneurs are leading the way in digital age

Man who built the first Macintosh computer in a garage alongside friend Steve Jobs, is appearing at the National Entrepreneurs Convention, at the ICC

Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty

Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti to speak at Birmingham Law Society event

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A qualified barrister, Ms Chakrabarti was a panel member for the Leveson Inquiry, the judicial inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the UK press, which focused on the phone hacking scandal

King Solomon International school finds new home at Aston University

World free school identifies site next to city university to launch business teaching from September 2015

Birmingham City Council's new chief executive Mark Rogers

Mark Rogers: Let's stop poring over Birmingham's failings

The council chief pointed out that the city has been the subject of a range of inquiries by the Government and official inspectors in the past year

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

Birmingham MPs unite to demand HS2 college in the city

The MPs, eight Labour, one Conservative and one Lib Dem have all signed the letter in which they argue Birmingham is the only logical place for the college

Cllr James Hutchings who has apologised for comments he made to a Muslim councillor

Tory James Hutchings apologises for 'headscarf' comments to Muslim councillor

Member for Edgbaston claimed fellow councillor had received preferential treatment because of the way she was dressed

Chairman of the Black Country LEP Stewart Towe (right) and Jatinder Sharma, Walsall College principal and chief executive, officially open its new £300,000 Engineering and Manufacturing Workshop

Walsall College opens new £300,000 engineering workshop

Institute is hoping to address a shortage of key skills in the region in manufacturing and engineering

Sally Alexander, head teacher of Kimichi School where all pupils must play a musical instrument

Kimichi School opens doors to new educational tune

Headteacher wants to promote music lessons at new fee-paying schools in Acocks Green

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