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Rugby
Pupils could get every Friday afternoon off in timetable shake-up at city school 

20 Apr 18

Bordesley Green Primary says it can save 100,000 a year by moving to four-and-a-half days teaching…


Business
Focus on future as opticians appoint Overbury 

20 Apr 18

An office fit out and refurbishment specialist has been appointed to deliver a new flagship national resource centre for trainee opticians in Birmingham.


News
New ‘miracle’ suncream launched for eczema sufferers – and it’s £12 

19 Apr 18

The 12 suncream, available now at Boots, Waitrose, Asda, Ocado and ChildsFarm.


FOI
Agreed Syllabus for Religous Education 2018 

19 Apr 18

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Simon Williams on 19 April 2018 .


News
The law on keeping your children off school in the heatwave 

19 Apr 18

One Midlands dad sparked controversy with his decision to keep his children away from school as the mercury soared…


FOI
Education Management System 

19 Apr 18

Response by Birmingham City Council to Mary Redman on 19 April 2018 .


Blog feature
Langan’s a star! 

19 Apr 18

Our latest Employee of the Month, Langan Turner, came to the aid of some visitors who braved a blizzard to get to DZG.


FOI
Agreed Syllabus for Religous Education 2018 

18 Apr 18

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Simon Williams on 18 April 2018 .


FOI
Education Management System 

18 Apr 18

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Mary Redman on 18 April 2018 .


Blog feature
New insights into disabled young people who ‘succeed but don’t proceed’ at school 

18 Apr 18

Social factors including low expectations and experiences of bullying are creating barriers to higher education for young people with disabilities in England, according to new research from the University of Warwick and the London School of Economics…


Blog feature
Year 11 Return to Oxford University 

18 Apr 18

On the 23rd March, three of our Year 11s returned to Oxford University.


Blog feature
Talking Rubbish in Solihull 

17 Apr 18

As well as fundraising for 1st Solihull, Chris Dunster runs a not-for-profit group called Talking Rubbish in Solihull.


News
Teacher Deborah Lowe cleared of having sex with teenage pupil 35 years her junior 

17 Apr 18

Deborah Lowe, 54, wiped away tears…


Rugby
Comment: Communities can help us tackle gang violence in Birmingham 

17 Apr 18

City’s guns and gangs commission is taking its next step…


News
From South Africa to Solihull – how Google Digital Garage helps Janine take the plunge in business 

17 Apr 18

Passionate swimmer Janine Kyle is enjoying a splash of success with help from Google…


News
Computer blunder means families must wait until Tuesday for school place news 

16 Apr 18

City council forced to apologise to parents who should have had email on Monday…


Blog feature
Help the Homeless 

16 Apr 18

Help the Homeless makes grants of up to £5,000 to small and medium sized charitable organisations (with a turnover of less than £1million), whose aim is to help homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life.


Rugby
What to do if your child doesn’t get a primary school place in Birmingham 

16 Apr 18

If you are one of these parents and you are unhappy with the decision about the place your child has been offered, you might want to appeal…


News
West Midlands attitudes to race have moved on since Enoch Powell’s Rivers of Blood speech survey has found 

16 Apr 18

Britain is less prejudiced than in 1968 says thinktank but racism has not gone away…


Rugby
Does Birmingham have too many student flats 

16 Apr 18

Planners are carrying out inquiry into student housing market as another block is approved…


News
Could you pass this 11+ quiz which has left parents stumped? 

14 Apr 18

Parents struggle with the questions they expect their children to answer for entrance exams…


News
Student knocked unconscious and loses teeth in terrifying attack as she walked home 

14 Apr 18

Georgia Jennings was on her way home when she was assaulted outside Asda in Molineux Way, Wolverhampton…


Local news
Plans to rebuild a Frankley junior school submitted for council approval 

13 Apr 18

The Department for Education’s Education and Skills Funding Authority (ESFA) has submitted plans to rebuild a Frankley junior school to Birmingham City Council for approval.


News
Bomb threat emails sent to schools in the Midlands ‘believed to be false and malicious’ 

13 Apr 18

Communications branded a hoax by West Midlands Police…


News
Impressive new secondary school to open as early as next year 

13 Apr 18

The 750-place West Bromwich Collegiate Academy will be built on derelict land in Kelvin Way…