Media Watch – July 24

By on 24/07/2014 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Trojan Horse - local and national coverage:

  • Teachers prevented from raising Trojan Horse fears by gagging clauses (Daily Telegraph).
  • City pupils fear never getting a job as report exposes Islamist agenda at schools, MPs have warned (Birmingham Post).
  • Disadvantaged pupils failed by many academies, Sutton Trust report claims (The Independent): Report claims some academies are “highly ineffective” and calls for the Government to improve scrutiny of their performance, in light of Trojan Horse reports.
  • Trojan Horse probe 'needs review' (BBC Online): Report from National Association of Head Teachers conference, where teachers called for Ian Kershaw's report to be reviewed, following the findings of Peter Clarke's report.
  • Ex-head: School governors ruined my 25-year career (Birmingham Mail): Interview with Balwant Bains, former head teacher at Saltley School.
  • Trojan Horse inquiry was politically motivated, says former Park View chair (The Guardian)
  • The Trojan Horse plot is an indictment of local education authorities, not academies (Daily Telegraph)
  • 'Sustained bid' to impose extremist agenda in schools (The Straits Times)

City could be first public sector hub outside London (Birmingham Post): Report that Birmingham could be a 'mini Whitehall' as a centre for Government outside the capital. Leader quoted.

Major funding boost for key city centre projects (Birmingham Post): Story on how Birmingham is set to receive a £147m boost as the City Centre Enterprise Zone Plan is set to double from £128m to £275m. Leader quoted.

1,500 jobs en route to city HS2 bas with thousands more down the line (Birmingham Post): Report that thousands of skilled jobs are to be created with the HS2 construction headquarters in Birmingham. Leader quoted.

New Metro extension set to link Digbeth with HS2 and centre (Birmingham Post): Report on planned extension to the Metro to improve links to city centre ahead of development of Curzon St station. Leader quoted.

New company will lead largest redevelopment in a generation (Birmingham Post): Article on how Birmingham Curzon Urban Regeneration Company will lead the developments around HS2 and Curzon St Station. Leader quoted.

Planners to rule on care scheme (Birmingham Post): Plans for a 65-bed care home and sports pavilion in Sutton Coldfield to be considered by city's planning committee on Thursday.

Student area 'like slums of Brazil' (Birmingham Post): Short piece following split decision at planning committee over two similar applications to extend semi-detached properties in Selly Oak. Cllr Karen McCarthy quoted.

Great achievements the city can rightly be very proud of (Birmingham Post - Architects & Building Consultants supplement): Round up of the city's achievements, including Library of Birmingham being shortlisted for RIBA Stirling Prize.

Jobs for disabled saved as council firm gets lifeline (Birmingham Post): Report that Shelforce, a double glazing firm owned by the council which specialises in providing employment for disabled workers, is now 'back on an even keel'. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted.

£25m police deal 'must not repeat mistakes of the past' (Birmingham Post): Report that West Midlands Police are being warned of the dangers of outsourcing services to private sector companies. Draws comparisons to the city council's deal with Service Birmingham.

Head struck off for altering SATs (Birmingham Post): Report that Tina Ireland, former head of Regents Park Community Primary School in Small Heath, and her deputy Michelle McCusker, banned from teaching after cheating SAT exam scores.

New appointments announced at West Midlands ITA (Coach and Bus Week): Story on inaugural meeting of the new West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority, which took place on 18 July.

Motorsport plant closure costs Goodyear Dunlop (Midlands Insider Daily): Report on costs borne by Goodyear Dunlop after it moved production from Birmingham to Europe, which states city council offered the business several alternative sites including the Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston.

£64m for sustainable transport scheme (Bus and Coach Weekly): Report on latest tranche of government funding to local authorities to improve public transport. Centro, West Midlands ITA and Birmingham City Council each received £3m in this round of funding.

Regional headlines

Former West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclair faces charges of money laundering and misconduct. She will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 17 September.

Hundreds of mourners attend former West Midlands Police Commissioner Bob Jones' funeral at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

National headlines

Commonwealth games begin in Glasgow.

Black boxes from Malaysian Air flight MH17 arrive in Britain for analysis amid claims evidence was tampered with.

David Cameron to examine licences for the sale of arms to Russia following claims they breached a ban.

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