Media Watch – June 11

By on 11/06/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Trojan Horse - continued widespread coverage

• Gagged, the heads forced out by Trojan Horse schools plot (Daily Mail): Story claims council failed to deny it was telling teachers not to speak to Ofsted or media. Statements were provided on two separate occasions clearly stating that these contracts do not prevent teachers from raising concerns with the council.  The council has issued a rebuttal on birminghamnewsroom.com which can be found here.

• Ofsted Trojan Horse findings spark debate over supervision (Financial Times)

• School director had links to travel firm behind five-star trip to Mecca (Birmingham Mail)

• Ofsted head concedes defeat in row with Gove (Telegraph)

• Ofsted under pressure to target governors (The Guardian)

• Fresh doubt over Gove's version of Trojan Horse affair (The Independent)

• Dawn raids were vetoed by me, not Gove, claims Ofsted chief (The Times)

• Trojan Horse probe schools to lose funding (BBC)

Two guilty of family scam to clock 4 million miles off cars (Birmingham Mail): Two members of a Birmingham family were found guilty yesterday of their part in a professional 'car clocking' scam. Cllr Dring quoted.

New Lord Mayor picks charities for the year (Birmingham Mail): Cllr Shafique Shah has named four charities that he will support during his mayoral year. The charities are: Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Focus Birmingham and Sifa Fireside.

Councillor: I was victim of a smear campaign (Birmingham Mail): Report that Cllr John Clancy has claimed he was a victim of a smear campaign after he was cleared of making inappropriate comments at a meeting with tenants at a retirement home.

Golden memories left for the future (Birmingham Mail): Coverage of time capsule being buried in Golden Square in the Jewellery Quarter. Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Regional headlines

Birmingham Boy, 6, escapes war-torn Syria: Muahd Zain who was born in the city but has spent three years trapped in Syria has managed to escape into Jordan.

University of Birmingham opens new research centre which will investigate the underlying causes of arthritis.

Walsall Christmas Day flat fire murderer Susan Buckley jailed for life.

National headlines

Doctors urge the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence not to extend plans to extend statin use.

Passport Office says 97% of applications are being processed on time amid claims 500,000 people are now waiting for documents.

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