Media Watch – June 13

By on 13/06/2014 in Media Watch

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Continued Trojan Horse coverage, including:

Trojan Horse curriculum shift vow (BBC)
Nick Clegg says all teachers in England should be qualified and follow a core curriculum in the wake of Ofsted’s inquiry into 21 Birmingham schools.

Governor banned from debt school by court injunction (Birmingham Mail) Education bosses are set to seize control of a Birmingham academy (Al-Hijrah) after secretly winning a High Court injunction to ban the former chairman of governors from premises.

Unpopular bus lane cameras due to be switched back on (Birmingham Mail) Controversial bus lane cameras responsible for 60,000 fines for drivers are to be turned back on.

Parents and carers can learn about special needs changes (Birmingham Mail) Parents and carers of children and young people with special needs can find out more about changes to statements at a free conference in Birmingham tomorrow.

Free tennis lessons on offer all year in parks (Birmingham Mail) With Wimbledon approaching, would-be Andy Murrays and Heather Watsons can have a year of tennis lessons – all completely free. The sessions at Gilbertstone recreation Ground, Yardley, are run by Tennis For Free as part of Birmingham City Council’s Active Parks initiative.

Birmingham ‘bankrupt’ in just 18 months – MP Gisela (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham could be bankrupt in 18 months’ time, an MP has warned.

Council look for green belt land masterplan (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is set to appoint a green belt tsar to co-ordinate plans to build thousands of homes.

Everything from Bard to Peter Pan at Mayor’s Show (Birmingham Mail) The adventures of Peter Pan and the works of Shakespeare are among top quality entertainment on offer at the annual Lord Mayor’s Show in Birmingham city centre tomorrow.

Birmingham battles on in race for social work talent (Recruiter) Birmingham City Council is “redoubling its efforts” to recruit social workers as it grapples with a serious and persistent shortage.

Regional Headlines

Town’s royal status is reaffirmed
The West Midlands town of Sutton Coldfield has its royal status reaffirmed by the government. Town with royal links bids for title.

Texting ‘can improve spelling’
Children’s use of creative spelling and grammar while texting does not stop them learning the rules of formal English, a West Midlands study suggests.

National Headlines

Bank hints at rate rise this year
The Bank of England’s governor hints that interest rates may rise earlier than expected, while the Chancellor George Osborne says he will give the Bank new powers to cap mortgages.

Hospital patients to get named doctor
Hospital patients in England should know which senior doctor is responsible for overseeing their care, according to new guidelines.

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