Media Watch – March 21

By on 21/03/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Ofsted sent into ‘Trojan Horse’ school (Birmingham Mail) Education watchdogs havwe carried out a second inspection in two weeks at a school (Park View School, Alum Rock) named in an alleged takeover plot by Islamic fundamentalists.

Bore – stay focussed despite Ofsted probe (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham council leader Sir Albert Bore has urged staff not to be distracted by a snap Ofsted inspection of its children’s services department.

Child ‘lost’ in care system (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s children’s services department ‘lost’ a child with special needs in the social care system for more than four years.

New secure mental unit (Birmingham Mail) City planners have given the go-ahead to a new mental health secure unit in Rednal.

Fears turbine will open way for more (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Bob Beauchamp has raised fears that the approval of a 22 metre high wind turbine could open the floodgates for many more in Birmingham.

Student flats get the go-ahead (Birmingham Mail) Plans for a major student halls development in Birmingham’s Eastside have been welcomed by city councillors.

Regional Headlines

HS2 ‘needs minister to boost growth’
HS2 Taskforce says a government minister should pull together growth projects around high speed station sites to “kickstart growth and regeneration”. Build HS2 more quickly, says boss.

Teen charged over family stabbing
A 17-year-old is charged with the attempted murder of two sisters and their mother in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Pelka death council ‘inadequate’
Coventry City Council’s children’s service – in the spotlight since the 2012 death of four-year-old Daniel Pelka – is branded “inadequate” by Ofsted.

Ofsted to change inspection system
The head of Ofsted is to outline changes to school inspections and will defend the schools’ watchdog, in a speech to headteachers.

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