Birmingham Mail cuttings – August 2014

black magicI left the Birmingham Post and Mail in August 2014 to concentrate on freelance work, so there are only a couple of cuttings to add here. I did manage to go out on a high with a rather surprising front page story though!

8/8/14 – Graverobbers could have used my baby’s remains for black magic, says Birmingham mum

14/8/14 – Hero Birmingham soldier who lost both legs in Afghanistan receives A levels

These stories ended up in the national and international media, including the Telegraph, Mirror, Mail and ITV.

Birmingham Post and Mail cuttings – July 2014

Here are a few of the things I worked on at the Birmingham Post and Mail in July 2014:

3/7/14 – Parents at war with school head amid claims children wetting themselves in class and teachers crying

6/7/14 – Birmingham school to lead maths teaching improvement drive

10/7/14 – Young mum: Post-natal depression made me want to kill my baby

10/7/14 – Threat to 800 jobs at the University of Warwick

12/7/14 – Students can now take a degree in…GOLF

14/7/14 – Forgotten tablet marking Birmingham posties killed in World War One to be installed at National Memorial Arboretum

14/7/14 – Ex-heroin user who beat addiction after 22 years graduates with first class degree

18/7/14 – Time capsule from 1883 found at Birmingham school has its contents revealed

18/7/14 – Yardley teachers retire after 100 YEARS of service

18/7/14 – Acocks Green pupil awarded for not missing a single day of school since nursery

24/7/14 – Ex-Saltley School head teacher: Governors left my career in ruins

26/7/14 – Birmingham mum prosecuted for refusing to pay “bullied” daughter’s “truancy fine”

27/7/14 – Budding Birmingham actor has a real fighting chance to grab success

27/7/14 – New £10m health college earmarked for West Bromwich


Birmingham Post and Mail cuttings – June 2014


Here are a few of the things I worked on at the Birmingham Post and Mail during June 2014:

4/6/14 – Prepare to feel pig-sick, England fans – it’s guinea be Italy’s night…

5/6/14 – Former Al-Hijrah School governors defy ban to attend protest rally

5/6/14 – King Edward’s School launches £10m fund-raising campaign for 100 new places

5/6/14 – Trojan Horse: Golden Hillock School and Saltley School placed in special measures

13/6/14 – Cannock set for huge designer outlet shopping village

18/6/14 – Birmingham Metropolitan College invest £8m in green hub

21/6/14 – Teenager banned from her own school prom for being late for lessons

25/6/14 – Birmingham school placed in special measures after head is suspended

26/6/14 – Almost one in three Birmingham 11-year-olds miss out on first choice secondary school 


Birmingham Post and Mail cuttings – May 2014

Here are a few of the things I worked on at the Birmingham Post and Mail, and Sunday Mercury, in May 2014:

8/5/14 – Hobby horse riders race to raise funds for Birmingham girl Abbi Bennett

8/5/14 – Birmingham school Cockshut Hill College stuns pupils by scrapping A levels

12/5/14 – Birmingham headteacher quits after Ofsted condemns school

14/5/14 – Stephen Sutton’s brother pays tribute: “I was blessed to grow up with him”

15/5/14 – Birmingham MP backs parents’ rights to take trips in school term

16/5/14 – Revealed: The Birmingham primary schools not yet ready to provide free school meals

18/5/14 – Brummie mum’s warts and all guide to motherhood

26/5/14 – The man creating a school that’s in a class of its own

29/5/14 – Mourners celebrating life of Stephen Sutton to give “thumbs up” as they file past coffin

29/5/14 – Stephen Sutton: JustGiving appeal for Teenage Cancer Trust hits £4million

Birmingham Post and Mail cuttings – April 2014


Here are a few of the things I worked on at the Birmingham Mail in April:

2/4/14 – Ofsted swoops on Birmingham schools in “Trojan Horse” probe

4/4/14 – Birmingham schools Trojan Horse probe: PM David Cameron backing Ofsted

7/4/14 – Birmingham teacher wins £100,000 after being injured breaking up a playground fight

9/4/14 – Library of Birmingham closed early after ceiling tiles fall to floor

10/4/14 – Birmingham council freezes appointments of governors following Trojan Horse probe

10/4/14 – Universities attacked for refusing to reveal pay meeting minutes

21/4/14 – Parents failing to pay fines for absenteeism

24/4/14 – Call for Stephen Sutton statue as fund approaches £2m

28/4/14 – More than 43,000 animals used in university’s labs