Former state students in Birmingham are to help transform current students’ opportunities and give them a better start in life by going back to their old schools in an initiative to build an alumni network in schools and colleges in the city.

The programme – run by the education charity Future First – has been backed by the Birmingham born actor David Harewood who went to Washwood Heath Academy in Burney Lane, Stechford.

A top Chinese school has chosen East Yorkshire as a centre of excellence for studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Seventy primary school students from Beijing took part in events and activities at the University of Hull, Hymers College and Hornsea School. The visit has been organised by UK STEM – a company which works with schools and industry to promote STEM and to prevent a huge shortfall of engineers in the UK. The company has also set up Global STEM Awards to boost pupil participation from primary age onwards.

A private girls’ school which recently celebrated achieving some of the strongest GCSE results in Suffolk welcomed boys across the school for the first time on Wednesday 5th September.

Boys have joined Ipswich High School (previously Ipswich High School for Girls) throughout the Prep School and Sixth Form as they move towards becoming a co-educational via the ‘Diamond Model’ of education.