Premier League stars from the region have joined a literacy drive by naming their favourite books.
Members of the National Union of Teachers demonstrated in one of Birmingham's central squares today over workload, pay and pensions.
List of schools in the Midlands affected by strike action on Wednesday 26th March.
Careers in carpentry, joinery, fashion and sports will all be on show today as hundreds of students in the Black Country will get the chance to try their hand at potential jobs for the future.
Sandwell College and Walsall College have teamed up to hold the Sandwell & Walsall Skills Show Experience, which will be staged at Bank's Stadium in Walsall from 10am until 7pm.
Food demonstrations, dog grooming, nail art, business quizzes, computer games design, a virtual catwalk and an automotive challenge will all be taking place, while employers including the NHS, Bandals and the AA will be offering advice to job hunters.
Scott Upton, vice principal at Sandwell College, welcomed the launch of the event.
Skills are the key to people building rewarding careers as the economy recovers.
At this event, a wide range of skills will be on show, as well as opportunities for young people and young adults who are the future of our region.
Pupils in Wellingborough have had an unusual visitor in their classes - a drugs sniffer dog.
It is part of a crackdown by police in Northamptonshire aimed at keeping drugs out of the county's schools.
They say anyone caught with anything illegal on them will be prosecuted.
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A member of the NUT in Birmingham has apologised to parents for today's strike, which meant many children could not go into school.
But Kevin Courtney also said it was necessary for parents to see that the Government has caused teachers to have to go on strike.
The Government says it's surprised the strike took place, as talks are underway with unions.
Teachers have been marching in Nottingham today as part of their strike. The National Union of Teachers is campaigning against pay, pensions and working conditions.
A Nottingham NUT member has explained the reasons for today's teacher strike to ITV News Central's Education Correspondent, Peter Bearne.
Susi Artis says changes to the structure of education in the country is a main reason behind the strike, as well as pay and pensions. She spoke during the NUT march in Nottingham earlier today.
More than 300 teachers have marched through Nottingham, as they strike over pay, pensions and working conditions.
Today's march ended with a rally and speeches in the Old Market Square.
Teachers on strike today over pay, pensions and conditions have been protesting in Birmingham's Victoria Square.