We are in the middle of a dramatic transformation in the way Britain's schools are run. The Government wants schools to become academies.
The newest school in Birmingham City Centre for 15 years has opened today. Year 7s and sixth formers are the first students to study there.
The Government has announced that 52 schools in the Midlands are to receive money to rebuild dilapidated buildings.
Headteachers have declared they have no confidence in the Government's education policies at the NAHT union conference in Birmingham.
Kenny Frederick, a headteacher and member of the NAHT executive, has accused the Education Secretary Michael Gove of wanting to "bring us back to 1950s".
Speaking on the BBC's Radio 5 Live, she said that Mr Gove has not listened to teachers and that his plan was destined to "fall flat on its face".
Mr Gove is expected to receive an angry reception when he speaks at the NAHT conference in Birmingham this afternoon.
Schools are losing their sense of humour under piles of data and spreadsheets as headteachers are forced to "wrestle with an octopus" of government initiatives and reforms, a union leader will warn today.
Heads are becoming tired of constant change to the education system, and believe it is being dismantled before their eyes, according to Bernadette Hunter, president of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT).
In a strongly-worded attack, Ms Hunter will say she believes that Education Secretary Michael Gove is not a champion of education, and liken the minister to a "fanatical personal trainer" urging headteachers to go "faster, faster, higher and higher".
The Education Secretary Michael Gove said if some schools opposed to becoming an academy are failing and children are suffering he "has to step in".
We're in the middle of a dramatic transformation in the way Britain's schools are run. The Coalition Government believes that as many as possible should become academies, in other words opting out of the direct control of local councils, and running their own budgets.
Today, new figures suggest forty six percent of Midlands Secondary Schools have already made the switch. But one city is bucking the trend. In Leicester only one of the city's eighteen secondary schools is an academy.
The East Midlands region has one of the biggest percentages of academy schools in the country, according to new figures.
Across the Midlands, nearly half of secondary schools are now academies. The Education Secretary Michael Gove will later announce his future plans for academies in the region.
Parents of pupils who are attending the new Free School in the centre of Birmingham describe what they think.
Pupils at the newest school in Birmingham for 15 years, Perry Beeches II, describe what it means to them.
A teacher at the new Free School in the city of Birmingham describes what the school can do for the community around it.