Ofsted began piloting surprise no-notice inspections
As rumblings grew for a Sats boycott, a teachers' union conference heard that school support staff jobs were being advertised to bouncers
Swine flu cast a spectre over schools, causing several to close and hundreds of children to be sent home
MI5 tried recruiting teachers to become spies in the pages of 'The TES'
Postal strikes began
Jedward fever grips the UK
Flooding hit parts of Britain as it emerged school inspectors were taking health and safety more seriously
Schools were involved in the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen.