The week

8th April 2011 at 01:00

This has not been a good week if you're keen for the teaching profession to be thought of as serious and sober. Hacks were left rubbing their hands with glee when news broke of not one, but two, blonde female teachers posing for seductive snaps. "Honestly, they're like buses," you can imagine the news editor of the Currant Bun saying to himself. First up was a London primary school teacher, who became the subject of an email chain when her ex, a City type, accidentally cc-ed her into an email to a friend that described her as hot. Facebook then provided photos of her in all sorts of saucy scenarios. Phwoar, thought the great unwashed.

Then, just days later, came a racy art teacher, and former model, who had accidentally allowed topless pictures of her to be found by her excitable pupils. What made this story seriously top-drawer for the nationals was, of course, that her school was Harrow. Cue references to Winston Churchill and straw boaters. A topless teacher and posh kids in silly uniforms. It was all too much for the tabloids.

The other story from the world of education that excited most newspapers this week was the news that all schools would ban mobile phones from September. Raging educational technologists and ICT teachers vented their spleen. Incandescent blogs were penned. An online petition was signed by hundreds. The only problem was that the story was the result of a kind of newspaper version of Chinese whispers and was, in fact, nonsense. The truth is that the Government is legislating to add mobile phones and electronic devices such as iPods to the list of items staff can search for without consent. Which is A Good Thing, and not particularly controversial. Storm in a teacup, anyone?

A week in education would not be worthy of its name without an appearance by our old friend Toby "alienating people" Young. The loser-of-friends appeared on Tuesday in The Guardian (alongside the smuggest of pics) to explain himself - again - and his plans for a free school. The inveterate self-publicist told the paper that he had made a conscious decision to use his fame because it would make it harder for ministers to "ignore" him. Presumably he'll also get Brownie points with his friend in Government for attending next month's Rally against Debt.

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