This week, next week

14th August 2015 at 01:00

8-14 August 2015

Saturday

Well-urned

In what would have been the highlight of many PE teachers' summers, England's cricketers won the Ashes in stunning fashion. Their prize? Bragging rights over the Aussies for the next two years.

Sunday

Long walk to freedom

South Africa celebrated National Women's Day, commemorating the moment in 1956 when 20,000 women marched to protest against having to carry a pass "proving" that they were allowed to enter a white area.

Monday

A roar deal

Lions may traditionally be known as the kings of the jungle but they are increasingly vulnerable. World Lion Day hoped to raise awareness of threats to the species, such as illegal poaching and habitat destruction.

Tuesday

More tea, vicar?

National Afternoon Tea Week is a bit of a step up from an afternoon cuppa and a staffroom Hobnob. Today marked the moment in the 1840s when the Duchess of Bedford got the culinary tradition started.

Wednesday

Stars in their eyes

Holidaying teachers had a more-than-ordinarily pressing reason to hope for clear skies, as the annual Perseid meteor showers reached their zenith. Were you one of the many stargazers camped outside?

Thursday

Street party

For those of Scotland's teachers already heading back into school for in-service days, yesterday didn't feel like much of a party. But for the folks of Edinburgh, the convivial atmosphere of the Festival continued.

Friday

Baby gym(nastics)

If your students can't wait to grow up to be sporting heroes, why not inspire them with tales of the Youth Olympic Games? The inaugural contest began on this day in 2010, with China the overwhelming winner.

15-21 August 2015

Saturday

Peace at last

History teachers know that the Pacific campaign raged on for three months after the Second World War ended in Europe. But on this day in 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allies and ended six years of war.

Sunday

Rock of ages

Long live the (memory of the) King. Today is the 38th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death and just as eagerly celebrated in certain quarters over here as it is in the US, despite him visiting the UK only twice.

Monday

Master stroke

On this day in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics, Michael Phelps became the first person to win eight gold medals in one Games. He is the most decorated Olympian of all time and an inspiration to school swimmers.

Tuesday

Bright sparks

If you're a master of defusing explosive situations in class, the British Firework Championships could be for you. Otherwise, a night watching Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School will probably suffice.

Wednesday

The greater good

Today is the United Nations' World Humanitarian Day, which commemorates people who have died in the service of humanitarian causes - a moving way to get pupils looking at the bigger picture.

Thursday

Back-to-school blues?

Term-time has well and truly begun - indeed, for some poor unfortunates in places like Glasgow and East Renfrewshire it began last week. Never mind: it's only four and a half months till Christmas.

Friday

Political differences

On this day in 1940, an assassin murdered Bolshevik Leon Trotsky with an ice pick in Mexico. Some in the Labour Party may be wishing the same thing could happen to their own troublesome left-wingers.

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