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13th March 2015 at 00:00

7-13 MARCH 2015


Protesters bare arms

The UK has experienced its sunniest winter since records began and this weekend was no exception. Climate change activists wore T-shirts to the unseasonably warm Time to Act! rally in London.


Suffragette city

Emmeline Pankhurst would be proud. The suffragette's descendants and celebrities including singer Annie Lennox joined a London march to mark International Women's Day and demand gender equality.


Free for all?

Prime minister David Cameron announced the approval of 49 new free school applications. Meanwhile a Policy Exchange report found that such establishments have had a mixed effect on nearby schools.


Pedagogic plea

The higher education thinktank Million+ launched A Manifesto for Teacher Education, calling for the next government to put universities at the heart of training and secure future teacher supply in England.


Engineering a future

Those worried about Stem education should look to the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair in Birmingham - the largest celebration of its kind in the country - which runs until Saturday.


New chapter

On this day in 1994, the Church of England ordained its first female priests. Just under 21 years later, the Right Reverend Libby Lane leaped another hurdle and became the first female bishop. Hallelujah!


Generosity nose no bounds

It's time to don a gunge-proof suit and prepare to do something funny for money: today is Red Nose Day. The event, organised by Comic Relief, is aiming to get 300,000 African children into education.

14-20 MARCH 2015


Try, try, try again

Ireland, Wales, England, France and Italy can all still win this year's Six Nations Championship. Ireland lead by two points and are eyeing up their third clean sweep - known as a "Grand Slam" - since 1948.


Parental advisory

Make sure you do better than some wilting flowers from a garage forecourt - take the opportunity this Mothering Sunday to spoil your mum (or mother figure) and let her know how special she is.


Language of resistance

In Lithuania, the Day of the Book Smugglers will honour those who defied a ban by Russian occupiers to distribute Lithuanian language books printed in the Latin alphabet between 1866 and 1904.


The pipes are calling

Slinte! Grab a shamrock and sing a verse of Danny Boy to mark St Patrick's Day, honouring Ireland's patron saint. St Patrick is revered for supposedly driving all snakes from the Emerald Isle.


Numbers game

On Budget Day, just after noon, chancellor George Osborne will stand by the dispatch box and present his sixth Budget to the House of Commons - but what revelations will his red briefcase hold for education?


Hot and bothered

Fifa officials will decide whether to confirm their decision to schedule the 2022 Qatar World Cup for November and December, after fears that players will fry in Doha's 40C summer heat.


Where the sun won't shine

Put your sunscreen away, because Northern Europe is about to be plunged into darkness. Starting at 8.30am, the Moon will block up to 98 per cent of sunlight in some areas of the UK during a rare solar eclipse.

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