This week, next week
14-20 March 2015
Mahatma Gandhi said he would like to live in two places: a free India and London. And now a 9ft statue of "Bapu", the father of the world's largest democracy, will live in London's Parliament Square.
A win-win situation
US teacher Nancie Atwell received the Varkey Gems Foundation Global Teacher Prize for her initiative to get children reading (see pages 12-13). She donated her $1 million (pound;677,000) award to her school.
The heart of the community
The genetic disorder known as Down's syndrome affects one in every 1,000 babies. Today marks the start of Down's Syndrome Awareness Week, which focuses on increasing community engagement.
How should teachers tackle extremism in schools? The government's response was criticised in a report from the Commons Education Select Committee entitled Extremism in Schools: the Trojan Horse affair.
Time for a facelift?
Headteachers cast their eyes towards the Priority Schools Building Programme inquiry. Ministers were deciding on a formula to distribute pound;2 billion between 277 schools in need of refurbishment.
Nice to meet you
Come and visit TES at the Education Show this weekend. The Birmingham-based event, which kicked off on Thursday, showcases the very best in educational resources, along with workshops and seminars.
The world laughs with you
Don't worry, be happy: it's the International Day of Happiness, sanctioned by the United Nations. And if that news isn't enough to put a smile on your face, today is also the first official day of spring!
21-27 March 2015
Trying their luck
England, Ireland and Wales are all tied on six points as they race towards the finish of the Six Nations Championship. England leads on point difference but Ireland is close behind.
Turn off the tap as you brush your teeth and take a shower, not a bath: it's World Water Day. The event aims to raise awareness of the increase in demand for water access, allocation and services.
Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, and Holly Smale, creator of the Geek Girl series, will be among a raft of children's authors attending the Oxford Literary Festival this week.
End the epidemic
Today is World Tuberculosis Day. At its peak in 1882, the disease killed one in every seven humans, and it is still rife in developing countries where people have no access to antibiotics.
A positive ring
If you're feeling low today, remember that on this date (albeit in fiction), one brave little hobbit was able to bring down Sauron. If Frodo Baggins can end an empire, you can certainly teach 30 grumpy Year 9s.
Keep a cool head
London Hat Week begins tomorrow, so get ready to dust off your old sombrero and wear it to school. And don't forget you could also wear a beret to the bank or a top hat on the Tube.
Some very fast cars will appear on the Sepang International Circuit for the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix. Last year Lewis Hamilton dominated the race, beating the next driver by 17.3 seconds.