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27th March 2015 at 00:00

21-27 March 2015

Saturday

`Nine nights' festival

Happy Hindu new year! Gudi Padwa was the first day of the festival of Chaitra Navratri ("nine nights"), in which devotees worship eight-armed goddess Durga in the hope of finding prosperity and happiness.

Sunday

Peers of a clown

Something funny was going on in Reno, Nevada, at the World Clown Association's 2015 international convention. The four-day event culminates in an awards ceremony where the clown of the year is named.

Monday

Cultural treasures

The British Museum, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Vamp;A will work with TES Connect to give schools unprecedented online access to their resources, it was announced (read more at bit.lyShareRes).

Tuesday

Think big

Can pupils be encouraged to put on their thinking caps? Mark Church, from Harvard's Project Zero, was at Grangemouth High School near Falkirk to show teachers from various schools how it's done.

Wednesday

Peace of mind

On this day in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged a week-long "bed-in" for peace at a hotel in Amsterdam. Forty-six years later, spending 12 hours a day in bed is now more frequently associated with teenagers.

Thursday

Pomp and Plantagenets

It didn't quite cost a kingdom for his hearse. But roughly pound;2.5 million was spent on a lavish ceremony at Leicester Cathedral to reinter King Richard III, whose remains were found under a nearby car park in 2012.

Friday

All in a name

The 37th winner of the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year will be announced. But don't expect to see Nature's Nether Regions or Divorcing a Real Witch on recommended reading lists any time soon.

28 March - 3 April 2015

Saturday

Golden teachers

Teachers' Day in the Czech Republic and Slovakia marks the birthday of universal education champion John Amos Comenius. Czech students nominate teachers to be crowned "Zlaty Amos" (Golden Amos).

Sunday

Lords and ladies of the dance

Competitors at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Montreal, Canada, will be hoping to be more Michael Flatley than Michael Flat-Feet. Representatives from 16 countries are expected to attend.

Monday

May the best party win

Political machines will grind into action for the first official campaign day of the general election. Who's best on education? You have until 7 May to decide. For the latest, head to www.tesconnect.comGeneralElection2015

Tuesday

Seen and heard

Teach your pupils about LGBT rights on the International Transgender Day of Visibility, which celebrates the contribution of transgender people to society and raises awareness of the discrimination they face.

Wednesday

Jest a minute

Beware cling-filmed toilets on April Fool's Day. The tradition may stem from the jokes played on 16th-century French "fools" who wouldn't accept that New Year had moved from April to January.

Thursday

Reaching higher

An estimated 80 per cent of adults with autism are unemployed. This year, the United Nations-backed World Autism Day is focusing on employment and improving the quality of life of all people affected.

Friday

What's the big idea?

Preparations for Edinburgh International Science Festival, which starts tomorrow, will be in full swing. Generation Science, a side project that visits Scottish schools, has been running since February.

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