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30th August 2013 at 01:00


24-30 AUGUST 2013


Breaking up is hard to do

Summer holidays may be a carefree time for children but they can be too much for their parents. A survey released this week revealed that a fifth of parents said their relationships had been put under strain by the long break.


Arresting moves

A group of police officers went viral after being filmed gyrating their way through a "dance-off" at London's Notting Hill Carnival. Perhaps they could teach principals a thing or two about community relations.


Court date

Inspiring schoolchildren everywhere to pick up a tennis racket, the US Open got under way. Britain's Andy Murray began his title defence, while top women's seed Serena Williams demolished her first opponent.


It's not black and white

The badger cull that began today in south-west England provides perfect material for classroom ethics debates. Campaigners want to save the animals but farmers argue that they spread bovine tuberculosis.


Still dreaming

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech - food for thought for teachers preparing lessons for the new term. Expect the spotlight to be shone on current racial inequality in the US.


Heightened protest

A woman who scaled London's 310m-high Shard in July to protest against oil drilling in the Arctic was due to appear in court charged with aggravated trespass. Alison Garrigan's fellow climbers received a police caution.


Bitter pill

A report from The Migraine Trust was due to warn that migraine sufferers do not get the support they need from the health services. Headache-prone teachers of naughty 12-year-olds will appreciate the research.




No more silliness, now

It's the last day of August and officially the end of the media's "silly season". Misshapen vegetables give way to heavyweight political stories; holiday fun gives way to relentless work and anxiety. Roll on Christmas.


Eyes on the skies

The new Boeing Dreamliner has been beset by technical problems over the past year, so all eyes will be on British Airways as the company debuts its long-haul service from London to Toronto using the jet.


Rise and shine

Alarm clocks will cruelly cut short the sleep of teachers in Britain this morning as most of them go back to work for the new school year. For many it will be a day of training and nervous staffroom chit-chat.


Lessons from the past

Start the autumn term with a heavyweight historical lesson by remembering that today marks the anniversary of Britain and France declaring war on Germany in 1939, after Adolf Hitler invaded Poland.


Ahead of its time

On this day in the UK in 1957, the Wolfenden report said that homosexuality should no longer be a crime. As gay rights protests continue in Russia, activists say there is still a long way to go.


Shana Tova!

Sound the shofar (a horn): the two-day Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah is now in full swing. It marks the Jewish New Year, and people traditionally eat apples dipped in honey to symbolise sweetness ahead.


Rain or shine?

The weather is increasingly tricky to predict, so the Royal Meteorological Society's student conference in Reading, England - which begins today - is vital for nurturing the next generation of forecasters.

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