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6th September 2013 at 01:00

THIS WEEK - 31 AUGUST-6 SEPTEMBER 2013

SATURDAY

Wellington woes

Poor GCSE results at Wellington Academy led headteacher Andy Schofield to say farewell. Anthony Seldon (left), master of the UK state school's elite sponsor Wellington College, will be stepping in to save the day.

SUNDAY

Say cheese

One in every 14 schoolchildren in the UK does not know that cheese is a dairy product, a survey revealed. Kids these days, eh? They'd chow down on an iPad if it came served in a KFC Mega Bucket.

MONDAY

To c or not to C?

School students in England can only give up English and mathematics if they achieve a C grade at GCSE, the government said. For those who miss the mark, the torture - although not necessarily the resits - will continue.

TUESDAY

A word in your ear ...

Boring modern languages lessons were just one of the topics under discussion at the University of Sussex this week as the British Educational Research Association's annual conference got under way.

WEDNESDAY

Coming unstuck

Whatever happened to the independent organic grocers selling local honey? The Grimsey review of Britain's high streets was due to be published today, outlining how to save them from the great Greggs invasion.

THURSDAY

Abracadabra!

Illusionists from around the world dusted off their cloaks and headed for Buxton this week for the 77th convention of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Now that's magic.

FRIDAY

One down, 15 to go

Your mug now hangs proudly on the staffroom mug tree and your drawer is already full of confiscated chewing gum. The first week back at school was a breeze - now it's only 15 weeks until Christmas.

NEXT WEEK - 7-13 SEPTEMBER 2013

SATURDAY

Whatever works

Leading education researchers will join teachers and school leaders at the inaugural ResearchEd conference in London, England. The not-for-profit event aims to discover which educational trends genuinely work.

SUNDAY

Reading between the lines

We take a certain level of literacy for granted in the West, but International Literacy Day shines a light on the estimated 875 million adults and 110 million children around the world unable to read or write.

MONDAY

Alcohol awareness

Do any of your students struggle with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders? Today's International FASD Awareness Day will highlight the handicaps that can result from mothers drinking during pregnancy.

TUESDAY

Beach party

Workers of Britain unite: the annual Trades Union Congress hits Bournemouth this week. Activists from unions representing teachers and support staff will be there to hear Labour leader Ed Miliband's big speech.

WEDNESDAY

Degrees of interest

Don your mortar boards and crack open the vintage wines: higher education's top brass are gathering for the Universities UK annual conference in Leicester, England, to chew the degree-level fat.

THURSDAY

Cry, cry, cry

Music teachers, prepare: country legend Johnny Cash died 10 years ago today, plunging fans and fellow musicians into grief. A film about the man in black soon followed, starring Joaquin Phoenix.

FRIDAY

Mischief and Mayhem

Who can forget such creations as the fearsome Miss Trunchbull and the awful Augustus Gloop? It's time for the eighth Roald Dahl Day, with events celebrating the children's author's imaginative legacy.

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