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14th February 2014 at 00:00

THIS WEEK

8-14 February 2014

SATURDAY

Crowning glory

It's now 62 years since Elizabeth II was proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom. In another 19 months, HRH will beat her great-great-grandmother Victoria's record of 63 years and seven months on the throne.

SUNDAY

Diverse verse

British Asian actress Meera Syal called for performances of Shakespeare's plays to include ethnic minority actors. This could create a "shared sense of heritage" among immigrant children, she said.

MONDAY

Digital darlings

The annual Crunchies Awards took place in San Francisco, US, celebrating the best technology start-ups and leading lights in Silicon Valley. Virtual currency bitcoin was up for best technology achievement.

TUESDAY

Get with the program

Debaters at the British Library in London discussed ways in which technology could transform the fundamentals of education. Film director Lord Puttnam and Professor Sugata Mitra took part.

WEDNESDAY

Fighting back

Red Hand Day - part of the effort to prevent the recruitment of child soldiers - was marked across the globe. The day was established by the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers.

THURSDAY

School of hard knocks

After six weeks of trials, triumphs and tribulations, the UK bid a fond farewell to BBC Three's Tough Young Teachers, who bravely allowed their first foray into classrooms to be filmed for all to see.

FRIDAY

Date night

Here's hoping that this Valentine's Day will bring more good love than bad romance. And let's pray that all the anticipation in the air doesn't distract students from their studies. We can but dream.

NEXT WEEK

15-21 FEBRUARY 2014

Saturday

Brief encounter

The annual Cupid's Undie Run will take place in Detroit, US. It's for charity, but given that it involves running a mile in your underwear in public, it might be one for teachers to avoid.

SUNDAY

Say a little prayer

Education Sunday - a day of prayer and celebration for those involved in education - will be held by the Church of England. The teachers of the UK, heading into half-term, may feel particularly jubilant.

MONDAY

Nice try

Random Acts of Kindness Week ends today. So, after seven days of encouraging students and fellow staff members to be pleasant to each other, we can all go back to being ill-tempered and selfish.

TUESDAY

The great debate

As worries about creationist teaching seeping into schools abound, atheist and scientist Richard Dawkins will address the Oxford Union. The author of The Selfish Gene is bound to prompt controversy.

WEDNESDAY

Face the music

Get down with the kids by tuning in to the Brit Awards, which will be broadcast worldwide via YouTube for the first time. Pharrell Williams, Ellie Goulding (right) and Bastille are among the performers.

THURSDAY

All together now

It's the UN's World Day of Social Justice, offering the perfect opportunity to highlight issues of gender inequality, civil rights and any other social issues that may be relevant to students.

FRIDAY

Set tongues wagging

Celebrate the diversity of your school by marking Unesco's International Mother Language Day, which was set up in 2000 to promote cross-cultural communication and international friendship.

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