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THIS WEEK 14-20 JANUARY 2012
THE BLAIR WISH PROJECT
Tony Blair said he should have done more to crack down on failing teachers during his time as prime minister. In an interview with The Times, Mr Blair also said he wished he had gone "further and faster" with academies.
SCIENCE 1 - GOD 0
A blow was dealt to creationists hoping to spread their message in free schools. The government has changed its model funding agreements to outlaw the teaching of theories contrary to established science.
He may support a pay freeze for teachers, but education secretary Michael Gove isn't always against splashing the cash. It emerged that he suggested the nation give the Queen a new yacht to mark her jubilee.
SATISFACTION NOT GUARANTEED
Incoming Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw confirmed he was scrapping the satisfactory rating at a Downing Street summit on coasting schools. It will be replaced with the description "requires improvement".
MUST DO BETTER
Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly called for "urgent improvement" in early years education after criticism of key government policies. They claimed that there had been "inconsistencies and unachieved objectives".
Statistics needs to be taken more seriously to prevent it becoming marginalised. A new report said that statistics should be used not only in maths but across the curriculum in primaries and secondaries.
AH, THE GOOD OLD DAYS
Everything changes, and nothing. Today marks the 40th anniversary of Ted Heath breaking the news to the House of Commons that unemployment had broken the 1 million bar for the first time. They had it lucky, eh?
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A private memorial is to be held for Indian student Anuj Bidve, who was shot on Boxing Day. The service will be held at the University of Salford. Mr Bidve was studying micro-electronics at Lancaster University.
LAST ORDERS ANYONE?
The European Union may be in crisis, but another country seems keen to join. Croatia will hold a vote on whether to become a member, with opinion polls suggesting that a "yes" vote will be the outcome.
A LITTLE OFFSIDE?
Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager and favourite to become the next England team boss, has his day in court. Redknapp is charged with two counts of cheating the public revenue from his time at Portsmouth.
A NUMBER CRUNCHER'S DREAM
The Department for Education will today publish its most detailed ever projections of pupil numbers in all schools and age groups. It will include assumptions about fertility, migration and mortality.
Thousands will gather at the Learning Without Frontiers conference in London to debate the future of education. Speakers include linguist Noam Chomsky and creativity guru Sir Ken Robinson (pictured).
WINNERS AND LOSERS
It is league table time again. GCSE results from last year will be published, allowing rankings of how many pupils achieved five good GCSEs including English and maths or the still-controversial English baccalaureate.
LEST WE FORGET
Annual Holocaust Memorial Day - the anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp at Auschwitz in 1945, also remembering victims of genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.