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20th January 2012 at 00:00

THIS WEEK 14-20 JANUARY 2012

SATURDAY

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.

SUNDAY

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.

MONDAY

NAVAL-GAZING

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.

TUESDAY

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".

WEDNESDAY

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".

THURSDAY

HOT DATA

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.

FRIDAY

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?

NEXT WEEK 21-27 JANUARY 2012

SATURDAY

RIP ANUJ

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.

SUNDAY

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.

MONDAY

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.

TUESDAY

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.

WEDNESDAY

WHEREFORE NOW?

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).

THURSDAY

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.

FRIDAY

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.

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