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7th October 2011 at 01:00

This week - 1-7 OCTOBER 2011

SATURDAY

ACADEMY GRACES FIRST PLACE

The Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, south London, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, won the #163;20,000 RIBA Stirling Prize. The school beat the favourite, the London 2012 Olympic velodrome, which came second.

SUNDAY

'WORK TO RULE' WARNING

Schools are likely to be disrupted by teachers working to rule in protest at government policies, the NASUWT general secretary told The Sunday Times. Chris Keates said teachers could refuse to cover for colleagues.

MONDAY

WOODHEAD'S VOCATION CALL

Former Ofsted chief inspector Chris Woodhead - not exactly the biggest admirer of state education - said kids should be able to pack in traditional schooling altogether at the age of 14 to focus on vocational skills.

TUESDAY

TORY TOUGH TALK

Michael Gove pleased the party faithful at the Conservative conference with talk of rigour and discipline. He also made a star of A-level student Quddus Akinwale, who spoke about how his school had been transformed.

WEDNESDAY

THE STRIKE BEFORE THE STRIKE

Schools across Wales closed as members of UCAC, the Welsh-language union, went on strike over changes to pensions. The action is a taste of what is to come with the TUC day of action planned for 30 November.

THURSDAY

CALIFORNIA NOT DREAMING

The world's leading university rankings were published by Times Higher Education, revealing that the California Institute of Technology has knocked Harvard off the top spot. Oxford holds the top UK spot at fourth.

FRIDAY

HEADS HEAD BACK

Leading independent school heads pack their bags today as the annual conference of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference ends. Chairman Ken Durham took exam boards to task for sloppy marking.

NEXT WEEK 8-14 OCTOBER 2011

SATURDAY

YOM KIPPUR MARKED

The holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is marked today. Jews typically observe the day with a 25-hour fast and prayer.

SUNDAY

CEMENTING REPUTATIONS

The 2011 "skills Olympics", otherwise known as WorldSkills, draws to a close in London. Champion bricklayers, plumbers and joiners will all be walking away with their medals hung proudly round their necks.

MONDAY

THEY SPEAK AS HE FINDS

BBC business editor Robert Peston launches his charity to get inspirational figures to talk to pupils. Speakers for Schools has already signed up famous faces from politics, finance and showbiz.

TUESDAY

THROWING THE BOOK AT IT

The Battle of Ideas festival hosts the event "Dangerous books for boys? The literacy debate". It will explore the reasons why many young boys shun reading and ask what can be done to solve the problem.

WEDNESDAY

PRIDE, NOT PREJUDICE

Coming Out Day is designed to raise awareness and support for gay rights. The event began in America but is now celebrated internationally, with participants urged to wear "pride" symbols.

THURSDAY

THEY THINK ENGLISH IS ALL OVER

English Language Day will be marked to celebrate the survival and development of English. This year's theme is the language of sport and how it is used in everyday speech.

FRIDAY

SEN IDEAS ON SHOW

The TES Special Educational Needs Show, the world's largest gathering of SEN professionals, opens today. The event at the Business Design Centre in north London features an extensive range of seminars.

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