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20th April 2012 at 01:00


14-20 APRIL 2012


Behind the times

Newspapers reported that schools excluding pupils against the advice of appeals panels will have to pay a #163;4,000 levy. The news came a mere six weeks after the story was reported in TES ... Get your news here first.


Donation cap will prove taxing

Lord Harris, one of the UK's biggest academy sponsors, warned that government plans to cap tax relief on charitable donations could harm schools. The universities of Oxford and Cambridge have also voiced concern.


Absent without leave

It's time to crack down on truancy, according to Charlie Taylor, the government's behaviour tsar. And the way to do it? Bigger fines for parents, with the money coming out of child benefit if they don't cough up, apparently.


Popular politics

Michael Gove's reputation as a coalition golden boy took a knock when a poll for The Times revealed that he was the least popular of 10 prominent politicians - more unpopular even than George Osborne.


Countdown to the games

Almost time to dust off the Union Jacks - there are just 100 days to go until what Lord Coe calls the greatest show on earth, and what the rest of us call the Olympics. What better way to spend your summer holidays.


Double-check the lifeboats

The Titanic memorial cruise - strictly for those who don't believe in fate - was due to dock in New York after crossing the Atlantic to mark the 100th anniversary of the disaster that claimed more than 1,500 lives.


A picture of health

The final day of the Annual National Child Health Conference takes place today. The get-together in Telford will focus on improving the health and well-being of preschool children and their families.


21-27 APRIL 2012


Crime in a cold climate

When The Killing was screened last year, critics fell over themselves to praise the Danish crime drama. Now it's the turn of SwedishDanish series The Bridge, which is due to start on BBC Four.


26.2 miles of pain and glory

After months of gruelling training, more than 30,000 people will be donning their trainers for the London Marathon. Expect the usual mix of elite athletes and charity fund-raisers in banana costumes and diving outfits.


School for all

The Global Action Week for education is under way. More than 200 million children under the age of five - most in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa - miss out on basic schooling, the campaign says.


Fees on the agenda

It's rabble-rousing time for university students. The National Union of Students holds its annual gathering to discuss student welfare and debt - its last conference before tuition fees are hiked to up to #163;9,000 a year.


In one door; out the other

Nottingham teachers have only been back from the Easter holidays for just over a week, but are due to walk out for the second time this term over plans to change their holidays. They oppose a shift to a five-term year.


Moving pictures

Free, autism-friendly screenings of Disney's The Muppets will be held for schoolchildren across the country. The special screenings will leave lights on low and allow people to move around the cinema.


Conference Consternation

It's the turn of Welsh teachers to get angry about changes to pay and pensions as Welsh-medium union UCAC holds its annual conference in Cardiff. There's been no welcome here for the coalition's proposals.

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