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19-25 MAY 2012
Gambling on diversity
The schools commissioner threatened to make herself an enemy of sharp-elbowed, big-mortgaged parents. Dr Elizabeth Sidwell told The Times that more schools should use admissions lotteries to boost diversity.
We need 'DIY sos'
Four in 10 heads believe their school buildings are not fit for purpose such is the state of their disrepair, according to a poll in The Observer. Heads also complained about schools being overcrowded "health hazards".
The death of singer and songwriter Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees was reported. Last year he wrote for TES, calling on schools to find time for adventure learning through projects such as the Outward Bound Trust.
The scarlet letter
"Britain's maths shame" was one headline that greeted the latest Ofsted report, which raised concerns that too many schools are failing to stretch bright children and are focusing instead on pupils gaining a grade C.
The "enemies of promise" ((c) Michael Gove) continued protests against turning Downhills Primary School in Haringey, north London, into an academy. Twenty teachers staged a one-day walkout, forcing the school to close.
Millions in deprivation
Schools in Wales found out they will be picking up #163;32 million annually as part of the government's pupil deprivation grant. The payment was brokered by Labour in a Budget deal with the Lib Dems last year.
Prepare to be grilled
It's barbecue and factor 15 time. Apparently summer has arrived - and will last for this coming weekend at least - so leave school on time and stock up on burgers, sausages and a chilled tipple or two.
26 MAY - 1 JUNE 2012
Rowing across the pond
Sound familiar? It's the annual boat race between the US's most famous universities, Harvard and Yale. The event, marking its 147th anniversary, will take place on the Thames River in New London, Connecticut.
It'll be wheelie and bunny-hop central in Birmingham for the final day of the BMX World Championships. More than 2,000 riders, including British Olympic hopeful Shanaze Reade, are due to compete.
Lend this your ears
A new staging of Shakespeare's political thriller Julius Caesar opens at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, where it will run until 7 July, when it will transfer to London's West End.
Road to glory
Another chance to get your hands on Olympics tickets, with the London 2012 road cycling allocation going on sale today. The 120-mile route takes in six London boroughs, four Royal Parks and Surrey.
The World Science Festival kicks off in New York, boasting all manner of distinguished guests, from scientists to artists and philosophers. This year's roll call includes Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners.
Where next for councils?
It's a time of big change for councils. The Local Government Association will host a conference that aims to work out how they should respond, from early years right through to adult education.
The Jubilation begins
Pack up your school bags and dig out the bunting. It's the last day before half-term for many of you, and only a few days before the nation goes crazy for her Maj. Hip-hip-hooray, for the extra day off if nothing else.