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22nd June 2012 at 01:00


16-22 JUNE 2012


Boarding is cool, yah

Upper-class heart-throb Ben Fogle attempted - and probably failed - to shatter "old-fashioned boarding school myths" addressing the Boarding Schools' Association's first Introduction to Boarding event in Nottingham.


it's all greek to us

The fiscal future of Europe was put in the hands of Greek voters in crunch elections, who voted for the pro-austerity party. But will the strategy save us from the brink? Consult the economics department for answers.


A breath of fresh air

Lawnmowers at the ready for the start of National School Grounds Week, designed to promote outdoor learning. About 8,000 schools and nurseries were expected to get involved in activities around a watery theme.


Come and have a look

Urgent memo to Gove: teachers, parents and pupils at Downhills Primary in Haringey marched on the Department for Education, demanding the education secretary visit the school he plans to turn into an academy.


More on boarding

The Assisted Boarding Network held its inaugural conference in London, urging councils to send at-risk children to boarding school. Despite countless initiatives, local authorities nearly always say no.


Hats the way to improve ascot

Indecent skirt lengths and hatless heads were not tolerated at Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot after a new dress code was launched. One wonders how this might go down in the sixth form.


Body image pack launched

Home office minister Lynne Featherstone launches a pack for parents about body image issues. Rather like the campaign to get poor kids boarding, this one feels like trying to hold back the tides.


23-29 JUNE 2012


A hot edu-ticket

Glastonbury for teachers. Actor Dominic West and poet Roger McGough will speak at the huge Wellington College Festival of Education in Berkshire this weekend. Almost anyone who is anyone will be there.


Dare we dream?

Just about the whole country will shout at the TV, drink too much and claim to understand the technicalities of Italian defending and Wazza's hair implant as England take on the Azzurri in the quarter finals of the Euros.


There's hope for us yet

Egg and spoon or strawberries and cream? National School Sport Week and Wimbledon kick off today. It seems apt that the campaign to inspire future sporting heroes begins after another likely day of dashed football dreams.


ok, who threw that tomato?

Michelle Rhee, the feared former chief of Washington DC schools, will address The Spectator's schools conference in London. Don't expect NUT or NASUWT leaders to be cheerleading the hero of Waiting for Superman.


Oars of fun

Jolly boating weather: the Henley Regatta will see Pimm's drinkers out in force with their picnic baskets for this annual rowing extravaganza on the Thames. Secondary schools aplenty will perform.


One way to see the olympics

Mind the gap: a new cable car across the Thames between Greenwich and the Royal Docks will be opened today. Oyster cards accepted. Fantastic material for physics, maths and geography teachers.


Dig out the hammer trousers

Ever fancied wearing pyjamas to work? Wallace and Gromit's Wrong Trousers Day aims to raise thousands for children's hospitals and hospices by urging people to wear baggy or ill-fitting legwear.

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