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5th October 2012 at 01:00

THIS WEEK

29 SEPTEMBER - 5 OCTOBER 2012

SATURDAY

Picture this

London's Victoria and Albert Museum was preparing for the launch of The Big Draw on Sunday, where illustrator Quentin Blake spoke about the importance of art in schools. Events continue throughout October.

SUNDAY

Putty in their hands

Someone once said that golf was a good walk ruined. Others have been ruder still. But on Sunday, it was the only sporting show in town as Europe defeated the US to retain the Ryder Cup.

MONDAY

Talking shop

Heads of the UK's poshest schools gathered for their annual chinwag. The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference got together to discuss selection, university admissions and exam reform.

TUESDAY

Leader of the pack

Labour leader Ed Miliband confounded his critics to deliver a rabble-rouser of a speech at the annual party conference in Manchester. Among other things, it praised comprehensive schools.

WEDNESDAY

University challenge

The nail-biting wait is over: the Times Higher Education World University Rankings were published. The California Institute of Technology retained the top spot, with Oxford rising from fourth to joint second place.

THURSDAY

The pain continues ...

It was another dramatic moment in the ongoing GCSE marking fiasco: Ofqual and exam boards were due to respond to calls for a regrade of English or face a legal challenge from unions, schools and local authorities.

FRIDAY

Pride and joy

Wave a flag! Give each other apples! It's World Teachers' Day, which celebrates their work across the globe and campaigns to raise their status and protect their rights - good news for your job prospects.

NEXT WEEK

6-12 OCTOBER 2012

SATURDAY

Adult Entertainment

J.K. Rowling, the woman who magically inspired a generation of children to read, will be discussing her new (and very much not-for-children) novel, The Casual Vacancy, at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

SUNDAY

Going out with a bang bang

The last day of the Bath Festival of Children's Literature. At the closing night gala, author Frank Cottrell Boyce and illustrator Joe Berger will talk about their book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again.

MONDAY

Workers of kent unite

It's time to fire up the brazier: members of the University and College Union and the NUT at K College in Kent are due to hold a half-day strike. The afternoon walkout is over proposals to axe jobs.

TUESDAY

Lucky for some

It's the moment we've all been waiting for: Michael Gove is due to take to the stage at the Tory party conference. Get your bingo cards ready: full house for "rigour", "Latin", "dumbing down" and "independence".

WEDNESDAY

School life through a lens

The London Film Festival will turn its attention to schools. Argentinian director Celina Murga will be showing her documentary Normal School, set in the state school she attended in her native country.

THURSDAY

Tomorrow's world

The Royal Albert Hall and TES are to take part in a world first, streaming a live science lesson to classrooms across the globe. Available on the TES website from 2pm. Tune in at tinyurl.com8k285su

FRIDAY

Hit the road, Jack

A film version of the book enjoyed by swaggering sixth-formers everywhere, Jack Kerouac's On the Road, opens today. Expect lashings of sex and jazz from the defining narrative of the Beat Generation.

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