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11th January 2013 at 00:00

THIS WEEK

5-11 JANUARY 2013

SATURDAY

Going cold turkey

Two weeks spent mainlining Ferrero Rocher and Baileys is more than enough. The comedown began as teachers prepared for work on Monday. It will be marking, lesson preparation and cabbage soup from now on.

SUNDAY

Call for syria assistance

Students and academics caught up in the violence in Syria need urgent help, Times Higher Education reported. Calls for support came after staff and students were attacked and universities used as detention centres.

MONDAY

Goals and tactics

A bit of half-time analysis from Messrs Cameron and Clegg as the coalition reached the midway point of its five-year term. There will be more education play before the final whistle, including GCSE reform.

TUESDAY

An event on the horizon

Raise a glass, science teachers, and wish a happy 71st birthday to Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist, cosmologist and the man who apparently wants to silence the Go Compare opera singer with a black hole.

WEDNESDAY

New slant on success story

Michelle Rhee was lauded by US politicians for sacking "failing" teachers when chancellor of Washington DC's schools. But a new documentary suggests improving standards could have been down to cheating by schools.

THURSDAY

It's all academic

Former chief inspector of schools Christine Gilbert gave her considered opinion on the impact and future of the academies programme. Some chains have been allowed to expand too fast, she warned.

FRIDAY

Hit or mis?

Global musical phenomenon Les Miserables transfers from the stage to the screen today with an all-singing (literally) Hollywood production. Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe are among the stars.

NEXT WEEK

12-18 JANUARY 2013

SATURDAY

Getting to the heart of gangs

A former gang leader joins charity workers, politicians and the police to discuss how to tackle gang culture. The attractions of gang life and how young people can escape will be debated at the Centre for Social Justice event.

SUNDAY

Mind the gap

A series of events to mark the London Underground's 150th anniversary begins, hopefully without any delays. The first Tube journey from Paddington to Farringdon will be recreated with a steam locomotive.

MONDAY

Rhyme and reason

Masters of the verse will find out tonight who is the winner of the annual T. S. Eliot Prize for the best new poetry collection from the UK or Ireland. A tidy #163;15,000 will go to the winner.

TUESDAY

Higher calling

Make sure those personal statements are finished and spellchecked. It's deadline day for students to submit their applications to Ucas for higher education courses starting in September.

WEDNESDAY

Spotlight on assessment

There will be plenty of pondering on what to do about GCSEs and A levels at a debate organised by centre-right think-tank Politeia. The event will ask academics to consider how exams should be reformed.

THURSDAY

Hobnob up north

Fancy mixing with the education glitterati? Then to Sheffield with you for the North of England Education Conference. Speakers include Ofsted supremo Sir Michael Wilshaw and child psychologist Tanya Byron.

FRIDAY

Sex appeal

A comedy fundraiser for young people's sexual health charity Brook will take place at London's Bloomsbury theatre tonight. The charity delivers workshops in schools and colleges.

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