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18th January 2013 at 00:00

THIS WEEK

12-18 JANUARY 2013

SATURDAY

The brian cox effect

The University of Manchester, where the former pop star lectures, has been deluged with applications to study physics, The Daily Telegraph reported. The lure of celebrity is indeed one of the Wonders of the Universe.

SUNDAY

Nudging up nursery numbers

The number of children that nurseries can look after will be increased under reforms being considered by the government, according to The Sunday Telegraph. Ministers hope this will bring down childcare costs.

MONDAY

Royal due date update

The Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth in July! This means the royal child will face the educational disadvantages of being a summer-born bairn. Thank goodness for the important edu-angle to that story.

TUESDAY

Sixth-form maths adds value

Students should keep their calculators on until 18 if they want to go to university, a study by the Nuffield Foundation suggested. It is hoped that new "real life" maths courses will help students to compete internationally.

WEDNESDAY

Evidence from the inside

Did they spill any toxic beans? The Commons Education Selection Committee questioned the three education ministers booted out in September's reshuffle about their life under the reign of Michael Gove.

THURSDAY

A modern union debate

As arguments about gay marriage continue, interested parties should have listened in to the Oxford Union debate, "This House Would be Glad to Have Gay Parents". Ukip, inevitably, was among those against.

FRIDAY

Where next for secondaries?

University technical college promoter and former education secretary Lord Baker of Dorking will take to the stage at the North of England Education Conference to discuss the future of secondary education.

NEXT WEEK

18-25 JANUARY 2013

SATURDAY

Calling all francophiles

Ooh la la! It's the France Show 2013 in London. Learn all about what the country has to offer, from wine tasting to holiday inspiration. And where to buy that gite when the lump sum retirement cheque lands.

SUNDAY

The most important meal

Put the sugary cereals away, it's time to start your day with something nutritious and healthy. TV presenter Nadia Sawalha is fronting the 14th annual Farmhouse Breakfast Week, which starts today.

MONDAY

Find Our Feathered friends

Binoculars at the ready - the Big Schools' Birdwatch begins today. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds scheme asks schoolchildren to report on the numbers of each species they see for a UK-wide survey.

TUESDAY

Inspiring a generation

Jess Ennis and Mo Farah. Remember them? Today the Institute for Government will try to work out how we can build on the success of the Olympics. Gold medal-winning rower Katherine Grainger will participate.

WEDNESDAY

To be or not to be...

... at a debate on English teaching. Michael Boyd, former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, will speak at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

THURSDAY

Aiming for The big Leagues

Who's going to the top of the class and who will languish at the bottom? League tables for last summer's GCSEs and A levels are released today. How will your school do?

FRIDAY

We hae meat and we can eat

Who's ready for another festival of eating and drinking? Christmas was ages ago, so ready yourselves for a spot of haggis and a wee dram to celebrate Burns Night, in memory of the birth of poet Robert Burns.

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