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12-18 JANUARY 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
18-25 JANUARY 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.