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1st February 2013 at 00:00



Overtime and a half

Boarding schools, both state and private, are reporting increasing numbers of day boarders - children who stay at school until 10pm when their parents finish work in the City of London - according to The Times.


Murray meets his match

The nation started its Sunday a bit earlier than usual to tune into Andy Murray contesting the final of the Australian Open. Alas, he lost to Novak Djokovic. But there's always Wimbledon. Come on, Muzza!


Let the right ones in

Michael Gove's plans to reform A levels - and to stop AS levels counting towards final grades - led the University of Cambridge to consider reinstating its own entrance exam. So who does like Mr Gove's plans, then?


Pisa the action

Education International, the federation of teaching unions, gathered for a conference in London. Guest speakers included Andreas Schleicher, the man behind the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa).


Hard target

Are they tough enough? No, not exams: governing bodies. Their role was discussed by the Commons Education Select Committee. The growth of academies has put them centre stage but are they doing a good job?


Social networking

All the latest high-tech classroom wizardry has been on display at the annual Bett education technology show, running until 2 February. No workshops on how to fix a jammed printer, though.


Online card tricks

In a televisual first, a major new series is to be broadcast over the internet only. From today, Netflix subscribers will be able to enjoy a US remake of political drama House of Cards. Kevin Spacey stars.



Pride, not fear

Campaigners against homophobia in schools will be uniting at the Schools OUT Annual National Conference in London today. The organisation also campaigns against transphobia in education.


Let's play ball

It's time for the biggest event in the American sporting calendar, the Super Bowl XLVII, for a game they mistakenly call football. This year's final is between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.


It's her destiny

She may have mimed the US national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration, but no doubt Beyonce will be forgiven today with the release of the first music from Destiny's Child in eight years.


Building a safety net

Cyberbullies beware: the annual Safer Internet Day takes place today to promote more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people.


Bigger than the Big Bang

Professor Brian Cox, the country's favourite scientist, will be teaching a lesson live to the nation, via the TES website, as part of the Big Bang Fair. Gather your pupils and tune in at


Glittering prizes

Two million chilly people will be descending on Sapporo in Japan this week to celebrate the city's 64th annual snow festival, one of the world's largest. Visitors will see a range of snow statues and ice sculptures.


The Qing sting

A gang is due to be sentenced today after being convicted of stealing from Durham University's Oriental Museum. They took only two items: a Qing Dynasty bowl and figurine. The price tag? A cool #163;2 million.

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