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23 FEBRUARY - 1 MARCH 2013
Homophobia lives on
The gay marriage bill may be through the House of Commons but life is still difficult for gay teachers. The NASUWT teaching union said three-quarters of LGBT teachers have been bullied or harassed at work.
Playing it safe
So you want to watch your child's footie team? Not without a CRB. A report revealed that some schools are going overboard with Criminal Records Bureau checks. Parents are being treated like "felons on remand", it said.
Analysis by the Financial Times showed that free school applications in London are three to four times higher than in the North, where they just don't seem as interested in Michael Gove's state-funded independents.
For the love of language
What's more important: grasping the mayhem of Macbeth or cracking the basics of spelling and punctuation? Leading educators discussed the new English curriculum at a Westminster Education Forum event.
Weapons of choice?
The Intelligence Squared forum debated the motion "America's drone campaign is both moral and effective". Civil rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, founder of campaign group Reprieve, spoke against.
Feeling the squeeze
Time to up that order for mobile classrooms? The Office for National Statistics released its School Capacity: 2011-2012 report, revealing whether the number of school-age children matches the number of places.
Eyes on the prize
Will it be St Cake's or St Bogstandard's? The middle classes will clench their buttocks and hope they won't have to "go private" as they find out if their child has the secondary school place of their choice.
2-8 MARCH 2013
Follow the action indoors
Time to rekindle some of that Olympic spirit with day two of the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. Controversial sprinter Dwain Chambers is set to be on the track.
Just remember, mums, if you want to win awards you have to be a back-flipping pop star. The Tesco Celebrity Mum of the Year award is due to be presented to "Sporty" Spice Girl Melanie C today.
Number 8, mums are great
It's a bit of a week for mum gongs, as FoxyBingo announces its Foxy Celebrity Mum of the Year. Katie Price, aka Jordan, won the dubious honour last year. But who will take the crown in 2013?
Gracious in Grimsby
She should really be taking it easy in front of the telly but the Duchess of Cambridge will today be hightailing it from Havelock Academy in Grimsby to the National Fishing Heritage Centre.
Right here, right now
Want to promote "social engagement" among apathetic young people? Then book Fatboy Slim to play at the House of Commons. The gig may reflect the music tastes of fortysomething MPs but it's a good effort.
Spread the Words
We may all be staring at our Kindles but World Book Day - celebrated in more than 100 countries - reveres reading in all its forms. Children's favourite Blue Peter will announce its Book of the Year.
Fighting for equality
After a day for books, a day for women: International Women's Day highlights serious issues and celebrates women's achievements. A good excuse to eat cupcakes under an impenetrable glass ceiling.