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15th March 2013 at 00:00

THIS WEEK - 9-15 MARCH 2013


Women of the world

Influential women from across the globe attended the Women of the World Festival at London's Southbank Centre. Big names included Alice Walker (pictured), author of The Color Purple, and comedian Ruby Wax.


Highs are low priority

Amy Winehouse's father Mitch claimed that drug and alcohol education is "woefully underfunded". A charity in his late daughter's name will run a "resilience programme" in 50 secondaries and a free advice hotline.


A week for work

As the nation heads towards a triple-dip recession, National Apprenticeship Week celebrated everything about workplace training, from sweeping up at the salon to working as a plumber's mate.


No end to The scandal

The GCSE grading fiasco is now officially a saga: exam boards gave evidence to the Commons Education Select Committee. Heads were furious when a recent High Court ruling said there was no unlawful behaviour.


Elementary science

Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch is the celebrity face of the Cambridge Science Festival, which is now in full swing. Cumberbatch, who once played Stephen Hawking, guest-directed the jamboree.


Delightful ditties

Hallelujah! Primary schools took part in a host of singing activities for National Sing Up Day. Angelic choirs and barbershop quartets up and down the land trilled, "Mr Sandman, bom, bom, bom, bom ..."


Geniuses in the making

Now that pop-star professor Brian Cox has made science the new rock and roll, hopefully the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair in London will inspire a generation of future Einsteins and Darwins.

NEXT WEEK - 16-22 MARCH 2013


Not a hoof in sight

It should be a hit, following the horsemeat outrage. VegfestUK takes place in Brighton, celebrating the joys of vegetarianism and veganism. Children will be treated to a talk entitled "The Amazing Power of Vegetables".


Shamrocks aloft

With even the Duchess of Cambridge recently revealed to have Irish ancestry, anyone with a hint of Irish blood will be out celebrating with a Guinness and a massive green hat for St Patrick's Day.


Ending apartheid

Time for a history lesson: 21 years ago today, white South Africans voted for reforms that would end apartheid. The momentous victory at the polls was only the start of a long struggle for equality in the country.


Mind your language

Do we all need to learn Mandarin, or are Somali and modern Hebrew more the thing? The Westminster Education Forum will meet to discuss "Reviewing the New Languages Curriculum" in London.


Burning money

Budget day, a thrill for economy nerds, is likely to prompt an angry rant from drinkers and smokers. Headteachers had better watch out for any big changes on school spending.


Calling all wannabe hacks

Hold the front website! The BBC's School Report News Day will give thousands of children a taste of digital journalism, writing online news reports that will be read by real-life readers.


Judging a book by its title

Who said books were boring, children? How to Sharpen Pencils by David Rees is up against How Tea Cosies Changed the World by Loani Prior in the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year.

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