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29th March 2013 at 00:00

This week

23-29 MARCH 2013


Vote of no confidence

Poor Sir Michael Wilshaw: he's never really got along with the unions. It emerged that the NUT will use its conference to call for the chief inspector's resignation, saying Ofsted unfairly criticises teachers' classroom skills.


'Enemies of promise'

A group of 100 academics who dared to suggest the new national curriculum might focus a bit too much on rote learning were branded Marxist "enemies of promise" by Michael Gove. Cue blog and Twitter uproar.


The big chill

Brrrrrr ... Another school week got under way for some, but not for thousands of others who watched the snow fall and school gates close yet again in our interminable winter. Chuck another log on the fire.


Come on England

San Marino was a walkover but did Montenegro prove trickier? England was to play the Balkan foe in a 2014 World Cup qualifier in Podgorica. Well, at least there was no chance of a penalty shoot-out.


Hearing from the opposition

Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg was to take to the stage at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers annual conference. He may have expected a smoother ride than minister David Laws, who also spoke.


Cheep thrills

Is that a chaffinch or a chiffchaff? The Big Garden Birdwatch results were announced. Was it a win for the song thrushes? Or did those unkempt pigeons peck their way to glory on the nation's lawns?


Marvellous marbles

Time for some silly sport: the 82nd British and World Marbles Championships will take place at a pub in West Sussex. And it's not just for schoolboys - a new category for the over-50s has recently been introduced.


30 MARCH - 5 APRIL 2013


Fighting talk

Angry times. Even angrier than normal. The two biggest teaching unions, the NUT and the NASUWT, will be holding their annual conferences this weekend. Michael Gove will stay away.


Have an Egg-cellent Easter

It's Easter Sunday, which means no work is allowed for teachers, except those making conference speeches. PGCE students should take a break and catch up on sleep. All should gorge themselves on chocolate.


A day to suffer fools gladly

It's a double whammy of April Fool's Day and Easter Monday. A shame, since most people won't be able to play tricks on their colleagues, unless they work at garden centres or tourist attractions.


Autism awareness

The United Nations World Autism Awareness Day will take place. Hundreds of events will celebrate the achievements of autistic people and bring attention to a condition that affects 67 million people worldwide.


Gadgetry galore

While teachers are taking a break from technology, the Gadget Show Live will be held in Birmingham. A highlight will be an alarming exhibit about "brain-controlled gaming" - let's hope Ofsted doesn't see it.


Is all well?

Many children measure their happiness in terms of games consoles and chocolate, but the Office for National Statistics uses slightly different indicators. Its report on children's well-being is released today.


Unburdening Busy bees

Bees and other creepy crawlies that help to pollinate plants will be the focus of a report released by the Environmental Audit Committee. The research asked how we can protect minibeasts without harming farming.

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