26 September – 2 October 2015
Putting the boot in
Scotland prepared to meet the USA in the Rugby World Cup. The Scots put in an impressive second-half performance on Sunday, defeating the USA 39-16 four days after beating Japan 45-10.
Get chatty about Ratty
World Rivers Day aims to build stewardship on our waterways, and is a big day for any teacher reading The Wind in the Willows to their pupils. Wherever your school is, you’re bound to have a Rat or a Mole living nearby.
All eyes on science
Straining to see your marking? Today a patient became the first in the UK to receive an experimental stem-cell transplant, a potential cure for blindness that involves placing lab-grown cells behind the retinas.
Socks and sandals
Geography teacher-lookalike Jeremy Corbyn made his first Labour Party conference leader’s speech. Cue much pushback from the geography and humanities fraternity, who reject such sartorial stereotyping.
A cheeky pay rise
Good news for students wanting to make a few bob. Today was the last day of the old £6.50 national minimum wage, as it rose to £6.70 an hour. There was also a record 57p jump in apprentices’ pay – now it’s £3.30.
Shadow over academies?
Check the papers for coverage of shadow education secretary Lucy Powell at the Labour conference. Policy-watchers would have been looking for an explanation of her vision of “local control” over academies.
Book your literary ticket
The nine-day Cheltenham Literature Festival swung into action today, with visits by guest writers including Never Let Me Go author Kazuo Ishiguro, and two-time Man Booker Prize-winner Hilary Mantel.
3-9 October 2015
When East met West
Germans, unite: today marks the 25th anniversary of the reunification of East and West Germany. People will line the streets of cities across the country to celebrate Unity Day.
World Animal Day falls on the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. It highlights the plight of endangered species and is the perfect excuse for little monkeys to make lion and tiger masks.
Teachers are awesome
Happy World Teachers’ Day! TESS already knows that teachers are the greatest. But it still doesn’t hurt to sing it loud and proud: you’re a teacher, and you’re awesome. Join us @TESScotland to tell us #WhyITeach.
You’re her heroes
Education secretary Nicky Morgan will take to the stage at the Conservative Party conference. In last year’s speech, she hailed teachers as “heroes” and pledged to cut their workload.
Jump for joy
If you or your class are enthusiastic about all things equine, make hay while the sun shines and trot down to the Horse of the Year Show, where there will be showjumping and lots and lots of horses.
Time to rhyme
For your class/it’s key to say/that 8 October/is National Poetry Day. Find tips to help your students to write much better verses than that at bit.ly/PrimaryPoetry and bit.ly/SecondaryPoetry.
In praise of peace
The Nobel Peace Prize 2015 will be awarded today. Last year it was jointly awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and teenager Malala Yousafzai for their work to ensure that all children have the right to an education.