3-9 October 2015
When the wall maps came down
The world marked 25 years since the reunification of Germany. Meanwhile, geography teachers marked 25 years since they had to invest in a whole new set of maps of Europe.
Half of teachers ‘may quit’
More than half of England’s teachers are considering leaving the profession in the next two years, a YouGov/NUT survey found. Workload and poor work-life balance were the two main reasons cited.
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The world came together to celebrate all things education for World Teachers’ Day. Quite right too. Teachers joined in on Twitter by telling the world #WhyITeach. Read the Storify at bit.ly/ITeachWhy
Never a better time to teach?
Schools minister Nick Gibb risked the wrath of an entire profession when he told the Conservative Party conference that “there has never been a better time to be a teacher”. Read more at bit.ly/GibbBetterTime
Struggling under the weight of your class books again? Don’t do yourself a mischief – observe Back Care Awareness Week and get someone else to carry some or all of your load.
For those who can’t get enough of fleckerls and other fancy footwork, the International Ballroom Dancing Championships at the Royal Albert Hall satisfied dance appetites until the next episode of Strictly.
Today is the perfect time to get your students practising their letters: it’s World Post Day, celebrating the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland.
10-16 October 2015
As mental health in schools hits the headlines, World Mental Health Day seems more important than ever. Read about the government mental health champion’s plans for schools at bit.ly/NatashaDevon
The UN marks the International Day of the Girl Child, which this year has the theme of “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: vision for 2030”, based on the UN goal to give every child access to an education.
Teachers rarely need an excuse to indulge their sweet tooth, but this week you have a valid reason: it’s Chocolate Week! Stock up on some tins of Quality Street for the staffroom. If they get that far…
This date in 1362 may not be drilled into students’ memories, but it marks the first time Parliament was opened with a speech in English rather than French, paving the way for English to be a key world language.
Results under scrutiny
Any department heads still puzzling over summer results may want to tune in to the House of Commons Education Committee, which is holding a one-off evidence session on the work of exams regulator Ofqual.
Battle the bugs
Trying to stave off the colds sweeping through school? Turn students’ attention to Global Hand Washing Day, which highlights the role the practice can have in preventing the spread of viral diseases.
If you’re trying to be “down with the kids”, keep an eye out for today’s announcement of the shortlist for the Mercury Music Prize. It should give you an idea of the albums you need to listen to.