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16th October 2015 at 00:00

10-16 October 2015

Saturday

Down to earth

Away from the muddy playing fields of the Rugby World Cup, the even muddier British National Ploughing Championships took place over 200 acres in Kent. More than 230 ploughmen – and women – competed.

Sunday

Out everywhere

On international Coming Out Day, people across the world shared their sexuality publicly – including teacher Oliver Beach, who wrote about his decision for TES. Read his article at bit.ly/TeacherComingOut

Monday

War wounds

Edith Cavell, a pioneering nurse in the First World War, was executed 100 years ago for helping Allied soldiers to flee from Belgium. Every year she is commemorated on this day by the Church of England.

Tuesday

Oh man, it’s the Booker

Inspire budding student writers with the winner of the Man Booker Prize, awarded for the best original novel in English. This year’s shortlist included British, American and Jamaican authors.

Wednesday

Making a fresh start

It may have felt like a normal Wednesday in class, but it was Al-Hijra, the Islamic New Year’s Day. This year the Hijri, or Muslim calendar – a 354-day year – ran from 24 October 2014 to 13 October 2015.

Thursday

Growth industry

Carol Dweck supporters will be pleased to hear that children’s mindsets can be as powerful a predictor of life success as socio-economic status, according to a report by thinktank Demos published yesterday.

Friday

Hunger for justice

A school lunch may not be your favourite meal of the week but at least it’s there. UN World Food Day today raises awareness for the 5 million children under 5 who die of malnutrition-related causes every year.

17-23 October 2015

Saturday

Local heroes

Three of the rugby home nations are in the World Cup quarter-finals this weekend. Wales play South Africa today, while Ireland and Scotland take on Argentina and Australia, respectively, tomorrow.

Sunday

A whale of a tale

It doesn’t feature on the curriculum but Herman Melville’s epic Moby-Dick might still be suggested as further reading for students. The first edition, entitled The Whale, was published 164 years ago.

Monday

Safety program

Looking for an opportunity to highlight e-safety? Why not do it during Get Safe Online Week, which aims to teach people about staying safe on their computer, smartphone, tablet or games console.

Tuesday

Mining young minds

Unesco’s World Heritage Youth Summit will be held this year in Blaenavon, Wales – so chosen because this site celebrates the fact that South Wales was once the world’s biggest supplier of iron, copper and coal.

Wednesday

How d’you like them apples?

As the school nurse will tell you, an apple a day keeps the doctors away. So celebrate Apple Day – a moment of glory for all the fruit’s many varieties, from the humble Granny Smith to the crisp Braeburn.

Thursday

Wombatty about marsupials

Go wild this Thursday for Wombat Day and dedicate a science lesson to everybody’s favourite crepuscular marsupial. Our top fact about this protected species? Wombat poo is cuboid. Fact.

Friday

Cavalier attitude

As (hopefully) any history teacher can tell you, 373 years ago the first engagement of the First English Civil War took place. The Battle of Edgehill kicked off a conflict that would last four years.

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