17-23 October 2015
The United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was first observed in 1993 and promotes awareness of the need to tackle deprivation worldwide. This year’s theme was “building a sustainable future”.
Rugby hopes go south
For the first time, no teams from the northern hemisphere have qualified for the Rugby World Cup semi-finals. Wales, France, Ireland and Scotland all lost their fixtures over the weekend.
Jamie Oliver continued his crusade against childhood obesity, lobbying Parliament for a tax on fizzy drinks to reduce consumption. Putting a stop to pupils’ post-break sugar high would surely benefit schools, too.
Probable cause for celebration
World Statistics Day is held by the United Nations to champion effective use of data. They say 56 per cent of statistics are made up, but today you were 100 per cent more likely to encounter a thrilled maths teacher.
Wish upon a star
Night owls may have seen the Orionid Meteor Shower, which was at its annual peak, with as many as 20 shooting stars per hour. The meteors are debris from Halley’s Comet, which last flew past Earth in 1986.
Speak up for stammerers
It was International Stammering Awareness Day and teachers around the globe were encouraged to wear a sea-green wristband to show support for students with speech difficulties.
The 12-day Manchester Science Festival is perfect for fans of a covalent bond. It features Mancunian physicist Brian Cox, who last week told TES we must trust in teachers to boost science-literacy (bit.ly/TrustTeach).
24-30 October 2015
Heading for a falls
You may feel the inspectors have you over a barrel but it could be worse, as teacher Annie Edson Taylor proved in 1901. On her 63rd birthday she became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
Longbow story short
It will be the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt where, as any history teacher worth their salt will tell you, the English beat a far larger French army thanks, in part, to the work of Welsh longbowmen.
Watch out for overexcited Bond fans wearing tuxedos into class in anticipation of the premiere of Spectre – the 24th film featuring Britain’s highest-profile secret agent – at the Royal Albert Hall.
Nine lives but no home
One black cat is good luck. Two, even more so, says charity Cats Protection, which aims to find unwanted moggies a good home on National Black Cat Day. Try convincing your head to adopt a school mascot.
‘Then it is war’
In 1940, Mussolini gave an ultimatum to the Greek prime minister Ioannis Metaxas: let Axis troops occupy strategic Greek territory or face war. Oxi Day commemorates the moment when Metaxas said “Oxi” (No).
Every dog has its day
At the Westminster Dog of the Year contest, MPs will show off their parliamentary pooches. Former education secretary Michael Gove and his bichon frise Snowy took home second prize last year.
Float like a butterfly…
The historic “Rumble in the Jungle” took place 41 years ago today. Muhammad Ali knocked out world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman in the eighth round – probably not one to re-enact in PE.