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10-16 May 2014


Free schools come at a price

A political row broke out in England amid claims that education secretary Michael Gove had diverted funds reserved for creating much-needed school places to pay for his controversial flagship free schools policy.


Emerging from the shadows

A string of historic sexual abuse cases "casts a long shadow" over UK boarding schools, said Boarding Schools' Association chairman Ray McGovern. But they were now open and safe places to be, he claimed.


Football frenzy kicks off

Fifa World Cup madness began in earnest as each country announced its provisional 30-man squad for Brazil 2014. It was the cue for anyone with a phobia of the beautiful game to go into hiding until mid-July.


Sitting Sats

Ten- and 11 year-olds were doing their Sats in England this week. And for the first time children had to complete all maths papers without a calculator. Scary times for many - especially headteachers.


Cinma vrit

The glamorous Cannes International Film Festival opened today. The major event in the south of France will feature works by top directors such as Ken Loach. Celebrity-filled parties will also abound.


Elephants: never forget

If there was a troubling smell in the air, it may have been the Hong Kong government burning its seized illegal ivory. The disposal of almost 30 tons - the largest stockpile ever incinerated - was due to begin today.


Follow the rainbow wrap

Chef's hats on and graters out - at 2pm Jamie Oliver will give the largest ever live simultaneous cookery lesson, streamed to students around the world via TES Connect. Watch it at tesconnect.comjamieoliver

17-23 May 2014


Global Trans-formation

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia will be celebrated worldwide. Well-known Irish drag queen Panti Bliss is supporting the campaign and activists in Jordan are taking part for the first time.


Small screen, big stars

Ball gowns at the ready, tonight presenter Graham Norton hosts the Bafta television awards in London. Actress and national treasure Julie Walters will be honoured with an Academy Fellowship.


Get your teeth into this

OK, so you might only floss on Christmas and birthdays, but it's never too late to pick up a toothbrush. National Smile Month, a campaign promoting good oral hygiene, will begin in the UK. Mouthwash, anyone?


A fruity act

Josephine Baker Day commemorates the cabaret entertainer, who was best known for her skimpy skirt made from little more than a handful of bananas. And no, you can't get away with that in school.


Here's looking at you, kids

Childcare is a headache for parents and parent-teachers alike. Today, UK thinktank the Institute for Public Policy Research will launch a report on how to ensure quality affordable options are available for all.


`Strong' song up for a gong

It's an accolade that every songwriter longs for: the Ivor Novello Awards take place in London, where Strong, Best of Friends and Love Me Again will battle it out to be named Best Song Musically and Lyrically.


Stick your neck out

Don't hide under your shell, emerge for World Turtle Day, held to raise awareness of tortoise and turtle-related issues. Participants will dress up as the reptiles and take part in conservation activities.

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