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5-11 July 2014


Wheels on fire

The first stage of the Tour de France, the Grand Dpart, began in Yorkshire. The hopes of British rider Mark Cavendish literally crashed when he dislocated his shoulder after colliding with another cyclist.


Master strategy

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt announced Labour plans to introduce the Singaporean system of "master teachers" to England, to keep top teachers in classrooms rather than losing them to headship.


In memory

The ninth anniversary of the 77 terrorist attacks was commemorated in London. Fifty-two people died when bombs exploded on three tube trains and a bus. A service was held at the 77 memorial in Hyde Park.


University challenged

Degrees may no longer be an automatic choice. One in three people think a degree-level apprenticeship would be better for career prospects than a degree, according to a poll commissioned by the Sutton Trust.


Love match

He served, smashed and volleyed his way to a second Wimbledon victory on Sunday. Today, the celebrations for Novak Djokovic continued as he married Jelena Ristic in Montenegro. Congratulations, Novak!


Ready for action

A strike by NUT members in England over changes to pay and pensions was expected to affect thousands of schools. Industrial action was also due to be taken by the Unison, Unite, PCS, FBU and GMB unions.


Human league

It's World Population Day, established to raise awareness of population issues including the prevention of unwanted teenage pregnancies. The global population is estimated to be more than 7.1 billion.

12-18 July 2014


Girl meets world

Education campaigner Malala Yousafzai turns 17 today. Last year, the Pakistani schoolgirl gave a speech about universal education at the UN on her birthday, which was dubbed Malala Day.


Striker pose

All eyes will be on Brazil for the final of the Fifa World Cup. Billions are expected to tune into the world's most popular sporting event. Will the internet survive the mass outpouring of "sofa criticism"?


Allons, enfants!

A military parade will march through Paris and fireworks will dazzle onlookers as French National Day is celebrated. This year's event will also commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.


140-character assassination

Do you #eduspeak? It's the eighth anniversary of the launch of Twitter, the social media site that has given educators, among 255 million other people, a way of sharing news and pictures of their lunch.


In the extreme

England's education secretary Michael Gove is due to speak to the Commons Education Select Committee about extremism in schools, after concerns over a "culture of fear and intimidation" in some institutions.


Verse versus verse

The winner of the only English award for children's poetry will be announced today. The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education has shortlisted five poets, including Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson.


A classic touch

The BBC Proms season opens today. This year's 92 concerts include the first CBeebies prom, with music from children's television programmes as well as Sir Henry Wood's Fantasia on British Sea Songs.

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