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11-17 October 2014


Big day out

Closet doors were flung open on National Coming Out Day, which commemorates the 1987 National March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights in the US. Read a teacher's tale of coming out on pages 18-19.


Promises, promises

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt declared that he wanted teachers to take a "Hippocratic oath", causing many staff to create their own oaths on Twitter (page 15) - but not the sort the Labour MP was after.


The young ones

Those who believe, like Whitney Houston did, that children are our future needed to look no further than the European Youth Conference in Rome. The theme was encouraging young people's access to rights.


Fighting for freedom

A rally in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, marked six months since 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Islamist sect Boko Haram. Worldwide condemnation continues with the Bring Back Our Girls campaign.


In his own good time

On this day in 1582, people in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain woke up to discover that they had travelled forward in time by 11 days. The reason? The implementation of the Gregorian calendar by Pope Gregory XIII.


Heavy rotation

The UN General Assembly held an election to fill five non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council for two years. The chosen nations will join China, France, Russia, the UK and the US.


Crime never pays

A salutary historical reminder for your students that the devil is in the detail: notorious US mafia boss Al Capone was jailed for 11 years on this day in 1931 - not for his violent crimes, but for tax evasion.

18-24 October 2014


A matter of opinion

Dust off that old debating club badge: the Institute of Ideas holds its annual Battle of Ideas in London, in partnership with TES. Education topics include the worth of exams and lessons to learn from Asia.


Man of letters.and numbers

Happy 68th birthday to Philip Pullman, a former teacher and the author of award-winning and immensely popular children's fiction, including the His Dark Materials trilogy of fantasy novels.


Vital statistics

Statistically, it's a good day to teach your students about the importance of data. The UN celebrates World Statistics Day, intended to highlight "the importance of statistics in shaping our societies".


The empire strikes back

Britannia may not rule the waves now, but celebrations today mark a time when it did: Trafalgar Day, when an army led by Horatio Nelson defeated the French and Spanish fleets in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.


Say g'day

It might not have the cuteness of its Australian co-habitants the koala and the kangaroo, but that's all the more reason to celebrate Wombat Day, when the fat, slow, lazy marsupial is given its due.


Ruffing it

The position of top dog in politics will be decided in the Westminster Dog of the Year contest. Last year's winner was Noodle, a cocker spaniel-poodle cross belonging to Conservative MP Sir Alan Duncan.


True colours

Students in the UK and Ireland are being encouraged to "wear it pink" today to raise money for breast cancer research. The school that collects the most cash will win tickets to the House of Lords.

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