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THIS WEEK 19-25 NOVEMBER 2011

SATURDAY

MESSAGE UNSANITISED

World Toilet Day was held to highlight news that 2.2 million children under the age of five die from diarrhoea every year, with nine out of 10 deaths down to unsafe water and inadequate sanitation.

SUNDAY

TSAR TALKS TOUGH ON LAZINESS

Government behaviour tsar Charlie Taylor told a newspaper that schools need to address the problem of pupils doing the minimum in lessons. He added that some "outstanding" schools could be downgraded.

MONDAY

CUTS SPARK POVERTY WARNING

The UK's four children's commissioners banded together to express concern over the impact of Government spending cuts, claiming the austerity programme could push more families into poverty.

TUESDAY

GIBB REASSURES INDEPENDENTS

Schools minister Nick Gibb told headteachers at the annual conference of the Girls' Schools Association that sponsoring failing state schools would not lead to dumbing down.

WEDNESDAY

HOW TO HOLD ON TO THE BEST

Sutton Trust chairman Sir Peter Lampl and National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations chief executive David Butler gave evidence to a parliamentary select committee on attracting the best teachers.

THURSDAY

COLLEGES 'COULD GO UNDER'

Sixth Form Colleges' Forum chief executive David Igoe told his AGM - and a watching schools minister, Lord Hill - that colleges faced going bust if funding cuts continued.

FRIDAY

BRAINWAVES TO BEAT THE BULLIES

A conference taking place at Birkbeck, University of London, will hear how girls are targeted more often than boys by online bullies and will discuss ways in which teachers can help stop cyber bullying.

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SATURDAY

A KICKING FOR CONSUMERISM?

A day after Black Friday kicked off the US's Christmas shopping season, the UK is holding Buy Nothing Day to highlight, organisers say, "the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism".

SUNDAY

ROAD SAFETY STEPS UP A GEAR

This year's Road Safety Week, the theme of which was "Too Young to Die", ends with organisers calling for the Government to introduce compulsory education in schools on the dangers of driving.

MONDAY

A CHORUS OF APPROVAL

Children's choir Young Voices, which is drawn from 2,500 schools, begins the first of three shows at the LG Arena in Birmingham, with 10 more performances planned in Sheffield, Manchester and London.

TUESDAY

WINTER OF DISCONTENT

Chancellor George Osborne will use his autumn statement to give the official - and grim - update on the state of the economy. Await the consequent public sector cuts.

WEDNESDAY

PENSIONS ANGER HITS LONDON

Thousands of teachers will join other public sector workers in a day of strike action over the Government's proposed reform of their pensions. A high-profile march is planned for central London.

THURSDAY

EDUCATION CALL ON AIDS DAY

The 23rd World Aids Day will see the National Aids Trust call on the Government to make sex and relationships education compulsory within the national curriculum.

FRIDAY

THIS HAPPY BAND?

Heads' union ASCL Cymru's conference will come to a close in Cardiff. At the top of the agenda will be the publication next week of the school banding system, which loosely compares to league tables.

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