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THIS WEEK 7-13 JANUARY 2012

SATURDAY

DIRTY TRICKS A HOT TOPIC

Including newspaper, radio and TV coverage, the fallout continued from last week's TES exclusive on schools using shady and underhand tactics to pull the wool over Ofsted's eyes.

SUNDAY

MANCHESTER TO CUT NUMBERS

The University of Manchester, one of Britain's biggest, is to cut its undergraduate numbers by 1,000 and take on more than 100 extra academics to tackle complaints about poor teaching and overcrowding, it emerged.

MONDAY

DECLINE IN TRAINEES

The Training and Development Agency for Schools published shocking figures on teacher training recruitment. Not even a #163;20K bursary is enough to persuade physics and modern language graduates to sign up.

TUESDAY

DAWN RAIDS DON'T IMPRESS

Reacting to last week's TES story on how some schools are cheating the inspectors, Ofsted announced the introduction of no-notice inspections for all. Heads and teachers are not happy.

WEDNESDAY

GOVE BETTS ON TECHNOLOGY

The first day of Bett at Olympia, Europe's biggest trade show for educational ICT. Michael Gove turned up to make a keynote speech. Technology is, like, way important, man.

THURSDAY

CLEGG BRINGS OUT THE LADDER

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg was allowed out to announce which businesses are going to throw their weight behind the coalition's social mobility strategy. Onwards and upwards.

FRIDAY

ROYAL SOCIETY CALLS FOR REBOOT

The Royal Society chose BETT's busiest day to publish a withering report on how ICT and computer programming is taught in schools and what should be done to rebuild it. The future of Britain depends on it, apparently.

NEXT WEEK 14-20 JANUARY 2012

SATURDAY

AN UNHAPPY ANNIVERSARY

It's 10 years since Britain was given the all-clear on foot-and-mouth. Ten years since the pyres of burning cattle were put out. Ten years since hundreds of schools in the English countryside reopened their gates.

SUNDAY

FROM ROUSSEAU TO ROOFS

The deadline for Ucas applications is today. Time for your students to decide whether they are suited to philosophy at the Collegiate University of Tofftown or insulation studies at New College, Dagenhamshire.

MONDAY

PEER CALLS FOR GRAMMAR CHECK

The House of Lords is to wade into the recently reignited debate on grammar schools. Labour peer Baroness Jones will speak about the impact on local parental choice of allowing such schools to expand.

TUESDAY

PE TEACHERS HIT FOR SIX

The PE department will be sleep-deprived for the next few weeks: the test series between England and Pakistan kicks off today. It is taking place in the United Arab Emirates due to the dangers facing cricketers in Pakistan.

WEDNESDAY

IN A COLD SWEAT

The inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games will be in full swing in Innsbruck, Austria. Team GB was expecting to take 24 athletes aged 14-18 to compete in 10 sports including bobsleigh, curling and snowboarding.

THURSDAY

ZITS AND NODDY WALLPAPER

Prepare to feel old: this is the 30th anniversary of the publication of Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 34. Capturing the spirit of teenagers everywhere, this classic still resonates.

FRIDAY

A FEATHER IN THEIR CAP

The end of the first week of the Big Schools' Birdwatch, organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Get out the binoculars and encourage pupils to report the species they spot each day.

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