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This week 11-17 February 2012


The write stuff

A celebration of children's literature kicked off on London's South Bank. The Imagine festival includes readings from Mackenzie Crook (left), star of The Office and recently published children's author.


Oxford pleas to wealthy

The University of Oxford is turning to philanthropists to fund academic posts at threat because of government cuts, The Sunday Times reported. Jobs will go unless it can raise #163;90 million, the paper said.


Column creates a storm

An article penned by a TES contributor in last week's magazine got the Twittersphere into a lather (see editorial, left). The row centred over how teachers should deal with the exam stress suffered by pupils.


Third blow for wales

Another Welsh local authority's education services were judged unsatisfactory by Estyn, bringing the total to three. The inspectorate said Torfaen needs significant improvement. It has yet to find an excellent council.


Girls admit to skipping meals

Concerns were raised about the proportion of girls skipping meals, with nearly one in five 14- and 15-year-olds admitting they don't eat lunch. A report suggested the numbers missing lunch had doubled in 25 years.


Young and jobless

The fallout from the latest unemployment figures continued. Figures showed that the number of 16- to 24-year-olds without a job rose to 1.04 million, meaning that more than 22 per cent of young people are not in work.


Harmonious relationship

It is day two of three of the New York Philharmonic residency at London's Barbican centre. America's oldest symphony orchestra has performed more than 15,000 concerts in 63 countries.

Next week 18-24 February 2012


Whitney's funeral

The funeral of the American multiple-award-winning singer Whitney Houston is due to be held today in New Jersey. The former pop star was found dead at the weekend at a hotel in Los Angeles.


Come on, get off the sofa

The last day of the half-term break is upon you. It's time to rouse yourself from the sofa, pack your bag with new lesson plans and all that completed marking, and set the alarm for tomorrow morning.


Drops of genius

This week will see the British Council announce the winners of its Big Science Challenge. It invited pupils in the UK and the Middle East to research and design a solution to water shortages.


Evidence, not dogma

Labour's education spokesman Stephen Twigg is due to give a sneak peek of his vision for schools that, he says, will be based on evidence and not dogma. It could be a political first.


One has royal visitors

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall - Charles and Camilla to us - will visit a school to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Teach First. The royals will meet teachers on the scheme.


Inevitable profitmaking

The Conservative chair of the Education Select Committee will debate at an event hosted by thinktank Policy Exchange whether profitmaking in schools should be introduced. It would be if he was in charge.


Step in, free school hopefuls

It's deadline day for aspiring free-schoolers to get their applications into the Department for Education. Today's wave is for hopefuls wanting to open the doors to their new schools in 2013 or beyond.

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