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This week 15-21 October 2011

SATURDAY

WALES SEES RED OVER LES BLEUS

It was a bad start to the weekend for anyone pledging allegiance to Wales in the rugby World Cup. Some dodgy refereeing made life easier for Les Bleus, who play New Zealand in the final.

SUNDAY

BELL TOLLS FOR MANDARIN

After five years in the job, Sir David Bell is to stand down as permanent secretary at the Department for Education. The former Ofsted chief inspector will become vice-chancellor of Reading University.

MONDAY

TWIGG'S FRONT BENCH DEBUT

Education secretary Michael Gove squared up to his new shadow, Stephen Twigg, in the Commons. But the biggest blow was landed by the Speaker, who accused Mr Gove of treating Parliament like the Oxford Union.

TUESDAY

BARNES WINS AT BOOKER 'BINGO'

After accusations of dumbing down, the Man Booker prize was awarded to Julian Barnes for The Sense of an Ending. The author, who previously described the award as "posh bingo", had been shortlisted three times.

WEDNESDAY

BEHAVIOUR FROM ON HIGH

A behaviour checklist published by the Government instructs teachers on how to keep order. It was criticised for being basic, but behaviour tsar Charlie Taylor said pilots used similar lists to maintain safety.

THURSDAY

PARENTS' VIEWS SOUGHT

Ofsted released details of an online questionnaire that parents and carers can use to give their opinion on their child's school. Anyone can see the results, and they could be used to trigger inspections.

FRIDAY

HALF-TERM ARRIVES AT LAST ...

Audible sighs of relief will emanate from staffrooms up and down the country as pupils file out for the half-term break. Teachers can look forward to a week of rest and, erm, marking and lesson planning.

Next week 22-28 October 2011

SATURDAY

FAST SHOW'S HIGSON ON HORROR

Charlie Higson - children's author, TV actor and comedian - talks about his love of horror at the Cambridge University Festival of Ideas. The event, which runs until 30 October, has sessions for children and adults.

SUNDAY

TUNISIA GREETS DEMOCRACY

Tunisia became the first Arab Spring country to overthrow its dictator, President Ben Ali. Today its people go to the polls to elect a government that will also be responsible for writing a new constitution.

MONDAY

GAMES-ROW ATTACKER IN COURT

A man is due in court for sentencing after attacking a teenager who killed off his video-game character. Mark Bradford admitted assaulting the Plymouth boy after he gunned down his character in Call of Duty: Black Ops.

TUESDAY

DIWALI COUNTDOWN CONCLUDES

Final preparations will be made for the best-known Hindu festival, Diwali, which begins tomorrow. The five-day festival of lights celebrates the victory of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.

WEDNESDAY

DAY OF ACTION ON PENSIONS

As many as 25,000 teachers are expected to protest outside Parliament against plans to reform their pensions. Union leaders are hoping that at least one teacher from every school in the country will take part.

THURSDAY

DEPUTY DREW STRUTS HIS STUFF

The penultimate episode of hit documentary series Educating Essex airs on Channel 4. Has Mr Drew met his match in Mollie, or will she come through and achieve A-grades?

FRIDAY

... BUT ALL TOO SOON IT'S OVER

Breathe deeply. It's back to school on Monday, but the Yoga Show in London might help you take it in your stride. The event promises a range of relaxing therapies, meditation and chanting.

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