This week - 22-28 october 2011.SATURDAY
HE SHoOTS BUT WILL HE SCORE?
Former Chelsea footballer Pat Nevin emerged as one of five candidates gunning to be rector of St Andrews University. He is up against former Scottish secretary Lord Forsyth, among others.
SPY SUPPLY RUNS DRY
Armchair spymasters across the country mourned the end of the BBC's Spooks. From now on Downton Abbey will have to fill the Sunday night void. Or a box set of the original Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
FEES TAKE 9% TOLL
The hike in university tuition fees appears to be affecting applications. Figures from Ucas showed a 9 per cent drop in applicants for 2012 - when the fee cap rises to #163;9,000 - compared with the same time last year.
ON THEIR BEST BEHAVIOUR
Government behaviour tsar Charlie Taylor took part in a question-and-answer session on the TES website. Queries were raised about the new behaviour checklist and what to do if a pupil tells you to eff off.
PROTEST FEELS THE PINCH
Teachers and college lecturers joined forces to protest in Westminster against the Government's changes to pensions. The plan to have a teacher from every school was scaled down to around 1,000 participants.
PRIVATE DEBATE IN PUBLIC
The Oxford Union hosted a debate on whether to abolish private schools. Those in favour included shadow schools minister Kevin Brennan, while Barnaby Lenon, ex Harrow head, was unsurprisingly a "no".
RAISE YOUR GLASSESAn occasion likely to be embraced by numerous teachers (and TES journalists), today marks the start of British Pub Week. It aims to get people back into boozers by promoting their positive impact on society.
NEXT WEEK 29 OCT - 4 NOV 2011
EYES ON THE PRIZE
Today is the 100th anniversary of the death of Joseph Pulitzer, a newspaper publisher who become a leading figure in the Democrats and is now best known for the journalism prizes in his name.
The annual Pearson Teaching Awards, hosted by Lenny Henry, will be screened on BBC2. The ceremony includes the presentation of the Henry Winkler (aka the Fonz) Award for Special Needs.
LOOK WHO'S WALKING
The world's population is due to exceed seven billion for the first time, according to the United Nations. An anthem performed by more than 50 musicians has been released to coincide with the figure being reached.
AN INSPECTOR IS CALLED ON
Incoming Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw is due to face a pre-appointment grilling from MPs. The politicians have to decide whether they think he's a suitable candidate for the post.
The first day in the job for new chief schools adjudicator Elizabeth Passmore. Dr Passmore, a former science teacher and school inspector, takes over from Dr Ian Craig in policing school admission policies.
THE COMIC STRIP PRESENTS
The London International Comics Festival begins at venues across London including the VA museum and the Institute for Contemporary Arts. Find out more at www.comicafestival.com
Voting will begin for members of the NASUWT on whether to take industrial action over changes to teachers' pensions. This could include work-to-rule or an option to strike.