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This week - 5-11 November 2011


For the love of gove

Education secretary Michael Gove told Daily Mail readers how adoption transformed his life. "I was given the most precious gift any child can have - unconditional love, stability, security," he explained.


Bank tax for tuition fees

Labour leader Ed Miliband argued in a Sunday paper that society should listen to St Paul's protesters, and suggested that planned tax cuts for banks should be ditched and the money used to cut tuition fees to #163;6,000.


N.Ireland abuse shame

A survey by Barnardo's revealed that two-thirds of 16-year-old girls in Northern Ireland care homes are at risk of sexual exploitation. Of nearly 800 questioned, half said the abuse lasted at least one year.


How's that for a laugh

Cats Ahoy!, a picture book about pirate cats by Peter Bently, and The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon, about a cheeky schoolboy, won the top prizes at the 2011 Roald Dahl Funny Prize for children's books.


EMA protesters on the march

Around 10,000 students set off from the University of London Union in Bloomsbury in the latest protest against university tuition fees and the decision to slash the education maintenance allowance.


Scientists for sustainability

The 10th UN World Science Day for Peace and Development, which was established to raise public awareness of the role of science in developing peaceful and sustainable societies.


FE puts on the glitz

The inaugural TES FE Awards are held at the Brewery in the City of London. Thirteen prizes will be presented by TES editor Gerard Kelly and awards host Evan Davis, presenter of the Today programme and Dragons' Den.

Next week - 12-18 November 2011


How to be a free school

Free schools charity the New Schools Network is holding a conference for prospective free-school applicants. Expect omnipresent Toby Young to be at the event at Park Plaza Riverbank, London, from 11am.


We will remember them

The Queen will be joined by political leaders as she leads the annual National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall in honour of the country's war dead and those from the Commonwealth.


Words that wound

This year's Anti-Bullying Week focuses on verbal bullying. The five-day event wants to challenge the use of derogatory language in schools, as well as encouraging them to establish language charters.


Cable set for AoC conference

Speakers at the three-day Association of Colleges conference in Birmingham will include business secretary Vince Cable, West Ham United vice-chair Karren Brady, and London 2012 chairman Lord Coe.


Tartare, rump steak

Vegetarians look away now for the last of six regional heats in the Make it with Mince Challenge for 11 to 16-year-olds. James Martin is judging the contest, and the overall champion will spend a day with the TV chef.


All about curriculums

Former schools minister Jim Knight chairs a Royal Society of Arts seminar debating national vs local curriculums. FE report author Professor Alison Wolf and education academic Keri Facer are keynote speakers.


Big ballot result

The NASUWT is due to announce the result of its ballot on industrial action over a series of disputes with the Government. Voting closed yesterday on a number of questions including pensions, pay and job losses.

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