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16-22 MARCH 2013


An unbridled disaster

Parents will say "neigh" to school dinners after the horsemeat scandal, an academic said. The University of Leeds' Dr Charlotte Evans said the detection of horse in canteen food could increase packed lunches by 10 per cent.


The x-rated factor

A group of teachers expressed their outrage at young people's unfettered access to online pornography. They raised their concern that it was warping children's minds and called for new guidelines.


Putting faith in assistants

What would the new pope say? The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education said too many RE lessons are taught by teaching assistants. They want more resources to be invested in the subject.


And our survey says...

A survey found that teaching is still the top job of choice for teenagers. But the Education and Employers Taskforce said that too many children wanted to be footballers and TV presenters.


Striking a chord

Do re mi fa so la ti do! Batons a-waving, music teachers from across the land descended upon the Barbican in London for the inaugural Music Education Expo. Ed Vaizey, culture minister, was due to speak.


The pen is mightier

Poetical types in paisley scarves were set to flock to the York Literature Festival today.

Word wizards Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage were among the main draws at the literati-packed shindig.


Below the surface

To Leeds for the annual conference of the Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association. The theme is "Looking Behind the Behaviour: developing the mental health and emotional well-being of our children".


23-29 MARCH 2013


The world's a stage

Calm down luvvies, it's only the National Student Drama Festival. The event in Scarborough showcases productions by 16- to 25-year-olds. Workshops will be staged in all things theatrical.


Limber up for pooh sticks

A. A. Milne-loving teachers never need an excuse to read aloud from Winnie-the-Pooh, but the 30th World Pooh Sticks Championships at Little Wittenham in Oxfordshire are surely a good opportunity.


What do we want?

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers will kick off union conference season with its annual gathering in Liverpool. Moderate members are not expected to strike but there will be plenty of heated exchanges.


Exterminate the gas bill

Oh dear, will Royal Mail feel the wrath of the Daleks for only putting them on a second-class stamp? The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who will be celebrated with the launch of 11 stamps.


Star turn

Its alumni include Adele, Rizzle Kicks and Jessie J so a royal visit was surely due. The Duchess of Cornwall was scheduled to visit the Brit School in London today. Jazz hands, Your Royal Highness?


Happy birthday, dear gaga

It's Lady Gaga's birthday today. The controversial singer - and anti-bullying campaigner - could well be celebrating with a new dress, a cake, or possibly a cake worn as a dress.


Some eggcellent news

At last, it's Good Friday. An extra day to relax with your feet up, spend some money you don't have, stuff your face with chocolate or perhaps even go to church. The holidays start here. Oh yes, they do.

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