Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

This week/Next Week: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

This week/Next Week: News

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THIS WEEK - 9-15 MARCH 2013

SATURDAY

Women of the world

Influential women from across the globe attended the Women of the World Festival at London's Southbank Centre. Big names included Alice Walker (pictured), author of The Color Purple, and comedian Ruby Wax.

SUNDAY

Highs are low priority

Amy Winehouse's father Mitch claimed that drug and alcohol education is "woefully underfunded". A charity in his late daughter's name will run a "resilience programme" in 50 secondaries and a free advice hotline.

MONDAY

A week for work

As the nation heads towards a triple-dip recession, National Apprenticeship Week celebrated everything about workplace training, from sweeping up at the salon to working as a plumber's mate.

TUESDAY

No end to The scandal

The GCSE grading fiasco is now officially a saga: exam boards gave evidence to the Commons Education Select Committee. Heads were furious when a recent High Court ruling said there was no unlawful behaviour.

WEDNESDAY

Elementary science

Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch is the celebrity face of the Cambridge Science Festival, which is now in full swing. Cumberbatch, who once played Stephen Hawking, guest-directed the jamboree.

THURSDAY

Delightful ditties

Hallelujah! Primary schools took part in a host of singing activities for National Sing Up Day. Angelic choirs and barbershop quartets up and down the land trilled, "Mr Sandman, bom, bom, bom, bom ..."

FRIDAY

Geniuses in the making

Now that pop-star professor Brian Cox has made science the new rock and roll, hopefully the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair in London will inspire a generation of future Einsteins and Darwins. …

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