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GENERAL PM’s Conference speech. Liz Truss rounded off the Conservative Party Conference with a 30+ minute speech focused on growth, ‘building for a new era’ and a commitment to deliver, acknowledging that things were tough, but promising action in three areas: lowering the tax burden; keeping ‘an iron grip’ on the nation’s finances; and delivering economic reforms. The Chancellor’s speech. The Chancellor acknowledged the problems caused by the recent mini-budget as he addressed the Conservative Party Conference, but argued that the growth plan was the right thing overall; that a string of announcements was in the pipeline; and that a medium-term fiscal plan would be published “shortly”. Education 2022.The OECD published its latest Education at a Glance compendium, providing a mass of data and information on the performance of education systems across the OECD countries and partners, suggesting ‘a gradual return to normality after the pandemic’ and progress in tertiary education.
SCHOOLS Education Secretary’s speech. The latest Education Secretary, Kit Malthouse, addressed the Conservative Party Conference, where despite not mentioning grammar schools, managed to raise hackles by claiming that education needed ‘constant attention and constant pressure in order to drive it forward’. Dear Secretary of State. The ASCL expressed concerns about some of the claims made in the Education Secretary’s Conference speech, particularly about ‘hanging on to mediocrity’ and ‘needing constant attention’, calling for an early opportunity to discuss matters with him. Education funding. Leading education and professional bodies wrote to the PM and Education Secretary calling on them to acknowledge what they called “a looming education funding crisis”, pointing out the risks likely to come with this.
FE/SKILLS Strike ballot. The NEU called on the Education Secretary to make funds ‘immediately’ available for an above-inflation-rate pay increase for sixth form college teachers, or face a likely ballot for strike action. Class of Covid. The Prince’s Trust and partners launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the impact of Covid on young people aged 16-25, with reports of many continuing to face challenges over jobs, skills training, the cost-of-living, and confidence-building generally. Prisoner apprenticeships. The government confirmed the launch of a new scheme to allow certain groups of prisoners to undertake an apprenticeship, with a number of big-name employers stepping in to offer placements.
HIGHER EDUCATION Equality of Opportunity. The Office for Students (OfS) launched a consultation on proposals to create a new Risk Register to be used by HE institutions. The Risk Register would highlight challenges and data when HEIs are setting out their future access and participation plans, to allow for a more targeted and evaluative approach. Students on placement. Universities UK published a set of recommendations, with case study evidence, for supporting students on placements – with a before, during, and after checklist to help particularly vulnerable students. Graduate jobs. The institute of Student Employers reported on recent research from Careerpass Network, showing how the cost of living was impinging on graduate career options, with, for example, nearly half (46%) saying the cost of living was too high for them to move to their preferred location, and similar numbers looking for higher salaries and employer support accordingly.
MONDAY 10 OCTOBER On this day in 1903 Emmeline Pankhurst formed the Women’s Social and Political Union in Manchester to fight for female emancipation. On this day in 1987 a fire at the Windscale facility, Cumbria, became the world’s first nuclear accident. On this day in 1980 prime minister Margaret Thatcher made a speech at the Conservative Party Conference defending her economic policies: “The lady’s not for turning”.
TUESDAY 11 OCTOBER On this day in 1852 the University of Sydney, Australia’s oldest university, was inaugurated in Sydney. On this day in 1957 the Jodrell Bank radio telescope, designed by Sir Bernard Lovell, began operating. On this day in 1982 the Mary Rose, once Henry VIII’s flagship, was raised from the Solent.
WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER On this day in 1492 Christopher Columbus discovered the New World, landing on an island in the Bahamas, which he named San Salvador (now Guanahani). On this day in 1984 five people were killed when an IRA bomb exploded at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, during the Conservative Party Conference. On this day in 1999 the UN celebrated the birth of the world’s six billionth person, symbolically honouring a baby in Sarajevo.
THURSDAY 13 OCTOBER On this day in 54 the Roman emperor Claudius died, reputedly poisoned with mushrooms by his wife Agrippina. On this day in 1792 the cornerstone of the White House was laid by George Washington. On this day in 1884 Greenwich was adopted as the prime meridian at a conference in Washington DC.
FRIDAY 14 OCTOBER On this day in 1066 the Battle of Hastings was fought at Senlac Hill. On this day in 1916 the Perm State University was founded in Russia. On this day in 1964 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Matin Luther King Jr.
SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER On this day in 1705 the English fleet under Lord Peterborough occupies Barcelona. On this day in 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte arrived on the island of St Helena to begin his exile. On this day in 1956 the first modern computer programming language, Fortran, appeared.
SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER On this day in 1793 Marie Antoinette, former Queen of France, was guillotined, aged 37. On this day in 1834 the medieval Palace of Westminster, which housed the House of Commons, bunt down when sticks used to tally the Exchequer’s accounts caught fire. On this day in 1847 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte was published.
Awareness days from around the world
UK: Go Sober for October, Book Month, Black History Month, Unblocktober, Arts and Humanities Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Mental Health Month, Museums and Galleries Month, Learning and Development Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cholesterol Month, Pituitary Awareness Month, Lupus Awareness Month, UDEP Action Month, Crime Prevention Month, Fire Prevention Month, Computer Learning Month, Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month, Seed Gathering Season.
INTERNATIONAL: Global Diversity Awareness Month, School Libraries Month, Walk to School Month, The Big Draw, Fair Trade Month, World Animal Month, World Autism Month, World Habitat Awareness Month, World Menopause Month, ADHD Awareness Month, AIDS Awareness Month, Blindness Awareness Month, Bat Appreciation Month, Dyslexia Awareness Month, CMT Awareness Month, Family History Month, Halloween Safety Month, Healthy Lung Month, Health Literacy Month, Dysautonomia Awareness Month, Celebrate the Bilingual Child Month, Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Eat Better-Eat Together Month, Emotional Wellness Month, Head Start Awareness Month, Long Term Care Planning Month, Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, Critical Illness Awareness Month, Liver Awareness Month, Spina Bifida Awareness Month, Prenatal-onset GBS Disease Recognition Month, Rett Syndrome Awareness Month,
US & CANADA: Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Canadian Library Month, LGBTQ+ History Month, Cyber Security Awareness Month, Depression Education and Awareness Month, Dental Hygiene/Orthodontic Health Month, Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, Black Cat Awareness Month, Pet Wellness Month, Physical Therapy Month, Work and Family Month, Indigenous Peoples Month, Polish American Heritage Month, Italian-American Heritage Month, German-American Heritage Month, Filipino American History Month, Pasta Month, Pizza Month, Pescatarian Month, Disability Employment Awareness Month, Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month, American Cheese Month, American Pharmacists Month, Country Music Month, Church Library Month, Contact Lens Safety Month, Eye Injury Prevention Month, Financial Planning Month, Hog Out Month, Animal Safety and Protection Month, Apple Month, Caramel Month, Chili Month, Chiropratic Month, Cookbook Month, Cookie Month, Audiology Awareness Month, Dessert Month, Ergonomics Month, Medical Librarians Month, Non-GMO Month, Pickled Petters Month, Pitbull Awareness Month, Pretzel Month, Protect Your Hearing Month, Sausage Month, Squirrel Awareness Month, Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15).
THIS WEEK IS: World Space Week (International), Babywearing Week (International), Braille Week (UK), Work Life Week (UK), Coffee Week (UK), Curry Week (UK), Baking Week (UK: from 14 October), Porridge Week (UK), Sexual Health Week (UK), Dyspraxia Awareness Week (UK), Baby Loss Awareness Week (UK), Haemophilia Awareness Week (Australia), Bone and Joint Health Action Week (US), Anti Poverty Week (US)l International Infection Prevention Week (US), National Retirement Security Week (US), Veterinary Technician Week (US), Wolf Awareness Week (US), Fire Prevention Week (US).
MONDAY 10 OCTOBER Lao: End of Buddhist Lent Day (Religious – Buddhist), World Mental Health Day (UN), World Homeless Day (International), Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity (International), World Day Against the Death Penalty (International), World Inclusion Day (International), World Animal Road Accident Awareness Day (International), World Plant-Based Burger Day (International), World Porridge Day (International), Day of Finnish Literature (Finland), Maroons Day (US), Stage Management Day (US), Canadian Thanksgiving (Canada), Local Government Day (Philippines), Cuba Independence Day (US), Columbus Day (US), Indigenous People’s Day (US), Native American Day (US), Online Bank Day (US), Porter Day (US), Handbag Day (US), Hug A Drummer Day (US), SHIFT10 (US), Angel Food Cake Day (US), Cake Decorating Day (US), Hug a Kevin Day (US), Kick ***** Day (US), Bonza Bottler Day (US), Taiwan National Day/Double Ten Day (China), Health and Sports day (Japan), .
TUESDAY 11 OCTOBER International Day of the Girl Child (UN), Coming Out Day (UK&US), Iris Prize Film Festival (US), Spread Joy Day (US), General Pulaski Memorial Day (US), Peyronie’s Disease Awareness Day (US), Southern Food Heritage Gay (US), Sausage Pizza Day (US), Ada Lovelace Day (US), Black Girl Day Off (US), It’s My Party Day (US), Face Your Fears Day (US), Kim/Kimberly Day (US).
WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER World Arthritis Day (International), Dia de la Raza Day (International),Top Spinning Day (International), Christopher Columbus Day (Italy), Hispanic Day (Spain), Children’s Day (Brazil), Respect for Cultural Diversity Day (Argentina & US), Emergency Nurses Day (US), Stop Bullying Day (US), Take Your Parents to Lunch Day (US), Pet Obesity Awareness Day (US), Fossil Day (US), Gumbo Day (US), Savings Day (US), Farmers Day (US), Vermont Day, Bring Your Teddy Bear to School/Work Day (US), Curves Day (US), Freethought Day (US), Martin Day (US), Pulled Pork Day (US), Indigenous Resistance Day (Venezuela), Equatorial Guinea Independence Day, Day of the Pluricultural Nation (Mexico), Day of Cultural Diversity/Day of the Races (Uruguay).
THURSDAY 13 OCTOBER Karva Chauth (Religious – Hindu), World Sight Day (International), English Language Day (International), World Thrombosis Day (International), International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction (International), Civility for the Girl Child Day (International), Day for Failure (International), Skeptics Day (International), Disaster Day/International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN), No Bra Day (UK), US Navy Birthday (US), Transfer Money to Your Son Day (US), M&M Day (US), Yorkshire Pudding Day (US), Train Your Brain Day (US), Herpes Awareness Day (US), Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day (US).
FRIDAY 14 OCTOBER World Egg Day (International), World Standards Day (International), World Egg Day (International), Local Radio Day (UK), Day of the Defender (Ukraine), Chisinau City Day (Moldova), Liberation Day (Yemen), I Love You Day (US), Dessert Day (US), Be Bald and Be Free Day (US), Ryan Day (US), Veronica Day (US), Vet Nurse Day (US), Sherlock Holmes Weekend (US).
SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER Hoshana Rabbah (Religious – Jewish), Shawarma Day (International), World Students’ Day (International), Global Hand Washing Day (International), Global Wave of Light Day (International), Day of Rural Women (International), African Penguin Awareness Day (International), Universal Music Day (International), Roast Pheasant Day (UK), King Harold Day (UK), Family Learning Festival 2022 (UK), Shine a Light Night (Ireland), Mothers’ Day (Malawi), Evacuation Day (Tunisia), Teachers’ Day (Brazil), Sweetest Day (US), HAS Awareness Day (US), Latino AIDS Awareness Day (US), White Cane Safety Day (US), Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day (US), Grouch Day (US), I Love Lucy Day (US), Lemon Bar Day (US), Motorcycle Ride Day (US), Cheese Curd Day (US), Bridge Day (US), Riley Day (US), Aesthetician Day (US), Sweetest Day (US), Costume Swap Day (US), Mushroom Day (US), Fetch Day (US).
SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER World Anaesthesia Day (International), World Spine Day (International), Restart a Heart Day (International), World Allergy Awareness Day (International), World Menopause Day (International), Global Cat Day (International), World Toy Camera Day (International), World Food Day (UN), Dictionary Day (US), Ethnicity Day (US), Boss’s Day (US), Department Store Day (US), Eddie Day (US), Elaine Day (US), Feral Cat Day (US), Liqueur Day (US), Trey Day (US), Sports Day (US), Veterans BBQ Day (US), Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day (US).