UK Education

Labour's Fees Pledge Offers A Shred Of Hope To Students

Malia Bouattia | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Malia Bouattia

This policy has been ridiculed by some who would rather see education run as a business, and it is not new to see a popular policy that would disproportionately benefit young people dismissed as a "pipe dream". But across Scandinavia, Latin America and in Germany, Austria, Belgium and more, students enjoy tuition-free education. If countries with both a higher and a lower GDP than the UK can do it - so can we.

The School Census Is Turning Sanctuaries Of Learning And Growth Into Places Of Discrimination And Division - It Must Be Boycotted

Martha Spurrier | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Martha Spurrier

If everybody boycotts the summer census and takes back information already handed over, the government won't be able to justify this policy's existence - whoever's running the country on 9 June.

Only Labour Will Guarantee Every Child, No Matter What Their Background, Gets The Care They Deserve

Angela Rayner | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Politics
Angela Rayner

When Labour published our manifesto today, I was particularly proud of the pledge that we will extend free universal childcare to 30 hours of free childcare a week for all 2-4 year olds - not just as shadow education secretary but as a working mum myself, who relied on the early years support that the last Labour government provided. Ensuring that every young child gets a fair start in life will transform the lives of millions.

Labour's Tuition Fee Pledge Has Given Every Student A Reason To Vote

Ali Milani | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ali Milani

The Tories in their premiership have clearly felt they have very little to gain from championing the interests of young people. In recent years too many students have felt politics is not for them, that their interests are never represented. The view that they are all the same. Never before has that apathy been challenged like this. We no longer have an excuse. We have to organise. We have to register. We have to vote.

Instead Of Pouring Money Down The Brexit Black Hole, Let's Invest In Britain's Schools

Tim Farron | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

Parents have a clear choice in this election. You can let the Conservatives cut school budgets whilst wasting millions on pet projects such as new grammar schools and new free school places in areas where they aren't needed. Or, you can vote for the only party that is fighting against a destructive hard Brexit and offering a credible solution to this unnecessary crisis in schools funding.

A Labour Government Will Transform Education To Help Every Person Reach Their Potential

Angela Rayner | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Politics
Angela Rayner

When I left school at 16 I know there will have been people who will have thought that was the end of my education. I thought it myself, to be honest. But I was lucky, there was financial support available and I wasn't held back like too many of our young people are today. Without that, I wouldn't have been able to go to college and I almost certainly wouldn't be doing this job. That's why I am so proud to launch Labour's plan for a new National Education Service, boosting schools funding and introducing free, lifelong learning as part of our commitment to create a society for the many not the few.

A Bitter-sweet Anniversary: Will Brexit End Access To ERASMUS For British Students?

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

Many young people have expressed their frustrations about the outcome of the Brexit referendum. The European Union offers opportunities which are now at risk, they argue.

The Grammar School System Fails Everybody In The End

Bob Morgan | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK
Bob Morgan

It is not good for wider society - for this country - to fail to recognise and use the talents of all its young people. The 11 plus system wasted the potential of so many people and their probable contribution to our economy and to the arts and culture.

My Year As President Of The NUS Has Been An Absolute Privilege - But Hasn't Always Been Easy

Malia Bouattia | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Malia Bouattia

I was elected to transform the National Union of Students, to reshape its agenda and its fundamental values. I now look forward to leading our organisation into the General Election - setting out the future and demands of the student movement in the next Parliament and beyond. Our students deserve no less.

An Open Letter To The People Of England: We Must Support Our Musically-Gifted Kids

Danny Jones | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Danny Jones

We need to all join forces now in supporting our kids that want to be involved in music. If we don't, we will witness a generation of storytellers and overall trendsetters come and go without leaving its deserved cultural mark on our great nation.

From Now On, The NUS Will Stop Shutting Jewish Students Out Of The Room

Hannah Rose | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Rose

From now on, I am confident that NUS will no longer offer insincere apologies to Jewish students to bolster their out of touch political policies. From now on, NUS can transform to a movement that works with us, not just as lip service but because they genuinely care about us. From now on, I truly believe that NUS will stop shutting Jewish students out the room, but let us lead on antisemitism to revolutionise this movement.

Taking A Position Against Grammar Schools

Ansgar Allen | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Politics
Ansgar Allen

Selective and notoriously biased against poorer children, grammar schools were almost eliminated in the UK. Now they are back in the limelight, with the Conservative government considering their reintroduction.

Teachers Share Graphic Accounts Of The Effect Sats Are Having On Pupils

HuffPost UK | George Bowden | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK

Teachers are on the brink of boycotting key primary school tests amid concerns over the pressure it puts on pupils. Attendees at a National Union of T...

BBC Presenter Praised For 'Calling Out' Justine Greening Over Grammar Schools

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK

A BBC presenter has been praised for giving Justine Greening a grilling over the government’s grammar school plans. BBC Breakfast host Charlie Stayt...

Jeremy Corbyn Gets Photographed With School Kids, Shows Theresa May How It's Done

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK

Jeremy Corbyn has won the most elusive of political victories: to be photographed looking comfortable alongside school children. The Conservatives may...

Labour's Free School Meals Policy Will Make A Difference To The Lives Of Countless Children

Louise Regan | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Politics
Louise Regan

It might seem odd that the subject I am writing about is free school meals, but the benefits of universal access for all children are huge, for both the health and attainment of pupils. Today, Jeremy Corbyn and Angela Rayner will announce Labour's policy to provide access to free school meals for all primary school children, and it is one I welcome.

We Must Make The Unique Challenge Of Raising Children While In Education Fairer

Angela Alexander | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Parents
Angela Alexander

all women everywhere Whilst there is some support for student parents out there not many recognise the complex needs of each individual family and how one differs from the next. We know that information provision for student parents is poor currently and that's why support for student parents is more than just better funding, it's complex and can change on a case by case basis. From accessing facilities, accommodation, flexible full time studying and robust maternity and paternity policies, we must work towards a fairer system for all student parents.

Milo Yiannopoulos' Politics Of Hate Will Never Be Welcome At Glasgow

Aamer Anwar | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Aamer Anwar

In nearly three decades of campaigning, I have learned that those who mount campaigns against injustice can win against overwhelming odds, justice is a right and not a privilege but as Rector I will not be able to do justice to this position unless I have the support of the students. I am determined to be a strong voice, fighting their corner but want the students and staff by my side.

Do You Know The Agenda Behind Your School's STEM Provision?

Rhianna Louise | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Tech
Rhianna Louise

Does your school take part in Science4Society Week? And does STEM learning there reflect the valuable thinking skills young people should develop, and the just and sustainable world we wish to see?

The Great Homework Debate

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Parents

Gary Lineker and Kirstie Allsopp are just two of the high profile parents who’ve lamented the amount of homework set for children - and questioned i...

Lords Vote To Cut Link Between TEF And Fees - A Win For Students And The Movement That We Must Build On

Malia Bouattia | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Malia Bouattia

Our government's policy in education remains one that aims to sell it off to the highest bidder. My union's vision, as I believe that of the majority of people in the UK, is that education should remain a right, to be enjoyed by all, at any time in life. Such a vision is one worth fighting for, and one which we will continue to put forward, with others, until it is achieved.

Why I'm Striking To Repeal The 8th

Jenny Killin | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jenny Killin

I was 18 years old, I had just lost my job; no money, no place of my own; and my boyfriend was at college. I wasn't ready to have a child, and I was absolutely terrified. I was lucky though, because I had a supportive partner and family. I was lucky I had a health service which recognised my right to decide what happened to my body and my right to professional support. I was lucky to live in a country where the government did not consider it a criminal offence to choose.

Angela Rayner's 'Sexist' BBC Interview Upset People For A Lot Of Reasons

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK

As grammar schools look set to be central to Wednesday’s Budget, a segment on the issue on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme got many rather fired up....

Why We Need To Address Staff Sexual Misconduct In Higher Education

Dr Tiffany Page | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Tiffany Page

The latest findings by the Guardian on the prevalence of allegations of staff sexual misconduct in UK universities are starting to shed light on something many current and former university students have known for a long time: that the UK higher education sector has a serious sexual harassment problem.

I Was Discriminated Against At Work And Now I'm Working To End It

Glynn Davies | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Glynn Davies

all women everywhere Three in ten young women experience discrimination when working or looking for work. I am one of them. Like the other women responding to the Young Women's Trust survey that uncovered this shocking statistic, I was treated differently at work simply because I was born a women.