UK Education

A-Level Results Day: Why An Apprenticeship Might Be The Best Route For You

Damian Hinds | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Politics
Damian Hinds

Congratulations to everyone receiving their A-Level results today. Whatever grades you achieve, this is a time to feel excited about your future. Ge...

On The Eve Of Results Day, Let's Remind Ourselves How Stupid It Is

Tom Knight | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Knight

Tomorrow marks the end-point of a system that not only fails its purpose, but has the wrong purpose in the first place. Exams do not reflect students' ability, and they shouldn't try to. For those that will receive the grades they wished for tomorrow, congratulations. But to those who miss out, remember that it is the system that has failed you, not the other way around.

Our Survey Says: Students Will Not Let Our Feedback Be Used Against Us

Shakira Martin | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shakira Martin

I sincerely hope that the government will choose to face up to reality and admit that it is wrong. They cannot choose to ignore students any longer. I hope that they will instead engage with us, so that, together, we can build a fairer, more accessible model for education funding - one that can genuinely deliver the kind of teaching quality and overall experience that our students really deserve.

Jeremy Corbyn's Supposed 'U-Turn' On Tuition Fees Is Nothing But A Distraction

Amatey Doku | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Amatey Doku

You would think that, as the elected representative of millions of students studying in higher education across the UK, I would be justifiably outraged. Except I'm not. That's because a pledge to abolish student debt couldn't have been broken, because it was never made in the first place.

Intolerant Religion Mustn't Dictate England's Education Policy

Stephen Evans | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Stephen Evans

The time has come to strip organised religion of the privilege of being allowed to act as gatekeepers to publicly funded services. Unfair religiously discriminatory admissions arrangements need to be consigned to history and the whole role of religion in modern schooling revaluated.

Students And Graduates Deserve Better Than Jeremy Corbyn's Cynical Bait-And-Switch

Jo Johnson | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Politics
Jo Johnson

It is no wonder that Labour has begun to backtrack on its commitment. Barely a month after the election, the Shadow Education Secretary said they were actually trying to work the policy out on "a big abacus". The Shadow Health Secretary said it was "just an ambition". John McDonnell even said: "it wasn't a promise". We all know what that means. It means it is never ever going to happen. It means a banner commitment to young people has been abandoned just a few weeks after the General Election. It is the oldest trick in the book.

Cutting The Arts Is Cutting The Soul Of Society

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK
Rebecca Gordon

I understand that cuts need to be made, and I can see how reduced art funding is a quick fix, but the long term effect would be detrimental. The arts inspire people, they nurture talent, experiences, encourage intellect, dialogue and opinion.

By Denying Them The Living Wage, We Are Selling Young People Short

Holly Lynch | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Politics
Holly Lynch

Under-25s do not pay less for gas and electric. They do not pay less for food or rent, so how can we justify paying them less for work? Up and down the country there are countless examples of young people who give it their all, are a huge asset to their employers, yet face the demoralising prospect of unequal pay.

Summer Holidays May Be Here But We Won't Stop Fighting For Fair School Funding

Paul Whiteman | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Politics
Paul Whiteman

As I said to parents on Sunday no matter how effective the campaign may have been up to now, we cannot allow the government to wriggle off the hook when it comes to funding. This week, they tried to do just that, by responding to calls from parents, governors, teachers and school leaders with fresh proposals for the education budget. Fresh proposals, for sure. But certainly no new money.

Good Quality Education Starts With Enjoyable Learning

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

Recently, many universities in the UK received a government grade for teaching. For those who had sufficient data, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) offered gold, silver, and bronze awards. It is good to see teaching quality being taken seriously.

The End Of Exams - Our Right To Take A Break

Jenny Raw | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jenny Raw

The end of our exams. The time we have dreamed about, which has always felt so far away, has finally arrived. Endless past papers are a thing of the past and we have waved goodbye to teachers, lessons, elusive clear pencil cases, and best black biros. This summer, we have a right to take a break. Most importantly, in this limbo period between exams and results day, we must remember that we are so much more than an examination grade.

The World Must Invest In Pre-Primary Education

Sarah Brown | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK
Sarah Brown

A far greater proportion of resources needs to be targeted towards pre-primary education. This means a new approach to funding is needed to tackle the problem. It is time for governments and the international community to back up their words with actions. If they believe early child care and education is important - they must prove it. Prioritise it in education policies and allocate sufficient resources to get EVERY child in EVERY country into free, quality pre-primary education.

'Tenacious' Student Graduates In Hospice After Terminal Cancer Battle

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A terminally ill student has been rewarded for his “relentless drive” with a private graduation ceremony in his hospice. Friends, family, nursing...

Students Voted In Droves For Policies That Offered Us A Better Future - Politicians Must Take Heed

Malia Bouattia | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Malia Bouattia

Thousands upon thousands of young people came out to vote, engaging with politics for the very first time. So often alienated and disillusioned with our political process in the past, our generation turned out en-masse: smashing aside conventional wisdom with the kind of irreverent, meme-fuelled fervour that only the millennial generation can. In short, we have claimed a stake in our future like never before.

Only Labour Will Create An Education System Accessible For Everyone, Not Just The Privileged Few

Angela Rayner | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics
Angela Rayner

Our industrial strategy sets out a game-changing vision for rebalancing our economy and driving up the quality of work across all sectors. But we will have failed workers across the country if we create high-quality jobs but fail to give British workers the skills they need to do those jobs. Only by providing both jobs and skills can we truly transform our economy.

Why Integration Is For All Of Us

Olivia Darby | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Olivia Darby

Unity is a constant, worthwhile struggle. Let's try every day to create connections as Raheal did, break through barriers, and have the strength to question, reflect and demand more of ourselves.

Voting For Education

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Clare Owen

The Conservative Manifesto makes reference to the intake of selective schools, but not to the end result of their re-introduction: a two-tier education system within which different children have access to different opportunities, not the 'Great Meritocracy' claimed. For this election, let's remember what the real problems facing education are and focus on what needs to happen to deliver an education system fit for the 21st century to every child.

What The Conservative Manifesto Means For International Students

Yinbo Yu | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Yinbo Yu

My question to Theresa May is: How can you expect to reduce the number of international students in a global market that is expanding and growing? It's like telling a booming industry that it must continue to grow but without benefiting from a global market of trade or imports. This doesn't sound 'strong and stable', it is absurd!

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.