UK Education

End 'No-Platforming' And 'Safe Spaces' Or Else, Minister Tells Universities

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 19.10.2017 | UK

Universities will be required to protect freedom of speech under sweeping new regulations, the government is set to announce, signalling an end to con...

Ofsted: 'A Broad Curriculum' Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

Julian Critchley | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK
Julian Critchley

The critique of Spielman's stance doesn't end in the weird Orwellian world of doublespeak which exists on the right of the education world. Perhaps a far more glaring problem with her piece, and the let's-hope-nobody-notices-the-contradiction response of the Government's supporters, is that she resolutely fails to ask the question "Why?"

Schools And Young People Need To Know They Can Depend On Their Government To Provide An Education System That Works

Paul Whiteman | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK Politics
Paul Whiteman

Any vision for the future has to begin with full and fair funding for all schools, so it is welcome to hear this promise from Labour. A lack of anything credible to say on school funding from The Conservatives was one of the things that contributed to their poorer than expected General Election result. Nearly a million people switched their votes on Polling Day because the 'school funding has never been higher' mantra rang so hollow.

A Remote Nordic School Made Me Realise It's Wrong To Segregate Our Children By Faith And Privilege

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK
Lucy Sherriff

In today's social landscape, where we are witnessing the re-emergence of alt-right groups, the seemingly never-ending rise of extremist groups, and an increasingly-out of touch governments introducing misplaced anti-terror schemes, surely it's never been more important to have diversity in our schools, to ensure our future leaders are open-minded and well-informed.

Why We Need To Teach Pupils Sex Is Not Just About Warding Off Groomers And Avoiding STIs

Elsie Whittington | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK
Elsie Whittington

While everyone needs to be taught about consent, it needs to be done in a way that focuses on how more communication, although awkward to begin with, is likely to enable more pleasurable experiences in the longer run, rather than simply teaching that consent is important so that you don't get in trouble with the law. 

Why School Leader Well-being Must Become A Priority

Viv Grant | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK
Viv Grant

The last few years have seen schools place a growing emphasis on pupil well-being. This has in part been due to increasing numbers of teachers and ...

Political Parties Have Been Too Timid On Educational Inequality

Adam Peggs | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Politics
Adam Peggs

Labour's growing lead in the polls and the election upset this June, means that the party's approach to fixing education in Britain is of vital importance - given the Tories could be out of power within 12 months. Because of this it is essential that people are demanding an approach to education that is bold, reforming and goes beyond just addressing the funding crisis in British schools.

When State Schools Lead, Independents Follow

Haroon Mohamoud | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Haroon Mohamoud

Early last week, St Olave's in Orpington, one of the UK's leading grammar schools, made the news after it told a handful of its Sixth Form students that they could not return for their final A-Level year since they did not secure high enough grades in their exams. This move has been dismissed as draconian, no less by the parents of affected students.

Why Two-Year Degrees Can Make Students Feel Valued Again

Tariq Al-Humaidhi | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Tariq Al-Humaidhi

If two-year degrees are adopted far and wide, with Government zeal equivalent to the past and present campaigns for apprenticeships, the timebomb of debt and dissatisfaction will be defused just in time.

Implementing British Values - An Irishman's Perspective

Sean Arbuthnot | Posted 03.09.2017 | UK
Sean Arbuthnot

In my view, this focus on Britishness facilitates lazy interpretations of values. Some lists suggest that children should be encouraged to listen to British music like Freddy Mercury or they should eat roast dinners at school! By all means, schools are welcome to display union flags and celebrate the Queen's birthday but this merely pays lip service to what British values are trying to achieve.

9 Things Only Year 11 Students Will Understand

HuffPost UK | James Martin | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education

With Year 11s moving onto the next stage of their lives, it’s important to remember things that we leave behind - some of which brought us happiness...

Who Gets To Access Education?

Yinbo Yu | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Yinbo Yu

On campuses across the UK this narrative continues to determine the experiences of international students. A Malaysian student who worked two part time jobs in Malaysia alongside studying to get his scholarship to come to the UK was met by a comment: "they're only here because they're loaded".

Learn Enough To Be Dangerous - How Education Is Changing

Chris Rawlinson | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Tech
Chris Rawlinson

I realised a few years ago that today's working world is rapidly shifting. Increasingly AI and machine learning are replacing people, and those people are more frequently job hopping into new industries. Essentially, we are living in a world where it pays more to know a little about a lot, rather than a lot about a little.

These Are The Most Ridiculous Questions Ever Asked In A Sex Education Class

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Everyone knows that sex education lessons at school can leave a lot to be desired, meaning most of the time we’re hopelessly uninformed and in fits ...

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.