Department of Education

Essex Drama Teacher Who Had Car Sex With Pupil Banned From The Classroom

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A drama teacher who had sex with a pupil in her car and took her to see a West End show has been banned from the classroom for five years. Sarah Bart...

Labour Demands To Know Results Of Fire Safety Tests On Schools and Hospitals

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Politics

Labour is demanding to know how many schools, hospitals and other buildings have been assessed for fire safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze...

Tories Accused Of 'Wasting Millions' On Free Schools After Report Finds Costs Ten Times Over Estimate

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Politics

A flagship education programme set up by former Education Secretary Michael Gove is in disarray after revelations that costs were more than ten times ...

Every Constituency In England Will Lose Money Under Schools Funding Plan, Unions Reveal

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Politics

Every MP in England will see their local schools lose money under Theresa May’s new funding plans, unions have revealed. Even the Prime Minister’s...

Tory Row Brewing Over New Schools Funding Deal

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Politics

A row is brewing among Tory MPs over a new funding formula for schools, with some slamming it as “unfair” and “random”. A redrafted spending p...

Ministers Committed To Tackling Child Poverty Claims No.10, After Abolishing Dedicated Unit

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Politics

Downing Street has insisted the government is committed to reducing poverty, after it was revealed it had abolished its child poverty unit. Ministers ...

Careers Advice in Schools Needs a Revolution: Let's Hope the Government Are on the Same Page

Tanja Kuveljic | Posted 01.07.2017 | UK
Tanja Kuveljic

Careers advice and work experience opportunities offered to young people as they progress through the school system have been ineffective for decades. With the issue receiving fragmented interest from successive Governments, schools have been ill equipped to provide the appropriate balance of guidance and experience that our young people need.

Sorry Nicky, I'm Out

Zoë Brown | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Politics
Zoë Brown

Dear Nicky Morgan, Please accept this as written notice of my resignation from my role as Assistant Head and class teacher. It is with a heavy heart that I write you this letter. I know you've struggled to listen to and understand teachers in the past so I'm going to try and make this as clear as possible. In the six short years I have been teaching your party has destroyed the Education system. Obliterated it. Ruined it. It is broken.

'The New Normal' for 11-Year-Old SATs Pupils and Parents Are Fighting Back

Charlotte Martin | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Charlotte Martin

It's a sign of the desperation of Parents that the only way they can claim power is to take their children out of school. Taking students away from learning should be a last resort and yet for many it has become the only option. Without proper accountability it always will be.

Mother Has 16 Babies Taken Into Care Amid Surge In Newborn Removals

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK

The number of newborn babies taken into care in England has soared in recent years, according to a report. One mother had 16 babies taken away from...

It's Time to Get Students Out of the Pressure-Cooker Classrooms Created by League Tables and Ofsted

Charlie Rigby | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Rigby

New research this week revealed that rising numbers of university students are struggling to cope with life at university, with sharp rises in the demand for counselling. This is a worrying find and an issue which from my experience must be tackled much earlier in the education process.

The Brazier Family Healthy Weekly Food Plan!

Jeff Brazier | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

I sat the boys down for one of these increasingly frequent 'Brazier planning meetings' and it was clear that choosing was the easy part. I placed recipe books in front of them and was really surprised by how interested they were in making dishes they had never had before as well as some of the old favourites.

Michael Gove's ‘British Values' Revealed

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Comedy

We’ve got our hands on the list from the Department for Education. Turns out these are the 'British values' Michael Gove has been talking about... ...

Tell Me What Is My Name?

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

An effect of trauma can be experiences of disorientation and disconnection. Impingement on a person can be so severe that it has the potential to inhibit the development or fracture fragile identity, or there is a need for pathological compliance with the demands of another that are inimical to your own best interests.

Disaffected Muslim Parents Urge Faith 'Takeover' Of Schools

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK

Documents purportedly from disaffected Muslim parents, being described as a small group of fundamentalist Salafists, are being investigated by a Midla...

Mind the (Education) Gap

David McGuire | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
David McGuire

It's important to point out that this is a huge generalisation and, of course, there were/are exceptions to the rule. However, I think, overall, the gap is not an educational one - or level of smartness even - but rather one of attitude. As long as that factor remains, the UK hasn't got a hope in hell of climbing the table, never mind becoming number one.

England's Poorest Teens Are Victims Of Government 'Stealth Cuts' On Their Bursaries

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education

England's poorest students are losing out on funding to help them stay in education due to the government's "stealth" cuts to their bursaries, chariti...

Al-Madinah Muslim Free School In Derby Criticised By Government Over 'Conflicts Of Interests'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A Department for Education's (DfE) report, leaked to Channel 4 News, has roundly criticised a Muslim free school in Derby, suggesting that the governo...

Free School Subject To 'Financial Irregularities Running To Tens Of Thousands Of Pounds

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

One of the government's much-vaunted free schools, which was visited and praised by David Cameron in March 2012, has been accused of "financial irregu...

Terms And Conditions

Caragh Little | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK
Caragh Little

The Back To School signs have been in the shops since June. Bargain uniforms, special offer pencil cases: making spirits plummet as the summer break ...

Assessing Risk of Child Abuse Is Not a Numbers Game

Jonathan Wheeler | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK
Jonathan Wheeler

Gove and his department must take a serious look at their policies to prevent such cases passing through the net.

Child Porn Offenders 'Will Not Be Allowed To Teach Again'

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Anyone cautioned or prosecuted for child pornography offences in the future will be banned from teaching, the Department for Education said. The an...

Jessica Elgot

'Ban Schools From Picking Pupils Based On Faith' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK

Atheist campaigners along with several prominent religious leaders have launched a controversial new campaign to ban schools from selecting children o...

Why Congratulatory Letters From the Office of Willetts Will Only Fuel Our Misconceptions of What Achievement Is

Atlanta Plowden | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Atlanta Plowden

What this proposal really shows is that the matter of achievement is associated only with the acquirement of the higher grades and not when a student is awarded with a grade that corresponds with their potential and effort.

Hyperinflation Education

Freya Bromley | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Freya Bromley

Youth unemployment is a tragic reality whatever the circumstance, but there is something especially unsavoury about young people who have been sold on the graduate life ideal, only to end up without a job and in debt. The mismarketing of higher education is one of the least commented-upon scandals of our time.