Department of Education

Sorry Nicky, I'm Out

Zoë Brown | Posted 15.05.2016 | 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 03.05.2016 | 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 08.10.2015 | 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.

Gove Accused Of 'Shamefully Neglecting' Nation's Children

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Politics

Michael Gove has been accused of "shamefully neglecting" the nation's children and pushing ahead with damaging education reforms. Pupils are suffer...

Gove: 'French Lesbian Poetry Is Important'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The UK is suffering from a "bias against knowledge", Education Secretary Michael Gove has claimed. Certain subjects - like French lesbian poetry - ...

Cambridge University To Set Tough New Maths A-Levels

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Cambridge professors will set tough new maths A-levels after the university became the first to intervene in the exams system. Mathematicians will ...

Twice As Many New Free Schools To Open - But Are The Government Putting All Their Eggs In One Basket

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Twice as many new free schools will start the new term this week compared with last year, as 55 open their doors for the first time, the government ha...

Boris: 'We Don't Believe In Selling Off Playing Fields'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.08.2012 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has insisted that protecting school playing fields is vital for the health of young people today. The mayor of London said the policy...

Shakespeare The Blogging Bard? Why O-Levels Should Become E-Levels

Hilary Robinson | Posted 24.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Robinson

While some of the latest suggestions from the Department of Education which seem to be rolling out at the same rate as spam emails are interesting, not to mention surprising, what seems to be overlooked is an appreciation of the impact that the e-age is having on the way we learn, the way we communicate, the way we function and the way we live.

If We're Looking to Improve A Levels, We Think We Already Have the Answer

Keith Clark | Posted 05.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Keith Clark

The Education Secretary is seeking to give universities a greater say in the structure of A levels, but we believe that the work to create a more rounded and holistic post-16 education that better prepares students for the life ahead of them has already been done.