Languages: Key To Future Success

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Dr Clare Owen

Until 2005, all but a few students took a language in Key Stage 4. They were given the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, improve their...

EBacc to No Future? No. Let Art Be Created, Let the World Flourish

Nigel Rayment | Posted 09.07.2017 | UK
Nigel Rayment

On Monday of this week MPs acted on the wishes of over 102,000 petition signatories to debate the exclusion of expressive arts subjects from the Engli...

Don't Deny Access to the Arts to the People Who Need it Most

Nicky Goulder | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK Politics
Nicky Goulder

Next week is pivotal for the future of artistic diversity in the UK. On 4 July Parliament will debate whether the EBacc should include expressive arts subjects, with the result having potentially huge ramifications for who the arts are 'for' in Britain - are they for everyone to practice and appreciate, or are they the preserve of a wealthy and culturally homogenous elite?

Why We Need to Urgently Address Arts Education Before Its Too Late

Jennifer Tuckett | Posted 01.07.2017 | UK
Jennifer Tuckett

With the forthcoming debate on whether arts subjects should be a part of the new EBACC scheduled for July 4th in the Houses of Parliament, I wanted to write now to encourage others to pursue similar projects and campaigns.

The Forced Conversion of Schools to Academies Will Cause Big Problems

Simon Sapper | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

Here's the problem. The government's plans are, in reality, a straight transfer of resources and responsibility. These move away from local authorities, and the democratic control that they are subject to, in favour, ultimately, of private organisations who are not accountable in anything like the same way. And who must as a reason to continue to exist, turn in a profit.

Going Bacc to the Future

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 01.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rosy Greenlees

As the whole saga untangles, we are delighted that art and design will be retained in the National Curriculum, and that its importance both to the economy and as a tool to broaden pupils' grasp of the world around them has been recognised.

The Arts Prevail: Now Britain's Creative Spirit Must Shine Through in the Classroom

Jeremy Newton | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jeremy Newton

Whilst the initial plans to implement the EBacc were incredibly alarming, the loud and very public backlash also proved that Britain is proud to be the cultural capital of the world. We must now keep this momentum going and ensure that our teachers are delivering the arts in the classroom with as much passion and creativity as possible.

Not Making the Grade: The Decades of Failure of British Government Schools Policy

Natalie Bennett | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

I loved learning about lungfish. But I don't want to force them into the curriculum. Schooling is an area of government policy subject to a peculiar ...

When is a U-Turn Not a U-Turn?

Patrick Thompson | Posted 11.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Patrick Thompson

It is a puzzling aspect of modern politics that the more persistently a minister is entreated to change their mind on an issue, the greater the crowing if he or she does indeed perform an about face.

Funny Tweets Of The Week: Findus Horsemeat, Gay Marriage, Richard III And More

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.02.2013 | UK Comedy

Once again, it wasn't a good week to be a horse. But it was a good week to be on Twitter if you had a new horse joke. Yes, this week's round-up of ...

LOOK: Play 'U-Turn' - The Game Of Chaos And Confusion!

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.02.2013 | UK Comedy

Whether you're unsure of your own mind, unable to come up with a workable policy, or just keep making mistakes - you'll love the fun new game 'U-Turn'...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ebacc-Tracked

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 07.02.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Thursday 7 February 2013... 1) EBACC-TRACKED Oh look, yet another dramatic and embarrassing coalition U-turn ...

Ebacc Scrapped By Gove In 'Humiliating' GCSE U-Turn

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Education secretary Michael Gove has confirmed he is not pressing ahead with plans to scrap GCSEs, telling the Commons on Thursday his proposals were ...

Young Women Taught 'Raising Children More Important Than Career'

PA | Posted 28.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A generation of girls is still being brought up to believe that raising children is more important than their own ambitions, a leading headmistress wa...

Education Changes Threaten Next Generation of Artists

Sheila McGregor | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sheila McGregor

Michael Gove, a scholarship pupil at the selective Robert Gordon's College in Aberdeen, clearly regards his own educational experience as a template for the rest of us. It worked for me, the thinking goes, so it ought to work for everyone else too.

Thinking Creatively About Creative Learning

Rebecca Boyle Suh | Posted 16.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Boyle Suh

Through utilising imaginative methods of learning, we can ensure all children are provided with the equal opportunities to achieve and learn. This is increasingly important as the number of children eligible for free school meals, or children who have English as an Additional Language is on the rise in our primary schools.

Crisis talks: Time to change the way we communicate the value of art

Adam Stones | Posted 23.01.2014 | Home
Adam Stones

The art world, and particularly how we foster and develop it in Britain, is in a period of crisis. And if you haven't noticed that, then it's a worrying testament to the way we debate and celebrate the creative processes in this country.

Will Leaving Arts Out Of Ebacc 'Destroy Britain's Creative Economy'?

PA | Posted 03.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The decision to leave arts subjects out of the English baccalaureate could destroy Britain's creative economy, according to leading arts figures. T...

Gove's GCSE Replacement Plan Unpopular WIth Teachers

PA | Posted 09.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Less than one in four teachers are in favour of the government's plans to scrap GCSEs and replace them with a new English Baccalaureate Certificate, a...

A Muse of Fire...

Caragh Little | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Caragh Little

Teachers are under fire. The Chief Inspector of Schools in England has commented that, if teachers want to receive pay rises, they should work longer hours, staying on in school after the final bell has gone each afternoon.

Time for a Good Old-Fashioned Debate on Education

Dennis Hayes | Posted 24.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Dennis Hayes

We don't know what education is and, as a consequence, we do not know what debate means. Debate is at the heart of education and if there is a crisis about one there is a crisis about the other.

Gove us a Break - Why the New Ebacc Reeks of Ignorance

Claire Shropshall | Posted 21.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Shropshall

As a teenager I learned pretty swiftly that exam boards didn't care if you could write a novel on photosynthesis or recite the periodic table backwards while gargling marmite - if you didn't bone up on past papers or use 'key words', your knowledge was useless.

Michael Gove Is... The End Of Terminator

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK Comedy

(By @davidschneider and Chigwiri.com - with hat-tip to @newsbarf) More TOPICALOLs: Stacey Solomon Voices iPhone's Siri - See The Ad! Kate Middl...

A Life of Tests Is No Preparation for the Tests of Life

Professor Guy Claxton | Posted 17.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Guy Claxton

Where have we gone so wrong when Michael Gove acknowledges only two kinds of education - traditional (good) and progressive (bad) - and insists on turning the clock back to a form of testing that while having some benefits (rigour, an ability to discriminate amongst the 'brightest' ) self-evidently entails severe costs?

Does Stephen Twigg Believe What He's Saying On Ebacc?

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 17.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Not an easy afternoon for Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg, who had to stand up and respond to Michael Gove's heavily-trailed announcement tha...