UK Education News

Forget PISA, UK Teachers Are Top Of The World

Patrick Hayes | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Patrick Hayes

It seems that UK teachers are in high demand across the world, and we should take pride in that fact. But given the teacher shortage we are facing in ...

Leading Charities Announce Creation Of New National Measurement Of Children's Reading To Include Reading For Pleasure

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

When this summer's SATs results revealed a sharp decline in 11-year-olds reading at the expected level for their age (from 80% in 2015 to 66% in 2016)...

Wake Up, Theresa May: International Students Are Not Economic Migrants

James Pitman | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Pitman

Theresa May's government needs to work with the HE sector to decouple international students from the question of immigration. It should also listen to the British public and recognise that international students are very valuable, temporary visitors who make an enormous economic and cultural contribution to the UK.

Let's Innovate Our Way Out of the UK's Teacher Shortage

Patrick Hayes | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK
Patrick Hayes

While she is only days in post, it is highly likely that newly appointed Education Secretary Justine Greening will already have had conversations with officials about one of the most pressing issues facing the UK schools sector at present: the teacher shortage.

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?

Five Reasons the Rise of Multi-Academy Trusts Should Be Monitored Closely

Patrick Hayes | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Politics
Patrick Hayes

As Sir Carter claimed at the inquiry, "this is an embryonic and emerging form of structural leadership in the system and it's going to develop very quickly". It is of great importance to teachers, parents and the next generation alike that this rapidly emerging form of leadership is monitored closely.

Five Reasons To Get Up-To-Speed With Progress 8 Now

Patrick Hayes | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK
Patrick Hayes

In October 2013, the Department for Education (DFE) announced a new accountability system would be implemented from 2016. As part of the change, schoo...

Let's Take a Bear Grylls Approach to Coding in Classrooms

Patrick Hayes | Posted 22.04.2017 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

Computer gaming was once a very different pursuit than it is now. Going to primary school in the 1980s, I spent countless hours on a Commodore PET. Not just playing the rudimentary educational games that loaded, after an age, from cassette.

World Happiness Report 2016 Update - Five Key Implications for Education

Frederika Roberts | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Politics
Frederika Roberts

Four days before International Day of Happiness, the World Happiness Report 2016 Update has been issued, analysing answers from approximately 3,000 re...

The Importance of Interpersonal Skills in Today's Workplace

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

These three messages - recognising people as individuals (rather than positions or functions), trying to understand them (instead of judging them) and separating the personal from the professional - are very much worth bearing in mind if you are seeking success in your career.

Flexible Teaching is Inspired, But Don't Reinvent the Wheel!

Patrick Hayes | Posted 11.03.2017 | UK Politics
Patrick Hayes

The government can play a huge role in working with schools, teachers and the education recruitment industry to offer guidance as to how flexible routes back into teaching could be offered. Certainly greater investment into CPD to allow those who have been out of the profession for some time get up to speed with curriculum changes, new classroom technologies and the latest teaching practices would be a must. But the last thing the sector needs is another expensive government-sponsored jobs board: the first time may have been tragedy, but the second time really would be farce.

Five Reasons the 2016 Budget Could be Make-or-Break for UK Education

Patrick Hayes | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK
Patrick Hayes

Headteachers are understandably bearish about their school budgets in the run up to an election: so much depends on an uncertain outcome. They typically rein in expenditure on new classroom resources and hold off on any inessential teacher hires. Normally, though, once a government is elected, confidence picks up - and normal, or sometimes greater-than-normal, spending resumes.

Open Letter to Nicky Morgan in Response to Twitter Video

Frederika Roberts | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Politics
Frederika Roberts

Dear Ms Morgan I have watched the video you posted on Twitter with interest and it has added to my growing concern. Message from @NickyMorgan01 on ...

Can You Be Trusted? How to Master Your 'First Impression'

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 21.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

It is a well known fact that the human brain has the ability to make an assessment about someone within the first three seconds of a meeting. Most of the time this happens without us being aware of that. People living amongst large number of other human beings, some of whom are far from nice and pleasant, have to be able to do so as a matter of survival.

Education: You Don't Fatten a Pig by Just Weighing It

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Politics
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

Nicky Morgan and co. will soldier on defiantly, blinded by arrogance and convinced of their righteousness. Meanwhile, those young people for whom unrelenting testing and its associated pressures present greater difficulty will increasingly buckle under the weight of unrealistic - and utterly unfair - expectations. The emotional impact of this can be profound. In May 2015, the NSPCC reported a 200% increase in students seeking counselling specifically for exam stress. This one-size-fits-all approach to education is wreaking potentially irreparable damage on the health of England's young people.

'Tis the Season for Universities to Be Reminded of Their Third Mission

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

For most universities and colleges, the season of good will lasts the entire year, every year - or at least, that is the idea. It is called the university's Third Mission: the self-imposed task to actively contribute positively to society.

The Reality and Relevance of a University Degree

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

When it comes to university, there are two opposite lines of thinking. The first is that a university education is highly overrated - some people would advise you not to bother. Instead, just follow your own passion. This view is expressed seriously by very senior and successful people.

The Campus Censors Are More Dangerous Than You Think

Alan Grant | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

Heavyweight feminist intellectual Germaine Greer has recently attracted the ire of the Thought Police for her comments about transgender people. At ti...

Do You Want a New Job? Odds Are That You Probably Do

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

Education - and, more precisely, work-integrated education - has an important role in reducing the chances of that happening. The right career path will boost the quality of one's life and also the quality of work because employees who are happy with their work are likely also to be much better at it. In the end, it's a win-win situation.

Mums and Dads Don't Think Their Kids Are Employable

Chris Jones | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

So why do parents think the education system isn't working? The majority of parents (64%) said their children are missing out on the key skills that employers want, like communication and teamwork. And over half (57%) think there's too much focus on academia. Similarly, a third of parents worry that their children can't link their education today with their future careers.

Americanizing My British Accent: An Identity Crisis

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

"You actually say 'maths' instead of 'math'?" Colour. *Color. "So... I hope you don't mind if I ask you a personal question. Did you live in the U.K...

Lauriston Lights Summer Camp: The Possibility of Two Weeks in August

Adam Seldon | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

he emotion of the closing ceremony suggested to me that two weeks can be a long time in education. University students were united with eleven year olds in a coming together which is all too rare: students are an un-tapped resource when it comes to educating young people...

Technology: The New Addiction?

Chris Jones | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

We can't deny that technology is a growing addiction, nor should we ignore it. But before we panic and take away young people's mobile phones, let's see how we can use technology to bring people together and create well-rounded future employees with social skills that extend far beyond social media.

Entrepreneurial Schoolkids Win Thousands For Recycling Business

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A team of entrepreneurial schoolkids from Yorkshire have won thousands of pounds to start their business after pitching their idea for a recycling fir...

This Young Entrepreneur May Just Save Your Weekend

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

25-year old Andy Stephenson's business aims to provide young children with a "weekend box" of activities to keep them occupied, something some parents...