Education Policy

Chop and Change Education Policy Is Hurting Our Young People

Michael Mercieca | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Mercieca

We need to get beyond party politics and create a firm sustainable foundation for our society. That means taking a balanced and inclusive approach to education; it means taking a structured approach to education; it means taking the long-term view.

The Gender Gap in School Sport: The UK Needs Transparency, Not a Title IX

Alexandra Kyrke-Smith | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Sport
Alexandra Kyrke-Smith

School sport is exactly where we should be looking to address the discrepancy between male and female participation rates... We know that participation rates among girls are lower, but until we use data to identify and clarify the reasons behind this imbalance, it is difficult to address the problem.

Mr. Miliband: Pleasant Presentations Won't Make Pragmatic Policies

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
June O'Sullivan MBE

I attended the Inclusive Prosperity Conference at the Science Museum this week which was chaired by Ed Balls MP and the keynote speaker was Ed Miliband... Mr. Miliband warned that he won't always agree with us but my advice to him is to listen and think until his head hurts.

Work Related Learning: A Model for Inspiring Pupils

Olly MacNamee | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Olly MacNamee

Education needs to think more about what it can offer all their students, but it should be on our terms because if anyone knows their pupils best, it's their teachers. And I have not met many that do not, every single day, try to inspire their pupils.

The Rabid Dog and the Dead Mockingbird

Charley-Kai John | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charley-Kai John

Michael Gove's intention to axe American Classics (To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men and The Crucible) from the GCSE English Literature syllabus ...

Should We Control Private Sector Investment in Education?

Joel Nicholson | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK
Joel Nicholson

Bill Gates fundamentally believes that - despite the switch from "blackboard to whiteboard" - not much has changed in education. His Foundation has supported some outstanding new projects and is a leading force in the movement towards educational reform. But the best is yet to come...

Major Gaps in Childcare Are a Symptom of a System on the Wrong Track

Ellen Broomé | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
Ellen Broomé

If paying a sum similar to a monthly mortgage payment in childcare costs wasn't enough of a challenge for working parents with young children, finding childcare is itself a major hurdle.

Teaching the Holocaust in the 'Post-Survivor Era'

Thomas Harding | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Thomas Harding

Who is going to educate young people about the Holocaust when the survivors are no longer with us? That is the question I keep asking myself... Because the further we get from the end of the Second World War, the fewer survivors we have to share their powerful stories.

What You (Probably) Didn't Hear About Ofsted's Report

Chris Jones | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

You would be forgiven for not knowing what Ofsted said about the FE and skills sector in their annual report, which was launched this week. After all, the national newspapers were caught up in the headlines of testing children from age seven and the poor behaviour of students...

Shocking News - Schools Are Improving (Slightly)

Wendy Jones | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Wendy Jones

You might not have guessed it from reading this week's education headlines, but schools in England are actually getting better. Nearly eight out of 10 are judged good or outstanding in the annual report from the schools inspectorate, Ofsted - the highest proportion in the watchdog's 20-year history.

Teaching to the Test, or Teaching for Success?

Chris Jones | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Chris Jones

At face value, the results of the OECD's PISA survey out this week are concerning. Overall the UK ranked 26th out of 65 countries. We were 26th for maths, 23rd for reading and 21st for science. The results have led to political bickering between the Coalition and Labour, each blaming the other for the UK's results.

Art Party Conference and the Case for Arts Education

Sheila McGregor | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sheila McGregor

I recently embarked on a good spring-clean of my files and book shelves at home. My main task was to thin out the serried ranks of policy and evaluation reports that accumulated during a period of freelance employment in the early to late 2000s - the high watermark of the last Labour government's investment in the arts and creative education.

The Numbers for Childcare Professionals Aren't Adding Up

Liz Bayram | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Politics
Liz Bayram

To truly tackle to the number of families struggling with the cost of childcare, we need to reflect on why childcare is key.

It's In Her Kiss - Or Is It? And Does That Really Matter?

Sonia Hendy-Isaac | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Politics
Sonia Hendy-Isaac

Whilst protest kissing isn't a new thing, two Russian athletes, Tatyana Firova and Kseniya Ryzhova, kissed on the podium after winning a medal at the World Championships; most have assumed that this was in direct protest of the Draconian law. But today, there is some speculation that the kiss wasn't a conscious protest at all...

How Was School? - Oral History That Should Shape Policy

Mik Scarlet | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

Come on folks, let's integrate all of our children into one school system. All our kids should go to the same school, grow up knowing that there are all types of people in this world and that they are just as worthy and worthwhile as everyone else in our society.

Letters of GCSE Praise for Poorer students Are Too Little, Too Late

Alice Rigby | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Rigby

Many commentators have observed that the proposals seem at best an impractical use of resources and at worst deeply patronising. The complications of implementing the policy seem to make it a difficult one to advocate; is a child defined as poor if they attend a poor school or come from a poor family?

The Proposal to Extend School Hours Is Misguided; It Is Childcare Provision That Must Be Targeted

Rachel Tan | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Tan

In spite of its merits, the proposal just doesn't add up. Firstly there is little evidence that extending contact hours improves aggregate performance; most studies show a very small correlation between contact hours and attainment, with multiple outliers.

Ukip Champions the Working Class

Paul Nuttall | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Nuttall

Ukip opposes any kind of aspiration-killing policy, such as Labour's oft repeated dream of punitive taxation, because it does not drive people to want to better themselves, thus killing social mobility and innovation. Ukip wants people from all backgrounds to have the chance to be more socially mobile.

International e-Safety Awareness Day

Bernadette John | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Bernadette John

Yesterday was the 10th international Safer Internet Day, the day to create awareness about online safety issues - there are lots of great resources being publicized for anyone who uses the internet. Of course there are plenty of basic resources available to protect internet users and students of all ages.

Achieving Milestones in the Body Image Battle

Mayowa Anthea Adebiyi | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mayowa Anthea Adebiyi

According to a parliamentary report published last year, girls as young as five routinely worry about their weight and appearance while more than 50% of the entire UK population is struggling with mental and physical problems as a result of negative body image.

Why Britain Needs Grammar Schools

Peter Kellow | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Peter Kellow

Ideally the comprehensive system should improve itself so that its schools could provide an education equivalent to the private schools. But this is never going to happen. It could happen, as it does in other countries, if there were no strong private school sector. But the comprehensive system is simply not designed to compete in this way and cannot by its nature.

Advocates of Bussing Should Learn From British History and not Just the US

Vicki Butler | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Vicki Butler

In the mid 1960s, following a recommendation from the then Department for Education and Science (in a circular entitled "Spreading the Children") two local authorities with high ethnic minority populations - Ealing and Bradford - decided to introduce bussing. Little archival information exists about bussing in Bradford but records in the National Archives show that in Ealing the policy was toxic.

Education for All and Not Just for Some

Pauline Rose | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Pauline Rose

We are all too aware of the necessity for there to be more vigour and energy behind goals targeted at giving all children access to a free primary education. We are also aware of how important it is that additional resources, such as the new ambition behind 'Education First', are put towards helping the disadvantaged and most in need, first.

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.

Education: A Silo, Entire of Itself (Part 2)

Brian John Spencer | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Brian John Spencer

In the first post in this series I argued that Britain is failing to prepare its young people for the world of work; grounding my argument on the prem...