Education Reform

A Proposal With Dire Consequences for the Teaching Profession

Chris Keates | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

This attack on teachers is also an attack on the entitlement of all children and young people to be taught by a qualified teacher and the right of parents to have that expectation when they send their child to school. The NASUWT will be challenging these proposals vigorously.

Letter to Educators: We Need Histories of Teams, Not Biographies of Individuals

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Cassandra Lee Yieng

No man is an island, and this is true not only as a life quote but also at the workplace. Therefore we must adopt a teamwork-based curriculum for schools to prepare students adequately for the real world, and this curriculum begins with emphasising histories of teams, rather than biographies of individuals.

Why We Need to Teach Entrepreneurship in Schools Now

Margaret Casely-Hayford | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Margaret Casely-Hayford

The spirit of entrepreneurship is already evident in the way young people interact with technology; and in the way they communicate, create music, art, and interchange experiences. We just need to find a way of harnessing it.

World Happiness Report 2016 Update - Five Key Implications for Education

Frederika Roberts | Posted 18.03.2016 | 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...

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

Patrick Hayes | Posted 04.03.2016 | 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.

Why Is There a Teacher Shortage in England?

Alex Dyer | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Alex Dyer

Without a serious re-think about how we encourage new teachers to get into the profession, perhaps coupled with a radical change in approach to the education system as a whole, it is sadly likely that the shortage of teachers England will only become more of a problem.

Open Letter to Nicky Morgan in Response to Twitter Video

Frederika Roberts | Posted 23.02.2016 | 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 ...

What Might Our Politicians Learn From 'Making a Murderer'?

Sam Larcombe | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Larcombe

I have spent the last few nights almost apoplectic at the injustice of it all! How can this be right? How can the police get away with it? Two innocent men face life imprisonment for a crime they surely did not commit. Where is the justice?

Curiosity, Autonomy and a Teacher's Faith Restored

Scott Charlesworth | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK
Scott Charlesworth

I began as a boy from a home broken by divorce and raised within the deprivation of one of the UKs poorest areas, where half the adult population has a primary school level of numeracy. Now I have a PhD from a Russell Group university and teach chemistry in a top independent school - I might be considered a poster boy for the importance of education to social mobility.

Does the UK Education System Promote or Suffocate Creativity in Students?

Alex Dyer | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Creativity should be celebrated within schools. Creative people invent, problem-solve, discuss and communicate in fresh, exciting ways, we don't want this to be lost during school. Whatever the industry whether it's medical, science, engineering, academic research, technology, business, entrepreneurial; they all require creative thinkers to progress.

Reforming Apprenticeships - Four Tips for the Tories

Channon Zhangazha | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Channon Zhangazha

Apprenticeships are attracting a huge amounts of interest from across the political spectrum. We've come a long way from the days when Tony Blair is said to have joked that political interest in vocational education was such that he could make a declaration of war in a speech about skills and no-one would ever notice.

The Death of the University Lecture

James Gupta | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Gupta

Methods of studying for students have changed very little for many years - though The Internet has given us access to a wealth of unfiltered information, traditionally the university experience has revolved around sitting in lectures, sitting in the library, cramming revision in, re-writing notes and highlighting textbooks.

Attracting Young People to Tech

Graham Welch | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

The problem is that in the past we have not been doing enough to encourage young people to look at cybersecurity and tech as a viable career option. And with few youngsters studying related subjects at school and university, there are not enough qualified candidates to fill the vacancies.

Because We're Worth It

Caragh Little | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Caragh Little

As the dark evenings gather, perhaps Tweeting Teachers or teachers who tweet should not feel bound to a litany of 'could do better'. Perhaps the cacophony of negative headlines, which don't seem to attack other professions with such crushing regularity - should turn its volume down.

Confronting the Education Gap

One Young World | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
One Young World

After meeting at the One Young World Summit in Johannesburg in 2013, Vugar Adigozalov from Azerbaijan and Tamila Mukhamedyarova from Tajikistan combin...

Time to Scrap the Three-Hour Written Exam?

Dan Sandhu | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Sandhu

At a critical point in the learning life of young people, GCSEs and A-levels should be about breadth and wider skills, not ticking boxes. The one-size-fits-all approach is not working; it is failing our young people.

PSHE: The Missing Link

Fiona Smith | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

The UK is shockingly behind other developed countries in terms of children's health outcomes, with five more children dying per day than in Sweden. So many health issues facing our children are preventable - yet the Government has just cut £200 million from public health spending and with it many of the resources we need to educate children about their health.

Nepal's Children Pay the Highest Price - Earthquakes Threaten Education Progress

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

The Ministry estimates the total damage to the country's education system at US$313.2 (£204.7) million, mainly to infrastructure. Demolition and debris removal, construction of temporary learning centres, child-friendly spaces, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, plus school repair costs total US$32.5 (£21.24)million.

For Once I Agree With Russell Brand, Young People Need to Vote Labour

Amelia-Rose Tighe | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia-Rose Tighe

Vote for a party which holds at its core a commitment to making the lives of the next generation better than the last.

Ain't No Stopping Us

Jonas Altman | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Jonas Altman

Kids absolutely love asking questions: If I can see all those stars, can they really be so far away? Who's the fastest runner in the world? Where does...

LGBT Inclusive Sex Education in Schools: Why the Dispute?

Anna Tippett | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Parents
Anna Tippett

Gay people exist - young and old, male and female, rich and poor, black and white. So do gay parents and the straight parents and grandparents, siblings, aunties, uncles and cousins of gay children. Should we exclude all of them in the name of faiths that claim to be peaceful, non-judgemental, forgiving and supportive?

Why LGBT+Inclusivity Should Be Taught in All Primary Schools

Elly Barnes | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Elly Barnes

Our intention being to give permission to our young people to join us on the journey to institutional change where recognition of discrimination through race, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and beliefs is encouraged.

Should We Allow Engineering to be Rebranded?

Yetunde Adediran | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Tech
Yetunde Adediran

Engineering educators must utilise young peoples' passion, interest, and reach out, to their dreams by means of diversifying and inspiring engineering to the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Youth Unemployment - New Policies, Will They Provide a Solution?

Greg Thompson | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Politics
Greg Thompson

In a new term, post-election, if the Conservatives were to be elected, Job Seeker's Allowance for 18-21 year old's would be abolished and instead replaced with the 'youth allowance' at the same weekly rate.

Developing Young People Into Active Global Citizens

Meg Munn | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK
Meg Munn

Co-operative schools are at the forefront of a quiet revolution, and the national Co-operative Schools Society is larger than any of the major academy chains. They benefit from their links to the wider co-operative movement with its tens of millions of members.