Education Reform

Is Britain In A State Of Hidden Civil War? Time To Face Facts

Chris Erskine | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Erskine

Voices and ideas from the areas of food, land, travellers, domestic violence, poverty, asylum and debt are all vital to finding grains of truth that allow us to face up to our Hidden Civil War. To face difficult truths in troubled times, we require deep collaboration, reflection and above all, listening.

Wake Up, Justine Greening: We Need More Focus On Entrepreneurship In Our Education Systems

Tom Cridland | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Cridland

I've just written to our Secretary of State, Justine Greening, to try and encourage more teaching of entrepreneurship from primary school to University level. In a country where so many wonderful subjects are taught, this valuable skill seems so sorely missing in our curriculum and in that of many education systems around the world.

Education, Not Censorship, Is The Key To Addressing Children's Access To Porn

Verity Ryan | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Politics
Verity Ryan

Theresa May could be a much needed breath of fresh air to the government's approach on sex education: as Home Secretary it is rumoured she was supportive of bids to make the subject compulsory. With a wafer-thin majority, and battle ahead with Brexit, she may not be willing to use up political capital on revisiting it.

Could Grammar Schools Ever Be Good For Poverty?

Helen Barnard | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Helen Barnard

Suddenly discussions about education are all about whether to increase the role of selection and grammar schools. Last year I called this an unwelcome distraction from the real business of improving educational attainment for children from low income backgrounds across the country. The new row has the potential to be much more damaging.

In Defense of Grammar Schools

Sam Flint | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Flint

With the main opposition party in disarray, what a lovely time it must be for a Tory party with a shopping list of laws to repeal (I'm looking at you ...

Want Grammar Schools to Work? Then Exclude the Most Well-Off

Duncan Sim | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Politics
Duncan Sim

Grammar schools can have a positive impact on the educational outcomes of children from poorer backgrounds; yet they have not done so at scale, because too many bright, deprived pupils never make it to the schools in the first place, blocked by other students with advantages such as 'pushy' parents or tutoring in the entry tests. They then end up consigned to a poorer standard of education and, in the worst cases, written off as second-class students.

British Pupils are Leaving School (Tech) Illiterate

Mark Murphy | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Murphy

Teenagers really don't know it all. We think that because they spend all day on the computer that they understand tech, but many leave school with an insufficient understanding of basic security measures or what software or "code" even looks like - let alone how to write it

Time to Account for Education

Pam Jarvis | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Pam Jarvis

So, Nicky Morgan is to push ahead with her choice of OFSTED Chief Inspector, despite the misgivings of the Parliamentary Select Committee chaired by h...

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

Nicky Goulder | Posted 01.07.2016 | 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?

Time for Radical Change to the School Curriculum - Let's Hustle in the Age of the Entrepreneur

Margaret Casely-Hayford | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Margaret Casely-Hayford

I had the pleasure today of speaking with a young man, who had once been my intern, and who has since gone on to far bigger and better things. I was thrilled to find out from his progress update that he now has a wonderful position at JPMorgan, where he's clearly working hard and doing well.

Opening the Door to Social Mobility - Using Vocational Education as Its Lever

Mark Farrar | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Mark Farrar

Endless reports have referred to an imbalance in funding between higher education and vocational education and the traditional stigma that is associat...

The Time Is Out of Joint

John Watson | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
John Watson

Remain or Leave, next Thursday will be a day of decision and whichever way the vote goes the watchword of the winners will be "Reform". What that mean...

Saving Childhood: Why and How

Pam Jarvis | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Pam Jarvis

A pledge to do all in their power to achieve such reforms both from those currently in governance and from those seeking to move into governance in the future would, on a continuing basis, contribute to the protection of our most valuable national resource- each successive rising generation of citizens.

An Inspector Calls (and then leaves)

Scott Charlesworth | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK
Scott Charlesworth

In the last week of May, my school Bedales held an education conference as part of its series of 'Leading Independent Thinking' events. Two years ago ...

The Coates Review Gives Us a Chance to Break the Cycle of Reoffending - We Must Make Sure That We Take It

Sally Garratt | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK
Sally Garratt

ner's chances of getting the training and education they need. There is a direct correlation between getting a decent education while in prison and being able to live a productive, law-abiding life on the outside. We must enable our prisoners to do this or we are failing them and the communities to which they return.

English Degree Survival 101

April Salchert | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK
April Salchert

Over the last few months I've decided to dust off my PhD proposal. As I've contemplated returning to the academic world, I've reflected on the last fe...

'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.

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?