Education Reform

The Vital Social and Community Importance of Schools Cannot Be Overstated

John Tizard | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Whilst education cannot directly and of itself address the underlying causes of economic/social inequality and injustice, it can offer young people a chance to fulfil their potential, to open eyes and minds to opportunities without limit, and to prepare them for a balanced life as confident and active citizens.

Should the Private Tutoring Industry be Regulated?

Alex Dyer | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

It is fast becoming one of the most popular jobs in the UK - and if the recent figures are true, the industry is now one of the most popular career choices out there...

Resilience - New Education Fad

Frank Furedi | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frank Furedi

Education has always been blighted by fads and interventions devised in the fields of business administration, scientific management, psychology and social policy. Resilience is the latest such import.

Back to School! Why Your Children Are Not Happy About It

Chris Ward | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Ward

Come on, you've got to get up. Did you have any homework? No I don't know where your blazer is. I promise we'll buy some shoes that fit tonight. Can you eat some breakfast & clean your teeth - now. No you haven't got melon in your packed lunch. Yes you do have to clean off that tattoo. No, you can't wear a loom band round your ankle. GET UP NOW! Shouldn't you have left by now?

Sex on the Syllabus

Simon Cooke | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Cooke

It's this younger generation that we're letting down by being prudish. Just like you and me, they are or may soon be having sex. We - their parents, teachers and health professionals - should be equipping them with the information and contraception they need to enjoy themselves safely.

Gove: The Elite's Opponent But the People's Servant

Sheila Lawlor | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Politics
Sheila Lawlor

Michael Gove was amongst the longest serving education secretaries in Britain since World War II. Committed personally as well as professionally to the intellectual values that Britain has historically championed, Gove knew what he wanted to do.

Gove's Real Legacy - A British Education Reform Movement

Ty Goddard | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ty Goddard

More important than the highs and lows of a political career - is that the most enduring legacy of Michael Gove's tenure, has been the creation of a grassroots British education reform movement, that will continue for many years to come.

Do the Skeleton Shuffle...

Caragh Little | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Caragh Little

The skeletons in my closet have been going through a bit of a reshuffle too. It's all the rage. With cries of rage and anguish from those who think that teachers do nothing anyway, schools have reached the summer break and there's time for clearing out the closets and tidying the loft.

Stop the Sell Off of Student Loans, Education and the Next Generation

Marienna Pope-Weidemann | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Politics
Marienna Pope-Weidemann

After four years as a Soas student, I'm about to graduate with a considerable amount of debt, albeit not compared to those now paying historic £9000 ...

Did You Know That Sex and Relationship Education Is Not Compulsory?

Jack Fletcher | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

Most don't. I'm not surprised as it seems a no brainer right? To tell kids age-appropriate information so they can prepare for certain life events in advance and handle them better. There's been a time for all of us looking back when we would think 'I wish I had known this or that before it happened'...

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 Impending Doom for 'Soft Subject' GCSEs

Alix Long | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

When I look back to the 15-year-old I was this time last year, it seems hard to believe that I was right slap-bang in the middle of my GCSEs, ploughing through the revision, and hadn't yet suffered a mental breakdown....

Sex Education Matters

Jack Fletcher | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

'You're so gay' used to be the worst thing to be called. Thankfully, a lot has changed since I was a kid at school. The acceptance of the gay community has greatly improved but using 'gay' as a slagging for someone still persists. Recently, I got asked if I was gay by a few different people and it got me thinking...

Education and the Mockingbird

Kat Hind | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Hind

I read 'To Kill A Mockingbird' in my final year of GCSE. It was not on my syllabus, in fact very few pieces of great literature were. I read it becaus...

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 ...

Dear Michael Gove, Please Keep Your Politics Out of English

Tom Johnson | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

Britain has indeed produced some of the world's best literature, but to presume that we have done so alone and prescribe a romp through literature that assumes as much ignores the world outside of our shores. If you want to inspire a love of literature, by all means select politically diverse works, gorgeously written, intellectually challenging pieces. But do not pick and choose a whole curriculum in accordance with a narrow, personal political vision.

Beautiful? Damned?

Caragh Little | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

So a well-known Sunday Colour Supplement has issued some good advice, this weekend, on how normal women can emulate 'expensive' beauty using products and procedures in their price-range.

Are The Coalition At War Over Free School Meals?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Politics

Education Secretary Michael Gove and Lib Dem schools minister David Laws have presented a united front in relation to free school meals. The introd...

Addressing the Lack of Dyslexia Support in UK Schools

Alex Dyer | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Dyer

If left undetected dyslexia can cause difficulties with learning, and in extreme cases children are often labeled as 'stupid' or 'lazy'. This can lead to further problems of feelings of isolation and low self-esteem. The consequences of such neglect would be hugely damaging to students with dyslexia.

Being Called a 'Fundamentalist Secularist' Is an Insult I Would Welcome

George Gillett | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Gillett

It is this debate that secularists, both religious and otherwise, are fighting for. The movement doesn't aim to destroy or dismantle religion, but to create a society where no one group is granted special privilege or power. A society which ensures that all beliefs are protected and welcomed equally. But this debate can only be had once you stop using "secularism" as a slur.

Don't Let School Places Become a Political Football When We're Already Building Classrooms in Playgrounds

Gavin Shuker | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gavin Shuker

Fairness starts with a good education for all; we all know this, as if we learnt it by rote. Why, then, are we in a situation where schools are setting up classrooms on playgrounds, in school halls and even empty offices?

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...

Education Reform - Why It's Time to Abolish Dictatorial, Oppressive Ofsted

Natalie Bennett | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

General revolt against Ofsted is growing, with schools around the country (and their communities) saying that its processes are not fair or reasonable, its criteria arbitrary, and its inspections incredibly stressful and destructive.

Ofsted: Who Inspects the Inspectors?

Tony Mckenna | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tony Mckenna

From the moment you attend that first job interview, you can often find yourself participating in an elaborate and bizarre form of performance art. 'Why do you want the job?' - they ask. For most people, the answer is relatively simple - 'because I have bills to pay, kids to feed, etc...'

Let's Put It Into Context

Chris Jones | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK
Chris Jones

I've spoken at length about the importance of contextualised learning. As parents, we have a clear role to play in helping our children put theory into practice. It shouldn't fall solely on the shoulders of teachers. However, it still makes me question whether schools are doing enough on their side to prepare children for their futures.