Education Reform

Coming Out At School Was The Most Profound Experience Of My Life

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

I feel privileged to witness the positive impact my work has had upon individuals, upon schools and through advising on policy, upon the education system itself. Coming out to a whole school community was indeed the most profound thing I have ever done. We carry on with hope in our hearts, the battle for real equality is only just beginning. Authentic identity should never be a privilege.

Education Is Boring And Stressful... And Boring

Alex Dyer | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK
Alex Dyer

Having been in education for ten years, I've seen some real changes - all as dull as a Brexit talk at a vegan dinner party on a Friday night, one that...

GCSE Results And 'Reforms' 2017

Scott Charlesworth | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK
Scott Charlesworth

Results day morning, Twitter is full of tweets from panicked and sleep deprived students, the existentialists are asking why their future should be de...

Learn Enough To Be Dangerous - How Education Is Changing

Chris Rawlinson | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Tech
Chris Rawlinson

I realised a few years ago that today's working world is rapidly shifting. Increasingly AI and machine learning are replacing people, and those people are more frequently job hopping into new industries. Essentially, we are living in a world where it pays more to know a little about a lot, rather than a lot about a little.

Are We Becoming A Nation Of Techno Nerds?

Katherine Mathieson | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK Tech
Katherine Mathieson

STEM subjects don't lead only to 'techno nerd' careers. We don't tell kids they can only write novels if they do English literature A Level, and we don't tell kids that if they take geography A Level, they are destined to make maps for a living. STEM A Levels are a great basis for a wide range of careers and lives.

Our Education Systems Must Explore Human Prejudice From The Very Beginning

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK
Shaun Dellenty

A new academic year! An exciting time ripe with possibilities and promise. It is vital that schools get these all important first days in our educatio...

Opportunity Costs

Tom Knight | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK
Tom Knight

We seem to think that our moral duty has been fulfilled once we have ensured all students have the immediate funds required for university. But we also have a responsibility to make sure that no student is disproportionately burdened by the cost of their education later on. Equality of opportunity, yes. But surely equality of the cost of those opportunities is just as important.

Rise Of The Robots: Technology Is Moving On But Are Humans Being Left Behind?

Sarah Weir OBE | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Tech
Sarah Weir OBE

As the election looms, the familiar education, education, education mantra is loud and proud - promises of more funding for primary schools, grammar schools and the abolition of tuition fees. But as intelligent machines silently march on and integrate discreetly into the fabric of our workplaces, where is the investment for education and skills for our adult workforce?

Children Have So Much To Gain From Exploring Language - Let's Help Them Get On The Right Path Early On

Anne Longfield | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK
Anne Longfield

When we talk about children receiving a good start in education there is sometimes an assumption that they all begin primary school on an equal footing. But children can grow up at a very different pace and in particular those who don't develop communication skills early on can face an uphill battle to catch up.

Chancellor Paves The Way For Greater Technical Education Support

Suzie Webb | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Politics
Suzie Webb

Philip Hammond promised a Budget that helps young people get the "skills they need to do the high-paid, high-skilled jobs of the future". The support shown to technical education, primarily via new 'T-Levels' for 16-19 year olds, will be broadly welcomed, with the UK seeking to act on its lowly 16th most productive economy status, according to OECD data¹.

The Elephant In The (Staff) Room - Why We Need To Talk About Teacher Wellbeing

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Nick Haisman-Smith

It is impossible to support the social and emotional health of young people, if we as teachers do not attend to our own emotional health.

Slashing School Budgets In Leafy Cheshire

Laura Krippner | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Politics
Laura Krippner

It could mean goodbye to school sports, theatre, art, technology... all the subjects which provide a rounded education. What could our pupils and teachers achieve if they did receive 'fair' funding? All children deserve the opportunities that a school like Sandbach High offers.

The Elephant In The Room... The New GCSEs

Farida Ahmed | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Farida Ahmed

The new change in GCSEs has been the biggest educational reform for a long while. Transforming an exam system that has been used for a very long time ...

Education Reform Not Enough To Tackle The UK's Social Mobility Problem

Dr Franz Buscha | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK
Dr Franz Buscha

What is the value of education? What is the current state of social mobility in the UK? Can more, or better, education solve the "mobility" problem? A...

Teaching At Crisis Point

Alex Muller-Nicholson | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Alex Muller-Nicholson

To feel that what you're doing each day for your pupils 'doesn't count' is arguably one of the most devastating things that a teacher has to carry home with them at night. Far heavier than the 60 literacy and numeracy books you've rammed into your bags for life that evening, and its a weight that cripples you with each passing day.

An Apology To My Kids - Why The Current Education System Is Failing You

Jaelithe Leigh-Brown | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Parents
Jaelithe Leigh-Brown

Expecting kids to all be at a certain level at the exact same time is on a par to expecting toddlers to all walk at the exact same time. It dismisses your unique gifts, your individuality and forgets that in the long run, you'll all get there in your own time.

What A Child Can Teach You In A Day

Munjeeta Sohal | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Munjeeta Sohal

I carried on as normal, giving a somewhat rusty input for a lesson on line graphs and circulating around the class clarifying my often-misunderstood instructions. D turned out to be curious: a thinker, a questioner.

#GETYOURSHITTOGETHER: Education Calls For A Fashion Revolution

Gwen Cunningham | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Style
Gwen Cunningham

Although it is yet unclear what these current industry players will do to make the changes necessary, one thing is certain, the next generation of fashion professionals understand the urgency for change and we, as educators, must prime them to act.

Three Things To Look Out For In Education Policy In 2017

Duncan Sim | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Politics
Duncan Sim

2016 will be remembered as a year when established certainties fell victim to the arrival of a brave new world. In the UK, Brexit was clearly the grea...

The Future Of Education: Students Have To Take Control Of Their Own Education

Kate Robinson | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Kate Robinson

Helsinki-born HundrED is a global, non-profit project building a vision of education for the next 100 years. The first 75 experiments are being triall...

United To Defend Education: Why Socialism Is Not The Answer

Nick Cartwright | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Nick Cartwright

Saturday 19 November saw 15,000 students and lecturers join together to march in defence of education and rally to speeches from student leaders, academics, union activists and journalists queueing up to tell us why we should tell our government to "TEF Off!" I'm proud to say that I was there, standing shoulder to shoulder with my brothers, sisters and what Malia Bouattia, president of the NUS, called our "non-binary siblings".

Interfaith Week: The Value Of Religious Dialogue In An Increasingly Secular Age

Ed Kessler | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Ed Kessler

There is a contradiction at the heart of the role that religion plays today in our national life. On the one hand, the number of people describing themselves as non-religious has increased dramatically - from one in eight in England and one in three in Scotland in 2001 to almost half the UK population today.

The Future Of Education: Ensuring That Every Child Has The Possibility Of Having A Great Future

Kate Robinson | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Kate Robinson

The purpose of school is to ensure that every child has the possibility of having a great future. This is achieved when each child reaches his/her full potential in learning and well-being so that they can flourish and grow into the kind of adults that they want to become.

The Lessons I Learnt From A Hostel (Not A Classroom)

Sophia Parvizi-Wayne | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophia Parvizi-Wayne

People tend to make assumptions about gap years. I was probably not ready for university, not mentally stable enough to make it through the year or I ...

The Future Of Education: Education Is A Shared, Global Responsibility

Kate Robinson | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK
Kate Robinson

Helsinki-born HundrED is a global, non-profit project building a vision of education for the next 100 years. The first 75 experiments are being triall...