Education Reform

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

George Gillett | Posted 04.04.2014 | 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 20.03.2014 | 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 13.03.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 24.02.2014 | 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.

Educating Each Other

Ben Nicholls | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Ben Nicholls

Since graduating, I have followed my parents in working exclusively within state education, although unlike them I don't do the really difficult and important job of teaching. Every day I believe more and more (and from a high start-point) in the tremendous value of what the college I work at does, and of the wider system.

Revisiting the Spirit of Public Education

Shane Chowen | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Shane Chowen

Today, more than 175 years after Horace Mann won the argument for qualified teachers in public education in the US, we find ourselves revisiting debates about the most basic expectations in public education.

Why the Education of Women Is Essential to Create Conditions of Peace

Eleanor Ross | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Eleanor Ross

Women face enormous challenges during war, whether it's in Syria or South Sudan. War is more than fighting, it is about helping her family to survive both during and after the conflict, long after the media has departed the battlezone.

Education vs Gangs in Rural Honduras

Eleanor Ross | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Eleanor Ross

The afternoon sun is beating down on the mountain town of Copan Ruinas in central Honduras. We are a short drive away from San Pedro Sula, a city with one of the highest homicide rates in the world. Gang warfare has divided the city for years, but the violence has steadily increased since the 2009 military coup when the Honduran Army overthrew President Manuel Zelaya.

Get the Winning Feeling, It Works

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

We have a natural distaste for confidence, a distrust of feeling good in this way. We fear that confidence is actually over confidence and not healthy. It seems safer to struggle a bit in order to be sure that we are not committing the deadly sins of arrogance and laziness.

UK Needs a Strong, Relevant Education System to Compete on World Stage

Mark Boleat | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK
Mark Boleat

Recent news that Britain is lagging behind its Asian counterparts in educational attainment is worrying for the UK as a whole and especially worrying for business.

Top Lessons Learned about the UK STEM Global Ranking - PISA 2012

Yetunde Adediran | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK
Yetunde Adediran

The UK produces fantastic yearly GCSE results and I don't believe, the Pisa study reflects our students' ability. It's the system that needs to change (and connect with ordinary enterprise communities, who could give a diverse view), and exactly how, we could improve and prepare our next generation of 15-year-olds educational achievements.

More PhDs Is Not the Right Response to the Cuts in Education - Stop Destroying the Academic Job Market

George Iordanou | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Iordanou

The two traditional reasons for the destruction of the academic job market are attributed to the marketisation of education and to the government cuts in the Humanities and in the Social Sciences. Although these are the causes of the crisis, the structural damage is done by the reaction of the departments to the new status quo.

Vocational Vs. Academic Enters a New Phase With Career Colleges

Mark Featherstone-Witty | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mark Featherstone-Witty

In October, the former Conservative Education Secretary Lord Baker put forward plans to build 'career colleges'. These will be started by FE Colleges that will granted the right to recruit at 14 from last September and will, aside from what is, unfortunately, called 'core academic work', prepare youngsters for a variety of identified careers from hospitality to health care.

Are We Really Educating Our Children With the Knowledge They Will Need in This Tough World?

David J. Horton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David J. Horton

The fact is that there are a number of experiences in life which result in us calling it "the REAL world". With a little basic education on real world subjects, our kids might actually thrive earlier in life and set a precedent for redefining the cliché?

Higher Education is Broken

Dave Gill | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dave Gill

Going to a traditional university to study something that's subjective is a rapidly sinking ship and the web's to thank (not blame). There's a place for classic institutions - like if you want to be a doctor, or a lawyer.

Integration of Technology in the 21st Century Classrooms

Katie Alice | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Katie Alice

It is important to understand that productive tech integration should be transpired in a way that can boost the teaching and learning process of teachers and students, respectively. However, to realize the objectives teachers have to identify the constructive ways through which technology can be employed effectively in the classrooms.

The Private Tuition Boom, What's the Fuss About?

Alex Dyer | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Working together is the best option, it would benefit children, teachers, parents and schools, cohesive learning is the best way forward! Regardless of all the changes that are taking place, parents wouldn't be scared any more if we work together, they'd be happy.

Myths About Education Participation Age

Shane Chowen | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Shane Chowen

From this year, there is an expectation that young people will continue in education or training up to the age of 17. This goes up to 18 in 2015. There is so much mis-information about the rise of the education participation age, some of it unfortunately making its way in to some of the media coverage, that I feel I need to do something about.

Real Reform

Adam Isaacs | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Isaacs

We clearly need improvements in our system of education, yet the fundamentals laid out by our much beloved Education Secretary, Michael Gove, advocates a maladroit plan of rigorous study that only to obfuscates the issues at hand.

2:2s Need to Go

Natasha Chowdory | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Chowdory

In a nutshell - I failed to get a 2:1 so I became the most pointless person ever to walk the planet - this includes a certain level of contempt from my then group of friends and a certain level of disappointment from my parents, leading to the tentative job offers I'd had disappearing into the ether.

Private Tuition Is on the Rise, Should the Industry Be Regulated?

Alex Dyer | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

With over 500 private tuition agencies now operating throughout the country, some with over 10,000 tutors on their books, how on earth do we, or the Government, regulate the industry? And, do we even need to?

Gove's Stance on Exams Unfairly Hurts Any Students Who Don't Conform to His Standards

Jack Butler | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Butler

The problem with Gove's kind of thinking is that it is narrow-minded and places students into a system that is far too restrictive and compartmentalised. The assumption that examinations are always the fairest and most representative way of assessing a student's abilities at any one topic is laughable.

Rethinking the American Education Agenda

Daniel O'Kelly | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel O'Kelly

Maybe I'm just ticked off or worried that when my college president hands me a degree next June, I won't be able to appreciate it with my college debt staring me menacingly in the face. The labor market and American mentality will still be cutthroat, limited and crowded with other students fresh from their expensive four-year colleges.