Education Reform

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...

Dear AQA, If We Can't Learn This In A Level Archaeology, Then Please Explain Where These Ideas Are In The Rest Of Your Curriculum

Dan Boatright | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Boatright

So AQA I ask you this, please explain to me what other A level subject does this? I do not want a scripted piece about your dedication to inclusive education, I want an A grade answer citing examples, comparing and contrasting your chosen subject to the Archaeology syllabus.

Social Mobility: The Continuing Pressure To Meet Quotas Means We've Sidestepped Our Real Responsibilities

Tania Hardcastle | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK
Tania Hardcastle

Positive Discrimination was outlawed by the Equality Act 2010. Yet, there remains an incandescent pressure amongst employers and universities to meet ...

Is Private Tutoring To Blame For Educational Inequality?

Alex Dyer | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Alex Dyer

Private Tutoring on the Rise Recent reports have claimed that over 25% of state-educated 11 to 16-year-olds have enlisted the help of a private tutor...

Youngsters Are Being Demonised For Their Differences - So How Can The Focus Be On Educational Attainment?

Shazia Awan | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Shazia Awan

Over the past ten years, Show Racism the Red Card have engaged with over 100,000 young people. However, in the last two years they have witnessed an ...

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...