UK Education

Mental Health Under The Spotlight - The Power Of The Parent-School Partnership

Deborah Fisher | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Parents
Deborah Fisher

With children and young people spending so much time in school, there is a growing awareness among teachers and parents of the need to work together to address any issues early. But what steps do schools take to help them spot problems? And how can parents help?

Labour's Fees Pledge Offers A Shred Of Hope To Students

Malia Bouattia | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Malia Bouattia

This policy has been ridiculed by some who would rather see education run as a business, and it is not new to see a popular policy that would disproportionately benefit young people dismissed as a "pipe dream". But across Scandinavia, Latin America and in Germany, Austria, Belgium and more, students enjoy tuition-free education. If countries with both a higher and a lower GDP than the UK can do it - so can we.

My Four Year Old Daughter Had The Monday Morning Blues

Jaelithe Leigh-Brown | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Parents
Jaelithe Leigh-Brown

So, if you're in a job you don't enjoy, then you can change it, or focus on the positives of what the job brings you right now and do your best to feel better each day. Take time out to have fun and do what makes you happy. When you're feeling better, you have a more positive outlook.

Why You Should Read More - A Lot More

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

In my previous posts about reading, I have failed to address precisely why I value books so much. In this post, I want to address a question I have been asked many times since I started writing about this topic: why read at all?

Investing In STEM In Schools Is Key To Closing The Digital Skills Gap

Cin-Yee Ho | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Tech
Cin-Yee Ho

However, there is also much promise, with productivity gap concerns finally sparking further investment in education and skills to combat the UK's longer-term economic pressures. The key for closing our digital skills gap will be ensuring a significant portion of that investment goes towards STEM initiatives in schools. But where to invest?

Finding A Place For PSHE In Schools

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Dr Clare Owen

Time brings depth. With a narrow, exam-focused curriculum, we are doing our children an injustice if we don't invest in PSHE. Its teaching can help remove barriers, improve academic outcomes and help young people make informed choices. It surely isn't asking too much to give them the information they might need to handle difficulties better and the space to consider them.

The School Census Is Turning Sanctuaries Of Learning And Growth Into Places Of Discrimination And Division - It Must Be Boycotted

Martha Spurrier | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Martha Spurrier

If everybody boycotts the summer census and takes back information already handed over, the government won't be able to justify this policy's existence - whoever's running the country on 9 June.

Only Labour Will Guarantee Every Child, No Matter What Their Background, Gets The Care They Deserve

Angela Rayner | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Politics
Angela Rayner

When Labour published our manifesto today, I was particularly proud of the pledge that we will extend free universal childcare to 30 hours of free childcare a week for all 2-4 year olds - not just as shadow education secretary but as a working mum myself, who relied on the early years support that the last Labour government provided. Ensuring that every young child gets a fair start in life will transform the lives of millions.

Voters, Not Shoppers

Laurence Stellings | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Politics
Laurence Stellings

For Labour, while three quarters of those aware of its plans to invest in education by increasing the rate of corporation tax know it is Labour policy, awareness of the proposal itself is very low amongst the public - at just 35%.

Why All School Uniform Should Be Gender Neutral

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Parents

A private school’s announcement that it is considering scrapping separate boys’ and girls’ uniforms has been welcomed by LGBT and gender nonconf...

Culture Exchange: Year Abroad

Louise Lawless | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Louise Lawless

Prior to Erasmus year, preparations centred around the financing of it, grants, part time jobs, au pairing etc. It isn't long before the penny drops...

Election Season Again - How Our Leaders Can Look To Africa For Inspiration

Fiona Mavhinga | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Politics
Fiona Mavhinga

Europe has once again been thrown headfirst into election season. This month alone revealed the fault lines in French society as disaffected voters rejected established parties, preceding the UK's all-important snap election in June. And toward the end of the year in October, Germany will hold its own elections as Angela Merkel seeks another term in office.

Six Steps For A World Leading Early Interventionist Childcare Strategy

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

Election fever has begun. Well, less of a fever and more of a virus at the moment. The manifesto writers are busy locked in darkened rooms trying to shape their political parties' ideas and offers. According to the media and political pundits the main subject of the election is Brexit but a general election needs to address domestic bread and butter policy as well.

Sleep Your Way To An A

Farida Ahmed | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK
Farida Ahmed

Students make up the largest percentage of our population that are sleep deprived - particularly undergraduates. We are often taught that it is impo...

Inspiring The Next Generation

Kirsty Osei-Bempong | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK
Kirsty Osei-Bempong

I remember my careers teacher telling me that I should consider social work - as that was what a lot of black women went into. But I think, the pièce de résistance has to go to my history teacher who predicted me a 'C' at GSCE level. She told my mum and dad at another parent's evening that she did not place much hope in me on this particular subject. She also threw in that most black people ended up working as cleaners.

Labour's Tuition Fee Pledge Has Given Every Student A Reason To Vote

Ali Milani | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ali Milani

The Tories in their premiership have clearly felt they have very little to gain from championing the interests of young people. In recent years too many students have felt politics is not for them, that their interests are never represented. The view that they are all the same. Never before has that apathy been challenged like this. We no longer have an excuse. We have to organise. We have to register. We have to vote.

School Handed Worst Ofsted Report Possible After Pupils 'Pelt Inspectors With Food'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A West Midlands secondary school has been handed the worst Ofsted report possible after pupils pelted inspectors with food and barged into them in the...

Samurai Swords, Axes And Air Guns Among Thousands Of Weapons Seized From Schools

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK

Samurai swords, axes and air guns are among the thousands of weapons to have been seized from schools across the country. Pupils as young as five were...

Exam Stress Is Causing Thousands Of UK Children To Require Counselling, Says Childline

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Parents

Thousands of children are turning to Childline because they are “overwhelmed” by stress and anxiety during the school exam period. The NSPCC-servi...

What Is Emotional Health And How Does It Relate To Mental Illness?

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Haisman-Smith

We all know that we can promote good physical health through factors like exercise, diet and sleep, helping to prevent illness and support wellness and recovery after diagnosis or treatment.

Why I'm Tired Of Telling Your Children They Are Never Quite Good Enough

Alice Wilde | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Alice Wilde

We are encouraged to give the children targets, no matter how superb they are. They all need to stretch harder, to aim higher, to push themselves. It is not really OK to give official praise without also giving a push.

Instead Of Pouring Money Down The Brexit Black Hole, Let's Invest In Britain's Schools

Tim Farron | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

Parents have a clear choice in this election. You can let the Conservatives cut school budgets whilst wasting millions on pet projects such as new grammar schools and new free school places in areas where they aren't needed. Or, you can vote for the only party that is fighting against a destructive hard Brexit and offering a credible solution to this unnecessary crisis in schools funding.

A Labour Government Will Transform Education To Help Every Person Reach Their Potential

Angela Rayner | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Politics
Angela Rayner

When I left school at 16 I know there will have been people who will have thought that was the end of my education. I thought it myself, to be honest. But I was lucky, there was financial support available and I wasn't held back like too many of our young people are today. Without that, I wouldn't have been able to go to college and I almost certainly wouldn't be doing this job. That's why I am so proud to launch Labour's plan for a new National Education Service, boosting schools funding and introducing free, lifelong learning as part of our commitment to create a society for the many not the few.

Why Our Kids Shouldn't Be Defined By Their Results

Jaelithe Leigh-Brown | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Parents
Jaelithe Leigh-Brown

Luckily, as a nearly-40-year-old I know what to do to get over the feelings of not being good enough. I've spent the last few months coaching teenage girls to get over the same. They've started their exams this week and in every coaching session I've told them that their grades don't define them.

This Mental Health Awareness Week, Let's Look At The Bigger Picture

Hannah Clare | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Clare

Mental health does not exist in a vacuum, and if we are going to tackle this generation's wellbeing crisis we must recognise that mental health isn't just about what goes on in our heads - it is about where we live, where we work, the pressures we face and the oppression we experience in our day-to-day lives.