UK Education

Tiger Mothers and Cultural Success

Melissa Benn | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Parents
Melissa Benn

Responding to a failing economy, rising parental stress about our children's economic futures and policymakers' obsession with the link between education and social mobility, reforms to our education system have reinforced a traditionalist approach to learning, and childhood.

For Once I Agree With Russell Brand, Young People Need to Vote Labour

Amelia-Rose Tighe | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia-Rose Tighe

Vote for a party which holds at its core a commitment to making the lives of the next generation better than the last.

Why Good Students Struggle to Get Jobs

Julian Tan | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Julian Tan

I recall memorising the timeline of human prehistory when I was twelve - Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic - from the fresh first pages of my history textbook. It was past midnight, and their quirky names numbed my tongue and befuddled my brain. Nevertheless, I forcibly committed them to memory, motivated by the promise that hard work at school will one day pay off...

Why We Need a Generation of Life Savers

Joe Willacy | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Willacy

Like parents and teachers, we want to give children the best start in life by giving every young person the chance to learn first aid. There is nothing worse than feeling helpless in an emergency and although we hope they'll never need to use these skills, Bethany's story proves that first aid knowledge can be a real lifeline.

Rethinking Careers Support for Young People

Anand Shukla | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Anand Shukla

At first glance, the importance placed by all of the main parties on supporting apprenticeships, vocational training, careers advice and widening participation build on the commitments in the 2010 manifestos and are to be welcomed. We must though learn the lessons of the last five years, where the actual record is more mixed.

Music Is For Everyone

Lloyd Coleman | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lloyd Coleman

My parents reminded me that just because I was the only boy in the class who wore hearing aids, this didn't mean I wouldn't be able to do the same things as everyone else. For instance, detailed sheet music in small print was 'blown up' onto A3 sheets to make it easier to read...

Fears Growing of a New Labour Threat to Grammar Schools

Robert McCartney | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Politics
Robert McCartney

This week I have written to Ed Miliband, calling on him to guarantee the status of England's existing 164 grammar schools in the event he becomes Prime Minister. Why? Because a new poll conducted by ComRes has found four in ten (39 per cent) believe Labour will axe the remaining grammar schools if they win the election.

Ain't No Stopping Us

Jonas Altman | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK
Jonas Altman

Kids absolutely love asking questions: If I can see all those stars, can they really be so far away? Who's the fastest runner in the world? Where do...

Policies Matter - But the Results May Surprise You

Matt Chocqueel-Mangan | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Chocqueel-Mangan

I'd reluctantly describe myself as a campaigner, but this is one campaign I am prepared to fight for, and something I hope the rest of the media will come together and fight for too. It's the route to better advice services, more informed voters, and higher turnouts. Policies matter.

Unleashing Girls' Power: An Interview With Kennedy Odede

Rose Taylor | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rose Taylor

At the end of the invigorating and stimulating three day Skoll World Forum I met with Kennedy Odede, founder of Shining Hope for Communities, (SHOFCO) and Kibera School for Girls. Our meeting was inspiring and poignant and echoed many themes I had heard throughout the conference regarding the importance of girl's education. It seems fitting that I tie my interview with Kennedy to these issues in this article.

The World's Hardest Exam

Marcus Ereira | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Ereira

Is it coincidence that Asian countries including Korea top the educational performance charts? Should we follow their lead? I think the answer lies in two parts...

Louise Ridley

How London's Overcrowded Rented Housing Is Making Children Fail Exams

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses o...

How to Help Your Child Deal With Exam Stress

Victoria Ward | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Parents
Victoria Ward

Harmful pressure could come from many things, including your child's comparison of themselves with others, the high goals they set themselves, their worry about disappointing you or other family members, and also from friends and teachers.

Poor Basic Fitness Amongst School Children Highlights Wider Concern

Charlie Rigby | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK
Charlie Rigby

New research has found that two-thirds of primary school children aren't reaching basic fitness levels for their age group - an awful statistic. Child obesity rates are soaring as a result and this can easily be linked to the decline of sport and exercise. With the emphasis on creating a generation of test-passers and box-tickers, exercise and sport are being neglected in schools.

Eleven Ways to Be a Bit Less Bad at Revision

Eve Delaney | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eve Delaney

It's important to take frequent breaks during your revision session. The brain is a muscle (not factually correct) that gets tired like any other muscles (do hearts get tired?). In order for a break to be effective, you must fully remove yourself from your working mindset. Dig a hole in the garden or annoy your sister a bit. Just keep the line between work and play clearly defined.

Encourage Kids to Study by Building Their Own Study Corner

Patricia Evans | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Parents
Patricia Evans

If you want your child to be an achiever and be a stellar student, don't limit him to the walls of the classroom. Extend the learning to your home and turn a small space into a study area that is both vibrant and inspiring.

Business Education Could Reboot the UK Economy

Michael Mercieca | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK
Michael Mercieca

Enterprise and financial education in schools is vital if we're to have a chance of improving our economic prospects. If implemented now, a national initiative for enterprise and financial education could help us to produce future generations of motivated, confident, work-ready young people with the skills to succeed, innovate and increase the UK's productivity. Surely this is an investment worth making.

Your Mind Is Hungry - Feed It

Jared Joffe | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jared Joffe

As you get older you hopefully realise that 'knowledge is power', and the more of it you possess, the greater your ability will be to adapt to the diverse situations that life can throw at you. To put it simply, if you continue to educate yourself you will become a more well-rounded human being.

It's Not Just the Kids; Why Teachers Are Suffering From Cuts to Children's Mental Health Services

Rachel Egan | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK
Rachel Egan

Many argue that the digital age means our young people are more connected than ever before, but there is a flipside to this as young people have their problems follow them home from school, meanwhile growing pressures to look good and look happy online mean that there is a culture of 'false happiness'.

Help Your Child Fill the Techcrunch of Job Shortages

Adam Lipecz | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Parents
Adam Lipecz

The government now wants the nation's kids to not only consume technology but to build it. With it being projected that the country is to have a shortage of 249,000 workers for technologically skilled jobs by 2020*, there's a reason the government has made some significant changes.

Should We Re-elect the Worst British Government for 75 Years?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

I am not a partisan man. Although I was once, many years ago, a member of the Liberal Democrats, I have since tried to help make the world a better pl...

Could Schools Be Doing More to Build Children's Character?

Julie Booth | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

Giving children the opportunity to develop abilities such as understanding how their behaviour affects others, learning from their mistakes and trying out new activities would all be considered an important part of character education.

Teach Politics in Schools: Young People Deserve to Have Their Voice Heard, So Let's Help Them Understand the System

Anna Claeys | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Claeys

Let's teach young people about how anyone can go and complain to their MP or visit the House of Commons, about how laws are passed and the role of NGOs and lobbying organisations, about the main political parties and ideologies and how the voting system works.

It's Infrastructure, Stoopid: School's Out (of Town)

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

If politicians are going to promise building new homes, and thereby expand a population in a town, for goodness sake build an extra primary school and require new GP surgeries to cope with any increasing population in a given area.

Teaching: A Dream Job?

Katy Flint | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Flint

When I first started teaching I was full of hope and excitement but after years of school politics, observations and mounting pressure, my chosen profession was ruined for me. I knew that to be the best mother to my girls I would have to give it all up- there is no room for both in my life.