UK Education

More Needs to Be Done to Help UK Businesses Beat the Language Learning Crisis

Hilary Wardle | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Wardle

A sticking plaster needs to be applied to significant cuts in university funding by subsidising languages at University level: essentially helping those departments stay afloat at a difficult time. If that happens then UK businesses may still have a chance when it comes to keeping up with the ambitious BRIC countries. If not, then the UK economy may never fully recover.

Teachers Shouldn't Be the Victims of Religious Discrimination

Stephen Evans | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

Parents with children at a primary school East Sussex expressed outrage this week, when it became clear that the school's popular headteacher, who was drafted in to save the failing primary, could not stay on permanently because he isn't Roman Catholic. The school of course, is a faith school.

What Do Muslims Really Teach Their Children?

Shohana Khan | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shohana Khan

If we believed the news it would appear like the entire population of Muslim youth have gone abroad to join ISIS and create a medieval world. And with the backdrop of the Trojan Horse investigation of Muslim schools, it would be safe to say the seeds of suspicion have been planted across wider society, of how Muslims raise their children.

Children, Computing and the Curriculum

David Emm | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

Online safety is a vital factor at every stage of our children's education. Children use the Internet differently at different ages. Just as the way maths is taught varies from key stage 1 to key stage 4, cyber-security must be approached in a way that will be most meaningful to the life of children at different ages.

Why I Don't Want My Child To Go To University Before She is 18

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

Like your brothers and sister, you all are the most precious gifts that God and Life gave us. We often talk in awe (still!) about how and why we had been chosen to parent these beautiful beings. After all, we were just two ordinary people who went to the pub one evening, sat on the beach, and accidentally made a baby.

London Children 'Are Being Trained As Junior Jihadis'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK

London children under the age of ten are being "trained as jihadists" the city's Deputy Mayor has said as he issued a stark warning on the threat to t...

A Positive Parenting and Teaching Style

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

Too often, schools and education systems (and by extension, teachers) are focused solely on getting their students to pass exams through memorising and rote-learning, thereby robbing the next generation of the opportunity to use their brains productively and richly.

Personal Finance Education Is a Waste of Time, Right?

Michael Mercieca | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Mercieca

I know that any education about the mysterious world of money would have been gratefully received. For a start, it would have made maths lessons a whole lot more interesting - and a great deal more meaningful. Personal finance and money management is, after all, maths in action.

Stop Teaching Your Child to Read!

William Higham | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

The government is launching a new campaign this week to encourage better reading among the young: "Read On. Get On". Based on a report that links the inability to "read well" with potential joblessness later in life, it's the latest of many articles and reports bemoaning a decline in traditional reading skills among young people.

Warning to New University Students - False Facebook Groups

Rima Amin | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rima Amin

New students throughout the UK are being drawn to Facebook groups they believe are run by their universities and students' unions. They are not -these groups are often run by external event promoters seeking to gain ticket sales to club events they have organised. Along with the name, some are also using the university's official branding to deceive students.

How to Stress Less - What Stresses You Out?

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

As an entrepreneur, therapist, husband, father of two and fitness fanatic, I think it's fair to say that I have a fairly pressure sensitive lifestyle, and fully understand the working pressures and difficulties that most men have when it comes to "attempting" to achieve a work-life-balance.

Learning To Let Go - Stressful Parenting

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

As a parent there will always be a natural need to protect them from potential harm or our past negative experiences, however in order educate them we need to let go...allow them to learn from the world outside of our control.

Politicians Must Hear the Voice of People With a Learning Disability

Ciara Lawrence | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Ciara Lawrence

I don't want any child with a learning disability to go through what I went through - to be told you're worthless, no good, stupid. Around 200 children are born every single week who will have a learning disability. This is our chance to make a difference to their futures. The public is demanding the next government to make this change happen - candidates must listen.

Back to the School Run: Five Tips to Stay Relaxed

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

You have been full of resolutions about this new school year - homework will be done on time, clothes will be laid out the night before, you will never, ever shout before 8.00am. So guess what? You have committed all the cardinal sins of school run management by the time the first week is up. Here are the tried and tested top 5 tips to keep you up and running during term time.

Resilience - New Education Fad

Frank Furedi | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frank Furedi

Education has always been blighted by fads and interventions devised in the fields of business administration, scientific management, psychology and social policy. Resilience is the latest such import.

For the Flourishing of Young Minds: Developing a Mindful School Culture

Krysten Fort-Catanese | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Krysten Fort-Catanese

Much attention is given to students feeling nervous on the first day of school; however, the same could be said for many teachers! ... With a new school year upon us, here are a few key tips to consider towards developing a mindful school culture and to begin right where we are.

Animal Slaughter, Usually Hidden From View, Provokes Public Debate

Student Reporter | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK
Student Reporter

By Amy Jeffs, BA (recent graduate), University of Cambridge CAMBRIDGE, England -- An e-petition is calling for Parliament to impose a U.K.-wide ban o...

Schools Are Ours - Let's Open the Doors for the Childcare Families Need

Anne Longfield | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anne Longfield

As many parents of the children starting school for the first time this week will testify, arranging childcare for children when they are very young is not always the hardest part. It can be more difficult to arrange childcare during the school term as many of the families of more than 600,000 children beginning reception year have discovered.

Kids, Eat Your Verts - Languages Are Good For You

John Worne | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK
John Worne

When it comes to language learning, I start this new school term like all those other parents sending their kids to a new school: a little anxious, a little excited, and hopeful for a brighter linguistic future.

Sustainable Schools Project Boosts Exam Results

Green Futures | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Green Futures

Learning spaces, for instance, cannot stay stuck in the old rigid mould where rows of desks face the teacher and blackboard. There's no greater enemy of sustainability than obsolescence.

16 Ways to Survive a PhD

Sarah Crook | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Crook

It's officially the start of a new academic year, which means it's time for a fresh batch of PhD candidates to enter the weird and wonderful world of doctoral research (I mean it; it really is wonderful). These are some of the techniques I've used over the last two years, and will rely on to pull me through the final twelve months of researching, writing, and revising.

Mindfulness: Bringing the Teenage Brain On-board

Richard Burnett | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Burnett

An hour teaching teenagers who don't want to be there something they don't want to learn is never pleasant... A few things tend to raise their curiosity: that they can physically change their brain; that mindfulness is used by top sportsmen and musicians; that it might help with their exams or, at the very least, help them worry less about their exams.

Clergy Press for Faith Schools Reform

Jonathan Romain | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK
Jonathan Romain

It is not good for society to ghettoise its future citizens so that they grow up segregated. It is not good for the children who grow up in an "us and them" culture; and in the very place where they should be learning about tolerance and respect. It is not good for faith - because it becomes tarnished by discrimination and is seen as divisive.

How Should We Judge the Success of a School?

Julie Booth | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

Families will always seek out information, and many will undertake detailed research, when they are choosing a school for their child. An inspection report or league table may help, but most parents recognise that they can only ever provide a snapshot of the education on offer.

Back to School! Why Your Children Are Not Happy About It

Chris Ward | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Ward

Come on, you've got to get up. Did you have any homework? No I don't know where your blazer is. I promise we'll buy some shoes that fit tonight. Can you eat some breakfast & clean your teeth - now. No you haven't got melon in your packed lunch. Yes you do have to clean off that tattoo. No, you can't wear a loom band round your ankle. GET UP NOW! Shouldn't you have left by now?