UK Education

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Belittle School Sex Education

Suzi Godson | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

If parents can't, or won't, respond to their children's perfectly natural curiosity about the human body and where babies come from, the responsibility falls on schools to provide answers to those questions.

‘This Is In No Way Trojan Horse Mark Two'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK

A previously "outstanding" Church of England school has reportedly failed an Ofsted inspection over concerns about a sixth-form Islamic society and ge...

Senior Entrepreneurs Are the Ones to Watch

Doug Richard | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Tech
Doug Richard

What is it about the senior entrepreneur that is so oxymoronic? Surely an older person is the most likely candidate to invent bifocals. I doubt that many 20-somethings (today as much as in the 18th century) have ever stopped to consider the greatness of a lens with two distinct optical powers.

Big 25 for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Geeta Bandi-Phillips | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK
Geeta Bandi-Phillips

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is 25 years old this Thursday. What an amazing victory for all the child rights campaigners!

Mind the Gap: Could UK Infrastructure Be the Biggest Victim of Skills Shortage?

Alistair Cox | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK
Alistair Cox

HS2, Crossrail, Thameslink and the much-needed expansion of the UK's airport capacity. These are all projects which promise to transform our infrastructure landscape and drive a competitive, healthy and resilient UK economy for the future.

Young Greens Are Leading the Way in a New Wave of Student Politics

Georgia Elander | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Georgia Elander

Today, thousands of students will be marching in London to demand an end to tuition fees, student debt, and cuts to education services in England. It's fitting that the Young Greens are co-organisers of the demonstration and will have a huge presence at it: as the fastest-growing youth party in the country, we're clearly doing something right when it comes to youth politics.

Wising Up About Women in STEM

Anna Edwards | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Tech
Anna Edwards

It is well-documented that the UK needs more engineers and technologists. WISE says the country produces 36,000 fewer engineers than it needs every year. A CBI survey earlier this year found that 39% of businesses with STEM vacancies were finding it difficult to fill those roles. Something in the supply and demand of STEM skills is out of whack.

Why Do Services Treat People With Learning Difficulties as a Cultural Minority?

Simon Stevens | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I believe that due to this need for support making decisions, people with learning difficulties are treated as a cultural minority by a range of services in a manner other disabled people do not experience. By this I mean they are expected throughout their lives to live, work and play together and make decisions together as 'people with learning difficulties'.

Competing With the Robots Is Not for Everyone

John Watson | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
John Watson It is the combination which is striking. On the same day last week (11 Novembe...

Why the Government's Proposed Consultation on Changes to Religious Studies GCSE Matter

Andrew Jones | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Jones

As a teacher of Religious Studies, I feel that teaching comparative religion is important; especially if we are to educate 'global citizens' that understand the religious diversity of the rest of the world, but I would prefer an option to allow schools to include a more secular element to the teaching of moral values.

Pythagoras Alone Won't Help Our Children Build a Successful Career

Michael Mercieca | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Mercieca

I believe we need to have a discussion about whether stuffing traditional maths down our children day after day is actually delivering real results, for them and society. While maths is vital, does it, in reality, need to be taught in a radically different way?

Whatever Happened to Education?

Simon Atkinson | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Atkinson

Rather than worry about why education is "languishing" as a lesser order issue, perhaps we should see it as a sign of relative success. When we at Ipsos MORI analyse public opinion, we frequently conclude that Britain is better than it perhaps thinks it is. And, judging by what the experts are saying about teaching and what the students are telling us about their hopes and motivations, education may well fall into that category.

Should the Private Tutoring Industry be Regulated?

Alex Dyer | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

It is fast becoming one of the most popular jobs in the UK - and if the recent figures are true, the industry is now one of the most popular career choices out there...

The Connected Classroom: Why Technology Will Drive Innovation in UK Schools

Crispin Reed | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Tech
Crispin Reed

The adoption of technology into our everyday environment can do more than just transform our way of living - it also has the potential to enhance and innovate the way our children are taught in classrooms.

Why Plumbing and History Are Not Created Equal

Chris Jones | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

Student loan debt is scary, but you also worry about finding a job without a degree. Then you have to factor in your parents' opinions. Mum wants you to be a doctor; dad wants you to be an engineer. And you don't want to disappoint the good people who've kept you fed and clothed all these years...

The Miseducation of Young Men

Ronnie Joice | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ronnie Joice

The recent furore over the 'comedy' that Dapper Laughs has been seen to promote is something that's got me thinking. I'm 27 and the idea of this "lad culture" being so popular is terrifying. Teenage boys are already little shits (I know, I was one) they don't need any more ammo to act any worse than they already do.

Pakistan Schools Celebrate 'Anti-Malala Day'

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK

A organisation representing private schools in Pakistan held an "I am not Malala" day on Monday, condemning the schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai for what i...

Maths and Physics: A Formula for Success

Nicky Morgan | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Politics
Nicky Morgan

We want to show young people that maths and science can open up endless possibilities for their future - and for Britain's future too. Our plan for education will ensure that we equip every child with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed - and our message is that maths and physics can get them there.

What You Must, Do it Best!

Shumon Sengupta | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shumon Sengupta

I grew up in the beautiful south Indian State of Kerala. My school was in the picturesque Katari Bagh area in Cochin (now known as Kochi), in the precincts of the sprawling Southern headquarters of the Indian Navy, by the back waters of the Arabian Sea.

The Terrifying Thing About #MillionMaskMarch is They Don't Know What They're Marching For

Sam Fowles | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

Until we, as a society, change, not just the way we act but, the way we think, the disenchanted will have nowhere else to go but #MillionMaskMarch and Russell Brand - too culturally and intellectually blinkered to see that revolution may be the method, but it is never the solution.

A Devastating Crisis of Confidence Is Holding State School Leavers Back

Andrew Law | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Law

I would love to believe that we now live in a meritocratic nation in which success depends on talent and hard work rather than connections and class. But it is evidently not so.

Sexual Violence Against Women - Understanding Sexual Violence (Part One)

Jessica Chan | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

Sexual violence is a specifically reprehensible form of violence, and includes rape and any other attack of a sexual nature perpetuated against both males and females. Its repercussions can be iniquitous, and may include acute and physical repercussions for survivors and witnesses. Human trafficking can also lead to sexual violence, and I will be discussing the issue of 'modern slavery' in this article. I will also highlight the brutal effects of sexual violence in conflict.

Ban The Bored!

Caragh Little | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK
Caragh Little

That old, despair-inducing, dull, ancient, out-of-touch, humourless, clueless dinosaur. That's not a plastic statue in a city shopping centre, or a terrifying exhibit in the Natural History Museum. Unless I do something to ban the bored, that's me.

Transport to Faith Schools - Local Authorities Shouldn't Be Subsidising Segregation

Stephen Evans | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK
Stephen Evans

The Government may not have the courage or even the conviction to question the wisdom of faith schools, but it certainly shouldn't be entertaining the idea of dictating to local authorities that they must subsidise religious segregation in the form of free transport to faith schools.

Five Mistakes Every Parent Is Making and How to Fix Them

Sian Breslin | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Breslin

If I was to have my 'cooking dinner' time over again with children, there are lots of things I would do different. Each stage of a child's food education and development is special and this includes discovering good food, cultivating exciting palates, appropriate size portions, cultivating a healthy attitude to food....