UK Education

How Can Technology Bridge Existing Gaps, Not Create New Divisions?

Dr Natalia Kucirkova | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Natalia Kucirkova

New technologies can inspire and facilitate teaching, working arrangements and communication, but they can also introduce new kinds of crime, disorders and anti-social behaviour.

My Twins: Together or Apart at the Start of School?

Aly Brown | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Parents
Aly Brown

I'm a mum of twin boys Ollie and Caleb, and a younger daughter, Phoebe. With Phoebe, it's quite straight forward. We apply for a place, she is accepted and she gets placed into a class. Decision made and off she will go to nursery, or school, or social group.

Head Teachers Set For Showdown With Treasury Minister Over School Funding

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Politics

Head teachers from one of Britain's top local authorities will warn standards in school will slip unless funding is increased in an unprecedented meet...

Nicky Morgan Called Out For Hypocrisy Over These Homophobia Remarks

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics

Children who make homophobic comments at school could be reported under new anti-radicalisation plans, Nicky Morgan announced today. Asked about ne...

Students' Expectations of Higher Education Are Changing - It's Time That Universities Caught Up

Sarah MacDonald | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah MacDonald

Universities need to realise that, for students, the hope of a rewarding career after graduation is as important as the pursuit of intellectual curiosity. Building career-focused learning into courses should become a key part of the university offer, rather than an added extra taken up by only the keenest of students.

Education Cannot Wait When Conflict Hits

Aaron Benavot | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

It's complicated, and we face a huge challenge to attract greater funds for schooling and teaching in conflict. But that shouldn't scare us off. The needs are huge, and we must use that as inspiration, rather than as a barrier, to our ambitions. Education cannot wait in times of an emergency. We have no time to lose.

An Open Letter to David Cameron (Cuts to the Arts)

Georgia Coan | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Georgia Coan

You were lucky enough to have many things handed to you on a plate David. You do not know the struggle of trying to find where you fit in or feeling like a misfit in a society where you 'should' know where you want to be in 5 years time. Please think about the choices you are making.

Do Universities Really (Not) Offer Value for Money?

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

So yes: it is time for universities to do some serious reviews on what they offer to large segments of their students. But when one looks at the bigger picture rather than individual cases, studying at higher education institutions does remain a good investment in all fields when it comes to judging the return on students' investment.

School and Parents - Why Can't We Get On?

Vivien de Tusch-Lec | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Parents
Vivien de Tusch-Lec

Sir Anthony Seldon, the outgoing headmaster of Wellington College, has claimed that too many parents are "clueless narcissists". Our view is that Sir Anthony is misguided with one or two exceptions for these five key reasons.

Angry Birds Get Angrier

Gordon Brown | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Gordon Brown

Today the Angry Birds are a little bit angrier. The characters that have become a worldwide gaming phenomenon are flapping even more furiously because 58million children are not in school and learning. Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish creator of Angry Birds, has added a huge boost to the #UpFor School campaign by launching a new tournament where players are asked to sign the petition going to global leaders. It demands that every child has the right to go to school and already has the support of seven million people worldwide.

Grumpy Dad Takes on Teachers

Ashley Beolens | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Parents
Ashley Beolens

I know I'm a grumpy old sod and that there are many, many things that really get on my nerves or bug me in ways you cannot comprehend but one that is really up there is teachers, who we must remember are huge influences on our young children's minds, that have a poor grasp of grammar, bad enunciation and a poor grasp of the English language.

'Visionary' Head Jailed After Sordid Sex With Schoolboys Past Is Uncovered

PA | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK

A head teacher jailed for having sex with underage boys may have abused more children in the 1980s, police said. Anne Lakey, from Stanley, County D...

Radicalisation on Campus: Why New Counter-Terror Duties for Universities Will Not Work

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Chris Allen

If, as I predict, Muslims students feel increasingly pressurised, marginalised and excluded as a result of these new duties, then the law is likely to reinforce rather than counter the very same arguments that are used to justify the transition towards being radical and extreme.

What Are the Costs of a Free University Education?

Charlie Evans | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Evans

We are in the midst of a higher education funding crisis. We are all losing out under the £9,000 model - we are, as £9,000 fee payers and so is the government, which has not saved money from this fee, but has lost money, due to the escalating loan default rates.

Open City Documentary Festival: Observing the Grand Jury Winner

Carla Cretan | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Carla Cretan

The film brings a story with a potential fallout into stereotypical politics and subliminal NGOs slogans but it maintains the focus on human nature, behavioural character formation and education: if there is will, there is power.

Scientists Want Hollywood To Teach Your Kids

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Tech

Physicists are urging schools to use the movie Interstellar to teach students the science underlying general relative theory. Papers published in ...

National Women in Engineering Day: Why I Want to Be an Engineer

Chloe Adams-Pickford | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Adams-Pickford

Have you seen Apollo 13? I know it's a Hollywood blockbuster with an A-list cast but I watched it when I was 12 after a visit to Nasa in Florida and I...

David Cameron Targets 'Coasting' Schools That Offer 'Mediocre' Education

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron has targeted "coasting schools" - defined as those that while not failing, are giving children a "mediocre" education. In a keynote s...

The Minority Game: A BME Teacher's Daily Life

Bansi Kara | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Bansi Kara

I am facing the distinct possibility that I have worn you out with what appears to be my jaded and sarcastic approach to being a BME teacher. The truth is: I am worn out. The fact that there are not that many Asian women in senior leadership in teaching means that the ones who are here have to work harder to build cultural, ethnic and racial understanding.

A World Free From Poverty by 2030 Involves an Agenda WITH Mental Health

Kat Pugh | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Kat Pugh

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Results UK, National Conference, where the theme was on the post-2015 agenda. Fittingly, with the proposed targe...

Feminist Writer Responds To Dame Rimington's Comments That Girls Take Careers Too Seriously

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The former head of MI5 has revealed she believes girls take their careers too seriously, but feminists are now questioning why it wasn't flagged as an...

Cameron - Don't Give 16 and 17-Year-Olds a Vote on the Referendum

James Walker | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Politics
James Walker

I will support a vote for 16 and 17-year-olds, when schools are dedicating the same time to political education as they are currently committing to PE, RE and PSHCE. That time will not come before the EU referendum.

Sharing is Caring

CJ Bowry | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK
CJ Bowry

I rather suspect that sharing doesn't come naturally to children, but as parents we want to teach our young to be generous. Generous in spirit. Sal's ...

Faith Schools: Education's Sacred Cow

Stephen Evans | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Stephen Evans

We've almost won the argument on compulsory worship, let's just hope we don't have to wait so long for people to finally admit that organising education around parents' religious beliefs really isn't the greatest idea.

Why the MBA Is More Important Than Ever

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Dr Philip Hallam

This week is Adult Learner's Week, a "national celebration of lifelong learning" and a chance to throw the spotlight on opportunities, events and qualifications that make a real difference to students of all ages.