UK Education

Intolerant Religion Mustn't Dictate England's Education Policy

Stephen Evans | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Stephen Evans

The time has come to strip organised religion of the privilege of being allowed to act as gatekeepers to publicly funded services. Unfair religiously discriminatory admissions arrangements need to be consigned to history and the whole role of religion in modern schooling revaluated.

The Future Of UK Education: AI, Virtual Lessons And Jobs That Don't Exist Yet

Eve Jardine-Young | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Tech
Eve Jardine-Young

Flipped, blended and virtual learning are examples of how this already works well. When teachers set homework to establish the basics, using a film or webinar for example, they can then use lessons to explore and contextualise the topic.

Students And Graduates Deserve Better Than Jeremy Corbyn's Cynical Bait-And-Switch

Jo Johnson | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Politics
Jo Johnson

It is no wonder that Labour has begun to backtrack on its commitment. Barely a month after the election, the Shadow Education Secretary said they were actually trying to work the policy out on "a big abacus". The Shadow Health Secretary said it was "just an ambition". John McDonnell even said: "it wasn't a promise". We all know what that means. It means it is never ever going to happen. It means a banner commitment to young people has been abandoned just a few weeks after the General Election. It is the oldest trick in the book.

Cutting The Arts Is Cutting The Soul Of Society

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK
Rebecca Gordon

I understand that cuts need to be made, and I can see how reduced art funding is a quick fix, but the long term effect would be detrimental. The arts inspire people, they nurture talent, experiences, encourage intellect, dialogue and opinion.

By Denying Them The Living Wage, We Are Selling Young People Short

Holly Lynch | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Politics
Holly Lynch

Under-25s do not pay less for gas and electric. They do not pay less for food or rent, so how can we justify paying them less for work? Up and down the country there are countless examples of young people who give it their all, are a huge asset to their employers, yet face the demoralising prospect of unequal pay.

Summer Holidays May Be Here But We Won't Stop Fighting For Fair School Funding

Paul Whiteman | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Politics
Paul Whiteman

As I said to parents on Sunday no matter how effective the campaign may have been up to now, we cannot allow the government to wriggle off the hook when it comes to funding. This week, they tried to do just that, by responding to calls from parents, governors, teachers and school leaders with fresh proposals for the education budget. Fresh proposals, for sure. But certainly no new money.

How Do You Change A Girl's Life?

Stephen Carrick-Davies | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Stephen Carrick-Davies

The London Family Planning Summit held in London last week was heralded a major success. At least $2.5billion was committed for reproductive health s...

Good Quality Education Starts With Enjoyable Learning

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

Recently, many universities in the UK received a government grade for teaching. For those who had sufficient data, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) offered gold, silver, and bronze awards. It is good to see teaching quality being taken seriously.

What Teachers Want Parents To Know About The First Week Back At School

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Parents

For parents the first week back to school after the summer holidays is filled with mixed emotions - relief tinged with sadness, excitement for your ch...

Smarties Only Have Part Of The Answer

Pam Jarvis | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents
Pam Jarvis

While inequitable marking of such high stakes assessments is of course an issue that must be urgently dealt with, it seems to me that the core problem lies at a more fundamental level of the process, a misunderstanding of the relationship between data and assessment.

The Price Of Everything

Caragh Little | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK
Caragh Little

I know I'll never be able to repay the value of what I've learned when I'm nowhere near a school or university. When I'm learning about managing my health and well-being from people who actually care. When I'm talking to friends and family about just about everything on earth, laughing, occasionally crying, almost always drinking coffee.

This Malala Day We Ask How Young Women Can Take Control Of Their Futures

Fiona Mavhinga | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK
Fiona Mavhinga

In rural Africa, many girls are celebrating being the first high school graduates in their family, even in an entire community. However most of these young graduates lack the resources to take up university places, and often feel that they now represent an additional burden on already strained household incomes.

Labour MP Calls For Grammar Schools To Reform Or Lose Public Funding

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Politics

Grammar schools must do more to help children from poorer backgrounds or risk losing their public funding, according to a senior Labour MP. Lucy Powel...

Why Wonder Woman Is A Great Role Model

Jaelithe Leigh-Brown | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jaelithe Leigh-Brown

Wonder Woman faces fear and does what she can to put things right, by choosing love. So many people hold themselves back and don't go for their dreams due to fear of failure, or fear of success. We doubt our own strength and live behind the shadows of fear, too scared to stand up for what we believe in. Too scared to love ourselves.

Setting A New Curriculum For Global Education

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK
Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Can you remember your favourite teacher? The person who introduced you to a still-cherished book, flicked a switch in your brain, or ignited a passion that years later still burns strong and bright?

The End Of Exams - Our Right To Take A Break

Jenny Raw | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jenny Raw

The end of our exams. The time we have dreamed about, which has always felt so far away, has finally arrived. Endless past papers are a thing of the past and we have waved goodbye to teachers, lessons, elusive clear pencil cases, and best black biros. This summer, we have a right to take a break. Most importantly, in this limbo period between exams and results day, we must remember that we are so much more than an examination grade.

Closing The Social Mobility Gap

Chris Jones | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK
Chris Jones

Amidst the political drama of the last few weeks, you may have missed the publication of three thought-provoking reports on social mobility. But anyon...

The Truth About Limiting Our Children's Screen Time

Barbara Brenninkmeijer | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Parents
Barbara Brenninkmeijer

I went out for lunch with the kids last weekend. On the table next to us were a group of children, young adolescents and four adults. There must have been eleven of them in total, out for what I think was a family lunch. At one point, ALL of them were on a device. Their conversations were largely based on what they were looking at on each other's screens.

If Not Now, When? Creating A Social Mobility Revolution

John Williams | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK
John Williams

We know more needs to be done and through tracking and discussing issues we can begin to break down the roadblocks to create routes for success for others. And that's why government, academia, business and the public sector need to align views and best practice. It's a long-term goal and I hope that by 2037 the Commission will be writing about the Social Mobility Revolution.

Parents Are Key To Getting More Girls In IT

Ellie Bradley | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Bradley

While the wider societal challenges of gender stereotyping will take some time to change, parents can start the process in the home - and there are many resources to help introduce girls to STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) topics and support their interest.

Literary Mapping In Digital Space

Professor Sally Bushell | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Tech
Professor Sally Bushell

Can you imagine being able to walk along the actual streets of Fagin's London or retrace Heathcliff's journey across the moors? What would it be like to explore Treasure Island alongside Jim Hawkins? A successful grant bid to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) allows the possibility of experiencing literary space and place in interactive ways that have never existed before.

Parents Divided Over Whether School Day Finishing Early Is Good News

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Parents

A primary school’s proposal to cut down the length of the working day for its pupils has split parents’ opinions. Danemill Primary School in Leice...

The Need For A New National Narrative

Sven Hughes | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Politics
Sven Hughes

As I write this, the television news is leading on two stories: Brexit Secretary David Davis outlining the UK's likely response if offered a "punishment deal" by the EU, and Jeremy Corbyn promising to "share the wealth" with his Glastonbury festival audience.

Primary School Proposes Closing After Lunchtime On A Friday To Cope With Budget Cuts

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Parents

A primary school has suggested its pupils may have to finish school at lunchtime every Friday, effective from October 2017. A letter was sent to paren...

The World Must Invest In Pre-Primary Education

Sarah Brown | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK
Sarah Brown

A far greater proportion of resources needs to be targeted towards pre-primary education. This means a new approach to funding is needed to tackle the problem. It is time for governments and the international community to back up their words with actions. If they believe early child care and education is important - they must prove it. Prioritise it in education policies and allocate sufficient resources to get EVERY child in EVERY country into free, quality pre-primary education.