UK Education

Is Private School Becoming More Affordable?

Julie Booth | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK
Julie Booth

As a parent, I know that choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you have to make, which is why so many of us carefull...

Reading Aloud: How To Make Every Book Unputdownable

By Mary Common | Jackie Gallego | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Parents

Reading aloud to your child is one of the great joys of being a parent. It’s all in the sharing your child's enjoyment of the story, seeing their im...

Keep Children Learning During the Summer Holidays

Emma Louise Thompson | Posted 26.06.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Louise Thompson

Nowadays children aren't required to work during the summer so many people argue that there should be changes to the holidays... So in this article, I want to explore with you how parents can carry on educating their children throughout the school summer holidays so they don't miss out.

Women In Engineering Day: Forging a Pathway for Girls in STEM

Eve Jardine-Young | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Eve Jardine-Young

From building oil rigs to working on biomechanical implant materials, engineering is a varied, innovative and inspirational global profession that is always evolving. Encouraging girls to actively consider a STEM career is crucial if our prospective designers, engineers, technologists and innovators are to have access to the full range of skills and talents needed to take on the challenges and opportunities of future generations.

Teaching Assistants' Pay: Why It's Anything But Fair

Anna-Christina Connelly | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Politics
Anna-Christina Connelly

I've been thinking a lot about teaching assistants this week. As my Twitter followers might know, I've been tweeting about the Durham TAs and following the striking Derby TAs and generally, reflecting upon how badly we treat our school support staff. As a former teaching assistant myself, they have my total support.

Time for Radical Change to the School Curriculum - Let's Hustle in the Age of the Entrepreneur

Margaret Casely-Hayford | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Margaret Casely-Hayford

I had the pleasure today of speaking with a young man, who had once been my intern, and who has since gone on to far bigger and better things. I was thrilled to find out from his progress update that he now has a wonderful position at JPMorgan, where he's clearly working hard and doing well.

Five Reasons the Rise of Multi-Academy Trusts Should Be Monitored Closely

Patrick Hayes | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Patrick Hayes

As Sir Carter claimed at the inquiry, "this is an embryonic and emerging form of structural leadership in the system and it's going to develop very quickly". It is of great importance to teachers, parents and the next generation alike that this rapidly emerging form of leadership is monitored closely.

Bath Book Bed... Then a Glass of Wine and Bliss!

Gemma Malley | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Malley

It's 8pm. You've had a long day. You want to sit down, want to eat something, probably have a glass of wine, decompress a bit. And instead you're on your knees, begging, coaxing and pleading with your toddler to get into bed, to stay there, to close their eyes, to please.... PLEASE go to sleep...

Love Breeds Love

Stacey Hirlam | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Parents
Stacey Hirlam

I am not usually one for writing about current news stories. However, every so often the real world sneaks up on me, smacks me right between the eyes...

Technology Transforms Education for Young Refugees

Andrew Dunnett | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Tech
Andrew Dunnett

When World Refugee Day was first introduced by the United Nations in 2000, it was a rare opportunity to raise awareness of the huge challenges facing refugees fleeing from violence, food insecurity and drought - a much needed opportunity to encourage the media to shine a light on the human stories behind the statistics.

In Defence of the Arts: The Value of Arts and Humanities Degrees

Lucy Moor | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Moor

With tuition fees at £9,000 a year and set to rise even further, the stakes are high, and a degree is becomingly increasingly viewed as a sales transaction, only worth obtaining if you'll do something economically 'useful' (read: science or technology-based) in the end. But, despite what Michael Gove and co might think, education is more than a commodity, and a chronic disregard for the merits of arts degrees could result in the steady erosion of our culture.

Home and (Sometimes School) are Where the Heart and Head Are

Nigel Rayment | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK
Nigel Rayment

The headline in the TES read, "Wilshaw calls for more mavericks to shake up an 'ordinary education system'" (26 May 2016). Well it's a shame the outgo...

Why Changing Your Fixed Ideas Is Important for You, Your Children and Everyone Else

Michael Carthy | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Carthy

Yes, it is a choice to stubbornly stick to an idea that you believe to be true even if those ideas have stopped serving their purpose. More often than not we refuse to budge, we refuse to even broach the subject - we will not change our mind and that is it. We might make a decision to believe something at ten years old and refuse to budge one inch, invariably taking that belief to our grave.

If You Care About Education, This Is How To Vote In The EU Referendum

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 19.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Education is one of Britain’s most prestigious policy areas and the effects of a potential Brexit have prompted real concerns. Britain is home of ma...

Early Intervention: What's Holding Us Back?

Emma Louise Pudge | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Louise Pudge

I am optimistic about what early intervention can achieve for people with eating disorders, but early intervention needs to take place earlier.

A Homecoming Through Time and Space

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Forget the stereotype that Asian kids as shy and reserved. I was surprised myself at the level of enthusiastic participation from across the classroom: whilst I was expecting a few outgoing students to speak up for their friends, the majority of the cohort had raised a question, and even two or three at times.

The Future World of Work Is Changing - Are We Ready?

Chris Jones | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Chris Jones

We'll never be able to predict perfectly what the future workplace could look like. But the bottom line is, businesses and individuals need to be prepared so they are in a stronger position for whatever the new world holds.

Opening the Door to Social Mobility - Using Vocational Education as Its Lever

Mark Farrar | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Mark Farrar

Endless reports have referred to an imbalance in funding between higher education and vocational education and the traditional stigma that is associat...

This Is How Many Kids Missed Out On Their First Choice School

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Parents

Around one in six children in England have missed out on a place at their top choice of secondary school this year, government figures have shown. I...

Openness And Nudity Is The Best Way To Educate Kids About Sex, Report Claims

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Parents

Openness is key to teaching children about sex, relationships and body honesty, according to a report released by a society for British Naturists. Br...

How Our Hubs Are Making Literacy a Priority for the Whole Community

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

"It is only when you get close up to a community you see literacy leadership comes in different guises," Julia Cleverdon, the Chair of the National Li...

Travelling With Young Children: It's Not to Make Marvellous Memories‏

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Parents
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

Why do I choose to travel so much with my young children? I want to share this love for what is available and possible in the world. I want to see their already big and sparkly eyes widen at brickwork bridges to admire river views upon, to share in their choices as they salivate over fabulous flavours in a gelato parlour.

Four Reasons Why I Really Admire My Child's Teacher

Aimee Foster | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

We've all heard the accusations levelled at teachers. How dare they complain about their jobs when they have long holidays, finish work at 3pm and earn mega-bucks? From my friends who work as teachers, I know the reality to be somewhat different.

These Students Are Dreading Results Day After A Biology GCSE

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Friday’s final AQA Biology GCSE papers left some students dreading results day, if reaction on post-exam Twitter is anything to go by. The B2 and B3...

How EdTech Can Fill UK Classrooms With Global Maths Tutors

Patrick Hayes | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

Using a headset, and looking at exercises on the screen - from 270 set lessons - pupils never actually see the maths tutor. When the initiative first started, this was due to technical reasons, but Hooper has found that just hearing their voice helps to focus pupils: "students feel less self-conscious and are more happy to discuss and ask questions."