UK Education

Mass Sperm Freezing is Not an Answer: Fertility Education Is the Solution

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Parents
Dr Geeta Nargund

I was deeply concerned to read the proposal by Dr Kevin Smith last week, that young men should consider freezing their sperm, around the age of 18 with the promise of artificial fertility even in old age.

Uni-Versal Value? Hardly

Bethan Forrest | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bethan Forrest

You are the architect of your own experience and the master of your own direction. In that way, you will be making best use of the experience - not by looking at university as the best time you will ever have or feeling that going to university means that you are owed something after.

12 Things I've Learnt During My Kid's First Year at School

Claire Kirby | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

Summer Holidays are around the corner and it's been 9 months since I said my first goodbye to my son with a lump in my throat at the classroom door. Whilst he has undoubtedly learnt so much, it's fair to say it's been a pretty steep learning curve for Mummy too!

Why We're Teaching Students About the 7/7 Bombings

Neil McKain | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Neil McKain

Like many Londoners, 7 July 2005 began for me as a normal working day. I drove from my flat in Queens Park to Ealing where I was working as an estate agent. Morning briefing done, our team of sales negotiators 'hit the phones' to drum up business and book appointments. Then people's mobiles started beeping. Other offices started calling in. Something was going on in central London.

Marshall Scholars Help Make the UK-US Relationship What It Is Today

Hugo Swire | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

This year marks seventy years since the end of the Second World War. While the number of people that can remember the devastation first-hand diminishes each year, this country's gratitude endures for the sacrifices made by the American people for peace in Europe and for the bold and enlightened Marshall Plan, which rebuilt our decimated economies.

Water Catastrophe - The Night There Wasn't Any Water Left In The Taps

A. Dassu | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
A. Dassu

Next time I turn the news on and see a story about people living through a drought, or floods affecting people's houses and lives, I won't just feel sorry for them. I will understand a lot better what they must be going through and will pick up that phone and donate more and encourage everyone I know to do the same.

Make Room for Adjustment

John Walmsley | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
John Walmsley

Exam results season is upon us once again, bringing with it an air of nervous tension which students must endure before results day and the freedom of the summer break and the potential wonders of university life can begin. It all seems a little daunting at this point doesn't it? Well, it doesn't need to be.

Why We're Urging Global Leaders to Invest in Childhood Education Worldwide

Jacob Kragh | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK
Jacob Kragh

Together we have the opportunity to establish better prospects for the world's children by investing in their future at a scale capable of achieving universal pre-primary education by 2030. This is necessary for business. This is necessary for society. And most importantly, this is necessary for the future of our children.

Twins - Together or Apart at School?

Patricia Martin | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Parents
Patricia Martin

As a mother to "identical" twin boys now aged nine I would like to share my knowledge and experience with you, I would like to urge you to do your research, and to become as opinionated as your teachers!

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 ...