UK Education

Books Are What Make Us Civilised

Marcus Sedgwick | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Marcus Sedgwick

In America, Tom Paine's writings spurred the revolution for independence. Or closer to our own time; consider how the Nazis burnt books of which that they were scared. It's easy to see that books have power if they are being fought over because of the ideas they contain.

Why Mental Health Education in Schools NEEDS to Be a Priority

Tayana Simons | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Since stigma is still an issue even in today's society, we should be teaching ALL children to understand a range of emotions including mental illness from a young age. Being aware that feeling sad or low or anxious is nothing to feel ashamed of could help young people to open up, and prevent them developing into something more serious in later years.

When it Comes to Higher Education it's Not Just What Happens in the Classroom that Matters

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

Students also want to know not just how higher education institutions are going to educate them but how they are going to help them gain employment post-education.

How to Empower Men and Women to Say No to Rape Culture

Catherine Phillips | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Catherine Phillips

Layla met Will on a night out. He seemed nice and mentioned they had lots of friends in common...

Teach and Get a Tan

Laura McCartan | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Laura McCartan

Volunteers are part of a bigger picture of continued commitment to education and the work they do has dramatically improved the English language skills of the girls in the Rosie May home - a vital first step in breaking a cycle of poverty and institutionalisation.

How Japan Produces Scientists Worthy of a Nobel Prize in the 21st Century

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

The Ministry and the Japanese government recognize that producing highly competent scientists is not achieved overnight. It takes years of intense focus and single-minded dedication to a specific area of research and perseverance in the face of criticisms and setbacks.

English Language Key to Egypt's Future

Ciaran Devane | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK
Ciaran Devane

I was there to sign an agreement between the British Council and Al Azhar to continue a partnership we have had since 2007. The agreement supports the teaching and learning of English for the University's star theology students, allowing them to take the voice of moderate Islam to non-Arabic speaking audiences internationally.

The Battle Over Career Guidance: The Slowest Gunfight in Political History?

Tristram Hooley | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK
Tristram Hooley

Tristram Hunt is firing the latest shots in one of the slowest running political gunfights ever conducted. Early shots were fired by John Major's government in the early 1990s when they privatised the careers service.

Should We Allow Engineering to be Rebranded?

Yetunde Adediran | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Tech
Yetunde Adediran

Engineering educators must utilise young peoples' passion, interest, and reach out, to their dreams by means of diversifying and inspiring engineering to the next generation of engineers and scientists.

How Much Would You Pay To See Michael Gove In Sequinned, Sparkly Glasses?

The Huffington Post, UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Politics

The government's chief whip is a shadowy figure, often held in regard by minion MPs as a terrifying authority never to be crossed. But Michael Gov...

Sikh Boy Uploads Video Of Classmates Chanting 'Terrorist' At Him On The School Bus

The Huffington Post, UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Shocking footage has emerged which appears to show a child being subjected to racist bullying from classmates on his schoolbus. The boy, who descr...

Why is the UK Designing Such a Grey Future?

Mark Bonner | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Tech
Mark Bonner

I recently searched Surrey for a secondary school that truly valued creativity for my own daughter. Both private and state, the answer was depressingly similar; "Oh yes, we do do ART here, but it's not a real degree is it?" one headmaster risked his life in telling me.

Moral Virtues Help Young People Flourish

Xavier Bosch | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK
Xavier Bosch

Over the last twenty years teachers, parents and young people themselves have told me that the moral values we teach at ReachOut (Fairness and Good Judgement) through our mentoring projects benefit young people in numerous ways.

Rethink Education? All Roads Lead to Accreditation

Joel Nicholson | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joel Nicholson

Accreditation is perhaps the biggest issue in undergraduate education that no one is talking about. Why? Frankly, because it's so unreasonably complex that very few fully understand it.

Why Changing the Negative Image of Africa is an Absurd Concept

Bukky Olaleye | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK
Bukky Olaleye

The idea that Africa has been alienated from telling its own stories by the west remains prevalent in the minds of many, yet we often derail ourselves when we control the narrative.

The Future of Work Is a Global Arms Race for Skills

Mark Hillary | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

The life of a zero hours employee is in many ways similar to that of a freelancer. Compare a graphic designer working in a company to a freelance designer. The freelancer has to hustle for new work, they need to network, they need to produce work, and they only ever get paid as each project is completed. They are paid only for their output...

Louise Ridley

Could This Simple T-Shirt Be The Answer To Homophobic Bullying?

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK

"Your haircut is gay" may sound like a childish insult, but it can hurt. In British classrooms and playgrounds, young people are experiencing homo...

A Step Forward on Sex and Relationship Education Is Long Overdue

Caroline Lucas | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

In the past, voices calling for improved Sex Ed in schools have found themselves drowned out. But the debate is shifting because it's plain that a significant number of our kids are being let down. A step forward is long overdue. It's time to shake the sand from our ears, take a collective breath, and check our classroom compass. We must equip our kids them with the tools they need for life - keeping them ignorant puts them at risk. Our children deserve the very best education. And our teachers deserve the very best support in giving it to them.

It's Time to Teach Networking in Schools and Universities

Andy Lopata | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK
Andy Lopata

Networking is still left off the syllabus at our schools and universities. I gave a talk to 40 undergraduate students from the Netherlands recently. Speaking to them before the presentations, very few of them were aware of networking, other than perhaps as some concept that they had been told would be important to them.

Don't Lament 'Declining Audience Intelligence' Make Theatre an Essential Part of Everyone's Experience

Paul Clayton | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

We need to make more theatre more accessible to more people so that they can understand the experience more easily. If we are going to do this, then surely the heartland of what is termed commercial theatre is not the place to start?

How Not to Be a Victim of Life: The Clink

Jojo Furnival | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

My waiter, the chefs and all the guys at The Clink HMP Brixton appear to be smart, courteous, well trained and as suited to the job as any restaurant staff I've come across. But more than that, they have an air of hope about them.

Schoolgirl Who 'Groomed' Teacher Hits Back

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK

The schoolgirl accused by a judge of "grooming" a religious studies teacher into having sex has said she regrets the trial more than the affair. St...

Five Ways to Not Screw Up Your Kids

Victoria Ward | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ward

With time travel sadly still in the realm of science-fiction, all we can do is stop the buck here with our own parenting. Here are 5 ways how to not screw up your kids.

Why We Shouldn't Underestimate the HND

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK
Dr Philip Hallam

Think students, qualifications, careers, employment - did you think degrees? Most likely. Because the value of degrees, cost to study them and recognition of them in the workplace, has dominated education headlines for years.

The Anthropology A-level Is Too Important to Scrap

Joe Goodman | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Goodman

The cross-cultural perspective of Anthropology aims to stretch as widely as possible across the world to examine the fundamental truths we rest on. It allows us to ask, is religion a universal human phenomenon? Are humans selfish by default? Can large societies function without a state? Is there such a thing as a universal moral code?