UK Education

Just '.B': For the Flourishing of Young Minds

Richard Burnett | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Burnett

Why is it called .b? The red 'dot' of the logo stands for STOP - like a red light. And the 'b' is saying BE. So .b is inviting those in schools - toddlers, teens and teachers alike, to 'stop and be'. Just for a moment.

Ever Had a Bad Day?

Matt Clifton | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Clifton

Ever felt like you have had a bad day? I am sure you have had more than one, maybe you had a head-ache or perhaps a sickness bug? Well imagine if throughout your day/week or however long you had it, you were constantly told "just to get better or get over it" ...

Naked as the Day One Was Porn

Ash Halliburton | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ash Halliburton

Yet, all these generations had something in common, a porn magazine was shared amongst friends, it was fun, exciting, nerve racking. Now accessibility is so extensive it's become the norm, and girls expect it, as they feel it is the norm too.

Are Universities Fudging Employment Figures?

Nick Chowdrey | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Chowdrey

Because there is no public overseer, there is no one to take genuinely impartial responsibility for making sure that employment figures are accurate. The result is that thousands of students a year could be relying on misrepresented information to make one of the most important decisions in their lives.

Sex on the Syllabus

Simon Cooke | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Cooke

It's this younger generation that we're letting down by being prudish. Just like you and me, they are or may soon be having sex. We - their parents, teachers and health professionals - should be equipping them with the information and contraception they need to enjoy themselves safely.

Dispelling the Dark Clouds of Section 28: Flying Into Blue Skies Through the Leadership of New Teachers

Claire Stoneman | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Stoneman

I write this in the last week of the six week summer holiday, teetering on the brink of a brand new school year brimming with all its hope and possibility. 2014-2015 academic year, for my school - Dame Elizabeth Cadbury in Bournville, Birmingham - is a very exciting one.

Operation Anti- Stigma Failing as Mental Health Discrimination Rises

Danny Bowman | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Bowman

Over the past ten years we have seen a huge rise in a stigma against mental health. Some have even described feeling criminalised with in their community and even worse stigmatised by staff with in the NHS itself.

Louise Ridley

M&S Scores Fail Grade In Advert To Make School Uniforms 'Cool'

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK

School uniforms are not meant to be cool, says the headteacher from the reality TV show Educating Essex, who has spoken out against an advert for Mark...

Never Stop Learning

Beth Britton | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Eighty percent of the older people living in one of the featured care homes go out to do activities on a daily basis, and children come into the care home from the local school to do intergenerational work.

Unicef School Clubs Help Syrian Children Catch Up During Summer Break

Razan Rashidi | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

For thousands of children in Syria, summer vacation is no longer about taking a break from their hectic school lives. On the contrary, with displacement and violence regularly interrupting normal classes, many children around the country used their summer break to visit school clubs and catch up on lost school days.

Regardless of GCSE Results There's Now a Real Opportunity for Educational Reform

Charlie Rigby | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Rigby

GCSE results alone provide a narrow and confusing measure of success with no real consideration of the overall benefits to children of their time at school... under new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, there is a real opportunity to take an approach which not only provides a strong academic grounding but also instils character values in students.

The Sad Truth Behind Robin William's Suicide

Matt Clifton | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Clifton

It still saddens me to hear about the sad, sad loss of a much loved actor, Robin Williams. Robin contributed much effort and passion towards acting, M...

Can Coding Help Us Get Ahead?

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

20 years ago we were leading the way in technological advancements, and now our children will be provided with the skills that will present them with the opportunity to become the new masters of technology.

Subsidising Social Apartheid

Ashley Husband Powton | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ashley Husband Powton

We live in an era of profound and increasing inequality, at the heart of which is inequality in education. For any nation truly committed to creating a fairer and more equal society, private schools have no place... Private schools are at the very heart of a society divided by inherited wealth and privilege.

Lib Dems Plan Sex Education For Seven-Year-Olds

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK

The Liberal Democrats have called for a revamp of sex education saying all children in state-funded schools in England should receive "age-appropriate...

Retaining Top-Level Talent: Do Our Young People Have the Industry Support They Need to Strive for Oxbridge?

Scott Waddington | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Scott Waddington

A report out this summer revealed that only 19.5% of Welsh applications to Oxford and Cambridge were successful during the 2011-12 admissions cycle, compared to a success rate of 25% for England and Northern Ireland... Welsh industry most certainly does require that top level expertise if it is to continue to thrive.

Michael Gove Faces The Wrath Of Angry Teenagers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Michael Gove has faced a barrage of online abuse as teenagers turned on the former education secretary after collecting their GCSE results. To the ...

Helping Your Children Avoid the 'Summer Dip'

Michael Wilkinson | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Wilkinson

We all know that schoolchildren go through a "summer dip", where learning falls back over the long summer holiday. From 2015, state schools will even be allowed to set their own term times, which may see summer holidays shortened.

Failed Your Exams? You're the Lucky One

Fearghas Kelly | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Fearghas Kelly

When the Scottish results came out on the 5th of August, it was announced that pupils had achieved a record number of top Higher grades, winning 30,000 university and college places in the process. Unfortunately, some were not so lucky.

Democracy Reborn- Solving Disengagement

Bradley Allsop | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The reason people are disillusioned with politics is because it no longer affords people the level of control they seek- our hunger for change has outgrown the systems flexibility for it. Our democracy has grown complacent and stale, and we must act to breathe life into it once more

Students Should Avoid 'Swindle' That They're Better Off With a University Education

Charlie Mullins | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Mullins

Last week we saw the overall pass rate for A levels fall for the first time in 32 years, students who achieved lower grades are being told they have an opportunity to go to university after 30,000 new places were created.

The Cleverest Kids in the World

Amanda Prowse | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

Urgh - so it was exam results day yesterday and no doubt some proud parents were sighing with relief as their offspring brandished the piece of paper showing a clutch of A*, but not me.

Why Retail Is a Great Industry to Earn and Learn In

Sir Charlie Mayfield | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sir Charlie Mayfield

Whether you are going to university or into the job market I hope you'll set out to 'earn and learn' throughout a career that will be all the more rewarding if you do. The retail industry is a good place to do that. It is often a first job for many school leavers and it's a fulfilling place to build a career, providing a lifetime of learning and opportunities.

Developing the Employability Skills Businesses Are Looking For

Tonyeh Vincent | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tonyeh Vincent

Developing your employability skills is important if you want to stand out to employers and be successful when you apply for jobs. Whether you are in year 10 or year 13 there are several ways in which you can develop your employability skills whilst you're at school.

Are 50,000 Young People 'Missing' in Our Employment System?

Stephen Evans | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Evans

Exam results are the start of the journey for young people, with so many possibilities and opportunities ahead. We need to make sure that our employment and skills system gives them the right support at the right time to make the most of these.