UK Education

Is Education a Good Thing for Africa?

Chantal Cooke | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Chantal Cooke

We are often told that the solution to Africa's woes is education. With education the continent will prosper, equality will improve, conflict will reduce and the people will be able to pull themselves out of poverty.

Fitting Study Around Work Is Easy - And Could Lead To A World Of Opportunities

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

For someone who left school at 16 with no desire to study A-Levels, engineer Michael Owen – or Michael Owen BEng (Hons) HNC EngTech AMIMechE to sta...

Why Fashion Needs a Seat at the Table of Mainstream Education.

Francesco Loy Bell | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Francesco Loy Bell

This would inform people, spark an interest from a young age, and give a scope for creativity that is not currently present, without forcing people to solely study fashion. I am not putting other arts down, I am trying to bring fashion up to a similar position, and it is my belief that, with these changes in attitude and procedure, this is a very real possibility.

Dear Syria Conference Delegate...

Frances Guy | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK
Frances Guy

Your government's pledge to fund is important to all Syrians wherever they are, but money in itself will not be enough. Host governments need to be encouraged to make policy changes that will help refugees regain hope: hope that their daily lives can be lived with dignity and hope that one day soon they will be able to go home.

Positive Mental Health Foundation - Interview With Founder Violet Gavin

Maria Keogh | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Maria Keogh

Photo of Roza Models Teresa Casserly (PMH Volunteer) and Katherine Gannon at a fashion show in aid of Positive Mental Health at Standún (Photographe...

Want to Equip Students for the Creative Industries? Teach Them How to Care About the World and Each Other

Charlotte Webb | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK
Charlotte Webb

It's not certain how this kind of experiment can be scaled or replicated on a long-term basis. But I could see students transforming before my eyes as they saw how their practices could make an impact on society. Yes, they learned skills that will help them get a job, but they also learned to care about each other and the world. Now that's worth it.

How To Balance Work And Study (Without Going Out Of Your Mind)

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Whether you’re looking to advance your career or follow a new path and re-train in a different industry, studying for a relevant qualification is on...

Attendance Awards: Why Punishing School Children for Being Sick is Ridiculous

Caroline Thain | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Parents
Caroline Thain

My child has atopic eczema and multiple allergies - autoimmune disorders. If he is unwell 'enough' he stays home. Every time I quibble it, balancing the missed education against the rest his body needs.

These Skill-Building Apps Are Actually More Fun Than Trawling Tinder (We Promise)

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Tech

Mobile apps are designed to cater to our every whim: from gaming to dating, shopping to saving, posting snarky comments (in under 140 characters) or p...

How Black Workers Are Being Paid Less For Doing Exactly The Same Job As White Graduates

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Black workers earn much less than similarly qualified white workers, at all levels of education, with an average pay gap of 23%, according to research...

Christians Must Stand Up For Their Faith, Urges Chief Schools Inspector

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK

Christians in the UK must stand up for their faith, the chief inspector of schools has urged. Sir Michael Wilshaw said that it has never been more ...

Introducing Pupil Power: Can Coproduction Tackle Educational Disengagement?

Ian Wybron | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK
Ian Wybron

What happens when disengaged pupils are given the power to make changes to their school environment and to set their own learning goals? Can this help to break the cycle of disengagement? For the last two academic years Demos has been running a pilot in four secondary schools across the country to find out. The students know it as 'Pupil Power'.

On Home Education, Three Months In

Reneé Davis | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

It has been three months since my husband and I made the decision to not send our high functioning autistic 6yo daughter back to school after the half term break. Although her autism wasn't diagnosed until last year, I'd long had my suspicions that something more than the usual was at the bottom of her incredibly poor sleep and challenging behaviour.

Millions of Children in Yemen Are Trapped in a War They Cannot Escape

Julien Harneis | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Julien Harneis

What can be done to protect the children in Yemen? The warring parties and those advising them, including the United Kingdom, must work to ensure that civilians are neither killed nor injured, and that schools and hospitals are not bombed.

What's in a Name? Perhaps the Future of Higher Education

Dave Phoenix | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Dave Phoenix

It is important to realise that whilst the subject coverage and balance of teaching and research may vary across universities, there is much that is common across institutions that have been awarded university title.

The Government Needs to Intervene in the School Holiday Prices Debate

Josh Moorcroft-Jones | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Josh Moorcroft-Jones

There's something of a debate raging in the United Kingdom right now and it's one that doesn't appear to be dying down any time soon. That debate is around school holidays and the extortionate prices that parents are forced to shell out if they want to go away during the school holidays.

Why 17 Year Olds Campaigning for Women in the Syllabus Must End

Hanna Naima McCloskey | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Hanna Naima McCloskey

Let me be clear, I founded Fearless Futures because I believe that gender injustice is so ordinary, everyday and entrenched that we mostly do not see it. My belief is that social change starts with understanding how the problem manifests itself, in our own lives and beyond, so that we can dare to challenge it, resist it and reimagine a better world.

Is It Really Too Much to Ask Parents to Wear Suitable Clothes to School?

Frederika Roberts | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Parents
Frederika Roberts

Call me old-fashioned, but I think the discipline to get up, get washed and get dressed in the morning is an important one. Everyone is entitled to pyjama days - at home! - but why would you want to embarrass yourself and your child by turning up at school in your nightwear?

Lost for Words in the Age of the Emoji

Shaun Varga | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Tech
Shaun Varga

There was a time when people wrote letters to each other. Have you written a letter to a private individual (i.e. not a utility company, solicitor, etc) in the last five years? Do you know anyone who has? I thought not.

LSE: Freeze Halls Rents

Nona Buckley-Irvine | Posted 24.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nona Buckley-Irvine

This week LSE will be deciding whether or not to approve the increase to halls. If it is to be genuinely committed to supporting students at university, they should reject this and implement a freeze as a minimum starting point. Because LSE, the rent is just too damn high.

Can You Be Trusted? How to Master Your 'First Impression'

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

It is a well known fact that the human brain has the ability to make an assessment about someone within the first three seconds of a meeting. Most of the time this happens without us being aware of that. People living amongst large number of other human beings, some of whom are far from nice and pleasant, have to be able to do so as a matter of survival.

Are We Raising a Generation of Mills and Boon Writers?

Kate Milner | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Parents
Kate Milner

It took me a while but I think I worked it out - school have told the Year 2s that they can no longer use the word "said" in their creative writing. Instead, the superheroes that my boy writes about have to "cry", "exclaim" or "utter" things.

The School Place System Is Broken

Lucy Powell | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Politics
Lucy Powell

The run up to a child's first day of school should be exciting and encouraging for parents, as they plan ahead and wonder what life might have in store for their family. Yet for far too many this experience has become a negative one, riddled with anxiety and ultimately, disillusionment in a system that can only be described as broken.

Nicky Morgan Denies Signs Of Child Radicalisation Are Just Typical Teenage Behaviours

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK

The government has defended advice issued to parents and teachers to help protect children from radicalisation online, after criticism that many of th...

How to Triple the Availability of Textbooks Around the World

Aaron Benavot | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Our first new policy paper as the GEM Report is out today and shows how altering the textbook market to a more centralised finance model could take up...