UK Education

The World's Hardest Exam

Marcus Ereira | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Ereira

Is it coincidence that Asian countries including Korea top the educational performance charts? Should we follow their lead? I think the answer lies in two parts...

Louise Ridley

How London's Overcrowded Rented Housing Is Making Children Fail Exams

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses o...

How to Help Your Child Deal With Exam Stress

Victoria Ward | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Parents
Victoria Ward

Harmful pressure could come from many things, including your child's comparison of themselves with others, the high goals they set themselves, their worry about disappointing you or other family members, and also from friends and teachers.

Poor Basic Fitness Amongst School Children Highlights Wider Concern

Charlie Rigby | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK
Charlie Rigby

New research has found that two-thirds of primary school children aren't reaching basic fitness levels for their age group - an awful statistic. Child obesity rates are soaring as a result and this can easily be linked to the decline of sport and exercise. With the emphasis on creating a generation of test-passers and box-tickers, exercise and sport are being neglected in schools.

Eleven Ways to Be a Bit Less Bad at Revision

Eve Delaney | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eve Delaney

It's important to take frequent breaks during your revision session. The brain is a muscle (not factually correct) that gets tired like any other muscles (do hearts get tired?). In order for a break to be effective, you must fully remove yourself from your working mindset. Dig a hole in the garden or annoy your sister a bit. Just keep the line between work and play clearly defined.

Encourage Kids to Study by Building Their Own Study Corner

Patricia Evans | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Parents
Patricia Evans

If you want your child to be an achiever and be a stellar student, don't limit him to the walls of the classroom. Extend the learning to your home and turn a small space into a study area that is both vibrant and inspiring.

Business Education Could Reboot the UK Economy

Michael Mercieca | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK
Michael Mercieca

Enterprise and financial education in schools is vital if we're to have a chance of improving our economic prospects. If implemented now, a national initiative for enterprise and financial education could help us to produce future generations of motivated, confident, work-ready young people with the skills to succeed, innovate and increase the UK's productivity. Surely this is an investment worth making.

Your Mind Is Hungry - Feed It

Jared Joffe | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jared Joffe

As you get older you hopefully realise that 'knowledge is power', and the more of it you possess, the greater your ability will be to adapt to the diverse situations that life can throw at you. To put it simply, if you continue to educate yourself you will become a more well-rounded human being.

It's Not Just the Kids; Why Teachers Are Suffering From Cuts to Children's Mental Health Services

Rachel Egan | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK
Rachel Egan

Many argue that the digital age means our young people are more connected than ever before, but there is a flipside to this as young people have their problems follow them home from school, meanwhile growing pressures to look good and look happy online mean that there is a culture of 'false happiness'.

Help Your Child Fill the Techcrunch of Job Shortages

Adam Lipecz | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Parents
Adam Lipecz

The government now wants the nation's kids to not only consume technology but to build it. With it being projected that the country is to have a shortage of 249,000 workers for technologically skilled jobs by 2020*, there's a reason the government has made some significant changes.

Should We Re-elect the Worst British Government for 75 Years?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

I am not a partisan man. Although I was once, many years ago, a member of the Liberal Democrats, I have since tried to help make the world a better pl...

Could Schools Be Doing More to Build Children's Character?

Julie Booth | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

Giving children the opportunity to develop abilities such as understanding how their behaviour affects others, learning from their mistakes and trying out new activities would all be considered an important part of character education.

Teach Politics in Schools: Young People Deserve to Have Their Voice Heard, So Let's Help Them Understand the System

Anna Claeys | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Claeys

Let's teach young people about how anyone can go and complain to their MP or visit the House of Commons, about how laws are passed and the role of NGOs and lobbying organisations, about the main political parties and ideologies and how the voting system works.

It's Infrastructure, Stoopid: School's Out (of Town)

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

If politicians are going to promise building new homes, and thereby expand a population in a town, for goodness sake build an extra primary school and require new GP surgeries to cope with any increasing population in a given area.

Teaching: A Dream Job?

Katy Flint | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Flint

When I first started teaching I was full of hope and excitement but after years of school politics, observations and mounting pressure, my chosen profession was ruined for me. I knew that to be the best mother to my girls I would have to give it all up- there is no room for both in my life.

Allowing Children to Languish In Illegal Religious 'Schools' Is the Bigotry of Low Expectations

Stephen Evans | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK
Stephen Evans

This week it was revealed that officials at the Department for Education (DfE) are investigating up to fifty unregulated schools set up by Islamists, including several established by a former teacher at the centre of the so-called Trojan Horse scandal.

The Future of the 11-Plus Exam and How Tutoring Will Be an Answer

James Brinsford | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Brinsford

With the 11-plus seemingly here to stay and despite some local authorities looking to make the exams 'coach proof', the need for private tutors will surely grow and with this a pathway to making them affordable for all will need to be sought.

It's Our Future and It's Time to Own It

Darryl Morris | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics
Darryl Morris

The future is a funny old thing. That word has been thrown around so often during the tiresome back and forth of this campaign that it's lost all meaning, blending into the dull humming noise that the election has become.

Why UK Politicians Cannot Tell The Truth

David C. M. Carter | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics
David C. M. Carter

It struck me today why no politician can ever tell the truth to voters. Why they never answer the direct question interviewers ask them. It's shockingly naïve of me to not have worked it out sooner.

Lib Dems Want To Run The Department For Education

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics

The Liberal Democrats should be given the keys to the Department of Education in any future coalition, Nick Clegg said, pledging he will make increase...

Don't Forget the Girls: Breaking Down the Gender Barrier Starts at Home

Olympia Brown | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Tech
Olympia Brown

I can only hope that small changes in perception, attitude and most of all confidence like these, repeated over and over again in homes across the world, will result in more girls feeling more confident about science, and families feeling more positive (and less scared!) of tackling a science activity themselves.

Investing In Arts Education To Create Crime Free Futures

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Julie Mills

At Milton Keynes College we have a strapline: Transforming lives through learning. It is so much more than a strapline - we really believe in it and ...

Education: We're at a Turning Point We Must Not Miss

Aaron Benavot | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

Every child, no matter whether their country is rich or poor, whether they live in a village or a city, should be going to school today. Yet despite the 2015 deadline to provide 'Education for All' this isn't happening. Our collective failure to reach global education goals means that 121 million children and adolescents are being denied their right to attend school.

Education for All 2000-2015: The #EduVerdict is in!

Aaron Benavot | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

The 12th GMR report has just been launched: 'Education for All 2000-2015: achievements and challenges.' The Report shows how the world has done in achieving the six Education for All goals set out in Dakar in 2000.

LGBT Inclusive Sex Education in Schools: Why the Dispute?

Anna Tippett | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Parents
Anna Tippett

Gay people exist - young and old, male and female, rich and poor, black and white. So do gay parents and the straight parents and grandparents, siblings, aunties, uncles and cousins of gay children. Should we exclude all of them in the name of faiths that claim to be peaceful, non-judgemental, forgiving and supportive?