UK Education

The Tangled Web of Conflict, Climate Change and Education

Aaron Benavot | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

It is time for leaders to act now and meaningfully to reduce the extent and pace of climate change. Without urgent climate action wars, famines, floods, death and inequity are likely to result. We must remind them of education's critical role in opening up a myriad of human and environmental opportunities to thwart the devastating impacts of climate change.

Nadia Sawalha's Daughter Suffering Anxiety After 'Oversharing' Of Current Affairs

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Parents

TV presenter Nadia Sawalha has admitted "oversharing" in conversations about current affairs with her daughter has caused the eight-year-old to need t...

Lucy Sherriff

How One Syrian Student Escaped Kidnap And Helped Found A University For Refugees | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

In 2013, Mohammed Odai Al Hashmi was due to catch a lift back home from Al Wadi International University with two friends. They were supposed to conve...

Why Safe Spaces Are Definitely No Laughing Matter!

Alan Grant | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

I've had a terrific view of the free speech versus regulated speech on campuses controversy because I'm chronologically proximate enough to student cu...

How We're Ensuring Syria's Refugee Children in Lebanon Have the Opportunity to Learn

Sarah Brown | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK
Sarah Brown

Lebanon has seen its population increase by 25% with 1.2million Syrians fleeing over the boarder to safety. This autumn​ nearly​ 200,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon have gone back to school as a result of the shift system, many for the first time since the conflict began, and ​during my visit, I​​​​​ wanted to see the difference this has made to their lives.

Five Ways to Help Children Shine in a Changing World

Julie Booth | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

This trend is likely to prompt a shift in emphasis away from the traditional curriculum vitae (CV), with employers focusing far less on where you studied, and much more on what you did while you were there. And many schools are already in a great position to be able to respond to this.

Reject League Tables in Favour of Inspiration

Andrew Fitzmaurice | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Andrew Fitzmaurice

Education is about inspiring people to learn and to be passionate about learning. But for too long, and in too many schools and countries around the w...

Erasing Feminism From the Politics A-Level Sends the Message That Gender Equality Is Not a Priority

Lucy Powell | Posted 22.11.2015 | UK Politics
Lucy Powell

It is vital that we ensure that the new curriculums in all subjects are of the highest quality and provide our young people with strong knowledge and skills for the future. The decision to erase feminism from politics will limit opportunities for students, both male and female, to study the history and future of gender equality. We're calling on you now to reconsider and reinstate these vitally important topics in the final draft.

We Need a Bold New Vision to Support Children in the Early Years

Kate Mulley | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Politics
Kate Mulley

A child's early years are vital to their chances later in life. Learning to walk and talk, starting to make friends and build relationships outside the immediate family and developing a desire for independence all happen in this period before school. Because this is such an important time, children and their parents need support.

The New Prevent Duty in Schools Is Not Being Implemented as Intended

Lucie Parker | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics
Lucie Parker

Tackling the radicalisation of young people is high on the government's agenda. This is unsurprising given that an estimated 700 British young people ...

The Business of Education Is Education for Business

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

I can confirm that Milton Keynes College didn't win an award this week, but we helped. The Spirit Pub Company is one of the UK's foremost hospitali...

Finding Common Ground: How Big Banks and Small Charities Can Work Together

Lareena Hilton | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Lareena Hilton

You may think a leading bank with an extensive global presence and a shelter for homeless and vulnerable people in South London make an unlikely partn...

The Government Are Destroying the Futures of Young People: we Cannot Suffer in Silence

Tom Bailey | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Bailey

In 2005, David Cameron was elected as leader of the Conservatives in the hope that his youthful and moderate image would appeal to younger voters. He ...

Education Is Indispensible in Strengthening the Bonds that Hold Communities Together

Aaron Benavot | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

The GMR is based at UNESCO headquarters in Paris and, while none of the Report team was directly affected by the weekend's tragic events, a black mark...

Illegitimate Student Unions Must Not Ban Talk on the Basis of Student Welfare

Adam Seldon | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

Students are about to step into the outside world where they won't be afforded the protections of a cosy student union. Universities should prepare students from this, rather than pretend they'll never graduate beyond the university bubble.

Is It Any Wonder That Young People Today Are Struggling?

Sam Pancheri | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Pancheri

As another report from the Sutton Trust exposes the impact of socioeconomic disadvantage on children's educational attainment, is it any wonder that young people today are struggling?

Lessons From Across the Channel: Putting Protest at the Heart of Democracy

Matty Edwards | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Matty Edwards

Throughout modern British history, mass demonstrations and protests have often been demonised and depicted as the work of trouble-makers, hooligans and extremists. It was the same old story last week as 10,000 students descended on London to protest against tuition fees and the abolition of maintenance grants, which led to the arrest of 12 protestors.

The Global Significance of Liberal Arts

Professor Christina Slade | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Christina Slade

I have been fortunate enough throughout my career to work in a variety of educational institutions around the world. My views on the necessity for a truly global education are well documented and I am committed to providing that opportunity for our students at Bath Spa University.

Maths Anxiety Is Real. What Can a Parent Do?

Susie McBeth | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Parents
Susie McBeth

Maths is hard. Well, it is for most people. I used to have a distinct feeling of dread before every maths lesson. The kind that lay low in the belly and made you feel like you were constantly on the verge of vomiting.

The One Degree No Student Wants

Piers Telemacque | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Piers Telemacque

Now we've hit 1C warming, it's never been more urgent to reform our education system. When we talk about a degree, we usually mean something which takes you further in life, opens up opportunities, and contributes to the public good. This degree couldn't be more different, and the fees will be measured in lives rather than pounds.

The Reality and Relevance of a University Degree

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

When it comes to university, there are two opposite lines of thinking. The first is that a university education is highly overrated - some people would advise you not to bother. Instead, just follow your own passion. This view is expressed seriously by very senior and successful people.

A Truly Civilised Nation Opens New Libraries.... It Doesn't Close the Ones It Has!

Mathew Hulbert | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Politics
Mathew Hulbert

I love libraries. I always have. They are universities for the masses. Seats of learning with no tuition fees. Places where whole new worlds are o...

Technology Empowering Education

Maria Keogh | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Maria Keogh

According to David Warlick: "We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher's hand, because it is the pen and paper of our tim...

Could Strengthening Links Between Schools and Businesses Help Plug the Looming Skills Gap?

Scott Waddington | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK
Scott Waddington

Traditionally in Wales, Government has taken a strategic lead role in the promotion and funding of skills development for industry. I hope as time goes on we'll see industry taking more of a lead and working more closely with the education system to nurture the talent needed for future success.

The Importance of Reading to Children Before Bedtime

Caroline Hartwell | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Parents
Caroline Hartwell

It should become part of their daily routine, which we know is something kids thrive on, and can also become an indicator that it is almost time to go to bed - another great technique to trick them into bed without them even realising.