UK Education

Could You Soon Be Borrowing Your Student Loan From Your University?

The Huffington Post UK | Miriam Brown | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Graduates could soon be repaying their student loan to their university, if a new policy proposed by the former universities minister goes ahead. U...

Summer of Sports Is a Missed Opportunity for Prisoners

Rod Clark | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Clark

My fear is that the summer of sport will only be seen as the distraction that was hoped (I earnestly hope successfully) to prevent a summer of violence and disorder that comes when prisoners are just locked up and left to fail.

Gove: The Elite's Opponent But the People's Servant

Sheila Lawlor | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Sheila Lawlor

Michael Gove was amongst the longest serving education secretaries in Britain since World War II. Committed personally as well as professionally to the intellectual values that Britain has historically championed, Gove knew what he wanted to do.

The New Curriculum: The Implementation May Be Messy But There Is a Definite Need for Change

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Carey Ann Dodah

This September a new national curriculum will be taught in schools across England. This could lead to testing times for parents, teachers and children alike, as they embark on the challenge of getting to grips with new expectations and new ways of learning.

Words of War

Alex Martinez | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alex Martinez

Perhaps that is why writers, in whatever form or style or language, feel so compelled to continue writing about war - because, for the most part, the lessons these stories have to teach us aren't being learnt; the implications of the lies they expose aren't being absorbed.

The Many Ways to Be Smart

Chris Jones | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

Too many students believe that straight As are the only golden ticket to a fantastic career, and write-off the value of broader workplace skills. We shouldn't let young people fall into the trap of thinking that exams are all that matter.

Confirmed: Economists Are Liars

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josiah Mortimer

'Ninety-four percent [of economists] report having engaged in at least one unaccepted research practice,' from plagiarism to ignoring contrary evidence, skewing data and not reading their sources. Basically, all economsits are liars.

Building the talent pool of the future

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Livingstone

It was demoralising to see The Times' report that "almost a quarter of graduate employers have complained of being unable to fill vacancies despite record numbers of school leavers going to university." Once again, a 'mismatch' between what graduates can offer and the knowledge and skills asked for by employers has been blamed.

Coders Taking Over the World

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

London alone is anticipated to be 300,000 digital workers short by 2020, with an additional one million vacancies across Europe... Programming is infiltrating all industries, not just tech... we are beginning to break down these barriers to help people realise that anyone can learn how to code.

Being Out and Proud at School Is Still a Challenge in Modern Britain

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joseph Musgrave

More and more children are growing up with openly gay family friends, friends of theirs are coming out at school and they are more likely to have openly gay role models. With more effort, and the inexorable march of time, I am optimistic the story of the rugby player and the creative will be a relic of the past.

Gove's Real Legacy - A British Education Reform Movement

Ty Goddard | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics
Ty Goddard

More important than the highs and lows of a political career - is that the most enduring legacy of Michael Gove's tenure, has been the creation of a grassroots British education reform movement, that will continue for many years to come.

An Important Read For Parents of Disabled Children (And Everyone Else)

Simon Stevens | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

There is no self-pity as the handbook is instilled with a practical sense of humour many disabled people and parents have needed to develop to keep their sanity when facing situations many outsiders do not appreciate.

Toxic Education

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kathryn Lovewell

The main culprit is not the curriculum content or assessment design or even the management style. It's actually the lack of space and time within the structure that causes so much of the stress and disharmony. Education toxicity swells as basic human needs are left unattended in the system.

From 'Pramface' to Professor: Look What Can Happen If We Support Teenage Mothers Instead of Stigmatising Them....

Alex Blakemore | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Blakemore

Being at university was very different from being at home changing nappies and reading stories to my three babies... Investing in young mums (and dads too) by giving support, encouragement and free or affordable full-time childcare is vital, as is removing barriers to education. Who knows what those other young women - insultingly known as "pramfaces" - could turn out to be if they were helped and supported as I was.

Who Brings the Zoo to You?

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Daniel Allen

What I dislike is the lack of regulation, and the rise of start-up companies with neither the knowledge nor experience to share such specialist animals with the public. The problem with animal encounter companies can be split broadly into two main areas: animal welfare, and, public safety.

Brogan Driscoll

Why Sexual Violence Will Only End If We Get Boys On Board

HuffingtonPost.com | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When photos of Jada, the 16-year-old American girl allegedly raped at a house party, went viral and sparked the hashtag #JadaPose, thousands of online...

Getting an Education in the Peruvian Jungle: The Chaskawasi Project

Katarina Zimmer | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Katarina Zimmer

For one day in the year the whole village queues for hours in hope of doctors' advice for a variety of ailments. At the last visit, four of the children were unable to see a doctor regarding eye problems that hindered them in reading because the system works on a 'first come, first served' basis.

Embryonic Knowledge

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

The Embryo Project, directed by Jane Maienschein and Manfred Laubichler, brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines who look at the history, science and various issues surrounding the growing fields of embryology, development and reproductive medicine.

Under-Represented: How to Encourage Welsh Students to Oxbridge

Cai Wilshaw | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Cai Wilshaw

From the outside, Oxford seems impervious to change... The depiction of the university as a hidebound institution content to stay locked in its ivory tower, however, is misguided. The university is champing at the bit for reform, yet there are some areas in which it is found lacking.

Embracing the Challenge

Haris Suleman | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK
Haris Suleman

A lot of people have expressed concern that the journey that my father and I have set out on is a risky venture. Some have even questioned why we woul...

What You Need to Know About the Next Generation of Women

Jenny Garrett | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Garrett

Contrary to the common portrayal of young women as selfie taking celebrity obsessives, wrestling with self-confidence and body issues, the findings offer an alternative perspective on a generation of girls comfortable in their own skin, driven by opportunity and liberated by technology.

Do the Skeleton Shuffle...

Caragh Little | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Caragh Little

The skeletons in my closet have been going through a bit of a reshuffle too. It's all the rage. With cries of rage and anguish from those who think that teachers do nothing anyway, schools have reached the summer break and there's time for clearing out the closets and tidying the loft.

Britain's Grammatical Meltdown

Alexander Bowden | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK
Alexander Bowden

It is fair enough when one needs to write quickly in a personal message but this attitude needn't find its way into our press, our literature or our own writing. Call me the grammar police but whatever you do, just make sure your comment on this post makes sense.

Cabinet Reshuffle: Paterson and Gove Sackings Are Long Overdue

Natalie Bennett | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The removal of a truly dreadful secretary of state - who in the badger cull demonstrated his broader contempt or total failure to understand scientific evidence - is something to celebrate. The departure of education secretary Michael Gove is also cause for celebration. Again, his replacement is largely an unknown quality, her vote against gay marriage a cause for concern, but there's an opportunity here for the government to draw a line under a truly awful period for English schools.

#GoveGone: The Funniest Twitter Reactions To Michael Gove No Longer Being Education Secretary

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Comedy

There was dancing in the streets! Or at least in the staff rooms. Yes, Michael Gove is no longer the Education Secretary - moved, as he was, to the...