UK Education

QUIZ: Could You Answer These Questions Off #ChildGenius?

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Parents

As hit TV show Child Genius returns to Channel 4, we test ourselves against the IQ’s of the under thirteens - and are bitterly disappointed with our...

Why Are White Working Class Boys Not Going to University?

Oliver Beach | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Oliver Beach

Business leaders such as Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson and Lord Sugar either didn't complete or attend university. According to the education-focussed think tank, these boys feel empowered to be part of the anomaly that achieves incomparable success without the higher education experience...

Blaming Blair for Gove's Educational Policies

Nick Cartwright | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Cartwright

Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education from 2010 - 2014, saw the fallacy of the claim that knowledge had only instrumental value and took the opportunity to give a Conservative answer to the question 'what counts as knowledge' which is now, sadly, entrenched in Britain's educational policies and structures.

Could Education Learn Something From the Brexit Vote?

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

A referendum - such as Britain's recent EU vote - says a lot about how people reach decisions. Most striking is the correlation between how people voted and their overall level of education. Those educated to a higher level tended to be against leaving; those with lower education tended to vote in favour of leaving. But do not jump to conclusions: there is a bigger picture here.

Why Students Deserve Better than Clearing

Professor Zahir Irani | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK
Professor Zahir Irani

We're in a very different world from 2004, and one that makes it even more important that the approach to Clearing is shaken up. It needs to become a central part of the applications process for everyone, a service to place students with lower and higher than predicted grades.

The Tories Are Harking Back to a Mythical 'Golden Age' of Grammar Schools

Angela Rayner | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Politics
Angela Rayner

If Prime Minister Theresa May is serious about her recent rhetoric on the steps of Downing Street, when she said that her government would do everything it could to help "anyone, whatever your background, to go as far as your talents will take you", then she will halt this divisive campaign in its tracks. Rather than harking back to a mythical 'golden age' of grammar schools, the Tories must work tirelessly to improve every school in the country, to work with teachers to drive up standards, and to give our schools the investment they need in the 21st Century. Selection belongs in the dustbin of history and has no place in modern society. There must be no going back.

Could Your Child have Olympic potential?

Julie Booth | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

For most, lifting a medal from the Olympic podium is the stuff that dreams are made of. But many of the athletes heading for the games started their journey while they were still in school - whether it was a passion for swimming picked up in primary school, competing in an inter-school hockey tournament, or a win in the sports day relay race.

The Question Now Is Not If, But When, Prevent Will Be Repealed

Shelly Asquith | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Shelly Asquith

The evidence is clear: Prevent is an untenable infringement. The only people still defending the policy are May and her Government, in defiance of the experts. The question now is not if, but when Prevent will be repealed; and how those violated by it will be vindicated.

British Pupils are Leaving School (Tech) Illiterate

Mark Murphy | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Murphy

Teenagers really don't know it all. We think that because they spend all day on the computer that they understand tech, but many leave school with an insufficient understanding of basic security measures or what software or "code" even looks like - let alone how to write it

Graduate Employers Need an Innovative New Way to Find and Develop Talent, Universities Have a Great Opportunity to Deliver This

Roxanne Stockwell | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Roxanne Stockwell

Our higher education system is experiencing a dramatic period of change: higher fees, technological advancements and the impact of Brexit are all shaping the sector into something unrecognisable to people who went to university only a decade or so ago.

The Unexpected Reason Your Child May Be Struggling To Learn New Words

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Parents

Children find it harder to learn new words if they are surrounded by background noise, a study has found. “Modern homes are filled with noisy distra...

What Will Theresa May's Legacy Be for Increasing the Employability of Our Young People?

Tanja Kuveljic | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
Tanja Kuveljic

Our work seamlessly brings together schools and employers to deliver young people pre-employment programmes as part of the curriculum and meaningful work experience. We want to see the Government creating the environment for an open-dialogue between schools and employers. Only with this, will young people have the opportunities to succeed in roles that suit them.

Expensive Costs and Shortages Revealed by Latest Holiday Childcare Survey

Gordon Cameron | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
Gordon Cameron

As the schools break up, children all over the country will be celebrating the start of a long summer holiday. For most of their parents however, work and other commitments carry on as normal, except now they have the additional task of finding childcare for the next six weeks.

Balancing Life Chances - Balancing the Books

Michael Mercieca | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Mercieca

If Brexit is to be a new beginning, not the beginning of the end, then a radical reformation of education must be a part of the new Cabinet's thinking. I look forward to hearing more from the government in the coming weeks.

The Government Is Continually Setting Up Road Blocks in the Path of Young People Trying to Fulfil Their Potential

Angela Rayner | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Politics
Angela Rayner

As someone who left school at the age of 16 and never had the benefit of a university education, I want my children - all children - to have that opportunity. To be able to decide what is best for them. Our young people must be given the chance to soar. But too many of the brightest and the best are being consigned to second best.

Summer Learning Loss: Should Parents Really Be Worried?

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Parents

What Is Summer Learning Loss? Summer learning loss, or the “summer slide” (as it is referred to in the USA) is defined as children’s loss of kno...

After Brexit, What Next for Britain's Youth?

Amelia Womack | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia Womack

Currently, the EU provides billions in funding for our Higher Education institutions; gives vital support to Further Education; enables young people to live and study across the continent; and creates jobs and training opportunities. Brexit does not need to mean the end for youth opportunity, but there is a great deal of work to be done to ensure that our futures are not damaged by it.

The Trouble with Boys

Karen Woodall | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Parents
Karen Woodall

To fully meet the different needs of boys and girls it would require us to adjust the schooling system, not to locate the problem in the children themselves. We have understood that about girls needs in education, thanks to the feminist movement but who is working on behalf of boys to prevent them from being problematised?

I, teacher: Are You Ready for Chatbots in the Classroom?

Will Lord | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Tech
Will Lord

Chatbots will have already arrived in the lives of students (they've been appearing in Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp for some time) but what do teachers need to know? Should you be thrilled or fearful about the prospect of bots in the classroom?

Why Coding Is The Answer To Our Children's Future

Jon Silvera | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Tech
Jon Silvera

We must teach our children to code - and properly. We need to make understanding technology second nature and explain electronics and technology in the classroom, and to teach them to learn, explore and experiment fearlessly in the digital playground. In an ever evolving digital world, it is this understanding which will secure their future - and open up numerous job opportunities

Let's Innovate Our Way Out of the UK's Teacher Shortage

Patrick Hayes | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK
Patrick Hayes

While she is only days in post, it is highly likely that newly appointed Education Secretary Justine Greening will already have had conversations with officials about one of the most pressing issues facing the UK schools sector at present: the teacher shortage.

To Board or Not to Board?

Steve Spriggs | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Parents
Steve Spriggs

But is boarding school really that bad? Yes, there will be homesickness, especially for younger children, but in today's world of email, Skype and social media, you can be in regular contact with family, wherever they are in the world. As many parents work full time, kids who do live at home probably spend more time in school clubs or with nannies and babysitters than with their own flesh and blood.

Lessons in Mental Health

Fiona Smith | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Fiona Smith

We all remember our days at school - our teachers, our friends, the moment the bell rang for break time. As children it's where we spend most of our time, the place where we build not only our academic skills but our knowledge of life and how to live it. But for some children and young people this experience is not quite the same.

Thank You to the Miss Proctors - Unsung Heroes of Education

Daniel Singleton | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

The brief trending of #ThankYourMP on social media in mid-June highlighted how often we fail to appreciate and thank those around us. Thankfulness is ...

Fatherhood and Farming: Raising a Family in the Countryside

JB Gill | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Parents
JB Gill

Experience of the countryside is all about opportunity for me. It's a chance to look at life boiled down to its simplest form and better still, see things from a different view. Whether a career in the countryside is for you, or you just want to eat great food, one thing is for sure, understanding our environment is a good thing for everybody.