UK Education

Baseline Assessment Tests - Another Fine Mess the Government Has Got Into

Jenny Chapman | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Politics
Jenny Chapman

Assessment forms an important part of our education system, allowing teachers to identify and work on a child's weakness and to let parents know how their child is performing and how they can help their child progress. However, questions are currently being raised by teachers and parents about how this new system will work.

A Disappointing Set Back in the Battle for Sex Education

Suzi Price | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Politics
Suzi Price

The Minister says in the letter she will 'carefully consider' updating the official guidance on SRE that was published 15 years ago. But even they can make this meet the needs of LGBT young people, not all schools have to use it.

Don't Let British Pupils Be Disconnected From the Digital Classroom

Patrick Hayes | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

This survey of a representative sample of 1,204 schools across the UK found that 30 per cent of primary schools were under resourced when it comes to having a basic broadband connection, and almost half didn't have sufficient Wi-Fi. In secondary schools the picture is a little better, but not by much.

I Went Back to My School After 12 Years and Shone a Light in a Dark Place

Jojo Furnival | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

I didn't have a happy time at school. I was clever, and bored most of the time so I became rebellious. Smoking became interesting, as did drinking. After my GCSE's I changed schools, being awarded a music scholarship to a well-known boarding school.

Bitcoin Could Be the Saviour of 'Meritocracy'

Eleanor Moss | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Tech
Eleanor Moss

Our current economic system faces many problems. In 2007 we went through a major crash, for reasons way beyond most people's understanding. Interest rate setting, the Libor scandal, the subprime mortgage scandal and many other such activities, demonstrated a calamitous manipulation of the economy in their own interests by a bunch of 'financial experts' in suits.

The Government Needs to Give Business a More Prominent Place in the Classroom

Josh Moorcroft-Jones | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Josh Moorcroft-Jones

Whether it's on the government's part or through direct action from schools, I do firmly believe that it's time to see business gain a more prominent place in the classroom. We've already seen the wonders that small businesses can do for employment and our economy in general, so isn't it time our schools inspired a generation of new small business owners and gave them the skills they need?

The Government Is in Denial Over Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Deborah Lawson | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK Politics
Deborah Lawson

The National Audit Office's report, Training New Teachers, is a stark warning, confirming that there is a serious national crisis in both teacher recruitment and retention. The Department for Education (DfE) seems to be in denial, blaming anything but its own policies, like a child pointing the finger of blame at others to cover up its own poor behaviour.

Why Has the School Run Become Controversial?

Joe Irvin | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Parents
Joe Irvin

In the past week there has been a spate of news stories related to walking to school. From harmful air quality, to traffic congestion and dangerous parking outside school gates, the school run has become a contentious issue.

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.