UK Education

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.

Teachers Are the Secret to Tech Success in the Classroom

Patrick Hayes | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

Is it a case of Teachers vs Tech, or can the two work harmoniously together to drive up standards in the classroom? A longstanding debate has raged on this topic, which can be seen very effectively in the pages of this very publication, Huffington Post.

Thoughts from London Writers' Week: How Arts Education Can Create a More Sustainable Arts Industry

Jennifer Tuckett | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jennifer Tuckett

Last week I chaired a panel at London Writers' Week on how the industry and academia can work together to improve arts education and, via this, create...

Girls Seek Refuge Amongst the Dead After Ebola

Chloe Brett | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Chloe Brett

It's 3pm in central Monrovia, Liberia. Crowds of noisy, staggering men congregate around the outside of a collapsing, rotten three story building in the drizzling rain.

10 Awful Sex Education Lessons That Will Make You Cringe

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

We all remember sex education in school being notoriously bad - embarrassing, public and only vaguely educational. Now a study of 16 to 24-year-olds ...

Teacher Sends Boy With Autism Heartwarming Letter After SATs Results

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Parents

A mum whose son with autism failed his SATs exams was moved to tears by a letter from his teacher. Gail Twist, from Merseyside, uploaded a photo of th...

Why We Must End the Silence on Sex and Relationships Education

Ian Green | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK
Ian Green

Without trusted information from schools, young people will turn to less reliable sources such as the internet or their peers as they navigate life outside the classroom. We must end this silence and make age-appropriate SRE mandatory in all schools if we are to tackle this safeguarding crisis. Young people have now told us loud and clear what kind of SRE they want. In our report, 99% of young people wanted SRE to be taught in all schools. 97% wanted it to be LGBT inclusive. The government must listen and act, and give our young people the tools to make positive and informed decisions, and to have healthy relationships, which they are ready for and want - wherever they go to school, and whatever their sexuality.

Don't Test Our Six-Year-Olds! Let Children Be Children

Emma Critchley | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Critchley

My six-year-old loves to dance, write and draw. Yesterday, she wanted to fly to the moon; today, she has said that she will settle for being an award-winning pianist. Oldest has dreams and she dreams big. We love the summer holidays. They are weeks that are filled with drawing, trampling through woods, splashing through streams and playing make-believe with her sister: weeks that she loves.

'Soft Skills' Empower Young People to Make the Right Life Choices

Iain Patton | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Iain Patton

Progressive London based youth educational charity Futureversity bridges the skills gap with the provision of innovative 'Soft Skills' training for yo...

Emotional Baggage

Caragh Little | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

So I'm not a Mum. I'm sorry if that makes me inadequate. To the considerable relief of everyone who knows me, I'm never going to want to run the country. But if a woman who isn't a mother wants to try it: then be that as it May.

Go Away Gove

Emma Critchley | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Politics
Emma Critchley

I don't like Gove. I don't know him personally but I don't like him. I'm sure that behind closed doors he is a lovely man. However, I only know his p...

What's Next?

Katherine Press | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Katherine Press

The first thing I read upon waking today was a twitter alert about the shooting of Philando Castile. Yesterday my morning news was of Alton Sterling. I sat and cried wondering what we can do, when would we start making this world better instead of breaking it apart?

NUT Strike 2016: We Ask Teachers What Is The One Thing They Would Tell Nicky Morgan

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK

"Nicky Morgan's policies have made me feel attacked," Annabelle Jameel, a maths teacher in London, told us as she joined the National Union of Teacher...

Official SATs Results Are 'Higher Than Expected'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Parents

Children who took their Year 6 SATs exams in May 2016 achieved results "higher than expected of them", the Department of Education has said. The pupil...