UK Education

School's Out and Not Just for Summer

Claire Stoneman | Posted 02.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Stoneman

Homophobia and transphobia kills. LGBT young people are two to three times more likely to commit suicide than their straight peers. They are also more likely to self-harm and suffer from depression

Exclusion Is a Necessary Tool - But Schools Are Handling Behaviour Better Than Ever Before

Nick Gibb | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Gibb

The new freedoms and greater clarity over exclusions given to head teachers is having a positive impact on behaviour. I am hugely encouraged by what schools have achieved - but parents know we cannot be complacent until all children are being taught in safe, calm and studious classrooms.

Shooting Themselves in the Foot: The Long-Term Damaging Effects of the Government's Continuous Reluctance to Make PSHE Compulsory

Olive Barton | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Olive Barton

Having shot themselves in the foot by cutting funding across the board for essential support and educational services, the clock is ticking before the damage will become permanent for the government and for the children who weren't empowered by invaluable information that could've empowered them.

Magic Beans

Laura McCartan | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Laura McCartan

We were sitting inside the staffroom of a school about twenty minutes away from the Rosie May Home. Spending my mornings here, I had been preparing th...

Extremism and the Battle Against Ignorance and Misinformation

Nasser D. Khalili | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Nasser D. Khalili

The collective despair and anger at the lives snatched away by terrorism, most recently witnessed in the horror of Tunisia, France and Kuwait, continue to remind us how a perverse ideology is polluting the minds of people in our communities.

How Confiding In a New Friend Sparked a Grassroots Campaign For Change

Jordan Daly | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Jordan Daly

Whilst we are campaigning in Scotland, we hope that we can spark enough debate and awareness that this issue can trickle down throughout the rest of the UK. We hope that others can see this campaign, and feel confident enough to kickstart their own. The time to get serious is now - if we allow another generation of LGBT youth to feel marginalised, isolated and excommunicated within their own schools - then we, as a society, have failed.

Labour's Complacency Cost Them the Student Vote

Gareth Evans | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gareth Evans

Following Labour's resounding election defeat, much has been said about the party's need to regain key voter demographics if the outcome of 2020 is to...

Christians Shouldn't Put Self-Interest Above Britain's Need to Better Integrate

Stephen Evans | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK
Stephen Evans

Both the Anglican and Catholic Churches have long been able to use publicly funded schools to inculcate children into their religious traditions. Their reluctance to let go of that privilege is understandable. But for the sake of young people's future, people of all faiths should accept that faith-based education isn't in Britain's best interest.

Why Symbols Matter: The Case for the Rhodes Must Fall Movement in Oxford

Max Harris | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Max Harris

Symbols matter. They matter to individuals and they matter to collectives, including nations. And symbols can matter positively or negatively.

Confused By the Mysterious World of Children's Digital Books?

Dr Natalia Kucirkova | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Natalia Kucirkova

A body of research concerned with e-books on laptops and PCs shows that high quality e-books can support children's vocabulary, story comprehension and word reading. However, e-books and digital books on tablets with many hotspots and multimedia features which do not correspond to the narrative can diminish children's story comprehension and vocabulary.

Universities Really Want Britain To Stay In The EU

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK

University chiefs are set to back Britain's membership of the European Union ahead of the in-out referendum. Academics will insist that EU membersh...

Dear Teachers: Do You Know How Wonderful You Are?

Rachel Jeffcoat | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Parents
Rachel Jeffcoat

You have the power to make a child's life better. In September you'll start all over again. With a brand new set of kids who'll look up to you, and come looking for you when they need an ice pack or a few words of encouragement.

Four Things Teachers Can Learn From Beyoncé

Oliver Beach | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Beach

Beyoncé is a fearless leader. She is, unquestionably, a powerful force within her field and, indeed, the world. My message is simple: she leads by example, she is driven by a moral purpose and she exhibits the characteristics necessary for success in any vocation. Master those and the world is your oyster.

Tribute Paid To 'Beautiful And Outgoing' Schoolgirl Who Died On France Trip

PA | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK

A schoolgirl who died in a swimming accident on a school trip to France was "the most beautiful and outgoing girl", her family said. Twelve-year-ol...

Schoolgirl Dies In Swimming Accident On School Trip

PA | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK

A 12-year-old girl has died in a swimming accident during a school trip to France.The pupil at the Wolfreton School in Hull was taken to hospital in L...

The 'Struggle of Our Generation' Needs a Suitable Strategy for Our Generation - 'Prevent' In Its Current Form Sadly Isn't

Waqar Ahmad Ahmedi | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Politics
Waqar Ahmad Ahmedi

Mr Cameron's speech was never going to please everyone, but has made a good number of those he was reaching out to feel even more alienated.

Teach First - A Lesson in Literacy

Stephen Fear | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Stephen Fear

People often say to me "how did you succeed at anything with no education"? Well the secret is I didn't. I was educated, but not in the conventional s...

Giving Thanks to Student Support Staff

Ed Pinkney | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ed Pinkney

It's almost exactly five years since I graduated. When I look back, despite some excellent lectures, the university faces I remember most are not academics, but support staff. I'm sure that for a significant proportion of graduates it's the same. Support staff deserve their dues.

PSHE: The Missing Link

Fiona Smith | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

The UK is shockingly behind other developed countries in terms of children's health outcomes, with five more children dying per day than in Sweden. So many health issues facing our children are preventable - yet the Government has just cut £200 million from public health spending and with it many of the resources we need to educate children about their health.

Mindful of the Evidence Base

Raliza Stoyanova | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Raliza Stoyanova

Half of mental health disorders have their onset before age 15, and there is growing evidence that the teenage brain undergoes significant change. This time of heightened brain plasticity offers a valuable opportunity to try and foster resilience and potentially prevent the onset of mental illness.

On Borrowed Time

Simon Cowell MBE | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK
Simon Cowell MBE

With the situation in Greece still dominating the press headlines - even after the last-minute deal between Brussels and Athens - and with continuing anxiety across the EU (and beyond) about the potential consequences of the unfolding Euro crisis, I wonder why nobody of real influence in the worlds of politics or business has yet made the connection between the state of the world economy (generally speaking, up the creek without a paddle!) and the state of the natural environment (even worse).

Make Classes That Could Protect Kids Against Sex Abuse Compulsory, Says MP

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK

The UK's only Green Party MP says children must be taught to fight the threat of sexual abuse from figures like Jimmy Savile through compulsory Person...

Why Work, Rest and Play Could Become the Mantra to a Quality Education

Julie Booth | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

With the end of the school term upon many of us and the summer holidays getting underway, pupils and educators alike will be looking forward to some respite from what can be one of the most intense periods in the academic year.

The Case for Ridding Schools of Technology

Rachel Jones | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Tech
Rachel Jones

Tech can provide a huge range of opportunities for learning, I don't think you can argue against that. But I sometimes think there needs to be a little thought into what's used, how it's used, and what the outcomes are.

Education, Skills and the Human Face of UK Productivity

Michael Mercieca | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Michael Mercieca

Productivity. It's a word that strikes boredom into the heart of the majority of people. And I'll grant you, it's hard to get excited about a measure of input versus output value per worker, per hour. But it is a vital measure of how we're doing as a country. And since the economic crash, productivity in the UK, and many Western economies, has been absolutely dire and shows little sign of sustainable growth in the future.