UK Education

Halt the Rapid Decline in Part-Time Higher Education

Anka Mulder | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anka Mulder

In recent years, provision by universities of lifelong learning and professional education has been in sharp decline. Earlier this year, for instance, the Rinnooy Kan Commission in the Netherlands found that part-time higher education is undergoing a dramatic decline.

October 5 Is World Teachers' Day - Have You Said Thank You?

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kathryn Lovewell

Teachers are the unsung heroes of our society. They are often undervalued and unappreciated. They are the whipping boys, the scapegoats and the fall guys for what isn't working in our education system. Let's face it, teachers get a bad press. Almost without exception there is something negative mentioned about teachers in the media every day.

Campaign Has Pushed Education to the Top of the World Agenda

Dr Patrick Roach | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK
Dr Patrick Roach

Today is the culmination of a year-long campaign which has brought the messages of millions of teachers from across the world all the way to the UN General Assembly.

A Few Useless Words of Advice for Students

Alex McBride | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex McBride

I left it a 'bit late' till I realised that University was the only viable option left for me to spend my afternoons in bed and my early hours watching films I'd seen before and eating Rocky Road bites, but nevertheless, I'm here now and going into my second year at 23...

How the #TottenhamRiots Changed My Life for the Better

Franklin Boateng | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Franklin Boateng

I'll always remember the riots. I was just leaving my office in the Bernie Grant Centre in Tottenham when messages started flooding through on my mobile. "A police car's on fire", one read. My phone didn't stop ringing for the rest of the evening... Next thing I know, I've set up a communications firm and I'm lecturing on the importance of social media - teaching individuals and companies how to make the most of one of the most powerful platforms on the planet.

Chop and Change Education Policy Is Hurting Our Young People

Michael Mercieca | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Mercieca

We need to get beyond party politics and create a firm sustainable foundation for our society. That means taking a balanced and inclusive approach to education; it means taking a structured approach to education; it means taking the long-term view.

Can Science Fiction Drive Social Change?

Phil Pauley | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Phil Pauley

I hope that my books - and whatever forms the stories may go on to take - will capture the imagination of their readers, create a vehicle for discussing environmental issues, and encourage young people to tackle global challenges by becoming the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.

Have No Fear - 'Sexual Orientation' and 'Gender Identity' Are Here

Elly Barnes | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elly Barnes

It has happened! Make no mistake, this is very big news. I have been delivering my Educate & Celebrate training to make schools LGBT-Friendly across the UK over the last few years and this is my first primary school to take the leap of using policy language and making it visible to all.

Uni vs College

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

I'm currently doing a study abroad year at a college in Louisiana. It is a small Jesuit Liberal Arts School, so I won't claim that I can speak on behalf of all colleges in the USA or universities in the UK, as they are all very different!...

Why Malala Yousafzai is the Girl we Teenagers Should Aspire to Be Like

Alix Long | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

Malala Yousafzai is not only 'The Girl who was Shot by the Taliban'. She is the girl we teenagers should aspire to be like. She is the girl who will shape our generation, and remind future ones that with the power of education, one can achieve anything and everything.

A School Offered STI Tests To Pupils, And Parents Seem To Think This Is A Bad Thing

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A school has defended offering pupils tests for sexually transmitted infections (STI) during lessons. Blatchington Mill School in Hove, East Sussex...

A Brief Insight Into My Experiences With Depression at School

Harvey Hancock | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harvey Hancock

The way forward is to give sufferers the motivation and support to share their stories, and non-sufferers the urge to listen to those stories. Our schools must do whatever it takes to let every non-sufferer know that every sufferer is still a human, and should be respected as such.

Balance the Books: Where Are the Female Authors in GCSE Set Texts?

Laura Maw | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Maw

At GCSE, I studied Steinbeck and Priestley. My first year at A-Level, I studied Browning, Auden, Fitzgerald and Hosseini. It was only in the second year that I studied Carter and Bronte as well as Marlowe. Work by female authors took up less than a third of my secondary education space - and unequal gender representation is set to increase.

Lauriston Lights Summer Camp: The Possibility of Two Weeks in August

Adam Seldon | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

he emotion of the closing ceremony suggested to me that two weeks can be a long time in education. University students were united with eleven year olds in a coming together which is all too rare: students are an un-tapped resource when it comes to educating young people...

Which Secondary School? Ten Pointers from a Teacher for Making a Smart Choice

Kester Brewin | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kester Brewin

My son is in Year 6, so my diary for the next few weeks is full to bursting with open mornings, open days and open evenings for the local schools we're looking at. It's a huge decision to be making, especially if this is your first child to reach secondary age - one that could impact their life (and yours) quite significantly.

When a Teacher Opens Worlds

Noam Schimmel | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

Because of her and her stories as that boy grew up and was able to visit the lands of these myths, to study these stories, to try to live out some of the lessons learned, he, I, remains rapt with attention, enchanted, and grateful beyond words.

Why We Need to Make a Song and Dance About Education

Dr Tessa Stone | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Tessa Stone

It might sometimes seem an insurmountable task, especially in the face of the dreary picture painted by Mr Milburn and his colleagues, but we must believe that the educational revolution envisioned by Sir Ken Robinson is not just possible but essential for our children's future. I for one shall be joining him, dancing, on the barricades.

More Needs to Be Done to Help UK Businesses Beat the Language Learning Crisis

Hilary Wardle | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Wardle

A sticking plaster needs to be applied to significant cuts in university funding by subsidising languages at University level: essentially helping those departments stay afloat at a difficult time. If that happens then UK businesses may still have a chance when it comes to keeping up with the ambitious BRIC countries. If not, then the UK economy may never fully recover.

Teachers Shouldn't Be the Victims of Religious Discrimination

Stephen Evans | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

Parents with children at a primary school East Sussex expressed outrage this week, when it became clear that the school's popular headteacher, who was drafted in to save the failing primary, could not stay on permanently because he isn't Roman Catholic. The school of course, is a faith school.

What Do Muslims Really Teach Their Children?

Shohana Khan | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shohana Khan

If we believed the news it would appear like the entire population of Muslim youth have gone abroad to join ISIS and create a medieval world. And with the backdrop of the Trojan Horse investigation of Muslim schools, it would be safe to say the seeds of suspicion have been planted across wider society, of how Muslims raise their children.

Children, Computing and the Curriculum

David Emm | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

Online safety is a vital factor at every stage of our children's education. Children use the Internet differently at different ages. Just as the way maths is taught varies from key stage 1 to key stage 4, cyber-security must be approached in a way that will be most meaningful to the life of children at different ages.

Why I Don't Want My Child To Go To University Before She is 18

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

Like your brothers and sister, you all are the most precious gifts that God and Life gave us. We often talk in awe (still!) about how and why we had been chosen to parent these beautiful beings. After all, we were just two ordinary people who went to the pub one evening, sat on the beach, and accidentally made a baby.

London Children 'Are Being Trained As Junior Jihadis'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK

London children under the age of ten are being "trained as jihadists" the city's Deputy Mayor has said as he issued a stark warning on the threat to t...

A Positive Parenting and Teaching Style

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

Too often, schools and education systems (and by extension, teachers) are focused solely on getting their students to pass exams through memorising and rote-learning, thereby robbing the next generation of the opportunity to use their brains productively and richly.

Personal Finance Education Is a Waste of Time, Right?

Michael Mercieca | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Mercieca

I know that any education about the mysterious world of money would have been gratefully received. For a start, it would have made maths lessons a whole lot more interesting - and a great deal more meaningful. Personal finance and money management is, after all, maths in action.