UK Education

From Aleppo To Istanbul, And Finally Durham

Yaman Islim | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Yaman Islim

Durham is my home now, just like Istanbul was before, and Aleppo before that, I don't know where my journey will take me next but I just hope that when I return to Syria I will be able to contribute to a brighter future.

A Porn Stars' Response To Children Accessing Porn

Samantha Bentley | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Samantha Bentley

Blaming porn for children being sexually active and anxious about sex, is a single minded and uneducated view. Snapchat, Tinder, Facebook and even Whatsapp, all give young people an endless platform for swapping messages and photos without their parents knowing.

Buried By Brexit: But What About The Children?

Pam Jarvis | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Politics
Pam Jarvis

In June 2016, national news headlines were dominated by Britain's referendum on whether to remain within or leave the European Union. The debate was b...

What To Look For In A Good School

Julie Booth | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

But you need to look beyond the spit and polish of the open day to find the right school for your child. Here are some key things to think about when selecting the first choice school for your child:

A Country That Works For Everyone? Tory MPs Have Just Betrayed An Entire Generation Of Young People

Angela Rayner | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Politics
Angela Rayner

The way the Tories voted, turning their backs on the evidence of modest measures which will support social mobility, slams the door in the face of every young person who wants to get on in life. Their claims that they want to build a country that works for everyone are nothing more than empty rhetoric. They talk the talk, but they have no interest in walking the walk.

Archaeology Is A Subject That Teaches Us What It Is To Be Human - Scrapping The A-Level Is Devastating

Dan Boatright | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Boatright

When I first heard archaeology was to be scrapped at A-Level I was not only surprised, but devastated. This is a subject that teaches our students about what it is to be human. We learn about the material culture left by our ancestors from all over the world. We discuss the concepts of culture, politics, art, identity and we do so with an open mind. Even after several years of teaching the A-Level I still find new material that keeps me in awe.

Things I Wish I'd Known As A Young Woman Starting Out In The Music Business

Lara Baker | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

There were countless times in my first few years in music when I felt something we were doing should be done differently, that something wouldn't work, when I had an alternative view or idea. But I assumed other people knew better.

Why Am I Using Digital Media To Engage And Empower The Youth Within The British Bangladeshi Community?

Ibrahim Rahman | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Tech
Ibrahim Rahman

A British Bangladeshi online TV network offered me the opportunity to present a chat show web series called Youth Corner. The aims of the series were to highlight the achievements of young and emerging talent in various fields, providing a platform for guests to share their experiences and inspiring stories

Things Lucy Taught Me...

Sally Holt | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK
Sally Holt

Life has not always been easy but I have been lucky. I have been educated, supported and informed. I have, for the most part, felt empowered. When I have not, I have been surrounded by friends, family and colleagues who have fought for me. Until I met Lucy, I did not appreciate how lucky that made me.

My Journey From War-Torn Syria To Durham University

Yaman Islim | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Yaman Islim

Before I begin recounting my life, I would like to highlight that my story, the one that you are about to embark on, is a fortunate one. There are many others who are going through worse and my experiences are just a fraction compared to what friends and relatives in Syria have witnessed and been through at first hand. The first part of my journey started on March 15th 2011, a date Syrians will talk about for decades to come...

Beyond Ada: The Future Of Women In STEM

Becky Plummer | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Tech
Becky Plummer

Happy Ada Lovelace Day everyone! Today is a day to celebrate the incredible achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) who've come before us. It's also a day to look to the future.

Shami Chakrabarti: A Grade-A Hypocrite

Anthony Blair | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anthony Blair

Shami Chakrabarti is a hypocrite for sending her kids to private school, and this left-wing hypocrisy over education will destroy the Labour party.

Why Millennials Would Benefit By Voting For Hillary Clinton

Fjona Krasniqi | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Fjona Krasniqi

With a lack of enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton but a strong distrust for Donald Trump, millennials in the US face a difficult choice of who to vote for in November. Millennials, categorised as young people aged 18-34 are increasingly less likely to vote for Hillary Clinton despite her credentials as a progressive and experienced candidate...

Grammar Schools A Distraction From Solving The Crises In Education

Chris Keates | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

Creating a system of genuine educational opportunity for all must be the aim, but this cannot be achieved without first addressing the societal and economic factors which are creating the disadvantage that is an everyday fact of life for too many of our children and young people.

Why We Must Make Time For Reading

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Clare Owen

This is then a reminder, a wake-up call, to (head) teachers and parents. We need to prioritise reading. We need to make time and create environments in which young people chose to read. If we wish to encourage them to read for pleasure, we must be the readers we wish our children to be.

Don't Let The Fun Sponges Scrap Freshers' Week

Jacob Furedi | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Furedi

The HMC's unfounded attack on Freshers' fun demonstrated that the booze-bashing brigade is slowly gaining momentum. Ultimately, it needs to shaken, stirred and shoved out of our lives. And, after all the online polls in the world are carried out, there's only way to do this: Two pints of lager and a packet of crisps, please.

Theresa's May Speech: Empty Progressive Platitudes Undermined By Hypocrisy And Far Right Policies

Lee Burkwood | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Politics
Lee Burkwood

She also believes that she can prevent resentment and division and make sure that no one in this country lives in fear. This is undermined by far right policies such as making firms list foreign workers and "phasing out" foreign doctors by 2025. Also EU residents that are "cards" in our Brexit negotiations will be fearing their future now.

Social Mobility: The Continuing Pressure To Meet Quotas Means We've Sidestepped Our Real Responsibilities

Tania Hardcastle | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK
Tania Hardcastle

Positive Discrimination was outlawed by the Equality Act 2010. Yet, there remains an incandescent pressure amongst employers and universities to meet ...

This Teacher Has Come Up With The Best Way To Teach Children About Their Bodies

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Parents

Getting your children interested in science can sometimes be a struggle. But one teacher has found the perfect way to teacher her young students about...

Defusing The Mental Health Time Bomb: How The Reach Study Can Help Our Kids

Rachel Egan | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Egan

Young people are experiencing a mental health crisis of unprecedented proportions. 1 in 10 of them have a diagnosable mental health condition, which equates to 850,000 across the UK. Self-harm in children and teenagers has sky rocketed and over the past ten years we have seen a 68% increase in the number of young people being hospitalised for self-harm.

New Grammar Schools? There Is Another Way

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

But there is also no denying that grammar schools are widely supported, and this cannot be ignored. Politicians need to listen to their electorate, especially to people outside of London who may not feel included in evidence of rising education standards.

Is Private Tutoring To Blame For Educational Inequality?

Alex Dyer | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Alex Dyer

Private Tutoring on the Rise Recent reports have claimed that over 25% of state-educated 11 to 16-year-olds have enlisted the help of a private tutor...

There's More To Life Than Exam Results: Boost Your Employability With Or Without Those Perfect Grades

Samuel Odusina | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Samuel Odusina

If you're still really stuck, go out and do something that you can write about. I coached football through my DofE programme, which I used on my CV to show communication and leadership skills. Always remember that each skill you list should be backed up by a real life example of where you've demonstrated this, and then the world is your oyster.

Inclusive Education: Divisive Faith Schools Are The Elephant In The Room

Stephen Evans | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

There's nothing anti-religious about advocating for secular schools that are open, inclusive and equally welcoming to all children, whatever their religion and belief backgrounds. Religion is fine for those that want it, but Britain's rapidly changing religious landscape screams for the scaling back of religious control of the classroom.

Closing The Door Gently - Lessons In Closing A Charity

Stephen Carrick-Davies | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Stephen Carrick-Davies

Stephen Carrick-Davies shares lessons learnt from closing the Inclusion Trust, a charity which for many years pioneered a new pedagogy and use of ICT ...