UK Education

Bring Back Our Bursary: March For The NHS This Saturday

Jenny Killin | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jenny Killin

Last year, students took to the streets to save the NHS bursary. This Saturday, we will again. This time though, it's about more than student funding - it is about the future of our health service itself.

Meet Generation Angst: Older Teenagers Are Britain's Most Disenfranchised And Disconnected Demographic

Ed Williams | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ed Williams

We face an age-old problem: a complete misunderstanding of young people. The truth is much more complex and nuanced. Youth has become a drawn-out process - young people are taking longer to settle down, buy a house and have children, but they'll also be working far later in life than their parents' generation... Generation Angst are lucky to have been born into a world where technology means their lives may last into the 22nd Century. But they are far from certain that it will be a fun, or even safe, journey. To prevent them falling into deeper cynicism and either checking out completely or looking for populist answers, we need mainstream politicians to emerge who will cherish, nurture and protect the voters of the next eight decades. Even understanding them would be a start.

Notes From The Field: Seeing Change In Nigeria

Brita Fernandez Schmidt | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Brita Fernandez Schmidt

As I write this, I am in Jos, in the Plateau State in Northern Nigeria, some four and a half hours car drive from Abuja. Women for Women International...

'Are You Sure You Know Your Tables? I Think I Better Just Check That... Again'

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Politics
Carey Ann Dodah

Hold on to your hats folks - storm Doris might have blown through but the educational storm is sticking around for some time yet.

Increasing Learning Engagement

Gemma Bailey | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Gemma Bailey

Typically, pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds have English as a second language and those who receive free school meals are disadvantaged economi...

The Case For A Strong Selfless Parliamentary System

J.N. Paquet | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

The creation of a selfless parliamentary system is a real revolution in itself. It is a new way of doing politics, but it is also and mainly a way to restore the people's trust in politics, and send the populist and nationalist preachers of our time back to the one place they belong: the History books.

Education Reform Not Enough To Tackle The UK's Social Mobility Problem

Dr Franz Buscha | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK
Dr Franz Buscha

What is the value of education? What is the current state of social mobility in the UK? Can more, or better, education solve the "mobility" problem? A...

Why Are Younger People Careless With Condoms?

Megan Barnett | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Megan Barnett

If younger people are not being educated properly on the importance of using condoms, or are unphased by the concept of catching an STI on the basis that it is treatable, it's possible that they are missing out on vital information concerning the impact that untreated STIs have on fertility in later life.

The Language Martyrs: Celebrating International Mother Language Day

Thaslima Begum | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Thaslima Begum

February 21st 1952, Dhaka. The fallen bodies of students and teachers lie scattered amid a campus-turned-battlefield, as tear gas lingers in bloody ha...

The World Is My Classroom

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

My daughter recently finished a topic on chemical bonding in school. It was a relatively simple topic and I was shocked that she did badly in the test, given that she aces all her other subjects effortlessly.

Teaching At Crisis Point

Alex Muller-Nicholson | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Alex Muller-Nicholson

To feel that what you're doing each day for your pupils 'doesn't count' is arguably one of the most devastating things that a teacher has to carry home with them at night. Far heavier than the 60 literacy and numeracy books you've rammed into your bags for life that evening, and its a weight that cripples you with each passing day.

Hello, I Am A Digital Immigrant

Danielle Wood | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Parents
Danielle Wood

I genuinely think the world was a softer place where there was less threat of a child catching a glimpse of breaking news that would scar their growing brain cells. Of course Maggie Thatcher must have made a damning speech in parliament and the Berlin Wall came down within my news era, but I was never subjected to it with the same brutality that a child could be today.

Some Toys Are Better Than Others - Some Toys Have A Soul

Alice Wilde | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Alice Wilde

The toys that are so fixed, so finished, that every plastic gesture is forever frozen can never be anything else. They can't be transferred. A motorbike in miniature detail can't be a skier, or a truck, a buggy, a stone, a King Wasp or a cake - it can only be a motorbike. Non-transferable and a touch cold because of it.

Julia Bradbury Calls Term-Time Holiday Ban 'Child Tax' And Urges Parents To Go Anyway

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents

Julia Bradbury has said if families can’t afford to go away with their kids during school holidays, they should just take them out of school in term...

The Problems With Sex Education In Schools

Molly Thompson | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Molly Thompson

Looking back on my early teen years I can safely say that my sex education lessons were to put it lightly, lacking. We pretty much put a condom on a cucumber, got shown a slideshow of STD's and that was it.

Destination Digital

Dave Hartshorne | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Tech
Dave Hartshorne

This is what is happening with the UK in terms of the digital economy. We know that the future is digital. We know that a company without a website doesn't get found. It effectively becomes a shop without a window front.

I'm Sorry - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Jaelithe Leigh-Brown | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Parents
Jaelithe Leigh-Brown

I've seen my eldest become a shadow of his former self, mainly because kids have been kids and said things to him, that he's then become upset about. We've done our best to help him make friends, but it hasn't worked. The school has done what it can to support us. Unfortunately, our combined efforts haven't worked.

School's Out!

Jaelithe Leigh-Brown | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Parents
Jaelithe Leigh-Brown

He's kind, caring and one of the most compassionate people I know. But since he started school he's slowly lost his confidence and his belief in himself. He's too caught up with what other people think of him because he's been bullied over and over.

Let's Celebrate Creativity In The Classroom

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK
Dr Clare Owen

In our everyday lives, we need to be creative. Things come up that we didn't plan for: problems we didn't imagine we would have to solve, opportuniti...

The Narrative On University Safe Spaces And No-Platform Policies Couldn't Be Further From The Truth

Malia Bouattia | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Malia Bouattia

Those who seek to portray my generation as delicate flowers do so because they wish to preserve the freedom of expression for some, but not others. They believe that liberty should exist for the privileged, even if it's at the expense of the rest of us. 

Mourning Hans Rosling, Sultan of Statistics

William Crona | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
William Crona

Today, I mourn my fellow-countryman, the sultan of statistics, the great Hans Rosling.

England's Literacy Crisis Affects Us All

Ginny Lunn | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK
Ginny Lunn

Today the National Literacy Trust and Experian published new research exposing the scale of the literacy crisis in England. News that this country i...

Democracy And The Importance Of Turning Up

Jamie Lambert | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Jamie Lambert

We have to turn up, and keep turning up, and show that we believe equally as hard as they do, and that respect and acknowledgement of the rights of our fellow humans, no matter their skin colour, country of origin, gender, sexuality or whatever differences we may have, are the core values of the society we want to live in. Democracy is the single most important construct our society has ever developed and, whilst it has flaws like everything else, it's beautiful, and it works when we turn up.

Citizenship Education: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Josh Dell | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Josh Dell

Never before have the British people been asked so frequently to take decisions with monumental consequences. Yet in the build-up to the recent EU Referendum , it is arguable that one of the most common claims made by citizens young and old was "I want more information" and/or "I don't understand the issue enough to be able to vote with confidence". In this scenario, the direct democracy of a referendum is left open to manipulation by those with more information, and therefore more power. So where does the solution lie?

Why I Will Be Taking My Children On Holiday During Term Time

Emily Higgins | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Parents
Emily Higgins

As this is the first year that our children are in full time school, it's never been an issue before, but now that it is, I've found myself on the side of those who want to be able to take their children out of school during term time to go on holiday.