UK Education

Blaming Students and Businesses Is Not the Answer

Seamus Nevin | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Politics
Seamus Nevin

The immigration minister's criticisms make zero economic sense. Education, particularly higher education, is one of this country's great success stories. Every year thousands of students come here to learn and along the way they become lifelong friends of Britain. Nonsensically, the government now seem intent on making this whole process harder.

Target Grades - What Are They and Why Are They So Important?

Julie Booth | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

Setting and achieving targets is an intrinsic part of life and this is often replicated in the way schools monitor their pupils' learning. But do parents get enough information about where their child is in relation to their expected achievement?

Time to Scrap the Three-Hour Written Exam?

Dan Sandhu | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Sandhu

At a critical point in the learning life of young people, GCSEs and A-levels should be about breadth and wider skills, not ticking boxes. The one-size-fits-all approach is not working; it is failing our young people.

Learning Is Not Just a Classroom Thing

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

When we talk about learning, we usually imagine classrooms, books, maybe computer screens - but the most important form of learning is learning from e...

If the Study of Religion Is the Answer Then What Is the Question?

Malory Nye | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK
Malory Nye

Despite narratives of the slow but inevitable 'death of religion' -- and indeed the strident 'death to religion' of new atheists, such as Richard Dawkins -- there have been plenty of students and policy makers wanting to crack the nut of dealing with (and trying to understand) religion.

I've Got My Results, Now What Do I Do?

Scott Waddington | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Scott Waddington

I imagine for some of you the decision of what happens next will have already been made, university places accepted and bags waiting to be packed. But for others, this decision will not be so clear, and if this is you, it's really important to look at all of the opportunities on offer.

Not Starting School: Our Decision to Home Educate

Antonina Mamzenko | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Parents
Antonina Mamzenko

When we first made a decision to home educate, only a handful of our friends were supportive. For the most part, we were met with either mild bafflement at us suddenly turning hippie-like, or rather rude comments labelling us irresponsible parents who will surely ruin our child's future, because school is the best thing ever since sliced bread, and isn't school compulsory anyway?

Pupils' funny exam answers

Parentdish UK | Keith Kendrick | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

Wondering how your kids got on in their exams? Well a new website might reveal the answer – but be prepared for some crushing disappointment. ...

Homework: How to avoid the tears

Parentdish UK | Glynis Kozma | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

Whether your child has been at school for two years or 12, homework can be the source of tears. And not just yours. Now that the new term is underway,...

What do teachers really want to say to parents?

Parentdish UK | Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

Schools invariably set rules for pupils but what if they could make some for parents too? In the interests of enhancing parent-teacher relationships...

Back to school: Am I the only one who misses my children?

Parentdish UK | Ursula Hirschkorn | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

It's that time of year again. Children up and down the land are being buttoned into stiff new school uniforms, slipping on shiny shoes, ready to be sc...

There's a Whole Generation That Needs Experience - Here's What You Can Do

Chris Jones | Posted 23.08.2015 | UK
Chris Jones

It's exam season again and, as usual, the focus is on who got what grades. Yet, time and time again employers tell us that what they really care about in new recruits has nothing to do with As and Bs, and everything to do with work experience.

Don't Know Much About History...

Caragh Little | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK
Caragh Little

somehow, teachers seem to get blamed for disappointing results with the credit for the best results going entirely to their students. The thought of photographers taking shots of delighted teachers leaping in the air outside their schools, reading glasses and sensible cardigans flying in all directions, is so ridiculous that it's utterly delightful.

Degrees - Are They Really Worth It?

Michelle Dewberry | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Michelle Dewberry

There needs to be a reconnect between higher education and the jobs economy. We need to make sure that people moving into higher education will actually be exiting the system with qualifications which are relevant and aligned with the jobs that businesses and the like are creating.

Why Social Media and a Culture of 'Over-Sharing' Has Ruined Results Day

Ellen Johnson | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ellen Johnson

Social media can be great for many things, for awkward throwback pictures, for tweeting Katie Hopkins, for sharing vines with your friends, but it should not be for showing off. We have to be sensitive to other people's academic experience. So lets get back to using social media for better things, yeah?

Results Day: Qualifications vs Life Experience

James Caan CBE | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK
James Caan CBE

Lots of people I meet automatically assume that employers would veto any candidate who has no degree or generally doesn't perform well academically. However, this isn't always the case. I, and most other employees, look for something more than just an impressive CV. We want a candidate to tell us when they have applied learnings to real life experiences.

Can We Talk About Sex Education Please?

Harry Nicholas Taylor | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Nicholas Taylor

I'd like to see a change in sex education, the sooner the better. Sex education needs to provide a more intimate and truthful depiction of sex for LGBTI+ people. The dangers of sex of course, need to be addressed but we also need to turn our heads to the enjoyment of sex and consent. At the moment, there is a lack of understanding and it is dangerous.

What is Archaeology and Anthropology to Our Young People?

Theo Davies-Lewis | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Theo Davies-Lewis

Schools should be encouraged to visit sites of significant historical meaning more than they are now. Archaeology and anthropology studies can be conducted in the deepest Mayan forests of South America, the desert towns of the Middle East, but it can be even more fascinating to our youngsters if it is right on their doorstep - as I have found in Llanelli.

The Tories Are Rigidly Sticking to Their Belief That Mass Academisation Will Solve the Nation's Educational Ills

Fiona Millar | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Politics
Fiona Millar

The government would be wise to remember that most parents want good local schools, with good teaching, behavior and leadership, a safe well functioning environment and a curriculum in which every child can flourish and realize his or her talents.

Curriculum Crisis in Taiwan Highlights Country's Generational Divides Once More

David Spencer | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK
David Spencer

It is just a couple of weeks ago that Taiwan was making news around the world for all the right reasons after both the major political parties, the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) nominated female candidates for next year's Presidential elections.

How Does FE Fit in With Government Skills Plans?

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

The government's plans for improving skills in Britain are ambitious and wide-ranging. The Chancellor's briefing document, "Fixing the foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation," explains in a little over eighty pages how this is to be done.

'The Danish Way of Parenting: A Guide to Raising the Happiest Kids in the World' by Jessica Alexander and Iben Sandahl, a Review

Matthew Hirtes | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Parents
Matthew Hirtes

The Danes have a very common-sense approach to educating their children at home. And Alexander and Sandahl advocate unstructured free time. In other countries, there's a pressure on parents to fill their children's time with after-school activities, whether it be in a sports club or something more musical.

Are Exam Results the 'B' All and End All?

BritChick Paris | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

I couldn't see that exam success is not all defining. Resilience and how you handle life's knockbacks is, of course, far more important. That C was a warning sign that I never listened to, because if C stood confidence, that was a subject that I definitely had not mastered!

Chinese School? No Thanks!

Frederika Roberts | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Frederika Roberts

Learning by rote does not foster innovative thinking, questioning the status quo, changing the world. It teaches children to be excellent at passing exams that were designed to test their ability to regurgitate facts. This is not knowledge, or intelligence, or analytical thinking.

Why the West Wants to Invest in Education in the UAE

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

Having the seventh largest oil-reserves in the world, UAE was guided into its quintessential element by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan - ...