UK Education

We Hear It Time And Time Again When A Child Is Diagnosed With A Long-Term Or Chronic Illness. "But How Will I Keep Up With My Friends At School?"

Karen Dolva | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK
Karen Dolva

As the new school year begins, I can't help but think about the students that won't be rushing through the front gates, excited to see their friends a...

Are Teachers Turning A Blind Eye To Bullying?

Tracy Gladman | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK
Tracy Gladman

Bullying in schools has been going on for as long as we can remember. Whilst no one would condone it, it's hard to stop it from starting in the first...

Why We Need To Teach Pupils Sex Is Not Just About Warding Off Groomers And Avoiding STIs

Elsie Whittington | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK
Elsie Whittington

While everyone needs to be taught about consent, it needs to be done in a way that focuses on how more communication, although awkward to begin with, is likely to enable more pleasurable experiences in the longer run, rather than simply teaching that consent is important so that you don't get in trouble with the law. 

Partnering To Get Every Child Learning

Kevin Watkins | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK
Kevin Watkins

The world is witnessing the highest levels of human displacement on record since World War II. Of the unprecedented 65.3 million people forced from th...

We Need Women In Maths, Science And Up In Space

Katy Brand | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK Comedy
Katy Brand

In her new show, I Could've Been An Astronaut, comedian Katy Brand explores her love of astronomy and her 'crapness' at maths. In the show she also talks about the lack of encouragement girls receive to study STEM subjects - and in an exclusive vlog for HuffPost UK she discusses this further. Katy says that: "Without female engineers and architects, how will we ever get away from massive phallic buildings dominating the sky-line of every city in the world?

Why School Leader Well-being Must Become A Priority

Viv Grant | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK
Viv Grant

The last few years have seen schools place a growing emphasis on pupil well-being. This has in part been due to increasing numbers of teachers and ...

Teachers Vs Social Media

Russell Haworth | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Tech
Russell Haworth

Teachers have always faced challenges - time changes the medium but not the content. The teachers of today still face the issues of bullying and abuse, fighting against a tide of inattention. In 2017, however, they are working against smartphones and the digital world rather than pieces of paper and fisticuffs.

We Need To Put Creativity Back At The Heart Of Our Communities And Schools

Kevin Brennan | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Politics
Kevin Brennan

Art is a shared cultural inheritance in which everyone has a right to participate, and Government should work to ensure that that is the case. But, on this Tory Government's watch, art is increasingly becoming seen as the preserve of the rich. Both the creation and the appreciation of art are perceived as exclusive luxuries.

Government Response On Failing Wakefield Academy Trust 'Not Good Enough', MPs Say

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Politics

The government’s response to an academy trust pulling out of the sponsorship of more than 20 schools in Yorkshire is ’not good enough’, MPs say....

Gender-Neutral Clothing Is The Start Of Better Sex Education

Rachel Bell | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Parents
Rachel Bell

'Gender-neutral' simply means stereotype-free, and starting with clothes labels is a step in the right direction to expressing full humanity, academic potential and healthy relationships

Happy New Year

Caragh Little | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK
Caragh Little

It's been two weeks but it feels more like a month - being back at school already feels completely normal. There's homework to mark and lessons to plan and people are already talking about next year's exam results.

My Concerns About The New GCSE Grading System

Katie Buckingham | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK
Katie Buckingham

With mental health problems so prevalent in UK students, and with factors other than exam results often being considered more important by employer's in selection processes, it is difficult to support the introduction of even more challenging exams to 16 year old students, who already feel so pressured at such a young age.

Political Parties Have Been Too Timid On Educational Inequality

Adam Peggs | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Politics
Adam Peggs

Labour's growing lead in the polls and the election upset this June, means that the party's approach to fixing education in Britain is of vital importance - given the Tories could be out of power within 12 months. Because of this it is essential that people are demanding an approach to education that is bold, reforming and goes beyond just addressing the funding crisis in British schools.

When State Schools Lead, Independents Follow

Haroon Mohamoud | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Haroon Mohamoud

Early last week, St Olave's in Orpington, one of the UK's leading grammar schools, made the news after it told a handful of its Sixth Form students that they could not return for their final A-Level year since they did not secure high enough grades in their exams. This move has been dismissed as draconian, no less by the parents of affected students.

Coming Out At School Was The Most Profound Experience Of My Life

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

I feel privileged to witness the positive impact my work has had upon individuals, upon schools and through advising on policy, upon the education system itself. Coming out to a whole school community was indeed the most profound thing I have ever done. We carry on with hope in our hearts, the battle for real equality is only just beginning. Authentic identity should never be a privilege.

Ten Ways Parents Can Help Children Excel In School

Sheila Mulvenney | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Parents
Sheila Mulvenney

As parents we want our children to do well in school. Children learn best when they feel safe and happy and have confidence in the adults around them. These tips don't all relate to the academic side of school but they can all play a part in ensuring your child is well supported, whether they are just starting their school life or are teenagers preparing for exams.

This Is Why Parents Are Being Encouraged To Write To Their Kids' Schools About Porn

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Parents

Parents are being encouraged to write to their children’s schools to ask them to teach subjects related to porn. Sexual health charity FPA is urging...

As Classrooms Reopen For The New Year, We Are No Nearer To Ensuring Every Child Receives An Education

Mubarak Al-Thani | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Mubarak Al-Thani

September is here and once again that back-to-school feeling seems to seep into my consciousness. As my mind wanders, I find myself reminiscing about those first few days when the books smell new and the shoes still shine. We spend over a decade leaping from one classroom to the next, at an institution many look back on with fondness, others with unease. As time passes, however, school becomes an intrinsic part of our collective memory.

Our Schools Must Unlock The True Power Of Art

Mark Cass | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Mark Cass

I was away with family in vibrant, frenetic Hong Kong and needed to relax. Inspired by some calligraphy works I'd seen at a local exhibition, I popped out to buy some liquid ink, a brush and paper.

Not The Grades You Expected? What To Do Next

Brad Frankel | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Brad Frankel

The most important thing here to remember is to not compare yourself to others.

How Active Are Kids At School?

Helen Schoeb | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Schoeb

An increasing number of parents are concerned about their children's activity levels or are aware of a health risk relating to their lack of exercise. For that reason, you may wonder how active your kids really are once you send them off for their first day of school.

Schools Are Local And Should Be Locally Accountable

John Tizard | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Over the summer there are have been many media articles and political interventions raising questions about the growth and increasing power of Multi-A...

Surviving Student Halls

James Gullis | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
James Gullis

To make the most of your time in halls, remember that not everyone will agree with you, will share your values or will have a similar lifestyle. Be open, be accepting and most of all be considerate. Student halls are a once in a lifetime experience, so take time to enjoy it!

Clearing Empowers Students To Make The Right Choices About Their Future

Roxanne Stockwell | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Roxanne Stockwell

University is a tremendous experience - intellectually satisfying, great fun, and full of opportunities. But there are a lot of universities and a lot of courses - the UK sector is wonderfully diverse. They just need to make sure they are choosing the right one.

Back To School

Tasneem Dulayymi | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Tasneem Dulayymi

As a child growing up in the United Kingdom, I remember feeling annoyed when the "Back 2 School" adverts started emerging on our television screens, informing me that my days of making sand castles, eating unhealthy amounts of ice-cream and roller-blading up and down our cul-de-sac were coming to an end.