UK Education

Americanizing My British Accent: An Identity Crisis

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

"You actually say 'maths' instead of 'math'?" Colour. *Color. "So... I hope you don't mind if I ask you a personal question. Did you live in the U.K...

Purple Reigns: Spirit Day 2014 at Dame Elizabeth Cadbury School, Birmingham, UK

Claire Stoneman | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Claire Stoneman

At the very end of Spirit Day, the entire school emptied onto the playground for a photograph to show our unity for all young LGBT people who have faced bullying, abuse or discrimination. And as our pupils jostled and argued over who would get to hold the rainbow flag, I knew that we had made a difference, and that things would never be the same again.

Why the UK Is Finally Taking Low Confidence Seriously

BritChick Paris | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

Last Thursday evening the unbelievable happened. An awards ceremony took place in the House of Commons for body confidence. No need for a red carpet or pomp and circumstance. No male politicians driving agendas to win elections. Just a group of individuals of all shapes and sizes, fighting for the right for us all 'to be ourselves'...

Should Body Confidence Be Taught In Schools?

Phillippa Diedrichs | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phillippa Diedrichs

The evidence is clear. Low body confidence is a significant public health and social issue requiring our attention. The classroom provides an excellent opportunity to promote healthy body image. It's where we can reach most teenagers and enlist the help of their teachers, who are well placed to support them when armed with the right body confidence tools and training.

Talking Young Enterprise at the Party Conferences

Michael Mercieca | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK
Michael Mercieca

This year I attended both the Conservative and Labour Party conferences in my capacity as Chief Executive of the charity Young Enterprise.‭ ‬It‭'‬s now a couple of weeks since the conferences and I‭'‬ve had time to digest and reflect not only on‭ ‬what‭ ‬was achieved there but also‭ ‬where‭ ‬it was achieved.‭..

#Girlhero: The Story of Pallavi Gaikwad

Payal Dalal | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Payal Dalal

When asked why she is devoting herself to girls, her response is simple: "of course girls are important; they are part of the world. To play their part, they need confidence, education, and a safe place to practice skills." So what's next for Pallavi?

Two People Were Awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, but the Internet Is Only Buzzing Over One of Them

Priyanka Mogul | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Priyanka Mogul

Despite the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to two people this year, the Internet still seems to be solely focused on Malala's achievement, whilst almost completely ignoring the fact that Kailash has done a lot of impressive work himself (evidently so, if he's been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for it).

We Wouldn't Expect Malala To Celebrate Winning A Nobel Prize Any Other Way

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK

Education campaigner Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest person to win a Nobel prize - and found out in a chemistry lesson at her school in Birmi...

Mind the Gap

Nicholas Harris | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nicholas Harris

It looks unlikely that the job market will ever become tame but that does not mean it cannot be bested. It is up to us as individuals to bring as much as we can to the table when it comes to the assault course of assessment centres and interviews faced when we graduate from university. And so as repetitive as it may seem, it really is worth minding the gap.

Could Your Child's Teachers Be Struggling?

Julie Booth | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

With the new academic year now well underway, children across England will be getting used to a revamped national curriculum, which the government has described as "rigorous, engaging and tough".

When I Grow Up...

Caragh Little | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

When I grow up, none of my lessons will be boring. None of my jokes will be bad, apart from the ones which are intentionally terrible for ironic effect. All of my lessons will be planned to the last second and will never be derailed by tangents or contingencies or people falling asleep.

One Story Worth Sharing: Community College Preparatory Academy

John Fallon | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK
John Fallon

Washington DC's reputation as a city of stark contrasts is well known - and it applies as much to education as any other slice of life. Half of the city's adult residents hold a bachelor's degree, but another third are functionally illiterate...

We Need to Talk About Sexism at UK Universities

Rachel Thompson | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Thompson

Sexism at UK universities is not just a cluster of isolated incidents, but a real and present issue that students face nationwide. We go to university to learn, to better ourselves, to progress, but we do not expect to be harassed, objectified and subjected to misogyny...

Putting Rungs in Place to Help Pupils Climb Out of Poverty

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Livingstone

Last week, it was great to see one Cabinet Minister getting out of the 'conference zone'. Justine Greening might be Secretary of State for International Development but while in Birmingham, she took the opportunity to find out what's going on closer to home with a visit to a school in one of the most deprived parts of the city.

Can Mobile Technology Help Teachers to Be More Effective?

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Tech
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

I believe that if children are to enjoy their right to an education they must be taught by teachers who are properly trained and supported. There is a pressing need to consider how best to train teachers - both new teachers and up-skilling the large numbers of currently unqualified and under-qualified teachers through in-service training.

Is 'Pink It, Shrink It' Really the Answer?

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

Within the consumer world one way marketers encourage more women to purchase their goods is what we refer to as "pink it, shrink it". Make it feel more like a women should use it. But should we be using this method to encourage more girls to code?

The System Teaches Disabled People to be Passive

Simon Stevens | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I believe that someone's attitude to life can determine their future, more than anything else, and that a positive attitude can reap enormous benefits. This means also that a passive attitude will result in a poor quality of life, regardless of the amount of money they may have.

Parents Think 57% of 11-15 Year Olds Have Tried Alcohol, But That's Not Right - Time for a Conversation

Inge Plochaet | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Inge Plochaet

Predicting what teenagers think is tricky - as a mother of two, I know how hard it can be. Our annual AB InBev survey into young people and alcohol shows this is particularly true when it comes to attitudes to drinking.

Video Games Could Be the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Education

Pete Low | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pete Low

Given the choice to play video games or go to school on any given day, my children would choose video games. So as both a father and a video game designer I wonder: could schools tap into the things that make learning so addictive in the games that my kids are playing?

Male Anorexia - The Hidden Disease

Daniel O'Kelly | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel O'Kelly

We've all dealt with monsters under our bed. We've defeated them by signing songs, turning on night lamps, or reading stories. But, how do you defeat a monster that's living within you? I was 16 years old when faced with this question.

For the Flourishing of Young Minds: The Mindfulness Toolkit for Tough Times

Richard Burnett | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Burnett

Mindfulness is not enough on its own; it is no silver bullet. Schools are complex places and people more complex still - teachers, pupils and parents alike. Mindfulness must be part of a broader pastoral net, not only in terms of social and emotional learning, but also child protection.

Wanted Urgently: Adequately Trained Teachers So All Children Can Go to School by 2030

Aaron Benavot | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK
Aaron Benavot

How many teachers do we need? The year 2015 is just around the corner, and yet UIS data show that  countries will need to recruit about 4 million more teachers to achieve universal primary education by the deadline.

Learning From the United Nations General Assembly 2014

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

As we've learnt from the MDGs, progress cannot occur in silos. We need to learn from each other, we need to educate each other, and we need to work together to achieve real change.

Tackling the 'Pandemic' of Sexual Harassment in Sierra Leone's Universities

Julie Tomlin | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK
Julie Tomlin

"It's now time for there to be an official place to say if you have this problem, you can come here," says Thorpe. "We will be able to challenge the powers that be, no matter who you are, be you a lecturer, be you a president, we'll be able to take you to task. Once we begin to name and shame people, that would be an achievement."

Elite Schools Should Support Academies or Lose Charitable Status

Charlie Rigby | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK
Charlie Rigby

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted, said recently that private schools should be stripped of their charitable status for failing to sponsor academies and struggling state schools in poor areas. Through my personal experience of the private education system and my current work to provide academies with cost effective extra-curricular programs, I couldn't agree with him more.