UK Education

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.

Tackling Mental Health Shouldn't Be An Emergency

Ian Ashman | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Ian Ashman

Recently the media has been full of stories about the perilous situation of the country's NHS. We know that A&E is overloaded and overcrowded. That's ...

Do We Really Need Body Worn Cameras In The Classroom?

Daniel Nesbitt | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Daniel Nesbitt

It's vital that body worn cameras are used only when they can be effective and proportionate. Nothing published so far is convincing of either when it comes to using them in schools.

Forget PISA, UK Teachers Are Top Of The World

Patrick Hayes | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Patrick Hayes

It seems that UK teachers are in high demand across the world, and we should take pride in that fact. But given the teacher shortage we are facing in ...

Teachers Wear Bodycams Used By Police To Combat Unruly Student Behaviour

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education

“Fed up” teachers are reportedly using bodycams, as worn by police, in an attempt to combat unruly pupil behaviour. Crime justice researcher Tom ...

Compass Or A Sat Nav For The Digital World?

Stephen Carrick-Davies | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Tech
Stephen Carrick-Davies

Asking students yesterday about the earliest time they logged on that morning, most admitted to waking early for fear of missing out (FOMO). The adrenaline rush they receive from posts being "liked" can become addictive and sleep is the casualty.

Students: For The Sake Of Those That Come After You, Boycott The National Student Survey

Bradley Allsop | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

This is a small battle in a huge conflict. It is a conflict between a state that provides for, nurtures and empowers it citizens, and a free-market, free-for-all that leaves all but a few worse off, that erodes notions like collective effort and genuine altruism and replaces them with individual greed and cut-throat competition.

Inclusion And Kindness - My Response To The Home Education Media Storm

Prudence Clarke | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Parents
Prudence Clarke

There isn't one family who educates like any other because each child is unique and each education is tailored to that child. Once one of us stands up and shouts 'that's not true home education' the next question is ' well, what is better?' Is it yours, is it mine, is it Mr Nobody down the road?