UK Education

Better Integration Needs Bold Decisions - Banning Independent Faith Schools Is One of Them

David Churchill | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
David Churchill

In the same way it is necessary to have limits on freedom of speech, we must too have limits on tolerance of intolerance. Too many independent faith schools break this threshold, perpetuate division and prevent meaningful cross-faith contact. In the interests of better long-term integration, we should gradually ban them.

The Detriment of Division: The challenge of HIV and AIDS Among Adolescent Girls

Payal Dalal | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK
Payal Dalal

More and more, we are hearing about the convergence of health and education. You can't learn if you are out of school sick. Lack of education leads to poverty and in turn the inability to access healthcare. To lead productive lives, people need both health and education: the two are cause and effect.

Tackling the Stigma of Ill Health Through Education

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

What's the best way to ignite change in medicine? It's a complex question with complex answers, but forgive my somewhat trite and very Zen phrasing when I say "change comes from within".

Why We Need to Teach Young People About the Holocaust

Karen Pollock | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Karen Pollock

Learning about the Holocaust isn't a quick-fix for societies' problems, it isn't the 'cure' for antisemitism. But Holocaust education, and understanding where antisemitism led during the darkest days in Europe is a start point for young people to consider their actions and responsibilities.

Student Diversity in the UK - It Shouldn't Be Just About Economics

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

I understand why the argument in favour of international students is expressed in hard economic facts, but the academic quality arguments are equally or probably even more relevant for our prosperity and well-being as a nation in the long term. Quality has a clear economic relevance - as long as we are able to look beyond short term objectives. That is something else we should make more prominent in our teaching, especially for the benefit of politicians.

Forget Mickey Mouse Degrees, Gender Studies is the New Non-Degree

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK
Lukas Mikelionis

Three years of one's life should be about learning and challenging previous assumptions. Definitely not about reinforcing the same tale, key points, and arming with ideas that seem to be true only in the inner circle of scholars of gender studies.

Why I am Determined to End Hunger in Our Classrooms

Carmel McConnell | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK
Carmel McConnell

Hunger makes children lethargic or angry or simply unsettled. New research we commissioned as part of our Feed Their Future report finds that, for 4 out of 5 teachers, mornings are more stressful than they should be because their pupils haven't eaten breakfast.

LGBT Schools and the Failure of our Education System to Support LGBT Youth

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shaun Dellenty

Aim for inclusion not segregation, acceptance not tolerance and be warm in praise of those who spot young people at risk and hold out a hand to help, we absolutely need more of that in the world about now.

Why 'Britain's First Gay School' is a Terrible Idea

Josh Marshall | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Josh Marshall

Being gay is not different, it is not wrong , it is not 'alien' - It is perfectly normal and just another wonderful colour on the spectrum of love.

Attracting the Right Talent to Engineering - From Stem to Steam

Peter Luff | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Luff

Our national security and our future competitiveness and prosperity all depend on bringing more people into engineering at all levels. But we need rather different skills from the conventional ones engineering has sought in the past and this is widely understood...

Only Education Can Defeat Terrorism

Meliha Hayat | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK
Meliha Hayat

Pupils are returning to school this week in Peshawar for the first time following a massacre in which more than 150 students and teachers were killed.

Fury As Female Judge Says Married Teacher Was 'Groomed' By Teenage Girl

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK

The Attorney General has reportedly said he doesn't have the power to challenge the "lenient" sentence given to a teacher who repeatedly had sex with ...

Our Blueprint for the Next Government to Save Young People From the Physical Inactivity Crisis

Baroness Sue Campbell | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Sue Campbell

The latest data shows around four in five children do not do enough daily physical activity to keep healthy. While most people, quite rightly, associate lack of activity with a decline in physical health and an increase in obesity, fewer people are aware of a wider, often hidden, consequence; that inactivity affects a child's ability to succeed at school and in life.

An Innovative Delevopment For Education in Sierra Leone

Becky Hopper | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

I for one, am particularly proud of what my friend has achieved and very excited about what it will mean for the children of Sierra Leone. Sam's work is a vital addition to all of the hard work already going on within the country to provide the next generation with the education they have a right to.

Raising Aspiration: Taking Small Steps Towards Big Ambitions

Julie Booth | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
Julie Booth

I was lucky enough to spend some time recently travelling around India, which was a wonderful experience.

Word Games

Caragh Little | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK
Caragh Little

We place ourselves on the blank canvas of others' judgment and opinions: longing to be liked, afraid of being hated, desperate for our words to find common ground with someone, even for a moment.

A New Breed of Degree for a Modern Workplace?

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK
Dr Philip Hallam

Whatever people do make of nanodegrees, I'm pleased to note that very few are using 'online distance learning' itself as a criticism of the concept. I believe this is a reflection of increasing mainstream acceptance of this study mechanism but also an acknowledgement of the changing face of online students.

Exploring Local Communities through Contradance

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Having lived in Claremont, California for four months now, I find it easy to be "stuck" in our comfortable "Claremont bubble", whose tranquil cafés, ...

It's Their Homework, Not Yours!

Sandi Mann | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Mann

Parents involve themselves in every aspect of school life, from running in every time their child has a problem, to falling over themselves to be parent helpers on school trips. And it doesn't stop at the school gate; so afraid are we of our kids making mistakes or doing things wrong that we hover over everything they do, like some kind of over-zealous quality control system.

Outside Education, Employment and Training - Our Students Are Heading That Way, But We're Getting Them Back on Track

Amy Lalla | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Amy Lalla

This week is the big return to work, and I'm wondering what sort of a holiday my students have had. The meal we treated them to at Nando's just before Christmas was probably as good as it got for some of them.

Drowning in Deadlines

Emily Hay | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Hay

Christmas - It's meant to be about family, sharing and a whole lot of food. It's a time for relaxing, when most of us have a bit of time off work or hopefully a few worry free days. But not for everyone. Specifically I'm talking about high school students; the ones with exams anyway.

So We Can Now Get Postgrad Loans? A Letter From an MSc Grad

Laura Blumenthal | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Blumenthal

Thank you for your early Christmas present to British under 30-years-olds who want to do a Masters degree. Among others issues in your Autumn Statement the news that the Government will provide postgraduate course funding of up to £10,000 to British people from 2016 perked up my ears.

Good, But Could Do Better

Chris Jones | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Jones

The shopping is done, the presents are wrapped and plans have been made. Yes, Christmas is just around the corner. And before we know it, we'll be toasting in the New Year. People say things tend to quieten down for businesses around this time of year, but this certainly hasn't been the case in the skills and employment arena. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Pakistan Finally Wakes Up to the Taliban Threat

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Though I cannot speak for all us, many of us have been rendered, albeit unwillingly, apathetic to the attacks on humanity suffered in Pakistan because of their frequency. This was the weak argument we were using up until now as we slumbered on in a chaotic world. But there's a time for all of us when we awaken and that wakefulness of our conscience is a blessing in itself that must be grasped, nurtured and fed - and I believe Pakistan has suddenly awakened. Finally. Thankfully...

10 Stupid Reasons To Get Detention

AllTime 10s | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education

School is meant to be the best days of your life, but that wasn't the case for these 10 students who were sent on detention for the worst reasons. Fro...