UK Education

Children and Young People Are Being Betrayed

Chris Keates | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

As teachers gather at the NASUWT Annual Conference over the Easter weekend they will, of course, be concerned about the relentless attacks that the teaching profession has suffered over the last four years, along with other public service workers, on their pay, pensions and conditions of service.

How Technology Is Creating Super-Teachers of the Future

John Friend | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Tech
John Friend

Even the best teachers hit limitations; there just aren't enough hours in the day to know everything about every pupil they teach. But technology is starting to change that. In the coming years, a lot of the legwork, and the burdensome aspects of teaching will be assisted by technology.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists Through Citizen Science

Dallas Campbell | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dallas Campbell

When I was young I was probably like a lot of kids, - not really sure what science was, why it was important, and disengaged. I've since learned that science is one of the most engaging, inspiring and creative subjects on the curriculum. It's the part of the school day when the entire universe enters the classroom and young people have the chance to not only learn about the world we live in but also the challenges we face in the future...

Protecting Children in a Digital World

Nigel Chapman | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

The internet and information technology can widen access to learning, enhance the quality of education and empower men and women, girls and boys, with new skills and opportunities. But this does not happen by itself - it requires leadership, planning and action.

Growing Trend of Entrepreneurialism in the Next Generation

Martin Reed | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Martin Reed

What is needed is a healthy serving of self-awareness and insight to address this issue. Understanding the next generations' strengths, limitations, communication styles and motivations is key to aligning them with the workforce of the future.

Teach 10-Year-Olds More About Drugs, Says Government Advisor

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK

Drugs education for children as young as 10 should be broadened, one of the Government's chief drug advisers has said. Professor Simon Gibbons, a m...

Only By Working Together Can We Make Sure the Voices of Street Children Are Heard

David Schofield | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK
David Schofield

There are many millions of children living or working on the streets. They are found in every continent and every country. But whether they live in Mumbai, Manchester or Mexico City, they can face many of the same daily risks and lack of opportunities often going unseen and unheard.

'Racist' Swan Only Attacks Foreign Students

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A swan nesting at a university has been accused of attacking students from ethnic minorities. Warwick University has had to erect a fence around a ...

Teenager Found Dead Next To School

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK

A teenage boy has been found dead close to a secondary school in Swansea, police have confirmed. Officers were called to an area off Gower Road in ...

Should We Put Poor Two Year Olds in School?

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
June O'Sullivan MBE

He says put two year olds in school early and they will succeed but children aged three have been in school for the last 12 years and there is no research that shows that by being in school they have successfully helped children become 'school ready.'

Kwibuka 20: Remember Rwanda by Celebrating Its Future

Tony Koutsoumbos | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Tony Koutsoumbos

One wonders why the world insists on re-visiting Rwanda's violent past when it has such a promising future. To be sure, we must never forget, which is why last night's touching service was so important. Today though, when I think of Rwanda, I think of Joyce, Bruce, and Victor, and celebrate the victory of a bright future over a dark past.

Young Greens Hold Unprecedented National Ballot to Pick NUS Favourites

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josiah Mortimer

After a national ballot of all members, the youth branch of the Green Party has voted to back University of London Union Vice President Daniel Cooper by 71% to be the next leader of the NUS.

Guidance for The Naïve Undergraduate - Part Two: Love and Relationships

Thomas Hurdsfield | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Hurdsfield

Love is and relationships are an inevitable part of university life. I mean, how many individuals have gone on to meet their future spouse through university? How lovely. Albeit, it doesn't always last and usually results in divorce upon acknowledgement of distinct difference but still, they did meet their one time one at a higher education institution, which surely counts for something.

'Fuelling Hatred': LGBT Groups Slam Reports Gay Teacher Was Forced Out Of Job

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK

LGBT rights groups have revealed their concerns after reports emerged that a gay teacher was forced to resign after parents complained that they did n...

School Places: Everyone Only Wants the Best for Their Children Right?

Francesca Richards-Spiller | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Francesca Richards-Spiller

Defining children according to wealth or merit in specific subjects sits very uncomfortably with me. What about supporting kids' interests, building on enthusiasm? What about maintaining friendships between kids of different social backgrounds rather than keeping them in separate worlds? Isn't it heartbreaking when children are separated from their best friends...

Students Want Greater Access to Work Experience and Industry Content

Aaron Porter | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aaron Porter

For universities and institutions the message is even more unequivocal, greater collaboration is vital, and not only because students want it and businesses value the graduates it produces.

Over the Last Decade, 17million More Children Are Learning in sub-Saharan

Pauline Rose | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Pauline Rose

It is troubling that the 9% decline in aid spending to basic education in low income countries between 2010 and 2011 has hit 19 of the poorest countries - Tanzania amongst them. Without donor support to education as promised in 2000 at the World Education Forum in Dakar, these countries will struggle to provide the quality of education that their children deserve.

The Muslim Plot That Wasn't

Assed Baig | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Assed Baig

A secret document purporting to expose an undercover Muslim conspiracy to take over schools in Birmingham hit national news recently, prompting journalists to fall over themselves heralding a sinister 'Islamic plot', while eliciting both public statements from the Prime Minister and snap Ofsted inspections for the places of learning allegedly targeted by the conspirators.

Obscurity Is the Enemy of Philosophy

Joseph Miles | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joseph Miles

Scientists have gone out into the world at large away from the comforts of academia to justify what they are doing since the dawn of scientific practice itself. It is about time that philosophers did the same.

Tackling Poor Attainment and Preventing NEETs HAS to Start with Character-Building

Lady Diana Whitmore | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lady Diana Whitmore

Former children's minister Tim Loughton said last week that improving educational outcomes is the key to tackling youth unemployment. He's absolutely right, and it is early intervention programmes like ours that can help to ensure the most disadvantaged young children and teenagers are able to achieve their full academic, and personal, potential.

Giving Children the Best Start in Life Needs More Than Schools

Jacob Tas | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

Helping the most vulnerable children is a daunting and complex task, and there will be disagreements about how to do it. But to move forward we need to keep the child at the centre, build on the progress children's centres have made and use it to make sure all children get the best start in life, healthy and supported at home.

Being Called a 'Fundamentalist Secularist' Is an Insult I Would Welcome

George Gillett | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Gillett

It is this debate that secularists, both religious and otherwise, are fighting for. The movement doesn't aim to destroy or dismantle religion, but to create a society where no one group is granted special privilege or power. A society which ensures that all beliefs are protected and welcomed equally. But this debate can only be had once you stop using "secularism" as a slur.

Why the No Make-Up Selfie campaign spread across social media like cyber wildfire

Dr Mariann Hardey | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Mariann Hardey

Considering how many of us look in the mirror first thing in the morning, the thought of sharing our image on Facebook among 1.11billion users is probably a daunting prospect. So it's arguably a masterstroke that in a world obsessed with body perfection a charitable cause rallied tens of thousands of women into revealing their bare faces on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter...

Poverty Holds Back Learning in Kenya

Manos Antoninis | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Manos Antoninis

Margaret, a teacher in Nairobi, is the fifth participant in the EFA Global Monitoring Report's 10-week #TeacherTuesday campaign. She works in Kibera, ...

Teachers and Parents: It's Time To Teach About Same Sex Weddings!

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

So in the end, common sense, lots of hard work from lots of people and the freedom to love and be loved prevailed. I can now legally wed the man I love, should I choose to. Blimey, I feel like my experience of reality just changed massively.