UK Education

Dear Teachers: Do You Know How Wonderful You Are?

Rachel Jeffcoat | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Parents
Rachel Jeffcoat

You have the power to make a child's life better. In September you'll start all over again. With a brand new set of kids who'll look up to you, and come looking for you when they need an ice pack or a few words of encouragement.

Four Things Teachers Can Learn From Beyoncé

Oliver Beach | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Beach

Beyoncé is a fearless leader. She is, unquestionably, a powerful force within her field and, indeed, the world. My message is simple: she leads by example, she is driven by a moral purpose and she exhibits the characteristics necessary for success in any vocation. Master those and the world is your oyster.

Tribute Paid To 'Beautiful And Outgoing' Schoolgirl Who Died On France Trip

PA | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK

A schoolgirl who died in a swimming accident on a school trip to France was "the most beautiful and outgoing girl", her family said. Twelve-year-ol...

Schoolgirl Dies In Swimming Accident On School Trip

PA | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK

A 12-year-old girl has died in a swimming accident during a school trip to France.The pupil at the Wolfreton School in Hull was taken to hospital in L...

The 'Struggle of Our Generation' Needs a Suitable Strategy for Our Generation - 'Prevent' In Its Current Form Sadly Isn't

Waqar Ahmad Ahmedi | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Politics
Waqar Ahmad Ahmedi

Mr Cameron's speech was never going to please everyone, but has made a good number of those he was reaching out to feel even more alienated.

Teach First - A Lesson in Literacy

Stephen Fear | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Stephen Fear

People often say to me "how did you succeed at anything with no education"? Well the secret is I didn't. I was educated, but not in the conventional s...

Giving Thanks to Student Support Staff

Ed Pinkney | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ed Pinkney

It's almost exactly five years since I graduated. When I look back, despite some excellent lectures, the university faces I remember most are not academics, but support staff. I'm sure that for a significant proportion of graduates it's the same. Support staff deserve their dues.

PSHE: The Missing Link

Fiona Smith | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

The UK is shockingly behind other developed countries in terms of children's health outcomes, with five more children dying per day than in Sweden. So many health issues facing our children are preventable - yet the Government has just cut £200 million from public health spending and with it many of the resources we need to educate children about their health.

Mindful of the Evidence Base

Raliza Stoyanova | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Raliza Stoyanova

Half of mental health disorders have their onset before age 15, and there is growing evidence that the teenage brain undergoes significant change. This time of heightened brain plasticity offers a valuable opportunity to try and foster resilience and potentially prevent the onset of mental illness.

On Borrowed Time

Simon Cowell MBE | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK
Simon Cowell MBE

With the situation in Greece still dominating the press headlines - even after the last-minute deal between Brussels and Athens - and with continuing anxiety across the EU (and beyond) about the potential consequences of the unfolding Euro crisis, I wonder why nobody of real influence in the worlds of politics or business has yet made the connection between the state of the world economy (generally speaking, up the creek without a paddle!) and the state of the natural environment (even worse).

Make Classes That Could Protect Kids Against Sex Abuse Compulsory, Says MP

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK

The UK's only Green Party MP says children must be taught to fight the threat of sexual abuse from figures like Jimmy Savile through compulsory Person...

Why Work, Rest and Play Could Become the Mantra to a Quality Education

Julie Booth | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

With the end of the school term upon many of us and the summer holidays getting underway, pupils and educators alike will be looking forward to some respite from what can be one of the most intense periods in the academic year.

The Case for Ridding Schools of Technology

Rachel Jones | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Tech
Rachel Jones

Tech can provide a huge range of opportunities for learning, I don't think you can argue against that. But I sometimes think there needs to be a little thought into what's used, how it's used, and what the outcomes are.

Education, Skills and the Human Face of UK Productivity

Michael Mercieca | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Michael Mercieca

Productivity. It's a word that strikes boredom into the heart of the majority of people. And I'll grant you, it's hard to get excited about a measure of input versus output value per worker, per hour. But it is a vital measure of how we're doing as a country. And since the economic crash, productivity in the UK, and many Western economies, has been absolutely dire and shows little sign of sustainable growth in the future.

Why Are We Ignoring the Student Living Costs Struggle?

Richard Batt | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Batt

While most of the focus is understandably on the rise of cost of student loans, the financial struggles for university students is just as important. When a student is paying up to £9,000 a year to go to university, the pressure is on them to ensure they walk away with a qualification. When they cannot afford to pay for rent or food, it is likely that the stress will impact their studies - especially if their parents cannot assist them in any way.

The Tories Don't Care About Equality - Only We Can Create A Better Society

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Politics
Sara McCorquodale

Rather than turn on each other - as this wretched ruling party almost baits us to - we must unite. If the government refuses to provide a system allowing everyone the same opportunities, we must create our own. Screw them, their ideas are stupidly predictable anyway. We can do better.

Ten Top Tips for Students to Make the Most Out of Their Summer

Greg Thompson | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Greg Thompson

With summer fast approaching for students, they are planning what to do, where to go and who to see. For teachers it's really important that students are also preparing for their next school, college or university term - so that's why the top tips below are connected to learning!

25 Things That Happened at My Primary School in the 1980s That Would Never Be Allowed Today

Kate Chapman | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Kate Chapman

Looking back at all the old photos on display reminded me how simple life was back then, and just how different my own school experience is from that of my children. It's inspired me to compile a little list of things that *actually* happened at my primary school in the 1980's - that would never be allowed today, or if they were, I suspect would be severely frowned upon....

Mass Sperm Freezing is Not an Answer: Fertility Education Is the Solution

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Parents
Dr Geeta Nargund

I was deeply concerned to read the proposal by Dr Kevin Smith last week, that young men should consider freezing their sperm, around the age of 18 with the promise of artificial fertility even in old age.

Uni-Versal Value? Hardly

Bethan Forrest | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bethan Forrest

You are the architect of your own experience and the master of your own direction. In that way, you will be making best use of the experience - not by looking at university as the best time you will ever have or feeling that going to university means that you are owed something after.

12 Things I've Learnt During My Kid's First Year at School

Claire Kirby | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

Summer Holidays are around the corner and it's been 9 months since I said my first goodbye to my son with a lump in my throat at the classroom door. Whilst he has undoubtedly learnt so much, it's fair to say it's been a pretty steep learning curve for Mummy too!

Why We're Teaching Students About the 7/7 Bombings

Neil McKain | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Neil McKain

Like many Londoners, 7 July 2005 began for me as a normal working day. I drove from my flat in Queens Park to Ealing where I was working as an estate agent. Morning briefing done, our team of sales negotiators 'hit the phones' to drum up business and book appointments. Then people's mobiles started beeping. Other offices started calling in. Something was going on in central London.

Marshall Scholars Help Make the UK-US Relationship What It Is Today

Hugo Swire | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

This year marks seventy years since the end of the Second World War. While the number of people that can remember the devastation first-hand diminishes each year, this country's gratitude endures for the sacrifices made by the American people for peace in Europe and for the bold and enlightened Marshall Plan, which rebuilt our decimated economies.

Water Catastrophe - The Night There Wasn't Any Water Left In The Taps

A. Dassu | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
A. Dassu

Next time I turn the news on and see a story about people living through a drought, or floods affecting people's houses and lives, I won't just feel sorry for them. I will understand a lot better what they must be going through and will pick up that phone and donate more and encourage everyone I know to do the same.

Make Room for Adjustment

John Walmsley | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
John Walmsley

Exam results season is upon us once again, bringing with it an air of nervous tension which students must endure before results day and the freedom of the summer break and the potential wonders of university life can begin. It all seems a little daunting at this point doesn't it? Well, it doesn't need to be.