UK Education

The Importance of Understanding Mental Health

Matt Clifton | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Clifton

Having depression myself, I know how it feels to feel isolated, alone and like nobody understands and sometimes this can feel like this case, however the good news is more people are coming forward to share their stories with Mental Health and this week, Mental Health Awareness Week has proved that, I have been ever so glad!

How Technology Is Creating Super-Teachers of the Future

John Friend | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Tech
John Friend

Great teachers can make such a difference to a youngster's education. They know their pupils intimately; they inspire and encourage them to learn and to enjoy learning. But 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.

Hands Up If You Know About the National Pupil Database - Hands Down If You Don't

Adrian Thirkill | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Adrian Thirkill

Who'd have thought that data privacy was an issue in the 17th century? "I know where thou dwellest" proclaims the King James Bible. 400 years later, a...

Are The Coalition At War Over Free School Meals?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Politics

Education Secretary Michael Gove and Lib Dem schools minister David Laws have presented a united front in relation to free school meals. The introd...

The Kim Kardashian Shoe Change Challenge

Ash Halliburton | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ash Halliburton

She is now gracing front covers, has a child whose name is inspired by the points on a compass and is a product created and exploited by her own mother. I remember being so terrified introducing my first boyfriend to my parents, I am unsure when the (alleged) brokering of a deal regarding your daughter's sex tape became the norm.

Look Ma! I'm in Parliament

Ruby Wax | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

Last week I went to the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group on mindfulness in the Houses of Parliament. The panelists included professionals in criminal justice, mental health, education, journalism, politics, four school children and (get this) me...

Talking About Disability With Parents

Simon Stevens | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I have realised that it is very important that parents are supported to have the time to properly grieve for the 'perfect' child they were hoping for, because finding out your child has impairments is unexpected news however accepted and included disabled people may become.

Technology: The New Addiction?

Chris Jones | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

We can't deny that technology is a growing addiction, nor should we ignore it. But before we panic and take away young people's mobile phones, let's see how we can use technology to bring people together and create well-rounded future employees with social skills that extend far beyond social media.

Children - Not Galley Slaves

Hilary Wilce | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Politics
Hilary Wilce

How I hate the phrase "driving up standards". Every time I hear it, I see primary-age schoolchildren, bent low and sweating over heavy oars, struggling to propel the great ship of education towards some distant, hazy destination that their elders and betters have deemed they must aim for.

Happiness an Education

Robert Bradley | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Robert Bradley

The most interesting people I met were the children. Most were too busy having fun to notice or realise that they were in a place of learning, while others paid close attention but still enjoyed what was being taught. Perhaps it was due to the efforts of the Outstanding Ofsted rated school that realised this.

What Terrorists Can Teach Us About Education

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

This horrific action has shone a light on a fact we sometimes forget - education is the cornerstone of a society. While none of us know how this story is going to play out in Nigeria perhaps we can find a grain of relevance for ourselves.

Tackling Exam Season Stress

Carla Buzasi | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Carla Buzasi

My stress nightmare - the reoccurring dream that always pops up when I'm run down and overly tired - is simple and terrifying in its simplicity: it's my French A-Level tomorrow and I haven't got round to revising. As millions of men and women across the globe head into their own exam seasons, I sigh a little gasp of relief that that is all behind me. With this in mind, we decided to approach it slightly differently this year, and have been quizzing some of the best brains in the business to help those of you studying through your exams, and out the other side into an uncertain jobs market...

#BringBackOurGirls: A Turbo-Charged Global Movement

Katherine Sladden | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Politics
Katherine Sladden

In the week immediately following the kidnapping of 276 school girls in Nigeria, editors commissioned more pieces on George Clooney's rumoured engagement than on the capture of a school full of girls. But it turns out we do care more about what happens to innocent girls in a different part of the world.

Parents Fury As Headteacher Suspended Over School 'Sex Tape' (VIDEO) (NSFW)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK

A school "sex tape" and the subsequent suspension of a headteacher and a colleague that became internet sensation has led to furious parents threateni...

Controversial Changes to the A Level Syllabus Just Distract From the Real Issue

Marta-Emilia Bona | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marta-Emilia Bona

The suggestion that young people can only engage with 'accessible texts' such as Caitlin Moran's Twitter feed and Russell Brand's testimony on drug use to a House of Commons committee is inexcusably patronising.

Celebrities Support #BringBackOurGirls Campaign To Rescue Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Celebrities are calling for the return of the 276 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Islamic militant group, Boko Haram, by showing their supp...

English A-Level Could Include Tweets, Russell Brand And Dizzee Rascal

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Sixth-formers taking a new English A-level may be asked to study comedian Russell Brand's evidence on drugs policy and interviews with music star Dizz...

Celebrate Schools, Don't Inspect Them

Oliver Beach | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Beach

As a teacher I can say that the prospect of a spontaneous Ofsted visit is a scary and intimidating thought. Even after only 18 months in teaching, the idea of a 15-minute judgement period leaves me feeling vexed with Ofsted who, to my mind, are the bad guy, the anathema in education.

#BringBackOurGirls: To Help Our Girls Have a Future and Opportunities

Yetunde Adediran | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK
Yetunde Adediran

What's happening in Nigeria is exceedingly complicated, and it's not something I would normally write about. But as a female educator, I feel it's my responsibility in keeping the crisis in the news as important, which might influence freeing (or finding) these innocent girls' and giving them a future together with opportunities.

Why Philosophy Is Still Relevant - And Has Useful Applications

Alexander Leivesley | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK
Alexander Leivesley

To a great number of people, philosophy has become obsolete; to others it's mind-numbingly boring; to others it's incredibly confusing and too hard a subject to get around. The latter two may certainly be correct, depending on your own opinion; however the first one, the idea that philosophy has lost its purpose, most certainly isn't.

Pupils Spike Teacher's Coffee With Bleach

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK

Police were called to a primary school in Warwickshire after two schoolboys spiked their teacher's coffee with what has been described as a "bleach-li...

Why Striving in Life Is Important

Sam Branson | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Sport
Sam Branson

By setting yourself goals in life you learn an incredible amount and you get a sense of fulfilment and pride. Even the journey getting there, the ups and the downs makes you feeling motivated and positive. There is a constant feeling of reward. Knowing you have believed in yourself enough to set yourself goals requires self-worth and along the way you gain many attributes including resilience, communication and team building qualities - life skills that are so important and the foundation to becoming a healthy, happy and productive individual.

Help to Work: Won't Help Won't Work

James Coe | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
James Coe

Long term unemployed people will have their benefits cut unless they visit a Job Centre everyday, undertake voluntary work or undertake training. If those out of work fail to partake in one of these tasks they will initially lose four weeks Job Seekers Allowance in the first instance then 13 weeks for a second failure.

Self-Teaching Yourself to Success

Saj Devshi | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Saj Devshi

A passing idea to keep my mind occupied snowballed into something bigger and I now run one of the most popular Psychology A level blogs on the internet. If I have learnt anything in the last year or so, it is that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and you're will is such that you wont take no for an answer, even from yourself.

Embracing Technology in the Classroom Offers Real Benefits to Teachers and Students

Lesley Donoghue | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lesley Donoghue

Today's digital world has led to huge developments in how both academic and vocational courses are delivered, with educators at all levels looking at ways to embrace the digital age to captivate minds, engage students and enhance their learning.