UK Education

The System Teaches Disabled People to be Passive

Simon Stevens | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I believe that someone's attitude to life can determine their future, more than anything else, and that a positive attitude can reap enormous benefits. This means also that a passive attitude will result in a poor quality of life, regardless of the amount of money they may have.

Parents Think 57% of 11-15 Year Olds Have Tried Alcohol, But That's Not Right - Time for a Conversation

Inge Plochaet | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Inge Plochaet

Predicting what teenagers think is tricky - as a mother of two, I know how hard it can be. Our annual AB InBev survey into young people and alcohol shows this is particularly true when it comes to attitudes to drinking.

Video Games Could Be the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Education

Pete Low | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pete Low

Given the choice to play video games or go to school on any given day, my children would choose video games. So as both a father and a video game designer I wonder: could schools tap into the things that make learning so addictive in the games that my kids are playing?

Male Anorexia - The Hidden Disease

Daniel O'Kelly | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel O'Kelly

We've all dealt with monsters under our bed. We've defeated them by signing songs, turning on night lamps, or reading stories. But, how do you defeat a monster that's living within you? I was 16 years old when faced with this question.

For the Flourishing of Young Minds: The Mindfulness Toolkit for Tough Times

Richard Burnett | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Burnett

Mindfulness is not enough on its own; it is no silver bullet. Schools are complex places and people more complex still - teachers, pupils and parents alike. Mindfulness must be part of a broader pastoral net, not only in terms of social and emotional learning, but also child protection.

Wanted Urgently: Adequately Trained Teachers So All Children Can Go to School by 2030

Aaron Benavot | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Aaron Benavot

How many teachers do we need? The year 2015 is just around the corner, and yet UIS data show that  countries will need to recruit about 4 million more teachers to achieve universal primary education by the deadline.

Learning From the United Nations General Assembly 2014

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

As we've learnt from the MDGs, progress cannot occur in silos. We need to learn from each other, we need to educate each other, and we need to work together to achieve real change.

Tackling the 'Pandemic' of Sexual Harassment in Sierra Leone's Universities

Julie Tomlin | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
Julie Tomlin

"It's now time for there to be an official place to say if you have this problem, you can come here," says Thorpe. "We will be able to challenge the powers that be, no matter who you are, be you a lecturer, be you a president, we'll be able to take you to task. Once we begin to name and shame people, that would be an achievement."

Elite Schools Should Support Academies or Lose Charitable Status

Charlie Rigby | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
Charlie Rigby

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted, said recently that private schools should be stripped of their charitable status for failing to sponsor academies and struggling state schools in poor areas. Through my personal experience of the private education system and my current work to provide academies with cost effective extra-curricular programs, I couldn't agree with him more.

The Power of Languages: Reconstructing the Tower of Babel and Beyond

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

We can hardly deny the omnipresence of English in every continent of our globalized world. Although I would not argue that English is colonizing other languages, I do feel that the diversity, cultural expressivity, and magical power of languages should be celebrated across the world.

Music and the Arts Should Not Be Relegated in Our Children's Lives

James Rhodes | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
James Rhodes

For decades politicians have put education at the top of the agenda. But we seem to have ended up with a target and league-table based system, and a too-narrow focus. Head teachers are under tremendous pressure to ensure that targets around literacy and numeracy are met... From what I've seen, creativity in the curriculum is being squeezed hard.

Halt the Rapid Decline in Part-Time Higher Education

Anka Mulder | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anka Mulder

In recent years, provision by universities of lifelong learning and professional education has been in sharp decline. Earlier this year, for instance, the Rinnooy Kan Commission in the Netherlands found that part-time higher education is undergoing a dramatic decline.

October 5 Is World Teachers' Day - Have You Said Thank You?

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kathryn Lovewell

Teachers are the unsung heroes of our society. They are often undervalued and unappreciated. They are the whipping boys, the scapegoats and the fall guys for what isn't working in our education system. Let's face it, teachers get a bad press. Almost without exception there is something negative mentioned about teachers in the media every day.

Campaign Has Pushed Education to the Top of the World Agenda

Dr Patrick Roach | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Dr Patrick Roach

Today is the culmination of a year-long campaign which has brought the messages of millions of teachers from across the world all the way to the UN General Assembly.

A Few Useless Words of Advice for Students

Alex McBride | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex McBride

I left it a 'bit late' till I realised that University was the only viable option left for me to spend my afternoons in bed and my early hours watching films I'd seen before and eating Rocky Road bites, but nevertheless, I'm here now and going into my second year at 23...

How the #TottenhamRiots Changed My Life for the Better

Franklin Boateng | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Franklin Boateng

I'll always remember the riots. I was just leaving my office in the Bernie Grant Centre in Tottenham when messages started flooding through on my mobile. "A police car's on fire", one read. My phone didn't stop ringing for the rest of the evening... Next thing I know, I've set up a communications firm and I'm lecturing on the importance of social media - teaching individuals and companies how to make the most of one of the most powerful platforms on the planet.

Chop and Change Education Policy Is Hurting Our Young People

Michael Mercieca | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Mercieca

We need to get beyond party politics and create a firm sustainable foundation for our society. That means taking a balanced and inclusive approach to education; it means taking a structured approach to education; it means taking the long-term view.

Can Science Fiction Drive Social Change?

Phil Pauley | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Phil Pauley

I hope that my books - and whatever forms the stories may go on to take - will capture the imagination of their readers, create a vehicle for discussing environmental issues, and encourage young people to tackle global challenges by becoming the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.

Have No Fear - 'Sexual Orientation' and 'Gender Identity' Are Here

Elly Barnes | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elly Barnes

It has happened! Make no mistake, this is very big news. I have been delivering my Educate & Celebrate training to make schools LGBT-Friendly across the UK over the last few years and this is my first primary school to take the leap of using policy language and making it visible to all.

Uni vs College

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

I'm currently doing a study abroad year at a college in Louisiana. It is a small Jesuit Liberal Arts School, so I won't claim that I can speak on behalf of all colleges in the USA or universities in the UK, as they are all very different!...

Why Malala Yousafzai is the Girl we Teenagers Should Aspire to Be Like

Alix Long | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

Malala Yousafzai is not only 'The Girl who was Shot by the Taliban'. She is the girl we teenagers should aspire to be like. She is the girl who will shape our generation, and remind future ones that with the power of education, one can achieve anything and everything.

A School Offered STI Tests To Pupils, And Parents Seem To Think This Is A Bad Thing

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A school has defended offering pupils tests for sexually transmitted infections (STI) during lessons. Blatchington Mill School in Hove, East Sussex...

A Brief Insight Into My Experiences With Depression at School

Harvey Hancock | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harvey Hancock

The way forward is to give sufferers the motivation and support to share their stories, and non-sufferers the urge to listen to those stories. Our schools must do whatever it takes to let every non-sufferer know that every sufferer is still a human, and should be respected as such.

Balance the Books: Where Are the Female Authors in GCSE Set Texts?

Laura Maw | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Maw

At GCSE, I studied Steinbeck and Priestley. My first year at A-Level, I studied Browning, Auden, Fitzgerald and Hosseini. It was only in the second year that I studied Carter and Bronte as well as Marlowe. Work by female authors took up less than a third of my secondary education space - and unequal gender representation is set to increase.

Lauriston Lights Summer Camp: The Possibility of Two Weeks in August

Adam Seldon | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

he emotion of the closing ceremony suggested to me that two weeks can be a long time in education. University students were united with eleven year olds in a coming together which is all too rare: students are an un-tapped resource when it comes to educating young people...