UK Education

Five Ways to Be a Better (Digital) Parent

Rachel Jones | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Parents
Rachel Jones

As more and more schools are using 1:1 devices, such as smart phones or tablets, as part of lessons, it cannot be just assumed that parents will know how to support their children in managing a healthy relationship with technology.

A Circus School That Brightens Up the Townships

Aloïs Angebault | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Aloïs Angebault

Yes, inequalities are not a myth and unmovable townships are still facing wealthy residential neighborhoods. But many other things have changed and successful projects have been blooming for a longer time than you may think.

Government Has Created a System Designed to Maximise Pressures on Schools

Christine Blower | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Politics
Christine Blower

It is not just teachers who are bearing the brunt of a system led by league tables and Ofsted results. The same pressures are felt by pupils. We now have a generation of young people who are anxious, stressed and disaffected... We are testing children within an inch of their lives and the vibrancy and love of learning that should be at the centre of the curriculum is all but lost.

Tony Abbott Misunderstands The Point Of Education In Yet Another Gaffe

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Tech

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has shown how spectacularly out of touch with the modern world he is by quite literally laughing the idea of tea...

Why Employers Need to Look Past People's Backgrounds to Find Their True Talents

Anand Shukla | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Anand Shukla

This is what charities and other campaigners for social mobility have been saying for years, so it's great to hear top employers finally making the same case. After all, they can show the improvements hiring people for their talents not backgrounds makes to the bottom line - and that's something any business can understand.

Letter to the Young

Aaron Vallely | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Aaron Vallely

Settled I was, in the dim of a Café in the gut of Dublin City. I was navigating myself through the torrent of Facebook status' on my phone, when I no...

ICT Health in the UK: Building on Success

Jane Richardson | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK
Jane Richardson

So how did the UK fare? Well, overall quite well. We indexed at number eight - a gain of one point on last year and well ahead of regional economic partners such as France (26) and Germany (13). But even at number eight, there is room for improvement; not least when it comes to skills development.

Can a greener school boost children's progress?

Julie Booth | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

Schools regularly hold assemblies to raise awareness of global environmental issues and plan lessons designed to teach children how we can all live gr...

Being Normal Has Never Appealed to Me

Simon Stevens | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Simon Stevens

During my 20s, I realised my speech impairment and drooling made me a 'freak', which I regard as a positive term, and therefore there was little point conforming if it was not helping me. This realisation gave me the freedom to try bibs, helmets, nappies, cups and other devices that could help me have a comfortable lifestyle, especially in an era when these were not as acceptable as today.

Why Are Politicians More Worried About Migration Than Education?

Mark Hillary | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

This is an enormous debate and affects countries far beyond the UK, but the recent UK election demonstrates clearly how the public are losing faith in a traditional approach to politics. Democracy can be difficult for most politicians to swallow, but if they don't listen to the people it's going to choke them all.

'Rigid' A-Levels And GCSEs Criticised By 'Exasperated' Eton Head

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Parents

England's exams system has come under criticism from the head of Eton. Tony Little said GCSEs and A-Levels are like an "egg timer", squeezing a wea...

Oxbridge System Failing Talented State School Pupils

James Gold | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Gold

"Education. Education. Education." This was the cornerstone of New Labour, a platform for unprecedented levels of social mobility, which helped prepare the way for Tony Blair's landslide victory in the 1997 general election. So why are we still in a situation where 83% of Oxbridge students are from only 400 elite schools? The answer is complex.

A Conservative Vision: No Teachers, No Money

Bansi Kara | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Bansi Kara

It takes a brave government to step in and deal with the burgeoning issue of teacher recruitment and challenges to education funding. I look at this Conservative government and I am not sure they are up to that task.

Special Needs in Mainstream? Does it Really Work?

Kate Shippey | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Parents
Kate Shippey

Unless a child follows the 'special education' path from birth and has a statement (or EHCP as it's now known) in place for the beginning of their educational journey, us parents have no choice other than to plunge our child into the mainstream school and cover our eyes, hoping for the best when we do it.

"Don't Rush Me, Mummy, Daddy"

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

My youngest daughter Georgina could not read properly until she was eight, and fortunately, she went to a school where she was not pressured to. So we took it nice and easy. Her father read to her every night, because though she could not read, she loved stories.

Why We Should Focus on Well-Rounded Young People - Not Exceptional Grades

Charlie Rigby | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK
Charlie Rigby

If we are to avoid further developing a production line of exam-passing robots then serious consideration must be given to a more balanced education experience. Yes, children should be pushed in the classroom, but they should also be pushed as hard outside of it.

Why We Are on the Brink of a Classroom Revolution

Dr Kevin Burden | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Kevin Burden

The days of classroom teaching are numbered. In its place a global classroom will develop, with students collaborating with experts anywhere in the world through mobile devices. School textbooks will be replaced by continually developing, interactive, multi-media online teaching aids.

Education for Tomorrow

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

Here's our dilemma - we have a child who is gifted (I hate the word) and who storms ahead, propelled by her curiosity of the world around her, her impatience at not knowing answers, and her desire to rule the world and see her name in lights.

Using Technology in Schools Should Be a Given?

Rachel Jones | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Tech
Rachel Jones

Many teachers qualified when 'using technology' meant rolling out a TV on wheels, or doing something truly exotic with PowerPoint. There is very little point banging on about teachers having twenty-first century skills, we should have been there 15 years ago.

Matters of the Mind - Speaking Out About Mental Health in Schools

Anna Hicks | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Hicks

Don't turn a blind eye to problems that need addressing. Children can suffer from mental health problems too, keep that in mind.

Want to Succeed in Exams? Learn How Not to Work

Stefan Rollnick | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan Rollnick

We like to think that stress during exam time is caused by the exams themselves; we see cause rather than correlation. But maybe if we take a step back and look at all the other things we find ourselves doing as a result of sitting at home 12 hours a day we can tackle the root of the problem.

Science Should NOT Be Perceived as a Man's World

Professor Dame Carol Robinson | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Tech
Professor Dame Carol Robinson

Many people think of a career science as being all about long hours in the lab, but there's a brilliant flexibility. The opportunities to present your research, to interact at conferences and to carry out collaborations across the world are tremendously exciting.

Kenya's Girls Deserve Better

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Charles Mwangi Waituru

Crossing the road to my office from lunch recently, a tiny girl ran after me and held my hand to ask for money. I told her that it is not right for children to beg. She looked at me sternly as if daring me to do anything about it. Looking over my shoulder I saw her young mother sitting by the roadside keenly watching, encouraging her.

Healthy Lives Mean Smarter Kids, Period

Hervé Verhoosel | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Hervé Verhoosel

Every year, the lives of 453,000 children under the age of 5 are taken globally due to malaria, and that number is magnified when looking at Africa, where a child dies every minute because of the disease. These figures shed light on the scale of the issue, but they don't tell the whole story.

Prioritising Education - A New Chance for the Children of Nepal

Sarah Brown | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Sarah Brown

We have an opportunity in Nepal to apply the best of what we have learned globally to be a partner saving lives and enabling the Nepali people to rebuild their country. The coordination of some of the greatest humanitarian and development leadership of our time will not only save lives, it can lead to increased resilience for the Nepali people. This will require that we leave 'business as usual' by prioritising and funding education in this response. And we should leave it behind permanently by creating a Global Humanitarian Fund for Education in Emergencies and increasing our ability to rapidly respond, coordinate and deliver education in ways that save lives now and for many years to come.