UK Education

A toast to teachers

Dominic Stevenson | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Dominic Stevenson

Teaching isn't easy, and it's getting harder as ministers and parents decide they know best, but teachers will carry on. They'll strive and sweat and do their best and they will change more lives and they'll be remembered in years to come when dreams they helped to build come true.

Michael Gove Is Not Happy When He's Asked About The 'Islamist School Plot'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Politics

Michael Gove has been forced to deny that the Government has been irrevocably damaged by his public spat with cabinet colleague Theresa May over the s...

We Need to Talk About Consent

Fran Hall | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Fran Hall

Consent is a word we may think we have an understanding of, given its commonplace and importance in the law. But when it comes to sex and relationships we need to clarify and talk far more openly about it, particularly in schools, to help combat the widespread sexual violence against women; a problem that is reaching alarming levels.

Dedication, Not Delegation, Is What You Need Prime Minister

Grant Feller | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Politics
Grant Feller

David Cameron has got me singing an old TV theme tune all morning. It's from the wonderful Roy Castle's Record Breakers: 'If you wanna be the best, if you wanna beat the rest, dedication's what you need...'

Write to Learn

Stephen_Brown | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
Stephen_Brown

Monday's news that Asia had received top marks in the 2014 global education index was received warmly right across Asia, and by many of us in the development community too.

Reaction to Kirstie Allsopp's 'Ditch University and Have a Baby By 27'

Rose Taylor | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rose Taylor

I am a firm believer in doing whatever is right for you in life with regards to career decisions and when to start a family, there should be no rules or guidelines, and no one should be frowned upon for their choices in life. As a result, it is no wonder that I disagree with Kirstie Allsopp's 'advice' to young girls about having a baby by 27 and ditching university.

The Impending Doom for 'Soft Subject' GCSEs

Alix Long | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

When I look back to the 15-year-old I was this time last year, it seems hard to believe that I was right slap-bang in the middle of my GCSEs, ploughing through the revision, and hadn't yet suffered a mental breakdown....

Education as a Security Issue: The Formation of Religious Identities

Ian Linden | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
Ian Linden

The struggle against religious extremism, acutely in secular societies, presupposes coming to terms with powerful religious identities...

New Attempt To Tackle Dangerous Extremist Taking Over British Schools

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Comedy

Theresa May has become the latest person to attack the threat to British schools from extremist Michael Gove. Gove's so-called 'Trojan horse' tacti...

Maya Angelou, The Importance of Literature and Voices That Empower

Michelle Holmes | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Michelle Holmes

American novels and books written by non-British authors, that document tales of fiction and non fiction are as valid are as the likes of Shakespeare, although it can be argued fiction often doesn't quite embody the same level of encouragement.

'Lighting the Candle': Inspiring Young People to Dream Big

Andrew Law | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Law

Recent news that youth unemployment has fallen to its lowest figure in five years is welcome. However, when it comes to choosing a career, having the chance to pursue your passions or follow your dreams sadly remains far too often a privilege of wealth or family background.

Tuition Fees, the Worst of Both Worlds

David Smith | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Smith

What is clear is that universities are being forced to make pricing decisions and think like commercial businesses like never before. True marketisation may not be a bad thing for the sector - with fees genuinely linked to the value delivered - but the current model is the worst of both worlds.

Sex Education Matters

Jack Fletcher | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

'You're so gay' used to be the worst thing to be called. Thankfully, a lot has changed since I was a kid at school. The acceptance of the gay community has greatly improved but using 'gay' as a slagging for someone still persists. Recently, I got asked if I was gay by a few different people and it got me thinking...

School Chaplains: The Church of England's Latest Plan to Evangelise in Schools

Stephen Evans | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Evans

Pastoral support is an important part of school life. Those providing it shouldn't have an agenda to evangelise. "Holy loitering" shouldn't be acceptable behaviour in schools, and the Church of England's missionary work certainly shouldn't be coming out of school budgets.

Education and the Mockingbird

Kat Hind | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Hind

I read 'To Kill A Mockingbird' in my final year of GCSE. It was not on my syllabus, in fact very few pieces of great literature were. I read it becaus...

When Is the Best Time to Take a Gap Year?

Frontier | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frontier

So, you are just about to finish secondary school, high school, sixth form, college or whatever you call it and you are weighing up whether to take a gap year before going to University or whether you should hold off and take a gap year after you have your degree in hand. There are advantages to taking a gap year at certain stages in your life and hopefully this will inform you as to when would suit you best...

What Should We Be Teaching Our Children About Sex and Dating?

Brett Harding | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brett Harding

Do you remember sitting around the dinner table having "the talk" about the birds and bees with your parents? Or was it idle chatter in the playground when you discovered about sex? Then, as a teenager, who can possibly forget the crazy hormones, first crushes and first loves?

The Rabid Dog and the Dead Mockingbird

Charley-Kai John | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charley-Kai John

Michael Gove's intention to axe American Classics (To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men and The Crucible) from the GCSE English Literature syllabus ...

These Children In Manila Really DO NOT Want To Go To School (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK

This is the first time these Philippines children have experienced what "Monday" really means. And trust us, kids, it doesn't get much better. The ...

Dear Mr Gove - Don't Axe The American Classics

Gemma Parry | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Parry

Dear Mr Gove, I woke up yesterday to a news feed awash with fears that you had plans to axe To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men from the curric...

Let's Get Heretical on Education: Competition Has Failed

Natalie Bennett | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Let's start with one heretical thought: competition is disastrous in our education system and should be abandoned as a guiding principle. Instead what we need is cooperation - an informal co-operative of pupils, teachers, parents, communities working together to help achieve the best possible outcome for each pupil.

Does the Attitude Survey Show the Real Level of Racism in the UK?

Bob Morgan | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
Bob Morgan

Understandably the findings of a recent Attitude Survey - that people in the UK are reporting that they have more racist attitudes in 2013 than before - has been the subject of comment and debate. But how useful is this information?

Why Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Should Be Taught In British Classrooms Now

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McCorquodale

Shakespeare is wonderful. Seamus Heaney, a revelation. But if we want to share and teach literature that will inspire progression and self-belief no matter what? I can think of no better work than I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

Young People Hold the Answers in the Battle for Mainstream Parties to Keep Ukip at Bay

Daniel Wittenberg | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Wittenberg

Unlike older age groups, young people aren't rejecting Cameron, Clegg and Miliband in favour of Farage; we are rejecting them due to our discontent with politicians of every stripe. Since the politically active among us don't seem fond of Ukip, the rest of us must be even less motivated by its attempts to "take our country back".

The End of a University Year Is a Time to Reflect

Danielle Lowe | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Most students, whatever year of university you are in, get to exam season and suddenly realise just how quickly the last academic year has zoomed right on by. For some, it's an exciting moment, a chance for them to 'move on', for others it's nothing more than a daunting reality and for the rest they know that more hard work is just on the horizon.