UK Education

Designing The Skills We Need For The Future

Joanne Harper | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Joanne Harper

I certainly believe that the development of such a national system of qualifications, together with the introduction of the new apprenticeship levy, provides a unique opportunity to equip the UK with a world-class system of technical education whose costs are fairly shared among employers and the state.

Forget Safe Spaces And No Platforming, Theresa May's Government Is The True Threat To Students On Campus

Malia Bouattia | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Malia Bouattia

It isn't steps like safe spaces or no platforming adopted by our students which have stopped "innovation of thought" and threatened how we "develop as a country, society and economy" as May suggested. For that the Prime Minister should take a look at herself and her government.

A New Form Of Education - Islam Yesterday And Today

Sophia Parvizi-Wayne | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophia Parvizi-Wayne

It isn't just the time to limit the radicalisation of the Islam Faith but it is also time to stop the radicalization of our own views. Fine, religion has the potential to be toxic but so do we.

Young People's Mental Health: Telling a Different Story

Toby Ealden | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Toby Ealden

In our Conservative led, austerity Britain, young people's social needs simply aren't recognised or prioritised. Our education system has become detri...

So You Want To Get Into Digital VFX Or Animation? Here's How...

Amedeo Beretta | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Tech
Amedeo Beretta

If you can display these attributes from the beginning of your course, your career in VFX is going to get off to the best possible start. But the learning, as any successful VFX artist will tell you, must continue beyond graduation.

Our Universities And Schools Will Thrive After Brexit

Matthew Ellery | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Politics
Matthew Ellery

'Project Fear' claimed if we voted to leave the EU our universities would face financial ruin. We were told academics would flee the UK. We were told UK students would no longer be able to study abroad. False, false, false.

The Role Of International Education Amid Growing Anti-Globalisation Sentiment Post-Brexit

Andrew Fitzmaurice | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Fitzmaurice

In his book, The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman argues that the global market is becoming a level playing field with historical and geographical divisions becoming irrelevant. For many expat families, this has become the new reality with globalisation taking them out of their home country and placing them in new environments.

Even Fans Of Grammar Schools Think They Are Bad For Less Able Children

Matthew Smith | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Politics
Matthew Smith

Most people who want more grammar schools admit that less academically able children would be better off in a comprehensive system... Do people back grammar schools because they think their own child is smart enough to get into one? The answer seems to be yes.

Get The New School Year Off To A Flying Start

Julie Booth | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

As parents, many of us have ticked the usual tasks off the to-do list that signify the start of a new academic year - shopping for uniform and shoes, helping your child to choose a new school bag and making sure they have everything they need in their pencil case.

Children Are Spending Just Eight Hours A Week Playing Outside BUT Aren't As Tech Obsessed As You May Think

Lewis Oakley | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Tech
Lewis Oakley

The truth is all of the technology nowadays has been designed with children's education in mind and the gap between fun and learning has been bridged in a very discreet way so that kids don't actually realise how much they are learning.

Is School Uniform More Important Than Education?

Emily Moor | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Moor

As a young woman who has experienced both school life and University, I can honestly say that I have grown a lot intellectually since leaving school, where I can wear whatever I feel fit and it has by no means interrupted my learning. In fact, it has helped me distinguish myself from others and become the person that I want to be. Hang in there all those who are being given a hard time! It will get better and you'll soon have the freedom you desire!

The Grassroots Movement Revolutionising Education

Sophie Christophy | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK
Sophie Christophy

By stepping through the doorway of home education to new connections and communities both virtual and in real life, we find a grassroots movement that will lead the way to revolutionising education as we know it. And believe me, it's already happening.

Dressing Freely Is Important For Women, But It's Even More Vital To Respect Their Thoughts

Zishi Zhang | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Zishi Zhang

Nicola Thorp, a former employee who was dismissed because she wasn't wearing high heels , created a petition and successfully persuaded the Parliament to launch the High heels and workplace dress codes inquiry. This is a significant call to end sexism on the physical side. However, I think it is the perfect time now for us to reflect about what "she" thinks.

Reclaiming Space For The Arts In Ireland

Aaron Vallely | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Aaron Vallely

All cities are different, but what people want are essentially the same. Intelligent cities cherish and cultivate their artistic energy, but often disturb that nutritious force with high rents, intrusive government policies and starvation of Arts funding.

Sexual Harassment In Schools Needs To Stop

Larissa Kennedy | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Larissa Kennedy

I am just one girl writing this, but I am one girl representing thousands, who urgently want to see the end of sexual harassment in schools.

Wake Up, Justine Greening: We Need More Focus On Entrepreneurship In Our Education Systems

Tom Cridland | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Cridland

I've just written to our Secretary of State, Justine Greening, to try and encourage more teaching of entrepreneurship from primary school to University level. In a country where so many wonderful subjects are taught, this valuable skill seems so sorely missing in our curriculum and in that of many education systems around the world.

Education, Not Censorship, Is The Key To Addressing Children's Access To Porn

Verity Ryan | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Politics
Verity Ryan

Theresa May could be a much needed breath of fresh air to the government's approach on sex education: as Home Secretary it is rumoured she was supportive of bids to make the subject compulsory. With a wafer-thin majority, and battle ahead with Brexit, she may not be willing to use up political capital on revisiting it.

Leave My Hometown Alone! Middlesbrough Is Not The Worst Place To Grow Up A Girl

Jade Smith | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jade Smith

Calling us the worst doesn't help us. Telling girls in our area you are more likely to fall pregnant, be poor and fail in school doesn't help us. I know plenty of girls from Middlesbrough and the surrounding areas who are at Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and plenty of other russell group universities. I also know girls who are doing amazing well on apprenticeships in a wide variety of fields inside our amazing local industries and businesses.

Grammar School Slammed For 'Homophobia' Over Maths Test Question

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK

A grammar school headteacher has apologised after a maths test handed out to pupils suggested that only men and women should get married “as God int...

School Bell Or Division Bell - Which Will Ring Loudest?

Michael Mercieca | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Mercieca

It was all going so... well... it was 'going' in any event. The post-Brexit political meltdown saw senior MPs going to the backbenches in their droves, including David Cameron who has now quit as an MP. The new PM's Machiavellian cabinet reshuffle seemed like a pretty good start, taking into account the rather large poisoned chalice on offer.

Post-Ebola Liberia: A New Chapter For Education

Felicia Dalhquist | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK
Felicia Dalhquist

Hawa is going back to school this week. Her uniform is clean and her hair neatly braided. The excitement of the new term is felt far and wide as laughter, giggles and singing fills the school campus, when classes break for recess. "I'm so happy to be back in school and to see my friends," she says with a big grin.

A Professor Is Using Facial Recognition To Detect Bored Students

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Tech

A professor from SiChuan University in China has created a facial recognition program that should make sure his students are paying attention. Accord...

For A Strong Future, Digital Skills Education Should Continue Well Beyond School

Ashok Vaswani | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Tech
Ashok Vaswani

If the resources are there in tertiary education as well as in schools, what is surely needed now is an increasing focus on initiatives that can continue to make studying relevant computing courses appealing beyond compulsory education.

Why have countries committed to development targets they might never reach?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

It seems a strange decision for any country, let alone all, to sign up to a global commitment they know they will never reach. End Hunger? Eradicate p...

New Proposals Will Lead To The Greatest Growth In Religious Segregation In The History Of English Schools

Andrew Copson | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Copson

If we want meaningful integration in our diverse society, we must have it in our schools. All the available evidence supports this claim. It is a truth which should have led to significant reform of England's education system a very long time ago indeed. Instead, it has barely figured in education policy.