UK Education

Being Called a 'Fundamentalist Secularist' Is an Insult I Would Welcome

George Gillett | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Gillett

It is this debate that secularists, both religious and otherwise, are fighting for. The movement doesn't aim to destroy or dismantle religion, but to create a society where no one group is granted special privilege or power. A society which ensures that all beliefs are protected and welcomed equally. But this debate can only be had once you stop using "secularism" as a slur.

Why the No Make-Up Selfie campaign spread across social media like cyber wildfire

Dr Mariann Hardey | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Mariann Hardey

Considering how many of us look in the mirror first thing in the morning, the thought of sharing our image on Facebook among 1.11billion users is probably a daunting prospect. So it's arguably a masterstroke that in a world obsessed with body perfection a charitable cause rallied tens of thousands of women into revealing their bare faces on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter...

Poverty Holds Back Learning in Kenya

Manos Antoninis | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK
Manos Antoninis

Margaret, a teacher in Nairobi, is the fifth participant in the EFA Global Monitoring Report's 10-week #TeacherTuesday campaign. She works in Kibera, ...

Teachers and Parents: It's Time To Teach About Same Sex Weddings!

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

So in the end, common sense, lots of hard work from lots of people and the freedom to love and be loved prevailed. I can now legally wed the man I love, should I choose to. Blimey, I feel like my experience of reality just changed massively.

Ten Things Only Students Can Understand

Anna Pitts | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Pitts

1. You can wake up at 5pm, and its fine- you may have wasted the day but you've still got the night. 2. The 'is it cold or is it damp?' game. Clean, warm dry clothes are the stuff of legends. 3. Mould is totally edible. You've even started to quite like the taste. It's also your permanent house guest.

Bringing Our Elites Back Home: Mentorship Programmes for Romanian Students in the UK

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Ion Jinga

There are more than 6,000 Romanian students in British universities and as Ambassador I have regular contacts with them. In six years I have visited almost 40 British universities (some of the best in the world) where young Romanians are enrolled. I try to understand their dreams for the future and their expectations in relation with Romania...

Children Need To Start Education Aged Two, Says Ofsted Boss

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Children should be prepared for school life from the age of two, the chief inspector of schools has said, warning that too many early years education ...

As the Creative Economy Thrives, Art and Design Disappears From Schools

Nigel Carrington | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Nigel Carrington

Arts and design are sometimes seen as nice to have but not essential, especially when compared to "hard" science and maths disciplines; it is difficult to imagine that chemistry, physics and biology would ever be banded together in this way on the basis that they are all science.

Why I Love Cash and Hate Contactless

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Tech
Vivi Friedgut

As someone who regularly calls for innovation and necessary disruption in the financial sector it might seem strange, what I am about to say. I don't like contactless cards.

Learning Through Play Is Vital to Help Children Prepare for Life Challenges

Liz Bayram | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Bayram

We're seeing government and regulators place less and less emphasis on fostering children's emotional literacy and resilience, boosting social confidence and supporting their independence - all of which a play based-approach to learning delivers. These are vital to help children not only become school ready, but life ready, too.

Entrepreneurs: Make the Grade, Even Without the GCSE

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Entrepreneurs are different from the rest of us as high priests of business. But I believe passionately that more of us could be called to this secular faith.

Introducing HuffPost UK's Skills Space

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Sherriff

Careers advice is an absolute, hands down essential part of education. Careers advice is an absolute, hands down essential part of education. So why are 93% of young people not getting any? What's the point in having a choice between school, college, apprenticeships, university or setting up your own business, if you don't even know those choices exist?

Why I Am Not Surprised That 54% of Us Cannot Name a Female Scientist

Chi Onwurah | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Politics
Chi Onwurah

What I think is new now is a broader recognition that it's a question of UK competitiveness - excluding half our population from the technical skills pool and limiting our innovation to the imaginations of one narrow demographic. As well as being overwhelmingly male STEM professionals are much more likely to be white and middle class than the population as a whole.

The 'Other' World Cup

Kat Pugh | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Sport
Kat Pugh

The Street Child World Cup has competing boys and girls teams, it kicks off on Sunday 30th March in Rio, but unlike this Summer's event, it is the taking part that really does count as every single child participating has had a journey to get there and is already a winner.

Performance-Related Pay Doesn't Work

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Politics
Margaret Heffernan

Like poor managers the world over, Michael Gove believes in performance-related pay. Although not subject to this regime himself, he imagines that teachers will care about students more, be yet more passionate, focused, organized, energetic and committed if there's more money in it for them. Why would he imagine such a thing?

Stories of Polish Gay Immigration in the UK

Pamela Sposito | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pamela Sposito

Homophobia in Poland is another major reason of Polish immigration to the UK. Who would have thought? In fact, gay Poles decide to book a one-way flight ticket to London to escape discrimination.

Michael Gove's 'Outrageous Waste Of Money' Is Causing Quite A Stir

PA | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics

Education secretary Michael Gove has been criticised for approving the spending of £45 million of government money on one free school. The Nationa...

The Power of a Positive Attitude to Learning

Julie Booth | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Julie Booth

I am often amazed by just how enthusiastic some children are about school and wonder what it is that sparks a real lifelong love of learning in a child. ..

Is Testing Four-Year-Olds Really a Bad Thing?

Shumailla Dar | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
Shumailla Dar

Tests, whichever age they are undertaken, are not simply a pressure vault where children are expected to perform, but can over time improve the long-term chances of children, and hopefully, their overall quality of life.

The Best MA Talent in One Place

Sheila McGregor | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sheila McGregor

For many people these days a 'masters' is the automatic next step after a three-year undergraduate degree. It deepens the knowledge gained during a first course of study and, in theory, sets you up with everything you need to know for working life after higher education.

Do You Believe the Future Leaders?

Ehsan Khodarahmi | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Ehsan Khodarahmi

The future depends on the intelligence of today's children and the only way we can ensure the next generation is not as shallow as some we witness these days, is to educate this generation that life is not about fun and what's in it for me and let's enjoy ourselves; life is beyond that.

As Young Workers' Month Ends: It's Time to Get Organised

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josiah Mortimer

It's been a bad couple of weeks for trade unionism. Two of its greatest champions - Tony Benn and Bob Crow - have both passed away. But beneath the sadness, something interesting has been happening. Something that offers hope for a previously moribund movement...

What Universities Really Think About Gap Years

Frontier | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frontier

Many students worry that universities don't look favourably upon gap years. Whilst this may have been true some time ago, these days, breaks from education are actually welcomed by institutions if approached in the right way...

Is University Really 'The Best Years of Your Life'?

Conrad Jarman | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Conrad Jarman

From my own experiences of being a student, it seems as though nowadays we are constantly reminded by our parents and other adults how lucky we are to be at university. They always seem to be going on about how jealous they are of the fact that we are students, how they wish they could go back and do it again... To be honest, I can see where they're coming from.

Ponderings on the NUT Strikes

Xavier Bosch | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Politics
Xavier Bosch

Who is in the right here? Hard to say. As a nation we should support the plight of teachers who supply arguably one of the most important services in the county, the people we charge with enriching the intellect of our young people. But national strikes are becoming annual events. This will be the third strike since 2011.