UK Education

Philosophy: Juicy or Useless?

Mark Brewer | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK
Mark Brewer

If contemporary philosophy still proceeded in vacuum, cut off from science, I'd agree with Krauss that it's useless. But it doesn't. And, if applied to conceptual issues in the natural sciences, it certainly has a much juicier role to play than Krauss would have you believe.

Gove: 'Lib Dems Need To Stop Trying To Take Credit For The Nice Stuff'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Politics

Tory Chief Whip Michael Gove has hit out at the Liberal Democrats, accusing them of trying to take the credit for Conservative policies in government....

Opportunity and Accessibility: Two Essential Elements Required for Ensuring Sport Is Woven Into the Very Fabric of All Our Children's Lives

Tim Henman | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Sport
Tim Henman

Election year is always a time to reflect on where we are as a country and on the things that really matter to us. What do we care about? And what can be done to make things better. As a sportsman and now as a father, I have always believed passionately in the power of sport to improve the lives of young people. I know from my own personal experience and from the achievements of the thousands of youngsters I have encountered throughout my professional tennis career, that sport has transformative qualities.

Why The Daily Mail's 'Sex Lessons At 5' Story Really Misses The Point

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK

Gay rights campaigners have slammed the Daily Mail for reporting Labour's policy to tackle homophobic bullying in schools would lead to "sex lessons" ...

Better Religious Education 'Could Help Teens From Being Radicalised'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Better education of commonalities and differences between religions and non-believers could help prevent vulnerable young people from being radicalise...

Mobile Volunteer Teams Bring Joy to Children Affected by Conflict in Syria's Homs Governorate

Razan Rashidi | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Razan Rashidi

The Syrian conflict has so far already forced more than five million children to live through terrible experiences. Building on local capacities, UNICEF and its partners are providing crucial psychosocial support for children to help them overcome such traumatic experiences.

It's Time to Take Creative Subjects Seriously

Professor Anne Carlisle | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Anne Carlisle

Creative industries have hit an all-time high and are worth a phenomenal £77billion to the UK economy according to government figures out this month. Break that down further and that's £8.8million per hour; a number which highlights just how important this heavily growing sector is.

New Grammar Test For 11-Year-Olds Unveiled

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Comedy

Following the Education Secretary's announcement that new maths and grammar tests will be introduced for 11-year-olds, HuffPost UK Comedy can exclusiv...

Teachers Launch War On Mediocre Government

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Comedy

UK teachers have vowed an "all-out war on mediocrity" in government. Under new powers, which will be unveiled in May, up to 303 'coasting' MPs coul...

I Do Not Want a Special Service Just Because I Am 'Disabled'

Simon Stevens | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

It is important to understand inclusion in terms of services to understand it should be the goal of service providers to make their services as inclusive as possible, and this involves examining their policies and procedures with a fine comb.

No Pads = No School

Sarah Mehta | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Mehta

This tragic dilemma has disastrous consequences for girls: a lifetime of poverty, illiteracy, and diminished choices. While condoms are made available free of charge, where are the free sanitary pads to address this disaster for women's productivity and education?

Government's New Maths Test For 11-Year-Olds Revealed

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Comedy

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced a "war on illiteracy and innumeracy" - which will include new maths and grammar tests for 11-year-olds....

This Tristram Hunt Tweet May Have Blown Labour's Chances Of Wooing Teachers

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics

Tristram Hunt, Labour's shadow education secretary, has provoked a social media firestorm after telling a parent and a teachers' group to "stop moanin...

Universities Go To War With Labour Over Tuition Fee Cut

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics

Ed Balls has dismissed warnings that Labour would inflict "colossal" damage on universities by cutting tuition fees. The shadow chancellor stressed...

Deaf Children Are Being Failed by the Education System

Susan Daniels | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK
Susan Daniels

Imagine a world where nearly two thirds of children were leaving school without getting good GCSEs. Parents would rightly be furious that their child hadn't got the right support at school. There would be outrage and a clamour for urgent action. But when it comes to deaf children, this is the reality that we face.

Better Integration Needs Bold Decisions - Banning Independent Faith Schools Is One of Them

David Churchill | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
David Churchill

In the same way it is necessary to have limits on freedom of speech, we must too have limits on tolerance of intolerance. Too many independent faith schools break this threshold, perpetuate division and prevent meaningful cross-faith contact. In the interests of better long-term integration, we should gradually ban them.

The Detriment of Division: The challenge of HIV and AIDS Among Adolescent Girls

Payal Dalal | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Payal Dalal

More and more, we are hearing about the convergence of health and education. You can't learn if you are out of school sick. Lack of education leads to poverty and in turn the inability to access healthcare. To lead productive lives, people need both health and education: the two are cause and effect.

Tackling the Stigma of Ill Health Through Education

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

What's the best way to ignite change in medicine? It's a complex question with complex answers, but forgive my somewhat trite and very Zen phrasing when I say "change comes from within".

Why We Need to Teach Young People About the Holocaust

Karen Pollock | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
Karen Pollock

Learning about the Holocaust isn't a quick-fix for societies' problems, it isn't the 'cure' for antisemitism. But Holocaust education, and understanding where antisemitism led during the darkest days in Europe is a start point for young people to consider their actions and responsibilities.

Student Diversity in the UK - It Shouldn't Be Just About Economics

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

I understand why the argument in favour of international students is expressed in hard economic facts, but the academic quality arguments are equally or probably even more relevant for our prosperity and well-being as a nation in the long term. Quality has a clear economic relevance - as long as we are able to look beyond short term objectives. That is something else we should make more prominent in our teaching, especially for the benefit of politicians.

Forget Mickey Mouse Degrees, Gender Studies is the New Non-Degree

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Lukas Mikelionis

Three years of one's life should be about learning and challenging previous assumptions. Definitely not about reinforcing the same tale, key points, and arming with ideas that seem to be true only in the inner circle of scholars of gender studies.

Why I am Determined to End Hunger in Our Classrooms

Carmel McConnell | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
Carmel McConnell

Hunger makes children lethargic or angry or simply unsettled. New research we commissioned as part of our Feed Their Future report finds that, for 4 out of 5 teachers, mornings are more stressful than they should be because their pupils haven't eaten breakfast.

LGBT Schools and the Failure of our Education System to Support LGBT Youth

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shaun Dellenty

Aim for inclusion not segregation, acceptance not tolerance and be warm in praise of those who spot young people at risk and hold out a hand to help, we absolutely need more of that in the world about now.

Why 'Britain's First Gay School' is a Terrible Idea

Josh Marshall | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Josh Marshall

Being gay is not different, it is not wrong , it is not 'alien' - It is perfectly normal and just another wonderful colour on the spectrum of love.

Attracting the Right Talent to Engineering - From Stem to Steam

Peter Luff | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Luff

Our national security and our future competitiveness and prosperity all depend on bringing more people into engineering at all levels. But we need rather different skills from the conventional ones engineering has sought in the past and this is widely understood...