UK Education

On Success! And Failure...

Ruby Wax | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

Hurrah!!! A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled became number one in the first week of its life in paperback. Thank you all... I'm celebrating now but ...

What Makes People Happy? Education Policymakers Must Prioritise Emotional Health

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Haisman-Smith

What is it that makes you happy? For many people, life satisfaction will be influenced by many different factors, including their family and education. For those working in the education world, the aim of achieving happiness for pupils once they leave school and become adults may be a motivating factor, but rarely something they can focus on day-to-day...

Inventors Club Whitechapel: Driving Social Change Through Technology Within London's East End

Ibrahim Rahman | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Tech
Ibrahim Rahman

My recent adventures in Tower Hamlets have filled me with inspiration. Inventors Club Whitechapel looks forward to 2017 with ambitious projects to continue their mission of highlighting and nurturing young and local talent.

Sex And Relationship Education: Give Children The Tools To Protect Themselves

Javed Khan | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

There is agreement from MPs of all parties, experts and organisations representing children - including Barnardo's - that change in this area is needed urgently but the government still needs a gentle push in the right direction. It's time to listen to what our children are telling us - they need the knowledge that will help keep them safe. They have spoken loud and clear and we cannot ignore them.

Restricting Asylum Seekers' Right To Work Is Not Only Morally Questionable - It Doesn't Make Economic Sense

Alison Thewliss | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Politics
Alison Thewliss

We know that permitting asylum seekers to work would allow them to integrate better into society, develop their English and make friends in what can often be a lonely and new environment. Many are professionals with skills they would love to put to use and which would benefit our economy. It makes complete sense to make this modest change to the immigration rules in line with other European countries. By changing the restrictions on working, we can restore asylum seekers dignity and self-confidence, whilst saving money for the public purse in the long-run.

Ongoing Workplace Discrimination Of Highly Educated British-Bangladeshi Women

Shahida Rahman | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK
Shahida Rahman

A report by the government's Social Mobility Commission, published on 28 December 2016, has found that British children of Pakistani and Bangladeshi b...

Are You Considering A New Year, New (Teaching) Career?

Mat Galvin | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK
Mat Galvin

I'd advise other people who are looking for a rewarding career change to consider teaching - especially if you like working with young people, are interested in a subject area or are keen to find a career path with a wide range of opportunities. Teaching always has been and always will be my way of tackling those January blues, and it could be yours too.

Art And The Dream - Creativity And The Cultural Depiction of Marriage

Mary Griffiths Clarke | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK
Mary Griffiths Clarke

It wasn't until a conversation with final year MFA student, Amani AlThuwaini at her Goldsmiths University studio in London that I realised that views ...

Predicting The EdTech Trends Of 2017

Natalie Nezhati | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Tech
Natalie Nezhati

User-generated content, bring your own device and big data were some of the fastest growing EdTech topics of 2016. Here are eight ideas and expert predictions for the year ahead.

Death Of The School Gate - How Can We Strengthen Parent Communities?

Susan Burton | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Parents
Susan Burton

This month, we've seen the UK falling again in the global Pisa rankings for both Maths and English. So just how should parents follow UK OFSTED guidance and increase "parental engagement" with their school and with other parents?

Religious Selection In Schools: Why Should You Care?

Lucy Unwin | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Unwin

Segregation is damaging for everyone. It's damaging for the minorities who could find themselves excluded from the best schools, but also for the kids with parents of the "right" faith. Wouldn't every child benefit from mixing with a variety of children from a variety of backgrounds?

#GETYOURSHITTOGETHER: Education Calls For A Fashion Revolution

Gwen Cunningham | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Style
Gwen Cunningham

Although it is yet unclear what these current industry players will do to make the changes necessary, one thing is certain, the next generation of fashion professionals understand the urgency for change and we, as educators, must prime them to act.

Sexual Education Is Missing A Trick - Pleasure

Jemimah Steinfeld | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Jemimah Steinfeld

We can't rely on the occasional plucky teacher to take this initiative. Nor can we assume that everyone wants to chat about these intimate issues with their teacher. But what we can assume is that there's an appetite to learn much more about sex and that far from being bad, a pleasure-based approach is actually very good.

She Who Pays The Bills Has The Power?

Emma Tynan | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Tynan

For the first time in my life I was standing in my power, being myself and using my innate gifts and abilities. I felt free to do what I wanted, I stopped apologising and asking for permission, and I was being rewarded for doing so. That felt good. Really good.

Three Things To Look Out For In Education Policy In 2017

Duncan Sim | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Politics
Duncan Sim

2016 will be remembered as a year when established certainties fell victim to the arrival of a brave new world. In the UK, Brexit was clearly the grea...

Why Teaching Gives Me Goosebumps

Mat Galvin | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Mat Galvin

Of course teaching is not without its own challenges, but there are also many benefits and rewards that make the hard work worth it. I go home at the end of each day knowing that I've made a difference. Is that something you'd like to feel too?

Financial Education: Lessons For The Next Generation

Alison Pask | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Alison Pask

After Halloween and Bonfire Night, there is a familiar cycle to the end of the year. Television adverts begin to start trailing their latest Christmas...

People Don't Care About Global Education Rankings - But They Should

Joe Mitton | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Joe Mitton

The triennial PISA results have become one of the great set-piece education events. Pored over by policy-makers, Governments around the world place gr...

Zeroes And (Young)Ones: The Future Of Technology In The Classroom

Claire Stead | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

The days of chalkboards and dusty textbooks in classrooms are long gone. Over the past two decades, technology has slowly crept into the classroom, changing the way students study and access information, and also opened up a whole new world of resources for teachers to utilise.

What You Need To Remember When Choosing A Tutor

Ash Parsa | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Parents
Ash Parsa

ALWAYS ask for references. If a tutor is good and can supply excellent references from a variety of parents, then you will be more comfortable about hiring them. It is also vital that any tutor you consider hiring, is able to produce an up to date DBS disclosure.

Universities Must Act Now And Provide Refugee Scholarships

Elisabeth Mahase | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Elisabeth Mahase

An education is not a piece of paper that you get as you Instagram a photo of yourself in a cap and gown. Education is a doorway to a better future. It can help you find the voice to fight, open the the eyes of those who have never seen beyond their front door and break the cycle of poverty. Education is knowledge and that can change everything.

There's Yet More Proof Theresa May's Grammar School Plan Is Flawed

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 17.12.2016 | UK

Poorer pupils will not benefit from an increase in grammar schools, top scientists have said. Research from the Royal Society found no evidence that d...

How Can Parents Encourage Children To Keep The Christmas Cheer Going All Year?

Julie Booth | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

But as parents, what inspiration can we get from the seasonal activities going on in schools that might help us to keep the warmth and generosity of Christmas going once the festivities have come to an end?

Out of date textbooks put sustainable development at risk.

Aaron Benavot | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

Today, we've launched a new study into secondary school textbooks around the world, continuing our focus on the content of education, which we began i...

I F*cking Love It...

Brad Frankel | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brad Frankel

I started travelling properly when I was about 18 and was never able to stop, people would always tell me to settle down, stay still, stay in a job, stay HERE, but I didn't want to. I still had my call to adventure, I still needed to go out there and find what it was I wanted to do, what my purpose was