UK Education

Tories to Force Brixton Academy to Become a Secondary school

Maddie Sinclair | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Maddie Sinclair

The Tory government has today announced plans to turn the popular live music venue, Brixton Academy, into a secondary school by 2022. The Departmen...

Artificial Intelligence Needs the Human Touch

Debbie Taylor | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Tech
Debbie Taylor

Rather than becoming an epic battle of man against machine, the future of technological innovation can be a beneficial one - so long as you're equipped with the skills to use technology to its maximum potential, while still adding that all important human touch.

These 80 Fully Funded Boarding School Places For Syrian Refugees Are Empty

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Boarding school places worth £1.6m set aside for Syrian refugee children have so far gone unfilled due to government red tape, it has been claimed. T...

Exams: A Last Minute Survival Guide for Parents

Julie Booth | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

The good news is that if your child is feeling the pressure, there's still plenty that can be done to help them stay in control, even as they head into the exam hall. Here are some ideas for parents to help their child (and themselves) get through what can, for some, be the challenge of exam time.

Tory Minister Nick Gibb Fails Exam Question Set For 11-Year-Olds Live On BBC Radio

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Politics

Schools minister Nick Gibb today fluffed an exam question set for 11 year old pupils. Parents are today protesting against the so-called Sats tests fo...

Teacher Dumbfounded By Poor Grammar In Government Letter

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A teacher says she will use a Department for Education letter littered with grammatical errors to help her pupils improve their writing. Mary Davies, ...

Constant Chopping and Changing of the Primary Assessment System Is Coming Back to Haunt Education Ministers

Lucy Powell | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Politics
Lucy Powell

The way this government has handled changes to the assessment regime means that the system is being undermined. That parents are taking children out of school speaks volumes about the approach this government has taken. At every turn they are cutting parents out of their children's education.

Academic Pressure in Children, Young People and Their Families: Expectations Vs Results - How Do We Cope?

Dr Ramya Mohan | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Ramya Mohan

Younger children may experience nightmares or exhibit difficult behaviours. They can refuse to attend school. Struggling to concentrate in lessons / whilst preparing for their exams, loss of interest in their day-to-day activities and hobbies can lead to gradually withdrawal and social isolation.

Single-Sex or Co-Educational - Which Offers the Best Preparation for 'Real Life'?

Eve Jardine-Young | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Parents
Eve Jardine-Young

Decisions about education are some of the most important choices that parents and children have to make. There is certainly not a one-size-fits-all so...

Nicky Morgan Slams Headteacher For 'Sexist' Question

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 30.04.2016 | UK Politics

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan labelled a teacher "sexist" after he questioned whether she was really in charge of her department. Ms Morgan respond...

This Is What SATs Do to Children

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

My baby boy's world is now full of stress. The stress takes up so much space he has no room for anything else. He is eleven. I didn't even know what the word "stress" meant when I was that age. Today, the only question that he has asked me is "What's a noun? I'm not good at grammar. I'm worried about it." This is what SATs do to children. They don't gain anything from them, but they lose so very much.

Shanghai May Lead the World In Maths, But Britain Leads In Assessment

Patrick Hayes | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK
Patrick Hayes

While the greater freedom schools have been given in the UK has not always been welcomed by teachers, assessment certainly seems to be an area which has blossomed as a result. It may be worth taking another look at the McKinsey report and questioning whether, however painful initially, increased autonomy for schools may end up providing a better education for the next generation.

This School Just Banned One Direction-Style Skinny Jeans

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Boys at a Catholic school have been banned from wearing skinny jeans, made popular by mega-famous pop groups One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer. Pu...

Six Reasons Teachers Are Angry About the New SATs Tests

Caroline Fletcher | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Parents
Caroline Fletcher

In the week beginning 9 May, 10-11 year olds will be taking their SATs tests in English and maths. These tests have always been controversial, but this year's SATs have provoked unprecedented levels of concern for the following reasons...

Three Lessons Playing the Piano Has Taught Me About Maths And Life

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Cassandra Lee Yieng

Many skills we learn in and out of school do not translate very well to other aspects of life. However, for me, playing the piano seems to be the exce...

Successful Schools Are Those Which Equip Students For All Of Life, Not Just Exams

James Downs | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK
James Downs

We don't need to look at rigorous scientific studies to know that the formative years of our lives are hugely important in determining how we will far...

Why We Need to Get Kids Coding

Jill Hodges | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Tech
Jill Hodges

In the midst of all this easy-to-use technology, somehow we lost touch with the fact that someone has to build it all. And the kids have become consumers, sitting slack-jawed and motionless above the wrists for hours, killing baddies but never knowing the thrill of summoning the code-driven genies themselves.

University Students In England Will Now Owe More Than American Graduates

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Students in England are facing the highest graduate debts in the English speaking world, new research has revealed. Reforms to tuition fees and mainte...

Ofsted Inspectors Segregated By Dividing Screen At Islamic School

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

An independent Islamic faith school previously criticised for failing to "promote British values" has been found to segregate male and female staff du...

A Proposal With Dire Consequences for the Teaching Profession

Chris Keates | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

This attack on teachers is also an attack on the entitlement of all children and young people to be taught by a qualified teacher and the right of parents to have that expectation when they send their child to school. The NASUWT will be challenging these proposals vigorously.

Does Your Teenager Ignore Your Revision Advice? Here's How You Can Be There for Them

Janey Downshire | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Parents
Janey Downshire

The revision period is not only a difficult time for teenagers, it can also be a minefield for those around them, especially parents. Knowing how to best support a young person going through exams is difficult, you can often find yourself attempting to be supportive but end up triggering a tantrum.

Nepal - New Year, New Hope

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

None of this would have been possible without the commitment and dedication of more than 300 volunteers and partners who have gone the extra mile to support people who need it the most, but there's still lots more be done. As this New Year gets underway and recovery and reconstruction continue, we must not lose sight of Nepal's most vulnerable children - girls and children with disabilities - who desperately need an education to escape the cycle of poverty.

Revealed: What Teachers Think of the Education White Paper

Patrick Hayes | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Politics
Patrick Hayes

Published last month, the Department for Education (DFE)'s White Paper Educational Excellence Everywhere has been the source of a tremendous amount of debate, with criticism coming from a wide range of sources.

New Nursery Rules, Not as Simple as A B C...

Sophia Walker | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

I'll never forget my baby's first day at nursery. Besides crying more than I ever have before (it hit me unexpectedly), I remember saying to his keyworker 'Please look after Boo for me - all that matters is that he is loved and looked after". Words, I echo now, even six months on.

Aid to Education Has Again Gone Down

Aaron Benavot | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Governments around the world have just signed up to an enormously ambitious and promising vision for education and lifelong learning over the next fifteen years, an agenda they know is crucial if even greater ambitions for sustainable development are to be realized by 2030.