UK Education

Good, But Could Do Better

Chris Jones | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Jones

The shopping is done, the presents are wrapped and plans have been made. Yes, Christmas is just around the corner. And before we know it, we'll be toasting in the New Year. People say things tend to quieten down for businesses around this time of year, but this certainly hasn't been the case in the skills and employment arena. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Pakistan Finally Wakes Up to the Taliban Threat

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Though I cannot speak for all us, many of us have been rendered, albeit unwillingly, apathetic to the attacks on humanity suffered in Pakistan because of their frequency. This was the weak argument we were using up until now as we slumbered on in a chaotic world. But there's a time for all of us when we awaken and that wakefulness of our conscience is a blessing in itself that must be grasped, nurtured and fed - and I believe Pakistan has suddenly awakened. Finally. Thankfully...

10 Stupid Reasons To Get Detention

AllTime 10s | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education

School is meant to be the best days of your life, but that wasn't the case for these 10 students who were sent on detention for the worst reasons. Fro...

Consent Workshops Need to be Mandatory at Universities

Zahra Wynne | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zahra Wynne

Here's the resounding message: 'Don't get raped!'. Why is there no talk telling people not to rape, and teaching them what constitutes rape? Considering that most victims of sexual assault are assaulted by somebody they know, the 'don't walk home alone' message is proving to be falling short in protecting students. We need something more.

Ofsted Is Measuring the Wrong Things

Michael Mercieca | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Mercieca

Last week saw the publication of the annual Ofsted report which looked at the outcomes of schools' inspections in 2013-14. The report's headline-grabber was that progress in secondary schools in the UK 'has stalled', with 29% of state secondary schools now rated as less than good.

Mental Health Education in School Is a MUST Today

Mark Williams | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Williams

As we know the stigma and lack of education about mental health is better today than it was ten years ago. We still need to educate the next generation in all aspects of mental health to stamp it out for good.

How Education Has Become a Victim in Pakistan's War on Terror

Meliha Hayat | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK
Meliha Hayat

If different decisions had been made in Pakistan's history, this may have been possible but for now the future of good education in Pakistan remains bleak, if the leaders of this country invested more in the their education sector then perhaps the Taliban wouldn't have been able to recruit so many young men into their initiative.

Ignore the Cynics: Make 'Academics and Character' the Goal of Education

James O'Shaughnessy | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Politics
James O'Shaughnessy

As any parent knows, nothing is more important or more challenging than helping children grow into good, kind and responsible young people. Yet this essential task of character development is full of paradoxes.

Putting God in a Box

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Rob Owen Bell

By blindly insisting the creation myth of the Semitic tribes who became the Jewish people is fact - and telling children it is a valid alternative to the Big Bang - evangelical Christians are attributing to God the lack of imagination that cripples their own view of both humanity and the wider universe.

2014: The Year Students Decided We Had Had Enough

Oliver Carter-Esdale | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Carter-Esdale

We are angry, and our voices are carrying far more weight than some choose to recognise. We refuse to be neglected any longer. Our rights and freedoms are not only being infringed upon by an overbearing police presence on campus, but in addition our entire higher educational system has been turned into a financial transaction.

Allow Me to Fix Our Education System

Kirsten Brown | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kirsten Brown

Now, I have a sneaking suspicion that what I have done is state the glaringly obvious for people who have been teaching for a long time, and I apologise if that is the case. I'm new to teaching, however, and I'm pretty horrified. It's a job I want to do, I see it as more of a vocation, and I've been told I'm very good at it, 'outstanding', in fact.

From Secondary School to University: Story of a Transition

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Before we explore what transitioning from secondary school to university is like, let me briefly present myself to you through this virtual platform. Some interesting (okay, perhaps weird too) facades of my personality:

Learning From Budget Cuts

Ben Clarke | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Clarke

BUDGET CUTS. The headline has been blasted on the front pages of every newspaper (apart from the tabloids obviously, who opted for more cultured titles such as 'BUDGET CUTS MORE DIFFICULT TO EXPERIENCE THAN THIS VIDEO OF A PREGNANT HAMSTER' and 'PAGE 3 GIRLS USE QUOTES BY PLATO AND ARISTOTLE TO DESRIBE GEORGE OSBOURNE').

Oxford Denies Ukip's Natasha Bolter Was A Student

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Politics

A top university has publically denied that a prospective parliamentary candidate for Ukip, currently embroiled in a harassment claim against a party ...

Privately Educated Teens More Likely To Want To Go To Uni Than State School Pupils

PA | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Privately educated teenagers are more likely to want to go to university than those who went to state school, research has found. And boys are sign...

On the Nature of Public Opinion

Aaron Vallely | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Aaron Vallely

History has given us a colossal record of deceit, manipulation of the many by a resourceful and shrewd few, and the sustained distortion of public perception so robustly at any one time, it is imperative we review the model of society we have inherited. Power derives its life-force from control.

Amanda Abbington Stars in 'God Bless the Child', Royal Court Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

On the surface, God Bless the Child is a satire on our education system and the hoops we make our teachers, and our children, jump through. Only it's so much more than this as it's also an examination of where power truly resides in a classroom.

Raising Girls - Promoting Body Confidence

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

What to do, and to advise the parent of a 7 year old girl, so that they can keep that confidence nurtured? Here are some of the best tips from the experts on how to raise confident girls...

Sainsbury's Ad Becomes Surprising Hit With Schools

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

Many teachers around the country are using the Sainsbury's Christmas Truce advert as a learning resource for WW1 commemorations.

Protest Turns Ugly: Warwick Students Tear-Gassed and Threatened With Tasers

Natasha Clark | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Clark

Students have been arrested, sprayed with tear gas and threatened with tasers at the University of Warwick, after a peaceful education protest turned violent on Wednesday.

We Cannot Abandon Afghanistan

Laurie Lee | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK
Laurie Lee

Today's London Conference on Afghanistan arrives at a critical juncture for Afghanistan, with violent conflict increasing in many parts of the country and aid fatigue creating cuts in food rations for one million Afghans it is a vital moment to remind the world not to abandon Afghanistan.

The Rise of ADHD, Autism, Aspergers in Our Children

Anna Moody | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Moody

I've been investigating this phenomenon lately, asking teachers what barriers they face, parents what frustrations they encounter and generally observing so called 'problem children' in schools, homes and how they interact with others.

Outsourcing Homework May Ruin Your Education

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Preetam Kaushik

Cheap labour is one thing. Cheap intellectual labour is quite another. Because when you can 'afford' a highly educated person to write your course work and essays that were supposed to give you insights into the subject you are studying, the loss of having made a 'cheap' deal with someone across continents is, really, yours and your own doing.

Are You up for a Data Revolution?

Claudia Delpero | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Claudia Delpero

An advisory group to the United Nations is calling for a revolution. It won't be taking people to the streets, ousting governments or causing bloodshed, but it will overhaul the data driving governments' decisions.

Top Head Attacks 'Snowplough' Parents Who Can't Deal With Failure

PA | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

“Snowplough” parents are so over-protective of their offspring that the children end up unable to deal with failure, a headteacher at a leading Lo...