UK Education

Developing a Motivated and Innovative Workforce Through Apprenticeships

Anouska Ramsay | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Anouska Ramsay

Having a sense of the value of Apprenticeships is becoming increasingly important to businesses. For our organisation, the advantage of Apprenticeships goes beyond the view that they are a cost effective resource; they bring innovation, inspiration and energy to our teams, invigorating our approach to work.

Should I Be Worried About the Future of ICT Employment

Jez Brooks | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jez Brooks

An apprentice is no longer someone who makes the tea, or who hands the mechanic a monkey wrench. The young professionals in IBM Apprenticeships certainly have real responsibility and make a proper difference to our most important clients.

Education in Crisis? Perhaps Government Policy Is At Fault

Hilary Robinson | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Politics
Hilary Robinson

The more pupils there are who get certificates, the greater the responsibility for those who don't. Those are the words of one of the most influentia...

Education Should Not Be a Postcode Lottery

Shumailla Dar | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK
Shumailla Dar

The answer seems like a straight-forward one to state but difficult to achieve, what we need is a multifaceted approach. Better teachers are not the only solution. We need a fairer system to judge the credibility of schools, and to help improve poorer areas as a whole.

UK Needs a Strong, Relevant Education System to Compete on World Stage

Mark Boleat | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK
Mark Boleat

Recent news that Britain is lagging behind its Asian counterparts in educational attainment is worrying for the UK as a whole and especially worrying for business.

Top Lessons Learned about the UK STEM Global Ranking - PISA 2012

Yetunde Adediran | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK
Yetunde Adediran

The UK produces fantastic yearly GCSE results and I don't believe, the Pisa study reflects our students' ability. It's the system that needs to change (and connect with ordinary enterprise communities, who could give a diverse view), and exactly how, we could improve and prepare our next generation of 15-year-olds educational achievements.

Fighting for Equality: Human Rights Day

Frontier | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Frontier

Human rights are rights fundamental to all humanity. This means that everyone is entitled to their rights without discrimination; these rights do not consider age, sex, race, nationality, religion, language, ethnic origins or sexual orientation.

One Thousand Days of Syria's Conflict: Childhoods Stolen and Futures at Risk

Rosie Thompson | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Rosie Thompson

Today marks the thousandth day of the conflict. For over two and a half years, children have lived through a nightmare of death and destruction. Losing their homes, their schools and the carefree lives they once knew.

Teaching to the Test, or Teaching for Success?

Chris Jones | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Chris Jones

At face value, the results of the OECD's PISA survey out this week are concerning. Overall the UK ranked 26th out of 65 countries. We were 26th for maths, 23rd for reading and 21st for science. The results have led to political bickering between the Coalition and Labour, each blaming the other for the UK's results.

Boys and Reading - There Is Everything to Play for!

Alison David | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison David

While parents might long for their sons to read the classics, they have to start somewhere and books based on digital properties, magazines and comic style books are as good a place as any.

Silencing Malala Yousafzai and the Brown Man's "Honor Complex"

Meriam Sabih | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Meriam Sabih

Those who want to paint Malala as an easily influenced "tool" and not as a strong young woman driving an inspirational campaign have failed to really listen to her message.

FE Doesn't Need a Fairy Godmother, Just Students Who Go to the Ball

Ben Nicholls | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Nicholls

A very influential person in the FE world told me recently that he'd go mad if he heard us described as a 'Cinderella sector' again, and I don't want to incur his wrath. But, that said, FE needs to continue developing its own vision and voice if it is going to carry the media and policy influence it deserves and needs - and students are a hugely important part of that.

Mind the (Education) Gap

David McGuire | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
David McGuire

It's important to point out that this is a huge generalisation and, of course, there were/are exceptions to the rule. However, I think, overall, the gap is not an educational one - or level of smartness even - but rather one of attitude. As long as that factor remains, the UK hasn't got a hope in hell of climbing the table, never mind becoming number one.

Losing Labels and Talking Tom Daley

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

It was heartening to see so many messages of support for Tom and sadly not surprising to read the various comments of hate that the faceless Twitter cowards immediately started shooting into the ether.I am thrilled for Tom that he has found love, long may it continue; he should be proud of who he is as an individual and for his achievements. I hope that in the coming days weeks and months we can all make his choice of partner the least interesting element of his life...

Be Inspired: International Volunteer Day 2013

Frontier | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK
Frontier

Established by the United Nations (UN) in 1985, the day is a celebration of volunteering on a global scale. The focus for IVD 2013 is to highlight the contribution of youth volunteers working towards global peace and sustainable development. It is the recognition that young people can act as agents of change within communities.

The Future Is Ours to Decide: Putting Our Mouth Where Our Money Is

Kester Brewin | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Tech
Kester Brewin

Clearly, the technologies that gadgets such as Glass employ are stunning. But we must not then be stunned by them. Because it is possible to have such tools, does not mean that we should adopt them.

What Is the Future for Independent Living?

Simon Stevens | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

The main problem in terms of independent living for the majority of disabled people is that it requires some level of financial and/or other contribution from the state. This means that while it may appear correct to focus on someone's rights, if the state does not feel it is getting something from their investment they will find it hard to justify it.

Welsh Students Receive The WORST Education In The UK, International Report Reveals

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Wales is falling behind the rest of the UK in reading, maths and science, an international study shows. The nation's teenagers scored lower results...

Teens Lag Far Behind Estonia, Slovenia As UK Fails To Improve Its Performance..

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

UK teenagers are lagging far behind their peers across the world as the country fails to improve its performance in reading, maths and science, a majo...

Harder A-Levels May Encourage Poor Students To Look To Practical Qualifications

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

New tougher A-levels could encourage poor teenagers to take alternative practical qualifications, potentially hampering their university chances, the ...

Why We Need to Protect Our Youth

BritChick Paris | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

A friend of mine recently confessed that her daughter asked for a brazilian wax because boys won't go out with girls unless they have them. She also refuses to wear anything other than a g-string. She is 14.

More PhDs Is Not the Right Response to the Cuts in Education - Stop Destroying the Academic Job Market

George Iordanou | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Iordanou

The two traditional reasons for the destruction of the academic job market are attributed to the marketisation of education and to the government cuts in the Humanities and in the Social Sciences. Although these are the causes of the crisis, the structural damage is done by the reaction of the departments to the new status quo.

Success of Paid MOOCs Is Inevitable if It Faces Challenges Head On

Anton Dominique | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anton Dominique

Though it is a comparatively new trend in the world of e-learning, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have fast become the subject of heated discussion. While some view this new means of learning as a way to offer education affordably to the masses, others claim that MOOCs are largely used by well educated students with means and, even among those students, are rarely completed.

Will the Buckingham Palace Summit Empower the Young?

John Nickson | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK
John Nickson

The Prince's Trust supports 55,000 unemployed young people a year, 5% of the total, and intends to double the numbers it supports, with turnover increasing to £100 million a year, most of it donated. The Trust's objective is to help them enter the job market or found businesses. Volunteering plays a key role, both for the young and their adult mentors.

If You Think We Have Achieved Gender Parity, You Couldn't Be More Wrong

Maria Caspani | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK
Maria Caspani

Around 45 percent of women in the UK have experienced some form of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, according to the Everyday Sexism Project, or that the UK comes 57th in the world for gender equality and political representation.