UK Education

Transgender Inquiry Exposes NHS, Education And Justice Shortcomings

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Politics

Universities must do more and adopt a "zero tolerance" approach to bullying of transgender people, a Government minister has said as the shortcomings ...

Academic Boycott Of Israel 'Sows Hatred', Says Embassy

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK

An academic boycott of Israeli institutions has caused outrage, as more than 300 scholars signed a letter in support of the move. The document, whi...

Infection Prevention: A Contagious Issue

Rose Gallagher | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Rose Gallagher

You are probably unaware that last week was International Infection Prevention Week. Unlike Bonfire Night or Christmas - this is generally not one for...

Why Universities Must Not Let Mature Students Down

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Dr Philip Hallam

Provision of financial advice, flexible payment options, tips on keeping living/travel costs down and similar advice can and will make a big difference to individuals thinking of becoming a mature student.

Can Mindfulness Improve School Grades?

Jutta Tobias | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK
Jutta Tobias

There were three school children at the Mindful Nation UK report launch in the House of Commons on Tuesday. The Mindful Nation UK report is the firs...

The Campus Censors Are More Dangerous Than You Think

Alan Grant | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

Heavyweight feminist intellectual Germaine Greer has recently attracted the ire of the Thought Police for her comments about transgender people. At ti...

'In 1852, We Were Worrying About Getting Poor Kids Into Oxbridge - We Are Still... So What Can We Do About It?'

Andrew Law | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK
Andrew Law

Last Thursday was deadline day for applying to study at Oxford and Cambridge. Each applicant will face the daunting prospect of a grilling by some of the world's most formidable academics, within the ivory towers and grand surroundings that will feel familiar only to those who attend the country's top private schools.

Defining the Recipe for Educational Success

Julie Booth | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

'I'm never going to put boundaries on myself ever again. I'm never going to say I can't do it. I'm never going to say "maybe". I'm never going to say ...

How to Be a Student... In 1993

Liz Fraser | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

Much was exactly the same for a Fresher in Cambridge then, as it is now. Pigeon holes, hand-written names above doors, queues for the showers, toast-related gyp room fire alarms, occasional vomiting in the Scholar's Garden, pub crawls, and total confusion about how to cross from Pembroke St into Mill Lane without getting killed by a cheese delivery lorry.

Counting the Cost, Why Should Anyone Care If FE Disappears?

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

It seems certain that the regional reviews currently being carried out in the FE sector will result in some colleges disappearing altogether. There a...

Why I Want to Rip up my Child's Reading Journal

Claire Potter | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Potter

A friend told me that at her child's school, if children don't complete their reading journal, they are made to stay in at playtime and...read! Using reading as a punishment is likely to build up a positive association with books as quickly as if you'd bashed them over the head with one.

Choosing a Secondary School: Do You Have a Choice?

Stephanie Ashby | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Parents
Stephanie Ashby

October: Autumn leaves, pumpkins, and applying for secondary school places. Which school will you choose for your year 6 son or daughter? Do you really have much choice at all? And will it really matter anyway in the long-run?

Corbyn's Wrong When It Comes to Education

Charlie Rigby | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Rigby

Of course we want young people to make the most of their lives through a well-rounded education, but under Corbyn's plan I worry this will not be the case. Instead, if a National Education Service is implemented, the reality is society will be going at the speed of the slowest, and this is in nobody's interest.

Gender Equality - It Can't Yet Be Counted But It Most Certainly Counts

Aaron Benavot | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

This week, we launched the 2015 EFA GMR Gender Summary in time for International Day of the Girl Child. As we noted in a previous blog this week, it s...

Don't Be Gender Blind - Take a Moment to Understand Gender Gaps in Education

Kate Redman | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK
Kate Redman

It may surprise many that, in global terms, girls make up just 52% of out of primary school age children. At the secondary level there are actually fe...

Girls Continue to Draw the Short Straw

Aaron Benavot | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

This week we launched the Gender Summary from the GMR 2015. It shows, yet again, the extent to which girls face the greatest challenges in accessing b...

Should Hackerspaces Replace Libraries?

James Coe | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Tech
James Coe

The value of hackerspaces is that they, like traditonal libraries, democratise educational tools. Developing an app or editing a video at home requires hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds worth of investment. This is an obvious hurdle for many people looking to innovate.

Until We Teach Mental Health in Schools Stigma Will Always Exist

Jake Mills | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jake Mills

If we really want to reduce the stigma and allow people to reach out and seek help, then we simply have to be teaching people about what mental illness is and introduce compulsory mental health education in schools.

It's Time to Get Students Out of the Pressure-Cooker Classrooms Created by League Tables and Ofsted

Charlie Rigby | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Rigby

New research this week revealed that rising numbers of university students are struggling to cope with life at university, with sharp rises in the demand for counselling. This is a worrying find and an issue which from my experience must be tackled much earlier in the education process.

Unleashing the Potential of Brazil's Children

One Young World | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
One Young World

Giselle Oliveira is a One Young World Ambassador running the impactful Eyes of the Street / Olhares da rua project that is tackling child poverty in B...

What Can You Take From Teenage Cancer?

Ellie Philpotts | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Philpotts

I never expected to become a cancer patient, not least in my teens. Then again, I don't think anyone does. But somehow, like the approximately 2,300 annual others, in 2011 I found myself well and truly within this category.

Could You Teach a Class of 100?

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

At VSO, we recognise that technology is no magic bullet solution but can empower teachers to deliver their lessons effectively. Unlocking Talent is part of a broad strategy for improving education in Malawi that is also increasing the number of teachers trained in using child-centred teaching methods.

What Is the Purpose of Education?

Frederika Roberts | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics
Frederika Roberts

What do you think the purpose of education is? If you agree things need to change, what will you do about it? Whether you're a headteacher or a class teacher, at any stage of education, whether you're a parent, or a pupil, you have the power to make a difference in the small daily deliberate actions you take.

Is the Education System Too Focused on Grades Rather Than Self Development and Discovery?

Maria Keogh | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Maria Keogh

Less focus should be put on grades, but rather, recognising, acknowledging, and developing the students innate abilities, with a view to encouraging them to make a meaningful contribution to society. Any less than this, would be to do a disservice to our youth, our most precious asset.

Do Not Fear the Oxbridge Admissions System

Jacob Lewis | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Lewis

If I can do it, almost anyone else can...