UK Education

'A Right Royal Agenda

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK

The Prince of Wales was angry after his attempt to persuade Tony Blair's government to expand grammar schools fell on deaf ears, former education secr...

Last Few Days and Time to Decide Where to Help Next?

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

Supporting Nema has some incredible advantages. Of course there is the satisfaction of knowing that we are doing some good, albeit in very difficult circumstances where nothing seems to progress as planned...

Field Diary: 72 Hours to Travel 32 Kilometres - A Humanitarian Mission in Aleppo

Insaf Nizam | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK
Insaf Nizam

I was part of a recent humanitarian mission that delivered emergency assistance to children and families in six hard-to-reach villages in northwestern Aleppo governorate. For some families living in this remote area near the Turkish border, it had been almost two years since they had received humanitarian supplies...

Brazil's Children Missing Out on School During World Cup

Beth McLoughlin | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Beth McLoughlin

Since the World Cup started, Brazilian children have been enjoying the entertainment as much as children anywhere. Schools are closed in most areas for this month, but while those classes will be made up in December and January for most pupils..

School Sport - Giving Children Their Chance to Shine

Wasim Khan | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK
Wasim Khan

The recent Ofsted report that too many state-school pupils are denied the chance to take part in competitive sport is a worrying trend and a call to action for all of us who care passionately about school sport.

'When You're a Refugee, the Power of Education Is Very Strong'

Mohamed Al-Kaisi | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mohamed Al-Kaisi

The news is terrible from Iraq right now, but it was in 2009 that things got very bad for me and my family. First, my dad was kidnapped, then the same thing happened to one of my brothers, who was also tortured. They were released - though my brother was kept in captivity for 53 days. They threw him out into the street and left him like a dog to find his own way home. We were forced to move to a different area of Baghdad.

No Progress in Reducing Out of School Numbers, With Some Exceptions

Aaron Benavot | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

As we consider the sorry state of international aid to education we must also remember that accessing school is also only part of the challenge; universal primary education goes beyond simply children enrolling in school - it also involves enabling them to complete their education and, as a result, acquire basic skills and knowledge...

Student Flash Mob Tells the True Story of King's Job Cuts

Ben T. Jackson | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben T. Jackson

The vultures are circling at King's College London. Management have taken the controversial step to axe up to 120 staff in the College's health schools in August. The cuts come at a time of high student dissatisfaction and a plummeting reputation in national university rankings...

Tech in the Classroom Revolutionises Feedback

John Friend | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Tech
John Friend

Technology offers tools that allow students to develop skills and teachers to identify limitations and talents. With the effective use of technology, it has become easier for teachers to identify the needs of their students and for students to take greater control of their own learning.

It Turns Out Teenagers Today Really Aren't So Bad

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK

Today's teenagers are the most ambitious in a century, but also the most concerned that the current economic crisis will stymie hopes of achieving the...

How University Research Inspired the Public During Universities Week 2014

Nicola Dandridge | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nicola Dandridge

UK universities are at the forefront of some of the most pioneering and innovative research found in the world today. We are one of the most significant research powers, competing with the best internationally.

Militant Ignorance: The BBC is Failing Us With It's Servitude To The Right Wing..

Karl Davis | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK
Karl Davis

The BBC needs to be fully autonomous, with a truly independent management and executive team that is free from the temper tantrums of governmental talking heads.

Michael Gove's Cheeks, Katie Hopkins' Mouth and David Starkey's Brain

Oliver Beach | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Beach

Wellington College was an inspirational setting for the Sunday Times' Education Festival 2014. It could also be heavily featured in a documentary titled, 'Where Pink Chinos Live Forever', yet was a magical setting for the wizards of the education world...

20 Things I Will Always Remember About Greece

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Thanks to the fond memories of the beautiful country that continue to excite me & the jet lag, I came up with this list of 20 bullet points at around 3:00 a.m.! Enjoy:)

Ofsted's Latest School Inspection Was Really, Really Dumb

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK

Ofsted wasted two days and taxpayers money on a "baffling" two-day inspection of a school that was due to close permanently in just a few weeks. Fr...

Adolescents Need to Learn About Depression - Before It's Too Late

Danny Baker | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

Adolescents need to be educated about depression so that if they find themselves experiencing the symptoms, they can realise that they're suffering from an illness, and can then go about seeking treatment from there.

Hardline Christian Schools In Manchester Are Teaching Children Evolution Is A Lie

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK

Children at three private schools in Manchester have been taught from American textbooks which state that abortion is wrong, evolution is a lie and ho...

The End of the Academic Year Is Upon Us - With Both Students and Business Facing the Same Choices About 'Investing' in Future Capabilities

Leo Quinn | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Leo Quinn

Across the country, tens of thousands of students are getting ready for the end of the academic year - and facing one of the most crucial decisions of...

Could Gove 'Effectively Stop' Muslims Becoming School Governors?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK

Hardline new rules for academies and free schools that compel them to promote British values are "dangerous" and could effectively stop Muslims becomi...

Good News For Evolution, Bad News For Creationism

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK

In what's being heralded as a secular triumph, the UK government has banned the teaching of creationism as science in all existing and future academie...

How Technology Can Fill the Void Left By Nurseries

John Friend | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Tech
John Friend

Ofsted's chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw recently stated on Radio 4 that "More than two-thirds of our poorest children - and in some of our poorest communities that goes up to eight children out of 10 - go to school unprepared,".

Is Teaching Mindfulness in School a Good Idea?

Maria Senise | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

Anyone look back at your tween and teen years and reminisce about how incredibly awkward and uncomfortable you felt in your own skin? Anyone, in conjunction, also realize that those quirks you felt so odd about back then have actually made you the unique person you are today? Anyone think how sad it was that you wasted all that time and energy worrying about what others thought about you? Well...I sure as hell do.

White Working Class Underachievement Is Not Simply About Individual Families

Dan Silver | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Dan Silver

White working class underachievement is not simply about individual families. We must recognise the marginalisation that many communities are experiencing. Until we do this, the cycle of underachievement will continue; most importantly, the blame-game will not help the very children who we want to support to succeed.

Why Tech Skills Are So Valuable for Future Careers and Developing Home Grown Talent

Stephen Devlin | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Tech
Stephen Devlin

So we feel that providing a way of linking the talent around us within the local community with the experience and opportunities that both large and small companies can offer is extremely important. That's why we are supporting Connecting Tech City and why we think initiatives like these are vital if we are to nurture the skills base companies like ours will need to prosper and grow.

School for Creative Startups; Take Note Mr Gove

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

Despite superficially positive figures regarding unemployment coming out in the past few months, let's be clear, there is a massive employment crisis in the United Kingdom. We have unemployment at 6.8%, with a further 500,000 people in work being underemployed and a shocking 2% of the workforce on zero hours contracts with no certain earnings from week to week. This is not a stable situation for the nation, for working people or for the economy.