UK Education

Social Media Kills Happiness

Esther Dark | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Dark

Seeing friends announcing their success is a guaranteed way to make you feel worse. Once you feel secure in yourself, or have made a firm plan from a setback, there's far less chance of a comparison-induced panic. Remember social media is a choice, not an obligation.

Back To The Playground

Caragh Little | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK
Caragh Little

The new school year has started. First day photos have been taken, schoolbags have grown heavy with new books, and the reality of homework and early morning alarm clocks is beginning to set in. The evenings are shortening and the papers are speculating about the chances of an Indian Summer. It's September again...

The Horrible Reality Of Grammar Schools

Kerry Barrett | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Kerry Barrett

Grammar schools are a step backwards in my opinion. They don't improve social mobility, they don't benefit poor kids and they don't value children in the right way for the things that are really important. I hope the government takes off its rose-tinted glasses and sees these plans for what they are, before it's too late.

Opening New Grammar Schools Is A Bad Policy That Is Likely To Fail

Sam Harrison | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

After weeks of teasing, Theresa May has finally revealed her plan for the educational reforms. At first glance, it seems clever and full of good intentions: poor kids to get an education previously reserved for the richer, feeder primary schools and university ties to smooth out the remaining corners. But it is a bad set of policies that, whether now in a few years' time, will inevitably fail.

Bringing Back Selective Grammar Schools Is An Abdication Of Responsibility For Every Child In Our Country

Angela Rayner | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK Politics
Angela Rayner

Theresa May wants to return to an outdated system where children are placed in segregated schools depending on their exam results. And the devil take the rest. She tries to hide her divisive approach by cloaking it in warm words, but however she dresses it up, this is still selection. Still winners and many more losers. Still a minority of schools classed as 'good' and the vast majority publicly branded as 'bad'.

Trouble For May's Grammar School Revolution As Ex-Education Secretary Slams Plan

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK

Theresa May’s new grammar schools policy has been condemned by ex-Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, who said it could “undermine six years of prog...

Prime Minister's Ambition To Help The 2.1million 'Just Managing' Families Means Tearing Down The 'Here And Now' Barriers To Social Mobility

Torsten Bell | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Politics
Torsten Bell

Real social mobility is definitely crucial if we're to help 'just managing' families. But we need a broader focus on progression in work, on building homes, and on geography to reduce segregation and connect people to growing economies. That's how we improve mobility in the here and now.

Wanted: Lot More Secondary Modern Schools?

Robin Lustig | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

According to one recent poll, nearly half the state school teachers in England are planning to leave the profession within the next five years. That's what Mrs May should be worrying about - not turning the clock back to an inglorious past when 75% of children were branded 'failures' at the age of 11.

Facilitating More Religious Segregation In Faith Schools Can Only Harm Social Cohesion

Stephen Evans | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

In a move devoid of any common sense, Theresa May's government looks set to capitulate to the demands of religious groups by relaxing admissions rules for faith-based academies, allowing them to select all pupils along religious lines. It's hard to think of a more retrograde policy than the facilitation of greater religious segregation of children and young people in our education system.

Grammar Schools Aren't The Problem - We Are

John Fletcher | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Politics
John Fletcher

Grammar Schools are once again dominating the British news realm with government plans to take a "pragmatic" look at the construction of new grammar schools. The announcement, luke warm though it was, has been enough to start the familiar debates rolling about Middle Class privilege versus offering opportunities to Working Class children.

Do We Need to Re-think Homework?

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK
Dr Clare Owen

We must remember that our students are children and, curriculum burdens asides, they have to be at the heart of any decision we make. If we want them to enjoy their youth and not have to grow up too soon, we must prepare them for, but not force them into, the work patterns we must follow as adults.

Private, Grammar Or State: Guess Which Schools These 21 Top MPs Went To?

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK

Grammar schools are back on the agenda after secret plans to reintroduce the selective state schools were snapped being carried into Downing Street. ...

Do We Really Need Grammar Schools?

Husain Akhtar | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Politics
Husain Akhtar

Education needs not to have political experimentation through the initiatives like free schools, academies and grammar schools because of a perceived need to protect the social, political and class fabric of our society.

International Literacy Day 8th September - Child Development In Crisis

Angela Spencer | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Spencer

All of these factors are contributing to the downward spiral we see in today's society and children's development, and it's not just literacy. This trend however, begins at a very early age and if we do not challenge the Government for reform NOW, the regression we see today will only deepen.

Sixth Form Stress

Jevon Levy | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jevon Levy

Those who may have opted for a different career path, I also wish you luck. Only time will tell how this conspicuous nightmare will pan out over the coming months but I firmly believe it will shape out our future landscapes for life.

May Confirms She DOES Plan New Grammar Schools

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Politics

Theresa May has finally confirmed she DOES plan new grammar schools, rounding on her critics by declaring England already has academic ‘selection by...

The Impact Of Failing My 11-Plus

Jayne Sharratt | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Politics
Jayne Sharratt

This won't change the fact that the system is elitist, however. It's a system that seems to me to be incredibly wasteful of the talents, intelligences, hopes, dreams and self-esteem of one set of children, a loss both to them and wider society.

8 Reasons Why Reading With Your Child Is The Best Part Of The Day

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Parents

Reading with your child might seem like a luxury when we all have busy lives, hectic work schedules and just want to get them into bed. But for many p...

Why Pokémon Go Points The Way For Educators

Andrew Fitzmaurice | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Fitzmaurice

I agree and passionately believe that outdoor experiential education needs to be thought of as essential to a child's formal education. While the pursuit of those subjects considered "academic" in its purest sense remain critical to a well-rounded education, schools need to be more than classroom-based exam factories

Education needs to fundamentally change if we are to reach our global development goals

Aaron Benavot | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

The new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by UNESCO, released this morning, shows the vast potential for education to propel progress towards a...

Autumn + No School = Awesome

Makeba Garraway | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Parents
Makeba Garraway

As my own and countless other home educating families across the northern hemisphere celebrate not going back to school next week, it occurred to me how strange it is for schools to start the new academic year at a time when the whole of nature is winding down.

21 Things That 21 Years Taught Me

Yasmin Braddell | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Braddell

Perhaps I'm overly anxious, a tad too cautious, a "goodie two shoes", "old before my time" it what you will; maybe it's all that people watching, or reading one too many classics, and maybe it becomes a bit of a vicious circle. Either way, I've lived 21 years inside Yasmin's head, and so am going to sum up 21 things that 21 years have taught me..

Caught At A Crossroads

Jeff Brazier | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

I've always been told that parenting is putting the kid's needs before your own, I know I'm going to miss so much about living in Hove; the beach, the coffee shops, the unlimited types of club or activities you can try. I'm actually quite sad to leave but before I know it their childhood is going to go by in a flash so my focus has to be on what they need right now.

Parents Of Children With Autism Face 'Exhausting Battles' To Get Educational Support

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Parents

Many parents of children with autism are facing “exhausting battles” to get the right education and support, according to a new charity report. Al...

Parents Share Their Child's Most Stupid Moment

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Parents

As clever as our children are, we do have moments that truly make us wonder what they are taught at school. Now these Reddit parents are revealing the...