UK Education

'Having a Qualification Is No Longer Enough'

Lesley Donoghue | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lesley Donoghue

By talking to businesses we are no longer making assumptions and as a result we have found that some curriculum units are not the highest priority from an employer perspective, and as a result the content has been changed, and we know this collaborative approach must continue.

Curiosity Allows Us to Focus Our Attention

Ruby Wax | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

Sadly many people don't use their curiosity. They have it, but it has become obsolete. We are born with this feature, that's why when we're children, our hunger for information is insatiable, we don't even care what the story is, we just want to be stimulated. That is how our brains grow and how, as more and more neurons connect, we become smarter.

The Power of Female Education

Anna Rhodes | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Rhodes

The events occurring in Chibok are sickening, as is the minimal media coverage. This supposed insurgency in Birmingham is alarming, but the fact that such events are occurring highlights resistance within the female community. Women all over the world risk their lives every day by sending their daughters to school or attending themselves.

After Generation Y...Generation Tech

Duncan Higgins | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Duncan Higgins

How do we become adults? Is it by quietly learning, from our books, teachers and parents, until we have enough knowledge to go out into the world? Or is it by writing our own rules, taking risks and trying new ways of doing things?

Fear and Loathing at the Self Checkout

Ellie Slee | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Slee

It being that I loathe all human contact, the supermarket self checkout always looks like an attractive prospect. I probably hate smiling at the cashier whilst they scan my tampons more than they hate smiling at me. So I think I'll save us both the trouble and do it myself. Thirty seconds in and I regret it, every time.

Could Schools Do More to Encourage Physical Activity?

Dr Adam Carey | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Adam Carey

From early childhood education, right through to Secondary school, teachers are under pressure to drill reading, writing, and math deep into their students' brains -- and there are only so many hours in the school day. What is often forgotten is teaching the importance of physical activity and leading a healthy lifestyle.

We Must Find New Ways to Talk to Children About Sexual Exploitation

Michelle Lee-Izu | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK
Michelle Lee-Izu

Last year Barnardo's worked with 2,592 sexually exploited children across the UK. The year before we worked with 1,940; that's a rise of 34%. This number continues to rise year on year and every time we open a new service we are inundated with young people who need our support.

Addressing the Lack of Dyslexia Support in UK Schools

Alex Dyer | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Dyer

If left undetected dyslexia can cause difficulties with learning, and in extreme cases children are often labeled as 'stupid' or 'lazy'. This can lead to further problems of feelings of isolation and low self-esteem. The consequences of such neglect would be hugely damaging to students with dyslexia.

What Do Exams Prove?

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Margaret Heffernan

Heading into exam season, it's hard not to be aghast at the pressure and panic that prevails in households this time of year. My daughter alternates between grim perseverance and limp hopelessness while many of her peers surrender to hysteria at the slightest challenge. While doing their best to support their children though the ordeal, sane parents must stop and ask: do these exams prove anything?

Why I Fear Australia Is Becoming a Zombie Nation

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Damien Ridge

For the most (white) privileged of lands, Australia, the price of rejecting authentic stories about itself - like how central aboriginality really is to the national consciousness - is a superficiality, and a strange boredom that fills the spaces where there should be meaning.

Beyond 'Congratulations!'

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Fellow seniors, I wish you every success in your last days of high school, and of course, far beyond.

Connecting to the Future, One School at a Time

Duncan Higgins | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Duncan Higgins

The world of the future will be here faster than we think. In fact, we're already getting a taste of it here and there: a hologram at Coachella, virtual reality simulation with Oculus Rift, 3D printing stores in the centre of London.

How to Nail a Job in Technology

Stephen Devlin | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Devlin

When people think about publishing, they tend to think about content, and assume that the technology challenges in publishing are about transferring the printed page to screen. For many consumer publishing businesses such as newspapers, magazines and trade books this is mostly true, but in science and education publishing the challenges are much greater as we are increasingly in the software business.

Too Clever for an Apprenticeship?

Jan Hodges | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jan Hodges

It is an age old stereotype that vocational learning is a last resort for those who have failed academically, a 'plan b' for when exams go wrong and options are limited. As with all stereotypes it is oversimplified and damaging. Putting people in boxes, labelling them one thing or the other is wrong and calling a child 'too clever' for vocational education is no exception.

Why Do an Apprenticeship?

Suzie Webb | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Suzie Webb

Apprenticeships are often perceived poorly in the UK and many people see them as suitable only for those who are less academically able. This perception is incorrect and needs to be addressed. Why should you consider doing an apprenticeship?

University Application Essay Writing 101

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Do not be afraid to do many, many drafts. Although I admit that I do not like editing my essays most of the time, I completed at least 10 drafts for my personal statement. It is, after all, a precious document where the Admissions Officers can truly get to know you in addition to skimming through the long list of your grades, achievements, awards, and leadership roles.

Joining the Rat Race: Why a Good Degree is No Longer Enough

Immy Guest | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Immy Guest

The problem is in that everyone wants to be on some committee or to be an editor for a newspaper or to produce their own play, thus there is huge competition between students for places. Many of the committee positions that are available require a gruelling interview process, sometimes involving two rounds, and for one particular committee I was interviewed by no less that 15 people at once

10 Reasons To Be Patriotic On St George's Day

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK

The Queen, fish and chips, cups of tea and Stephen Fry. Great reasons to be proud of being British. But is that really all we've got. Actually, the...

10 Reasons Not To Be Patriotic On St George's Day

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK

Bring out the bunting. There's lots to celebrate on St George's Day, we have the world's most expensive capital city, air we can barely breathe, soari...

Being Proud at 40

Simon Stevens | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Of course the current situation for disabled people is not perfect, and I have made it my life's work to play my part in improving matters in any way I can. But if we forget to celebrate our achievements and the sheer wonders that now exist for many disabled people, then we can not move forward, remaining stuck in our own resentment.

The Freelancers Lament

The Mac Twins | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK
The Mac Twins

Leave school, go to college/university, find job in that chosen field, totter up that career ladder, receive pension, retire playing golf, making soup and joining a bridge club. This is what schools drill into us since our first times tables test, and when you don't take this path, you feel like you're on the whacky races with no guidance pit stops and a worrying lack of financial fuel.

Innovation Is the Product of Differences

Ehsan Khodarahmi | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK
Ehsan Khodarahmi

In the old days, people had one job throughout their entire life or if they felt very brave, they had two jobs. They worked 30 years or more to retire; but things have changed and the old days are nothing other than history for the youths and memories for those lived those days.

What Has Happened to Michael Gove?

James Snell | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

The worst thing about it is that Michael Gove has the potential to be a truly excellent minister. He is an intelligent man, who genuinely cares about his department and education in general. I can see no reason to indicate that he is motivated by anything other than the best of intentions.

Teachers Voted For Further Strikes In June

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Schools are to face widespread disruption after teachers voted to stage further strikes, starting with a national walkout in the summer, in a bitter r...

Why Universities Are Wrong to Ban The Sun

David Spereall | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Spereall

Banning things because you don't agree with them sets a dangerous precedent. Exiling The Sun because of page three at a uni's campus of a few thousand people may appear to be a fairly innocuous move in the grand scheme of things, but there is a key principle at stake here.