UK Education

Nepal - New Year, New Hope

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

None of this would have been possible without the commitment and dedication of more than 300 volunteers and partners who have gone the extra mile to support people who need it the most, but there's still lots more be done. As this New Year gets underway and recovery and reconstruction continue, we must not lose sight of Nepal's most vulnerable children - girls and children with disabilities - who desperately need an education to escape the cycle of poverty.

Revealed: What Teachers Think of the Education White Paper

Patrick Hayes | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Politics
Patrick Hayes

Published last month, the Department for Education (DFE)'s White Paper Educational Excellence Everywhere has been the source of a tremendous amount of debate, with criticism coming from a wide range of sources.

New Nursery Rules, Not as Simple as A B C...

Sophia Walker | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

I'll never forget my baby's first day at nursery. Besides crying more than I ever have before (it hit me unexpectedly), I remember saying to his keyworker 'Please look after Boo for me - all that matters is that he is loved and looked after". Words, I echo now, even six months on.

Aid to Education Has Again Gone Down

Aaron Benavot | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Governments around the world have just signed up to an enormously ambitious and promising vision for education and lifelong learning over the next fifteen years, an agenda they know is crucial if even greater ambitions for sustainable development are to be realized by 2030.

I Love Grammar, But I Don't Love the SATs

Rebecca Ann Smith | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Rebecca Ann Smith

You'd think I'd be pleased that our nation's children are being taught to use apostrophes correctly. Believe me, I want everyone in the country to use apostrophes correctly. I really do. But this is not the way to achieve that particular utopia. Here's what's wrong with the new SATs...

'Digital Crack' Babies

Martyn Stewart | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Martyn Stewart

Despite rewiring our minds, one constant remains. The human desire for loving connections and the natural consequences of this; children! Even when addicted to drugs, humans don't stop having children and just like the epidemic before it, an unforeseen legacy lingers.

Tech in the Classroom

Jon Sharpe | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Tech
Jon Sharpe

Education is finally embracing the future. Teachers used to be armed with a piece of chalk and, if you were very unlucky, a ruler that doubled as a weapon. Now students are engaged and educated by their teachers with the help of interactive smart boards, laptops, tablets and apps.

Let's Take a Bear Grylls Approach to Coding in Classrooms

Patrick Hayes | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

Computer gaming was once a very different pursuit than it is now. Going to primary school in the 1980s, I spent countless hours on a Commodore PET. Not just playing the rudimentary educational games that loaded, after an age, from cassette.

I Am Not the Exception: Everyday Sexism #WhenIWas Campaign

Kate Delaney | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Delaney

I never received any sex and relationship education and I know that had a significant effect on me and my childhood. It won't solve everything, but I am sure it would go a long way to helping this issue and more generally, result in happier and more confident adults.

GCSE Drama: Don't Get Your Doublet and Hose in a Twist

Laura-Jane Foley | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Laura-Jane Foley

Rather a lot of actors have got their doublets and hose in a twist about the changes to the Drama GCSE syllabus and have written an impassioned letter...

Learning Through Culture

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, is preparing to publish the first White Paper - a policy document that sets out the government's proposals for future legislation - on the arts since Jennie Lee's over 50 years ago. It's a hugely significant moment for organisations such as the Crafts Council.

Time for a Step Change in How Sexism is Tackled in Schools?

Sophie Bennett | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Bennett

The sad fact is, in too many schools across the country sexism just isn't taken seriously enough. Instead, it's trivialised and often ignored. Girls are told 'it's just a bit of harmless fun', 'it's part of growing up' and 'boys will be boys'. This has to stop.

An Open Letter to the Chief of Ofsted and the Education Secretary

Ella Marshall | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Marshall

Mr Wilshaw and Mrs Morgan, I sincerely hope that you do not rest easy at night when the servants of your system lie awake toiling and panicking over what extra workload tomorrow may bring...

Sexist Culture Grooms Sexist Boys

Rachel Bell | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Bell

Sexualisation, gender stereotypes of both men and women, not seeing girls and women in the media in diverse roles - this all damages boys too. Studies show that even the mildest sexual objectification of women makes men more callous towards them.

Can We Tackle the Cult of Always Having to Be the Best?

Elizabeth Wright | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Parents
Elizabeth Wright

This self-assumption about skill, the ability to learn, and the lack of growth mindset, means that with the stress and pressure to perform or be the best, children are at great risk to give up on setting goals and aiming for success on their terms, because they already lack the self-belief that they can grow and achieve.

Labour Has to Fight the Issues Which Matter to Voters - Academies Isn't One of Them

Leon Spence | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Politics
Leon Spence

It's nearly a year since we took our drubbing and it's pretty self-evident that we have not learned our lessons. Purely politically forced academisation isn't an issue which will sway many votes because to most people other things are far more important. Labour are in danger of picking the wrong fight once more...

LGBT+ Education Saves Lives, So Why Aren't We Talking About It?

Elly Barnes | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK
Elly Barnes

While the world continues to fragment, inclusivity remains powerful, crossing both religious and political lines. We've found the work accomplished in faith schools to be the best example of this - two of this year's best practice schools identify as 99% Muslim, and have celebrated the diverse expressions of sexual orientation and gender identity that are present in the UK. It's this kind of grass roots, hands on, intersectional approach that really serves to make a difference...

Students 'Too Powerful To Be Ignored' In The EU Debate, NUS Says

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students opened its annual conference in Brighton on Tuesday with a rallying call in support of Britain remaining in the Europea...

So, Heston Blumenthal Wrote The New Food GCSE And The Prospect Is Terrifying

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Heston Blumenthal is hoping to inspire the next generation of chefs by applying his signature style in a brand-new GCSE. Blumenthal has partnered with...

This Is The *Leaked* Tuition Fees Memo We Weren't Meant To See

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Students at some of Britain's best universities are not receiving good quality teaching, despite paying the top rate of tuition fees, a leaked governm...

English Language: A Persistent Issue in Indonesia

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Whenever she is called, Celina says frequently, 'Pardon', to clarify our utterances. With her authentic smile and shy character, she then said; 'I am sorry, my English is not good'. Celina arrived in Manchester with obsequious English skills and a simple dream; to work as a cleaner in a restaurant.

Tackle 'Maths-Phobia' and Improve the Nation's Health and Wealth

Edwina Dunn | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK
Edwina Dunn

Shockingly three quarters of adults admitted they cannot work out how much sugar they should be eating from reading packets because their maths skills are too poor. A report from Unicef last week gave further credence to this, finding Britain 25th out of 37 wealthy nations for its equality levels in children's maths and science skills, as well as reading.

The EU Benefits for Young People Hardly Anyone Knows About

Eddie Keough | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Eddie Keough

Being an alumnus of several projects has made me a staunch believer in this cause and in the social benefits EU membership brings to our country. My experiences took me from a relatively aimless graduate with little professional experience to leading international projects both at home and abroad.

Language Learning in the UK: Let's Make Sure We're Not Lost for Words

Vicky Gough | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK
Vicky Gough

While of course speaking English is a huge asset for us, other languages are absolutely vital for the UK's future prosperity. In fact speaking only English might be considered as much as a disadvantage as speaking no English at all when it comes to young people hoping to compete in an increasingly global jobs market.

What to Do When You Don't Get Your Choice of Primary School

Cheryl Barry | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Parents
Cheryl Barry

My husband had checked the email very early in the morning. I had laughed when he read out the name of a school that I'd never even considered, assuming that he was joking. This soon turned to total shock. Not only had we not gained a place at our first choice of school, but we hadn't gained a place at the other three choices either.