UK Education

Music Is For Everyone

Lloyd Coleman | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lloyd Coleman

My parents reminded me that just because I was the only boy in the class who wore hearing aids, this didn't mean I wouldn't be able to do the same things as everyone else. For instance, detailed sheet music in small print was 'blown up' onto A3 sheets to make it easier to read...

Fears Growing of a New Labour Threat to Grammar Schools

Robert McCartney | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Robert McCartney

This week I have written to Ed Miliband, calling on him to guarantee the status of England's existing 164 grammar schools in the event he becomes Prime Minister. Why? Because a new poll conducted by ComRes has found four in ten (39 per cent) believe Labour will axe the remaining grammar schools if they win the election.

Ain't No Stopping Us

Jonas Altman | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Jonas Altman

Kids absolutely love asking questions: If I can see all those stars, can they really be so far away? Who's the fastest runner in the world? Where do...

Policies Matter - But the Results May Surprise You

Matt Chocqueel-Mangan | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Chocqueel-Mangan

I'd reluctantly describe myself as a campaigner, but this is one campaign I am prepared to fight for, and something I hope the rest of the media will come together and fight for too. It's the route to better advice services, more informed voters, and higher turnouts. Policies matter.

Unleashing Girls' Power: An Interview With Kennedy Odede

Rose Taylor | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rose Taylor

At the end of the invigorating and stimulating three day Skoll World Forum I met with Kennedy Odede, founder of Shining Hope for Communities, (SHOFCO) and Kibera School for Girls. Our meeting was inspiring and poignant and echoed many themes I had heard throughout the conference regarding the importance of girl's education. It seems fitting that I tie my interview with Kennedy to these issues in this article.

The World's Hardest Exam

Marcus Ereira | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Ereira

Is it coincidence that Asian countries including Korea top the educational performance charts? Should we follow their lead? I think the answer lies in two parts...

Louise Ridley

How London's Overcrowded Rented Housing Is Making Children Fail Exams | Louise Ridley | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses o...

How to Help Your Child Deal With Exam Stress

Victoria Ward | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Parents
Victoria Ward

Harmful pressure could come from many things, including your child's comparison of themselves with others, the high goals they set themselves, their worry about disappointing you or other family members, and also from friends and teachers.

Poor Basic Fitness Amongst School Children Highlights Wider Concern

Charlie Rigby | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Charlie Rigby

New research has found that two-thirds of primary school children aren't reaching basic fitness levels for their age group - an awful statistic. Child obesity rates are soaring as a result and this can easily be linked to the decline of sport and exercise. With the emphasis on creating a generation of test-passers and box-tickers, exercise and sport are being neglected in schools.

Eleven Ways to Be a Bit Less Bad at Revision

Eve Delaney | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eve Delaney

It's important to take frequent breaks during your revision session. The brain is a muscle (not factually correct) that gets tired like any other muscles (do hearts get tired?). In order for a break to be effective, you must fully remove yourself from your working mindset. Dig a hole in the garden or annoy your sister a bit. Just keep the line between work and play clearly defined.

Encourage Kids to Study by Building Their Own Study Corner

Patricia Evans | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Parents
Patricia Evans

If you want your child to be an achiever and be a stellar student, don't limit him to the walls of the classroom. Extend the learning to your home and turn a small space into a study area that is both vibrant and inspiring.

Business Education Could Reboot the UK Economy

Michael Mercieca | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Michael Mercieca

Enterprise and financial education in schools is vital if we're to have a chance of improving our economic prospects. If implemented now, a national initiative for enterprise and financial education could help us to produce future generations of motivated, confident, work-ready young people with the skills to succeed, innovate and increase the UK's productivity. Surely this is an investment worth making.

Your Mind Is Hungry - Feed It

Jared Joffe | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jared Joffe

As you get older you hopefully realise that 'knowledge is power', and the more of it you possess, the greater your ability will be to adapt to the diverse situations that life can throw at you. To put it simply, if you continue to educate yourself you will become a more well-rounded human being.

It's Not Just the Kids; Why Teachers Are Suffering From Cuts to Children's Mental Health Services

Rachel Egan | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Rachel Egan

Many argue that the digital age means our young people are more connected than ever before, but there is a flipside to this as young people have their problems follow them home from school, meanwhile growing pressures to look good and look happy online mean that there is a culture of 'false happiness'.

Help Your Child Fill the Techcrunch of Job Shortages

Adam Lipecz | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Parents
Adam Lipecz

The government now wants the nation's kids to not only consume technology but to build it. With it being projected that the country is to have a shortage of 249,000 workers for technologically skilled jobs by 2020*, there's a reason the government has made some significant changes.

Should We Re-elect the Worst British Government for 75 Years?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

I am not a partisan man. Although I was once, many years ago, a member of the Liberal Democrats, I have since tried to help make the world a better pl...

Could Schools Be Doing More to Build Children's Character?

Julie Booth | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

Giving children the opportunity to develop abilities such as understanding how their behaviour affects others, learning from their mistakes and trying out new activities would all be considered an important part of character education.

Teach Politics in Schools: Young People Deserve to Have Their Voice Heard, So Let's Help Them Understand the System

Anna Claeys | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Claeys

Let's teach young people about how anyone can go and complain to their MP or visit the House of Commons, about how laws are passed and the role of NGOs and lobbying organisations, about the main political parties and ideologies and how the voting system works.

It's Infrastructure, Stoopid: School's Out (of Town)

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

If politicians are going to promise building new homes, and thereby expand a population in a town, for goodness sake build an extra primary school and require new GP surgeries to cope with any increasing population in a given area.

Teaching: A Dream Job?

Katy Flint | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Flint

When I first started teaching I was full of hope and excitement but after years of school politics, observations and mounting pressure, my chosen profession was ruined for me. I knew that to be the best mother to my girls I would have to give it all up- there is no room for both in my life.

Allowing Children to Languish In Illegal Religious 'Schools' Is the Bigotry of Low Expectations

Stephen Evans | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK
Stephen Evans

This week it was revealed that officials at the Department for Education (DfE) are investigating up to fifty unregulated schools set up by Islamists, including several established by a former teacher at the centre of the so-called Trojan Horse scandal.

The Future of the 11-Plus Exam and How Tutoring Will Be an Answer

James Brinsford | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Brinsford

With the 11-plus seemingly here to stay and despite some local authorities looking to make the exams 'coach proof', the need for private tutors will surely grow and with this a pathway to making them affordable for all will need to be sought.

It's Our Future and It's Time to Own It

Darryl Morris | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Politics
Darryl Morris

The future is a funny old thing. That word has been thrown around so often during the tiresome back and forth of this campaign that it's lost all meaning, blending into the dull humming noise that the election has become.

Why UK Politicians Cannot Tell The Truth

David C. M. Carter | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Politics
David C. M. Carter

It struck me today why no politician can ever tell the truth to voters. Why they never answer the direct question interviewers ask them. It's shockingly naïve of me to not have worked it out sooner.

Lib Dems Want To Run The Department For Education

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics

The Liberal Democrats should be given the keys to the Department of Education in any future coalition, Nick Clegg said, pledging he will make increase...