UK Education

Women Fight Terror Through Education

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Ideas are what cause nations to collapse or rejuvenate. It is ideas and ideology that help people to overcome the barriers in front of them. But ideas need good leadership to spread them effectively. Over history, we have seen how ideas can change people's thinking and endure throughout time, being handed down from one generation to another.

Assignment Writing Services: Why Do Students Need Them?

Josh Moorcroft-Jones | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Josh Moorcroft-Jones

The trend of hiring assignment writers is nothing new among students. They have been relying on the custom-writing industry for several years, and there is no sign of regress in this aspect.

Transitioning in Schools Is Only a Big Deal If You Make It One

Juno Roche | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK
Juno Roche

When I first tried to transition as a teacher the language, the structures, the cultural reference points were not there, it was like I had asked for the impossible. Now when I go into schools and other educational spaces there is a real openness and desire to get this right.

Why Demonising Social Media and Banning Students Won't Help

Roberts Zivtins | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Tech
Roberts Zivtins

Since beginning my PGCE in September several fellow trainees and guest speakers have called for students to be barred from using site likes Facebook and Twitter. Not only have they proposed school-time bans but at home as well.

Robots Will Cut Out the Middleman - Oops, That's Us!

Michael Mercieca | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Tech
Michael Mercieca

The endgame of robotics is to achieve the so-called 'Technological Singularity'; that's the moment when artificial intelligence can truly think for itself, redesign itself, improve itself or build other robots that are better than itself, on its own, without human assistance.

Tanzania Abolishes Secondary School Fees - But Does Anything Come for Free?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

Primary school children in Tanzania. Credit: Frans Peeters It is extremely good news to hear that the United Republic of Tanzania has cancelled schoo...

Durham University Students Mourn the Death of Accessible Education

Miriam Brittenden | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Miriam Brittenden

Two weeks ago, my university, Durham University told students that its accommodation fees would be rising to over £7000 for a standard, catered room in the next academic year and that that international fees would be rising to almost £21,000.

Getting More Young People Into Politics

John Reynolds | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
John Reynolds

Politicians make decisions that affect them every day, and keeping up with them will give us a better understanding of our country and the world, and how we can make it a better place in the future. One way that we can achieve this is if more young people became columnists and expressed their views!

From Student to Entrepreneur: How to Build an Internet of Things Business

Peter Spence | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Tech
Peter Spence

Initially I worked on my idea while at University. I created a prototype which wasn't perfect and wouldn't work 100% of the time. What I knew is that everyone who saw and played with it thought it was cool, different and exciting.

Using Ebooks Increases Boys' Reading Progress and makes them Keener, More Confident Readers

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Tech
Jonathan Douglas

If you want to get boys reading more, try an ebook. This was the surprise finding from our study which revealed that ebooks made boys better, keener a...

Reducing Climate Change: Advice for Educators - Interview With Professor Douglas Crawford-Brown

Maria Keogh | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK
Maria Keogh

Douglas Crawford-Brown is an Emeritus Professor of Environmental Science and Policy and Emeritus Director of the Institute for the Environment at the ...

The Playground Guide to Puberty and Sex (Freely Available to All Children Over Four)

Claire Potter | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Potter

I chose to be wide open about puberty and sex with her (and her big brother) right from the start. I first told them about it in simple terms when they were toddlers, revisiting, building on and widening their understanding over the years. Because I wanted them to see sex as a normal, natural, positive part of grown-up life. Not a dirty secret.

Education, Much More Than Box Ticking

Kevin Williams | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Kevin Williams

Educational outcomes are easy to analyse, put in tables, and condemn and congratulate people for - but all too often it is forgotten that the focus of education should be on the child, on their needs, their wishes, and their aspirations.

The Abolition of Tuition Fees Is Not Sustainable - Nor Is It Equitable

Joe Storey | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Storey

With Britain's stubborn structural deficit requiring fiscal consolidation, introducing a more costly system for the state is neither sustainable nor practical; shifting the burden of tertiary education from the state onto students is in all of our interests.

Why Teachers Must Come Out

Anna Tippett | Posted 06.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tippett

In keeping with the mantra of gay rights activist Harvey Milk - visibility is key. It is the most powerful tool for social change. Visibility changes perceptions. Visibility saves lives.

Foster Care Is Renewal of the Human Spirit

Martin Barrow | Posted 06.12.2015 | UK
Martin Barrow

As she runs off to play, I contemplate the wondrous capacity of the human spirit to overcome adversity. Just a few weeks ago this same child did not know me, and had never set foot in our home. All this is new and alien. She has been removed from everything she has ever known to become a looked-after child in foster care, with no sense of how long this might last.

The Curiously Missing Past of My Alma Mater: Outwood Grange

Ed Green | Posted 05.12.2015 | UK
Ed Green

You probably haven't heard of my old school on the outskirts of Wakefield, but you'll almost certainly be aware of 'Outwood'. Yes, it's half of that M...

National Mission: Improving Literacy

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
Carey Ann Dodah

So, alongside this initiative let's keep driving reading every day. It doesn't matter who's doing the reading - parent or child - ideally both - let's make it happen. And if you have an hour to spare let's get more and more adults sharing their love of reading with children at their local school - every interaction will help.

Does the UK Education System Promote or Suffocate Creativity in Students?

Alex Dyer | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Creativity should be celebrated within schools. Creative people invent, problem-solve, discuss and communicate in fresh, exciting ways, we don't want this to be lost during school. Whatever the industry whether it's medical, science, engineering, academic research, technology, business, entrepreneurial; they all require creative thinkers to progress.

The Tangled Web of Conflict, Climate Change and Education

Aaron Benavot | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

It is time for leaders to act now and meaningfully to reduce the extent and pace of climate change. Without urgent climate action wars, famines, floods, death and inequity are likely to result. We must remind them of education's critical role in opening up a myriad of human and environmental opportunities to thwart the devastating impacts of climate change.

Nadia Sawalha's Daughter Suffering Anxiety After 'Oversharing' Of Current Affairs

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Parents

TV presenter Nadia Sawalha has admitted "oversharing" in conversations about current affairs with her daughter has caused the eight-year-old to need t...

Lucy Sherriff

How One Syrian Student Escaped Kidnap And Helped Found A University For Refugees | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education

In 2013, Mohammed Odai Al Hashmi was due to catch a lift back home from Al Wadi International University with two friends. They were supposed to conve...

Why Safe Spaces Are Definitely No Laughing Matter!

Alan Grant | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

I've had a terrific view of the free speech versus regulated speech on campuses controversy because I'm chronologically proximate enough to student cu...

How We're Ensuring Syria's Refugee Children in Lebanon Have the Opportunity to Learn

Sarah Brown | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK
Sarah Brown

Lebanon has seen its population increase by 25% with 1.2million Syrians fleeing over the boarder to safety. This autumn​ nearly​ 200,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon have gone back to school as a result of the shift system, many for the first time since the conflict began, and ​during my visit, I​​​​​ wanted to see the difference this has made to their lives.

Five Ways to Help Children Shine in a Changing World

Julie Booth | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

This trend is likely to prompt a shift in emphasis away from the traditional curriculum vitae (CV), with employers focusing far less on where you studied, and much more on what you did while you were there. And many schools are already in a great position to be able to respond to this.