UK Education

Be Inspired: International Volunteer Day 2013

Frontier | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK

Established by the United Nations (UN) in 1985, the day is a celebration of volunteering on a global scale. The focus for IVD 2013 is to highlight the contribution of youth volunteers working towards global peace and sustainable development. It is the recognition that young people can act as agents of change within communities.

The Future Is Ours to Decide: Putting Our Mouth Where Our Money Is

Kester Brewin | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Tech
Kester Brewin

Clearly, the technologies that gadgets such as Glass employ are stunning. But we must not then be stunned by them. Because it is possible to have such tools, does not mean that we should adopt them.

What Is the Future for Independent Living?

Simon Stevens | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

The main problem in terms of independent living for the majority of disabled people is that it requires some level of financial and/or other contribution from the state. This means that while it may appear correct to focus on someone's rights, if the state does not feel it is getting something from their investment they will find it hard to justify it.

Welsh Students Receive The WORST Education In The UK, International Report Reveals

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Wales is falling behind the rest of the UK in reading, maths and science, an international study shows. The nation's teenagers scored lower results...

Teens Lag Far Behind Estonia, Slovenia As UK Fails To Improve Its Performance..

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

UK teenagers are lagging far behind their peers across the world as the country fails to improve its performance in reading, maths and science, a majo...

Harder A-Levels May Encourage Poor Students To Look To Practical Qualifications

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

New tougher A-levels could encourage poor teenagers to take alternative practical qualifications, potentially hampering their university chances, the ...

Why We Need to Protect Our Youth

BritChick Paris | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

A friend of mine recently confessed that her daughter asked for a brazilian wax because boys won't go out with girls unless they have them. She also refuses to wear anything other than a g-string. She is 14.

More PhDs Is Not the Right Response to the Cuts in Education - Stop Destroying the Academic Job Market

George Iordanou | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Iordanou

The two traditional reasons for the destruction of the academic job market are attributed to the marketisation of education and to the government cuts in the Humanities and in the Social Sciences. Although these are the causes of the crisis, the structural damage is done by the reaction of the departments to the new status quo.

Success of Paid MOOCs Is Inevitable if It Faces Challenges Head On

Anton Dominique | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anton Dominique

Though it is a comparatively new trend in the world of e-learning, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have fast become the subject of heated discussion. While some view this new means of learning as a way to offer education affordably to the masses, others claim that MOOCs are largely used by well educated students with means and, even among those students, are rarely completed.

Will the Buckingham Palace Summit Empower the Young?

John Nickson | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK
John Nickson

The Prince's Trust supports 55,000 unemployed young people a year, 5% of the total, and intends to double the numbers it supports, with turnover increasing to £100 million a year, most of it donated. The Trust's objective is to help them enter the job market or found businesses. Volunteering plays a key role, both for the young and their adult mentors.

If You Think We Have Achieved Gender Parity, You Couldn't Be More Wrong

Maria Caspani | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK
Maria Caspani

Around 45 percent of women in the UK have experienced some form of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, according to the Everyday Sexism Project, or that the UK comes 57th in the world for gender equality and political representation.

Respected Not Rejected: How Social Action Could Help Young People Into Employment

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Livingstone

Government, the private, public and voluntary sectors are taking some big strides towards making social action a normal part of growing up in Britain. We have the opportunity to broaden that ambition to also make youth unemployment unheard of.

Altering the Age of Consent Will Change Little

Danielle Lowe | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Recently the debate about the age of consent has flared up in the United Kingdom again. Is 16 the right age or does it do harm to children and adults alike? An argument that I haven't seen raised very often, but one that I have believed in for a long time points out that the age of consent is a much more complex issue.

Jein: Germany Is Not as Strong as It Looks

Terence Tse | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Terence Tse

The fact that Germany is not as strong as we believe means that the country may not be able to lift Europe out of its economic woe. If this is really the case, we are pinning our high hope on the wrong leader. It therefore makes a lot more sense for us to come up with new ways to solve the Eurozone crisis...

International Education Week: Why Education is so Important

Frontier | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Education is a process of providing structured information. It is accessible to every child for free in the developed world, so much so that it's almost taken for granted. The developing worlds are still striving to gain easily attainable education systems like ours, because education is seen as a platform whereby children can greaten themselves.

Schools OUT Says You Are Never Too Young To Learn About Diversity

Elly Barnes | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Elly Barnes

Birmingham City Council is taking some radical steps to counter homophobia and transphobia in its schools, including primary schools. This may seem an inappropriate age to speak to students, but only if you do not have the necessary tools and training.

Art Party Conference and the Case for Arts Education

Sheila McGregor | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sheila McGregor

I recently embarked on a good spring-clean of my files and book shelves at home. My main task was to thin out the serried ranks of policy and evaluation reports that accumulated during a period of freelance employment in the early to late 2000s - the high watermark of the last Labour government's investment in the arts and creative education.

Why the West Needs to Know More About Hinduism

John Jackson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John Jackson

In my case, it was precisely this difference of Hinduism that appealed to me. My encounters with Hinduism on my travels in the Himalayas, and my later interest in the religion, reminded me that many societies have thought of 'gods' as sharing our world with us rather than living in a world 'above' us.

The Church of England's Unrelenting Exploitation of the Nation's Schools

Stephen Evans | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

The Church of England's clear intention here is to ramp up the evangelisation, not only in Church schools, but also in non-faith schools. They realise that the indoctrination of children, however subtle in its execution, is absolutely critical to its survival.

The Nature and Nurture of Generation Y

Nick Clements | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

Without much justification we expect Generation Y to respect and trust us, they don't, and they are pretty suspicious of our motives. As the older, more wise, generation we need to show young people respect and trust, and then they will show it to us.

The Languages for the UK's Future

John Worne | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
John Worne

It's a toughie. Famously tongue-tied in foreign languages, and notwithstanding the 200+ languages widely spoken in London and Manchester alone, the fact is the UK needs more people speaking more languages.

Five Jobs Your Kids Will Do

Guy Lidbetter | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech
Guy Lidbetter

Whilst they may not realise it, today's schools are preparing young people for jobs that don't yet even exist, as the IT revolution looks set to change the face of the employment market. At Atos we have been thinking about the sort of careers that lie in store for our so-called digital natives - as well as roles that may not be around for much longer.

Involving Industry in Science Education

David Porter | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Porter

It is of course undisputed that the existence and expansion of industry in the UK relies upon a continued supply of high quality engineers (to develop existing technologies) and scientists (to create new ones). So we should not then be surprised when the big industry players want to get involved in the education of our children and their potential future employees.

Stench of Thatcher's Section 28 Lingers On

James Wharton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
James Wharton

Section 28 was a piece of legislation that essentially gave bullies and tormentors the green light to pursue homophobic action against other people- especially on the school playground, and the effect of this was day after day of suffering for thousands of young boys and girls, often leading to tragic conclusions.

Historic Initiative for Global Respect

David Rosen | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
David Rosen

Most bigotry is born out of ignorance. Therefore, it is good for our world when people get together to promote learning about one another. It is of additional significance when this involves hundreds from the world's major religions who are leading the field of dialogue and understanding around the globe...