UK Education

Out of date textbooks put sustainable development at risk.

Aaron Benavot | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

Today, we've launched a new study into secondary school textbooks around the world, continuing our focus on the content of education, which we began i...

I F*cking Love It...

Brad Frankel | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brad Frankel

I started travelling properly when I was about 18 and was never able to stop, people would always tell me to settle down, stay still, stay in a job, stay HERE, but I didn't want to. I still had my call to adventure, I still needed to go out there and find what it was I wanted to do, what my purpose was

Optimists: The World Needs You Now

Simon Cohen | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Simon Cohen

It's hard being an optimist in 2016. After 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela said: 'Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward...

Do Ofsted's Recent Safeguarding Changes Require Improvement?

Barry Richardson | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Barry Richardson

I am not here to bash Ofsted, however, I think that we are often too quick to react to changes in society without considering the bigger picture. Often, failing to foresee the real impact these actions will have on those involved.

We No Longer Live In A World Where It Makes Sense For Only A Handful To Have Access To The Best Education

Angela Rayner | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Politics
Angela Rayner

As the consultation for the Government Green Paper on grammar schools closes today, we are still waiting for an explanation of how an education system that only works for some is supposed to achieve this. We no longer live in a world where it makes sense for only a handful of kids to have access to the best academic education possible.

Can We Top Trump's Childcare Policies?

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

A couple of weeks ago, the US electorate put two fingers up to the neoliberal establishment and voted in Donald Trump to be the next president of the USA. While I, along with many others, watched in silent fascination as this was played out, I was also preparing to meet two politicians who may have a greater say in our world.

Thoughts On Social Cohesion Following The Recent Publication Of The Casey Report

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Freeman

Following the publication of the long-awaited review of integration by Louise Casey, I want to spend a little time considering its findings and implications.

A Presidential Combination: Liberal Arts And Professional Education

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

The United States of America's president-elect Donald Trump and defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton do have something in common: they both pursued a liberal arts degree before progressing to graduate schools.

Teaching My Daughter, The Physicist's Way

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

I wish that learning can be a fun and educational process for every student - and their families. I have little faith in any education system where f...

Brexit And Trump: Why Austrians Voted Against The Far-Right

Katja Lehner | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katja Lehner

Not only Austrians but the whole of Europe breathed a huge sigh of relief when right-wing candidate Norbert Hofer conceded, and former Green Party chairman Van der Bellen stressed that he wanted to start building bridges right away.

An International Comparison Of How Well Children Read Shows We Still Have A Long Way To Go

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

We face a huge literacy challenge in England which is preventing many of our children and young people from being able to thrive and lead successful lives. Gender, socio-economic background and where children live are all at the heart of our literacy challenge. Boys in England are nearly twice as likely as girls to fall behind in early language and communication; and children at all ages from the lowest income groups are likely to be less literate than their counterparts from higher income groups.

27th In The Pisa Rankings? Why Is It OK To Be Bad At Maths?

Charlotte Gater | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Parents
Charlotte Gater

Parents, we need your help, to get the UK's children wanting to learn maths and striving to be good at it. There are some people out there that are already doing this. The problem is...

We Need To Address The Housing Issues Of Nursery Staff

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
June O'Sullivan MBE

Welcoming London's First Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare Challenge, Joanne McCartney to discuss the London Childcare Challenge. Have you eve...

Logic Will Get You From A To B - Imagination Will Take You Everywhere

Heston Blumenthal | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Heston Blumenthal

Our current education system both avoids and punishes failure, whilst the creative process actively encourages it. If you haven't failed, you haven't tried. Creativity is an opportunity to explore and learn, and children should not be afraid to fail or ask questions. Schools must carve time out for their pupils to express what they think and feel. To be creative without fear of being judged or rejected by a group of peers. It's incredibly important to facilitate exploration, curiosity, playfulness and imagination. Our ability to imagine things that do not exist is fundamentally what makes us human.

The Case For Changing Our Deeply Flawed University Application Process Is Only Getting Stronger

Sally Hunt | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sally Hunt

Research published this week supports the argument for a move to a system which relies on actual achievement rather than predicted achievement. Doing so would support staff and students to make better and more appropriate decisions. It would be fairer and more transparent.

Teaching Tech Is The Key To Increased Output and A Home Grown Economy

Casey Farquharson | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Tech
Casey Farquharson

Kids may not think coding is cool, but they do think YouTube is, and gaming and apps and pretty much everything else online. Teaching them not just to consume these products, but how to actively develop and manufacture them, could very well make us a force to be reckoned with in the global tech marketplace.

What Should We Do About Mobile Phones In The Classroom?

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Clare Owen

Everyone wants to stay constantly connected but at what cost? They're so easy to disguise. Slipping a phone out of a pocket to read a text takes a couple of seconds, but it's a significant distraction. There's the issue of the digital divide.

Amazon Announces Fund For 700,000 School Breakfasts This Year

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK

Amazon has committed to funding 700,000 school breakfasts for over 3,800 children in the current academic year. The American retail giant will partner...

#AllWillSucceed If We Change The Meaning Of Success

Elizabeth Wright | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Wright

What about the child's potential? All of us, from the moment we are born, have an innate potential that we can achieve in life. Depending on whether we are given the right support, conditions, and development, AND Self Belief, we will succeed ... or not

Should Teachers Be Able To Grade Parents On Their Involvement? Opinions Are Split

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Parents

Mums and dads are debating whether schools should give parents grades based on how they support their children and their attendance at parents’ even...

It's Already Hard Enough: When Teacher Complaints Are Teacher Abuse

Anna-Christina Connelly | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Anna-Christina Connelly

If you've ever worked in any school, in any capacity, you will probably have been warned about certain parents. They are the kind who will always q...

How Prepared Can You Be For An Oxbridge Interview?

Alex Dyer | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

In the upcoming weeks, the ancient, picture postcard cities of Oxford and Cambridge will become filled with the next generation of Oxbridge applicants...

Schools As Businesses - Trump's Education Policy

Kate Robinson | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Kate Robinson

Donald Trump isn't known for keeping his cards close to his chest, but although President-elect Trump has loose lips for most things, education is not one of them. Therefore what little we do know will be key to figuring out what education will look like in America over the next four years.

When It Comes To Cyberbullying, Speed Is Key

Diarmuid Hudner | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Tech
Diarmuid Hudner

Conversations about the etiquette of communicating online need to start in primary school classrooms. Just as children learn their please and thank you's, they must understand how to act online. Both parents and teachers play a part in this. It is a new topic for most of us.

Can An Arts Education Save Future Careers In The Age Of Robots?

Andrew Fitzmaurice | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK
Andrew Fitzmaurice

The initial outcomes of our analysis illustrate the impact of a well-rounded education on improving soft skills such as creativity, confidence and problem solving. In addition to fostering a love of learning and an international perspective in our students, we are trying to prepare them with the skills needed to succeed in life; skills which can never be replaced by robots or automation.