UK Education

Need To Put out A Fire? Use Some Bass

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Tech

Two engineering students at George Mason University in Fairfax, USA, have created an ingenious gadget which can extinguish a fire using nothing but so...

Creating an Enterprise Culture in the Chinese Year of the Sheep‭ ‬- Beware of Sheep Dipping

Michael Mercieca | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Michael Mercieca

Sheep dipping is no longer a legal requirement,‭ ‬but for many farmers it remains a vital twice yearly event that protects their flock from diseases.‭ ‬The benefits outweigh the costs because sheep dipping works.‭ ‬For sheep,‭ ‬that is.

The Digital Revolution Is in Safe Hands as Schools Take Technology by Storm

Julie Booth | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Tech
Julie Booth

These changes look set to turn traditional teaching methods on their head, as in many ICT classrooms, there are likely to be students who know more than their teacher about the subject. The upshot of this could be a move to a more collaborative style of teaching, where rather than instructing, teachers seek to bring out creativity and invention in their students.

To Reform, We Must be Conflicted

Ben Greenhalgh | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Greenhalgh

I need to both understand the impossibility and inevitability of the world of determinism, and yet attempt to widen the constraints by a pure belief in free agency. If I were to fully accept that the dye is cast, my job, and that of any other professional working in reforming or rehabilitating people, would be pointless.

Eclipse: A Magical Moment Obscured by Bureaucracy.

Jackie Kemp | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jackie Kemp

How sad. An eclipse is a special thing; it's a moment to celebrate the great celestial coincidence that the sun is exactly 400 times the size of the moon and it's 400 times further away, creating the necessary conditions for the great blazing light to be eclipsed by a candle.

Finland Scraps Subjects In Schools And Replaces With 'Topics' In Drastic Education Reforms

The Huffington Post UK | James Beeson | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Finland is set to embark on a radical overhaul of its education system, scrapping "teaching by subject" and replacing it with "teaching by topic" unde...

LSE Occupy Interviews Owen Jones

Jade Jackman | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jade Jackman

The room was packed. Students, workers and staff humbly gathered together to listen to tales of resistance from Ray Goodspeed, founder of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, & Owen Jones, author of Chavs and Guardian columnist...

Investing in Our Youth Is the Ticket to Prosperity

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

With youth unemployment at 23% across the EU, and with an extremely volatile European business market that is changing at an unprecedented speed as it struggles to pull itself out of recession, we need our young people to have the skills to cope.

Apprenticeships: What's in a Name?

Chris Jones | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Chris Jones

There's nothing wrong with the concept of gaining practical skills alongside academic study, but that's what 'sandwich year' university programmes already offer. Is it truly an apprenticeship, then, or is it simply re-packaged?

Why We Must Further Nurture Grit and Resilience in Our Schoolchildren

Charlie Rigby | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Rigby

Yesterday Education Secretary Nicky Morgan stated that being academic in the modern world simply isn't enough, and that too narrow a focus was given to passing exams, when more time should be spent developing the grit and resilience young people will do frequently need in life. This is a message I wholeheartedly agree with, but it is a little late in coming.

A Budget for Helicopters, Church Roofs and Video Gamers but Not for Skills

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Julie Mills

The Chancellor had a good tale to tell about falling unemployment, falling welfare bills, growth in output and living standards. He talked repeatedly about how the government of which he is a member is "fixing the roof as the sun begins to shine." The problem is, if we're not able to train people to do the job, he may find himself having to fix his own roof.

Fashion Internship Guide: Getting the Experience

Charlie Ward | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Ward

The fashion industry is no exception to the infamous paradox of needing experience to get a job and needing a job to get experience, but there are ways to fake it until you make it and today I'm going to share those tips with you...

Wounded by D-Day? What's Wrong with Paying for the Education you Want?

Ian Hunt | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK
Ian Hunt

It may well be that the option many parents choose - that of moving, and employing expensive tutors is not the best for the family. Whilst it is not an option for all, the alternative of an independent education is one that many parents are increasingly turning towards.

Seven Year Old Boy Reflects on Where Water Comes From

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

To mark World Water Day on Sunday 22nd of March, the international water and sanitation charity WaterAid has asked the public to reflect on what water means to them through the film competition sH2Orts.

It's British Science Week, So Get Experimenting!

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Tech

British Science Week is here, and for 10 days the scientific community is going big on education and awareness on science, technology, engineering and...

Speaking in Tongues - Thinking Differently on Language Learning

John Worne | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK
John Worne

Apparently at the height of Victorian optimism, the Royal Geographic Society announced victory in the field of all learning, with the invention of the 'lantern slide' a whacking great projector with a candle behind it which would captivate all future generations of learners. An early version of 'death by powerpoint'.

Three Tests for the Tuition Fee Cut

Nigel Carrington | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nigel Carrington

The cost of UK undergraduate education is likely always to be a political judgement. Somehow, we need to achieve a balance between political interest and institutional autonomy in a way that meets the Miliband tests: equally available, no hidden disincentives, at properly funded universities.

Early Childhood and an Introduction to Maths

Daniel Lightwing | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Lightwing

I often think about where a talent in mathematics comes from? Is it a side effect of having Aspergers? If I can't understand the society around me, Maths might seem like the easiest subject to relate to. A pure subject, untainted by human bias.

Government Needs to Decide if Skills Funding Really is a Priority

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

Why should a skilled engineer come to work for us to teach when we can't pay them anything like what they would earn working in industry? Would you do it?

How Having a Ball Could Help Get You Into Uni

Andrew Hall | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Andrew Hall

An EPQ currently gives up to 70 UCAS points which is equivalent to a whole AS-level plus 10 points. In 2016, an EPQ is going to be worth even more when compared to an AS-level.

Dads Matter Worldwide

Mark Williams | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Williams

As we know prevention of depression is vitally important before the situation gets to crisis point. If we can educate everyone, both male and female on the same even level, this can reach out and help more fathers come forward to seek help and end the stigma of the illness which is depression.

Every School Should Have Someone To Lead Its Career Education

Tristram Hooley | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tristram Hooley

Leading careers work in a school is a critical role which requires the upskilling and recognition of teachers who take it on. If we can develop impassioned careers champions in all of our schools we can develop a truly world class career development system.

Growing a Generation of Digital Creators

Helen Goulden | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Tech
Helen Goulden

Demand among young people to try digital making is high, but it is only going to be sustained if we provide making experiences that are engaging and relevant - tapping into broader passion points such as making digital music, art or fashion, and not just an interest in technology itself.

Mind Your Grammar

Michael Volpe | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Michael Volpe

I am aware that exams and qualifications are the currency of success these days; it is how it is. But that is the easy path is it not? We can coach, we can cram, we can meet the bright but reluctant working class scholar half-way by softening the questions. Then we can celebrate.

Neat But Wrong - Stop Blaming Young People for Youth Unemployment

Joe Lane | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Politics
Joe Lane

Young people are an easy target, and talking about employability and skills kills a number of ideological birds in one swoop. But chasing full employability is not a solution to the plight of NEETs and demonising the young and out of work is irresponsible.