UK Education

Mother's Day Reflection: My Son Said His First Word Age 6. It Wasn't Mum, But I Didn't Care

Catherine Shooter | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Parents
Catherine Shooter

How would my little boy understand his world? How would he cope? Would he ever know friendship? What would the future be? How could I possibly be there with him every minute of the day and protect him from the pain of scorn and rejection.

One In Five Women Experienced Sexual Harassment At School. I Should Know, I Was One Of Them

Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Hinde

The report on sexual harassment in schools found that of 2,000 British women, 22% experienced some kind of harassment at school including: sexual touching, groping, flashing, sexual assault or rape. It was reading that statistic which triggered the memories of my bruised bum cheek - and not being able to sit down properly for days - to come flooding back to me.

Making A Living Out of a Training

Paul Clayton | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

As chairman of the Actors Centre I've had the good fortune this year to engage with a large number of drama graduates. Primarily those leaving training institutions fully determined to be a working actor.

Students Have Been Sold a Lie Over Tuition Fees: It's Time to Reclaim Our Education

Bradley Allsop | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

Higher education reform under the Conservatives has been largely passed by sneaky secondary legislation that pre-empts debate, circumnavigating democratic deliberation to push through undemocratic and ill-thought out proposals. If these reforms are truly the best thing for universities and students alike, as we're consistently told they are, why has our government been so keen to sneak them in the back door, instead of singing them from the rooftops?

Student Loan Stupidity - Not All of Us Learn to Earn

Kylie Barton | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kylie Barton

The system is flawed because not all student put money as the KPI of what makes a good job. That is the presumption of the Tory government which will mean that student loans inevitably will remain unpaid.

The Duchess of Cambridge Is Right - Young Minds Really Do Matter

Dr Becky Spelman | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Becky Spelman

This is particularly notable with younger audiences, who have really started to acknowledge the importance of adopting a patient and respectful attitude to mental health issues. This of course has its roots in their family life, education, and popular culture, which have collectively moved forward in a very positive way.

Deporting Teachers During a Recruitment Crisis Makes No Sense at All

Patrick Hayes | Posted 21.02.2016 | UK
Patrick Hayes

Sadly, the biggest losers in the teacher recruitment crisis are UK schoolchildren who are all-too-often deprived of a teacher who has the knowledge and training necessary to give them the schooling they deserve.

Tackling Youth Unemployment in the UK Must Be a Priority

James Reed | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Reed

Above all, we must help young people develop the right mindset to meet the demands of this fast changing world. In my view, mindset is the internal lens through which we see and navigate life. Mindset influences everything we see as well as everything we do.

Why Education Is Failing the Working Class

Sarah Newton | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Politics
Sarah Newton

The government has recently imposed new rules on universities to work more closely with schools in poorer areas, targeting white working-class boys in particular in a bid to get them into higher education. But can this really get past the social elite class system in the UK?

Language in School: If You Don't Understand, How Can You Learn

Aaron Benavot | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

How a country chooses the language for its education system is not an easy process. The decision is usually influenced by multiple factors: colonial h...

Why Student Wellbeing Is Just as Important as Academic Achievement

Eve Jardine-Young | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Eve Jardine-Young

Children are each other's teachers too, and many life lessons are learnt well out of sight of parents, teachers and staff. The mental, emotional and spiritual health of students really matters, because they influence each other's levels of misery or confidence just as much as whatever is coming from their school.

British Sex Education: Dangerously Out of Date

Miriam Brittenden | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Miriam Brittenden

Yes, teen pregnancy is a massive issue, as are STDs, but just talking about these is giving only a small piece of the bigger picture. Porn, healthy relationships, sexual pleasure and that most fundamental of c-words, 'consent' are all noticeably absent on the current menu.

Self-Improvement? Three Emerging Learning Trends for 2016

Paul Drury | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Tech
Paul Drury

We know that the digital age means things move more quickly, we have more "ideas" and we're surrounded by advice. But how do you know it's *good advice*?

Limiting Children's Access to Porn Online

Dr Victoria Nash | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Victoria Nash

There's a world of difference between a nine-year old accidentally stumbling on an explicit clip of unsimulated violent sex, and a 15-year old seeking out videos that help them understand their sexual feelings or identity.

Teachers, Parents and Pupils Deserve Better

Chris Keates | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

Teachers, who provide one of the country's most vital public services, feel denigrated, demoralised and deprofessionalised.

Exploring Mr Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: An Education

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

The Museum of Jurassic Technology (MJT) is an eccentric museum that houses objects from various geographical regions across different time periods - including human horns, a scaled model of Noah's Ark, and mice on toast.

Time for a Level Playing Field on Post-16 Education Options

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

Hearing the news recently that the Government plans to bring in legislation around the provision of careers advice to students surrounding their post-...

Baseline Assessment Tests - Another Fine Mess the Government Has Got Into

Jenny Chapman | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Politics
Jenny Chapman

Assessment forms an important part of our education system, allowing teachers to identify and work on a child's weakness and to let parents know how their child is performing and how they can help their child progress. However, questions are currently being raised by teachers and parents about how this new system will work.

A Disappointing Set Back in the Battle for Sex Education

Suzi Price | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Politics
Suzi Price

The Minister says in the letter she will 'carefully consider' updating the official guidance on SRE that was published 15 years ago. But even they can make this meet the needs of LGBT young people, not all schools have to use it.

Don't Let British Pupils Be Disconnected From the Digital Classroom

Patrick Hayes | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

This survey of a representative sample of 1,204 schools across the UK found that 30 per cent of primary schools were under resourced when it comes to having a basic broadband connection, and almost half didn't have sufficient Wi-Fi. In secondary schools the picture is a little better, but not by much.

I Went Back to My School After 12 Years and Shone a Light in a Dark Place

Jojo Furnival | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

I didn't have a happy time at school. I was clever, and bored most of the time so I became rebellious. Smoking became interesting, as did drinking. After my GCSE's I changed schools, being awarded a music scholarship to a well-known boarding school.

Bitcoin Could Be the Saviour of 'Meritocracy'

Eleanor Moss | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Tech
Eleanor Moss

Our current economic system faces many problems. In 2007 we went through a major crash, for reasons way beyond most people's understanding. Interest rate setting, the Libor scandal, the subprime mortgage scandal and many other such activities, demonstrated a calamitous manipulation of the economy in their own interests by a bunch of 'financial experts' in suits.

The Government Needs to Give Business a More Prominent Place in the Classroom

Josh Moorcroft-Jones | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Josh Moorcroft-Jones

Whether it's on the government's part or through direct action from schools, I do firmly believe that it's time to see business gain a more prominent place in the classroom. We've already seen the wonders that small businesses can do for employment and our economy in general, so isn't it time our schools inspired a generation of new small business owners and gave them the skills they need?

The Government Is in Denial Over Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Deborah Lawson | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK Politics
Deborah Lawson

The National Audit Office's report, Training New Teachers, is a stark warning, confirming that there is a serious national crisis in both teacher recruitment and retention. The Department for Education (DfE) seems to be in denial, blaming anything but its own policies, like a child pointing the finger of blame at others to cover up its own poor behaviour.

Why Has the School Run Become Controversial?

Joe Irvin | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Parents
Joe Irvin

In the past week there has been a spate of news stories related to walking to school. From harmful air quality, to traffic congestion and dangerous parking outside school gates, the school run has become a contentious issue.