UK Education

We Need a Revolution in Thinking to Really Deal With Our Big Problems and It Needs to Start in Schools

John Bird | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK
John Bird

Until we rethink where we are now in society, in our political and educational lives, we are living through groundhog day, treading water. We are marking time, and we are not going anywhere fast around dismantling poverty.

Schoolboy, 14, Arrested On Suspicion Of Attempted Murder After Teacher Stabbed

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested after a teacher was stabbed at a Bradford school this morning. A 50-year-old male teacher, believed to be Vince...

Can You Solve This Fiendishly Difficult Maths Question For 6-Year-Olds?

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Parents

Struggling with your kids' homework is a way of life for most parents. Your school years are so far in the past it's a miracle you can remember your t...

Science Just Unlocked The Key To Reading People's Minds

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Tech

Scientists are now able to read people's minds using MRI images of the brain that show specific patterns of neural activity. In an experiment condu...

Making Maths Count in the UK

Vic Lennard | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
Vic Lennard

Last week's furore with one of the maths GCSE papers raised some interesting points. There were a number of difficult questions including the now infamous one referred to as the Hannah's sweets question..

Why I'm Encouraging Students to Take the Path Less Travelled... and Consider a Vocational Qualification

Diarmuid Gavin | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Diarmuid Gavin

Looking back, what I remember vividly is the dedication and enthusiasm of those who taught me. The practical skills I learnt from this vocational training have stayed with me for life and provided a solid foundation for my career as a garden designer. I have extremely happy, fond memories of this time - much better memories than those in the classroom not really interested in what I was being taught.

Are you a school bag snoop? How not to be obsessed with your child's reading level

Parentdish UK | Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

It's one of the most loaded questions you can be asked at the school gate. It's not a demand to know your religious or political views. Nor is it abou...

What's The Difference Between GCSEs And IGCSEs, A Levels And IB?

Parentdish UK | Glynis Kozma | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK Parents

The summer term at secondary school means one thing to pupils in Years 11 to 13: exams. Until recently pupils were entered for either GCSE or A-...

Decoding Your Child's School Report

Parentdish UK | Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Parents

Just got your child's school report? Flummoxed by all those National Curriculum numbers and letters? Struggling to understand the difference between a...

Secondary School Admissions: How To Appeal

Parentdish UK | Marianne Kavanagh | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Parents

Alamy It's a shock when you get the letter saying your child hasn't been offered a place at the secondary school you set your heart on. On Nation...

Life After Exams - What to Do While You're Waiting for Results

Darren Jaundrill | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Darren Jaundrill

Many of you have finished your exams for the year and the rest will be finishing soon. And that means your immediate future, while you wait for your results, is a unique period of around six weeks where everything can feel very uncertain. But while it's a nerve-wracking time, it's also a period of opportunity.

The Power of the Worksheet!

Polly Walker | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Parents
Polly Walker

I hate to think I'm forcing our daughter's pastimes or interests (pushy mum alert!) BUT when we live on the edge of miles of beautiful Chiltern countryside I refuse to ignore the opportunities our natural environment presents: For educational purposes, yes of course, but overall for good old fashioned fun!

Learn Things a University Degree Can Never Teach You

Frontier | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK

Most people finish their A-levels and continue straight to university without even stopping to think if it's the right decision. We often get the impression that all that matters in today's world is education, qualifications and awards, but life is about much more than that...

Is Using Google Cardboard for the Classroom Anything More Than a Gimmick?

Rachel Jones | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Tech
Rachel Jones

There is an opportunity to broaden horizons here, but in many ways it emphasises the distance away from these magical places, rather than revealing what children would need to do to have greater social mobility and experience them in the real world.

Which of These Excuses for Boredom Do You Use?

Liberty Forrest | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

It always makes my ears itch when someone says "I'm boooooooored!" If I'm honest, I'd love to know what that feels like. But I'm a busybusybusy girl. I've always got stuff to do. I need about 362 hours in every day and the list of ideas, thoughts, interests and possibilities just keeps growing.

New Education Legislation Shows Nothing But Contempt for Teachers, Pupils and Parents

Georgia Elander | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgia Elander

It's as if Nicky Morgan feels that she has not yet made her mark as Education Secretary - has not, as her predecessor did, yet succeeded in alienating the entirety of the teaching profession - and is determined to put this right.

Educating Britain

Danielle Wood | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Danielle Wood

School days are the best of your life preaches every parent, everywhere. But, such wisdom is not valuable until you walk out of the school gate for the very last time and shed a tear for your youthful mathematical days.

Fertility Education: The Debate We Need to Have

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Parents
Dr Geeta Nargund

Sex and relationship education is for now and fertility education is for the future. Conception and contraception are two sides of the same coin. We need to empower our young people with education on fertility, so that they can stand a better chance of falling pregnant when they choose to. Education empowers.

Experience or Education: Which Is More Important?

Chloe Kenyon | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Kenyon

When entering the world of employment, a degree in your chosen field is fairly essential. A university level of education will be a minimum requirement when looking for a job or graduate scheme after university. But is your degree the most important part of your CV? Perhaps not.

Five Ways to Be a Better (Digital) Parent

Rachel Jones | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Parents
Rachel Jones

As more and more schools are using 1:1 devices, such as smart phones or tablets, as part of lessons, it cannot be just assumed that parents will know how to support their children in managing a healthy relationship with technology.

A Circus School That Brightens Up the Townships

Aloïs Angebault | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Aloïs Angebault

Yes, inequalities are not a myth and unmovable townships are still facing wealthy residential neighborhoods. But many other things have changed and successful projects have been blooming for a longer time than you may think.

Government Has Created a System Designed to Maximise Pressures on Schools

Christine Blower | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Politics
Christine Blower

It is not just teachers who are bearing the brunt of a system led by league tables and Ofsted results. The same pressures are felt by pupils. We now have a generation of young people who are anxious, stressed and disaffected... We are testing children within an inch of their lives and the vibrancy and love of learning that should be at the centre of the curriculum is all but lost.

Tony Abbott Misunderstands The Point Of Education In Yet Another Gaffe

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Tech

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has shown how spectacularly out of touch with the modern world he is by quite literally laughing the idea of tea...

Why Employers Need to Look Past People's Backgrounds to Find Their True Talents

Anand Shukla | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Anand Shukla

This is what charities and other campaigners for social mobility have been saying for years, so it's great to hear top employers finally making the same case. After all, they can show the improvements hiring people for their talents not backgrounds makes to the bottom line - and that's something any business can understand.

Letter to the Young

Aaron Vallely | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Aaron Vallely

Settled I was, in the dim of a Café in the gut of Dublin City. I was navigating myself through the torrent of Facebook status' on my phone, when I no...