UK Education

Next School Trip, The Moon?

Julie Booth | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

Long gone are the days of chalk and talk, when schoolchildren sat in rows and the teacher would stand in front of a blackboard and deliver knowledge. ...

Syria, Five Years On: Building Peace in the Midst of War

Harriet Lamb | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Today, 15 March, marks five years since the absolutely brutal civil war erupted, leaving Syria a broken and divided country. The figures are shocking: Some 6.6 million people are internally displaced within Syria, and 4.6million have fled, mostly living in neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon or Jordan.

The Importance of Interpersonal Skills in Today's Workplace

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

These three messages - recognising people as individuals (rather than positions or functions), trying to understand them (instead of judging them) and separating the personal from the professional - are very much worth bearing in mind if you are seeking success in your career.

The Road to Damascus

Rachel Lees | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK
Rachel Lees

I never made it to Damascus to finish my studies and graduate... The terrifying war that had erupted since I started meant that there was no way I could guarantee what would happen if I made the ten-hour journey from my home town back to the capital.

A Silent Crisis? Up to 84% of London's Youngest Voters Missing From the Electoral Register

Gary Phillips | Posted 13.03.2016 | UK Politics
Gary Phillips

There's a silent, growing democratic crisis in London - the plummeting levels of young people who are registered to vote. As up to 84% of London's youngest voters could be left without a say in our democracy, Bite The Ballot is calling on every teacher to bring voter registration into their classrooms, now.

Flexible Teaching is Inspired, But Don't Reinvent the Wheel!

Patrick Hayes | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Politics
Patrick Hayes

The government can play a huge role in working with schools, teachers and the education recruitment industry to offer guidance as to how flexible routes back into teaching could be offered. Certainly greater investment into CPD to allow those who have been out of the profession for some time get up to speed with curriculum changes, new classroom technologies and the latest teaching practices would be a must. But the last thing the sector needs is another expensive government-sponsored jobs board: the first time may have been tragedy, but the second time really would be farce.

Why Every School Should Be Doing the BBC's School Report

Katrina Calvert | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katrina Calvert

Throughout the academic year there are various moments that punctuate the calendar: exams, coursework deadlines, sports day, and those glorious end of term days. But there has been another event which keeps returning to the calendars of hundreds of schools across the UK for the past decade: BBC News School Report.

Can Mobile Learning Bridge the Digital Divide and Learning Gap?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Tech
Aaron Benavot

ICT for learning may be a trendy and popular topic as a blog on this site last week discussed, but the fact remains that children from poorer households are less likely to have access to ICT both in and out-of-school. As a result, they take longer to adapt to using the technology or hone their ICT skills.

Gender Bias Is Rife in Textbooks

Aaron Benavot | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Congo Textbook 2006: Education Civique et Morale. Education pour la paix Today, on International Women's day, we are investigating the persistence of...

Why Do More Women Study the Arts but Less Women Work in the Arts?

Jennifer Tuckett | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jennifer Tuckett

Recently, it seemed to me that the reasons for why this is occurring haven't really been investigated yet. Why are so many women studying arts courses but not making the transition to working in the arts? Are they giving up, and, if so, why?

Generation Action - Young People Stepping Into the Political Sphere

Kylie Barton | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Politics
Kylie Barton

This is just one example of a young person who is desperate to enact positive change. There must be thousands more out there. So if you know a young person with a thirst for more, for the world to be a different place, or who wants to act - encourage them. Enable them. Help them. Help create Generation Action. God knows the system won't.

Improve Children's Mental Health Care, Worried Head Teachers Plea

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 05.03.2016 | UK

Rising numbers of young people are suffering from mental health issues such as anxiety and stress, but there is a serious gap in the care on offer out...

Five Reasons the 2016 Budget Could be Make-or-Break for UK Education

Patrick Hayes | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK
Patrick Hayes

Headteachers are understandably bearish about their school budgets in the run up to an election: so much depends on an uncertain outcome. They typically rein in expenditure on new classroom resources and hold off on any inessential teacher hires. Normally, though, once a government is elected, confidence picks up - and normal, or sometimes greater-than-normal, spending resumes.

We Are Crowdfunding to Train Teachers on LGBT+ Issues - Here's Why

Jordan Daly | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Politics
Jordan Daly

As campaigners, there comes a point when we have to decide whether or not what we are doing is affecting any real change. No matter what the ultimat...

Universities Across The UK Are Putting Their #HeadsTogether To Transform The State of Student Mental Health

Rachel Piper | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Piper

With the recent alterations to the Disabled Student Allowance, the increasing demand on university mental health services and increasing referrals to the NHS; students and the mental health sector in Higher Education are experiencing numerous challenges.

In Defence of Rugby - The Real Issue Is Choice

Simon Sapper | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Sport
Simon Sapper

Our school kids and their parents should have the right to chose whether or not to participate in contact sports, and be encouraged by the knowledge that they will be well coached and managed. It is no fun and to no advantage for 11 year olds to be chucked into an environment that if poorly coached and badly managed, is as unsafe as the critics claim. That's the real issue.

Hey Behaviour Tsar, Leave Them Stickers Alone!

Patrick Hayes | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK
Patrick Hayes

Last week, one of the million teacher-generated resources on the platform was singled out for criticism by the media. The resource asked pupil...

Fear of Failure Does Not Equal Success

Elizabeth Wright | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Wright

Encourage effort over results: Show the pupil that it is effort that is valued more than the end result. Through effort, you can encourage a development of self motivation, the ability to decide on their own goals, and the curiosity to experiment with different methods to achieve outcomes.

Gender Neutral - Isn't It Just a Return to a Proper Childhood?

Jo Heywood | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Parents
Jo Heywood

Last week, I spoke to the Sunday Times Education Editor about a story she was planning on 'gender neutral parenting'. The phrase itself - which I thin...

Is Learning and Socialising in School Difficult for Those With Autism?

Marcus Mitchell | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Marcus Mitchell

At the moment I go to College. I'm studying Media & Photography to gain qualifications. My social awareness has improved, I've got a bundle of friends at College. To help with my social awareness I have a Learner Support Assistant which eases the added pressure and stress that occurs in my days of studying.

Five Reasons For the UK's Worst-Ever Teacher Shortage

Patrick Hayes | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK
Patrick Hayes

Much dramatic language has been used to characterise the current crisis - it has regularly been called a 'perfect storm', a 'nightmare scenario' and a 'toxic mix'. There's certainly some truth in these descriptions. But let's leave aside the hyperbole for a moment, and consider five key reasons for the shortage.

Young People Reveal Holes in the Foster Care Safety Net

Andrew Lam | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Lam

Liberty Dycus, 23, who was adopted from Ethiopia as a child, ended up in foster care after being abused. She says that when she emancipated at 19, sh...

Advice for Young Entrepreneurs- Interview With Lawrence Jones MBE

Maria Keogh | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Maria Keogh

Lawrence Jones is a businessman and digital entrepreneur. He is the founder of the Top UK Hosting business UKFast. In 2001, Lawrence had a near death experience in an Alpine avalanche making him more determined than ever to achieve as much as possible in his lifetime.

Communications That Include Us All

Devi Clark | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Tech
Devi Clark

When it comes to people with additional needs, everyone has their unique set of needs and abilities. Filisia addresses this by offering full customisation of the hardware and software and numerous activities, so users can pick what suits them best.

Employers' Changing Mindset Is Good News for Students

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Dr Philip Hallam

Last month Penguin Random House announced that they were dropping requirements for future applicants to hold a university degree. According to the company, the move has been taken in order to open up opportunities and attract a more diverse range of people into the publishing industry, which is often criticised for its lack of diversity.