UK Education

Michael Gove's 'Outrageous Waste Of Money' Is Causing Quite A Stir

PA | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics

Education secretary Michael Gove has been criticised for approving the spending of £45 million of government money on one free school. The Nationa...

The Power of a Positive Attitude to Learning

Julie Booth | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Julie Booth

I am often amazed by just how enthusiastic some children are about school and wonder what it is that sparks a real lifelong love of learning in a child. ..

Is Testing Four-Year-Olds Really a Bad Thing?

Shumailla Dar | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
Shumailla Dar

Tests, whichever age they are undertaken, are not simply a pressure vault where children are expected to perform, but can over time improve the long-term chances of children, and hopefully, their overall quality of life.

The Best MA Talent in One Place

Sheila McGregor | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sheila McGregor

For many people these days a 'masters' is the automatic next step after a three-year undergraduate degree. It deepens the knowledge gained during a first course of study and, in theory, sets you up with everything you need to know for working life after higher education.

Do You Believe the Future Leaders?

Ehsan Khodarahmi | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Ehsan Khodarahmi

The future depends on the intelligence of today's children and the only way we can ensure the next generation is not as shallow as some we witness these days, is to educate this generation that life is not about fun and what's in it for me and let's enjoy ourselves; life is beyond that.

As Young Workers' Month Ends: It's Time to Get Organised

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josiah Mortimer

It's been a bad couple of weeks for trade unionism. Two of its greatest champions - Tony Benn and Bob Crow - have both passed away. But beneath the sadness, something interesting has been happening. Something that offers hope for a previously moribund movement...

What Universities Really Think About Gap Years

Frontier | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frontier

Many students worry that universities don't look favourably upon gap years. Whilst this may have been true some time ago, these days, breaks from education are actually welcomed by institutions if approached in the right way...

Is University Really 'The Best Years of Your Life'?

Conrad Jarman | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Conrad Jarman

From my own experiences of being a student, it seems as though nowadays we are constantly reminded by our parents and other adults how lucky we are to be at university. They always seem to be going on about how jealous they are of the fact that we are students, how they wish they could go back and do it again... To be honest, I can see where they're coming from.

Ponderings on the NUT Strikes

Xavier Bosch | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Politics
Xavier Bosch

Who is in the right here? Hard to say. As a nation we should support the plight of teachers who supply arguably one of the most important services in the county, the people we charge with enriching the intellect of our young people. But national strikes are becoming annual events. This will be the third strike since 2011.

Our Fight to Save Our Friend Yashika

Lee Pedder | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lee Pedder

Last Thursday; we discovered that Yashika's work may never pay-off and that her dreams may never come to fruition. We were then informed that she would be removed from the life that she had built here and sent back to Mauritius, the very place that her mother had worked so hard to remove her from. Her life here would be ruined and the educational endeavours that she has made, nullified.

The Third Year Crisis and How to Haul Yourself Out of It

Fionn Shiner | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Fionn Shiner

What I talk of is the Third Year Crisis, a phenomenon that has taken on a new lethal edge for the CV generation. Whereas back in the days of our wondrous parents (hi mum, hi dad), most students could fall back on the fact that a 2:1 from a decent University would pretty much guarantee a job, what we now face is a dog fight of epic proportions.

How Managing Tax Better Could Help Fill the Education Finance Gap

Manos Antoninis | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK
Manos Antoninis

Better management of tax and prioritization of education in budgets could raise $153 billion for the sector in 2015, according to calculations in a new policy paper by the EFA Global Monitoring Report team.

In Celebration of World Home Economics Day

Sian Breslin | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Breslin

While home economics is studied in the classroom around the world, it is only when it is practised at home that it becomes empowering. I ask all mums and dads to start thinking of teaching basic Home Economics to your boys and girls.

Bridging the Divide Between School and the Workplace

Dr Tessa Stone | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Tessa Stone

During a recent speech to manufacturing industry executives, Business Secretary Vince Cable cited teachers' lack of workplace knowledge as the 'underlying problem' in careers advice and guidance. According to Cable, teachers - predominantly graduates themselves - "know about UCAS forms - but... know absolutely nothing about the world of work."

Radio Maths is Fun!

Wendy Jones | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Wendy Jones

We already knew that poor numeracy was more widespread than poor literacy and that around half the population of working age had only primary school-level maths skills (too many power naps at secondary school?). We also knew that poor maths was linked to lower earnings (even more so than poor literacy is) and possibly to wider wellbeing. But now the new economic research put a figure to the estimated overall cost.

How Technology Can Play a Role in Keeping Students Engaged for the Best Results

Brian Bennett | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Tech
Brian Bennett

The recent news that Michael Gove, Education Secretary and MP, wishes to bridge the gap between state and private schools and extend students' time in the classroom to a maximum of 10 hours per day, has received mixed reaction from both parents and teachers alike. While there is evidence to support longer school days, there is also just as much research negating the idea.

How to Help Autistic Kids With English

Melanie Kendry | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Kendry

As a private tutor, I often work with autistic spectrum children in English. Many of them 'don't get' English. They might struggle to understand what they're supposed to do for homework and can become so frustrated they give up. Though they may not be dyslexic, they might not read...

Don't Let School Places Become a Political Football When We're Already Building Classrooms in Playgrounds

Gavin Shuker | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gavin Shuker

Fairness starts with a good education for all; we all know this, as if we learnt it by rote. Why, then, are we in a situation where schools are setting up classrooms on playgrounds, in school halls and even empty offices?

Afghanistan: Rebuilding Girls' Education After Decades of Conflict

Manos Antoninis | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Manos Antoninis

For Nahida, education is not something to be viewed as a problem, but as part of the solution for breaking the cycle of conflict: "Educated people don't take guns," she said. "They don't destroy their country and their schools."

Why Low Self-Esteem Was My Own Worst Enemy

BritChick Paris | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

‎Everyone on this planet has a childhood story about low self-esteem and we often don't realise how damaging they can be in later life. Even the great and the good like Jen Lawrence, Jessie J and Rebecca Adlington have all come out saying they had troubled teen years. Low self-esteem is a major cause of eating disorders, depression, anxiety and addictions.

Why Distance Learning is a Viable Option

Chloe Richards | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Richards

If you are thinking of making a change to your career, online distance learning could be the viable option you are looking for. With the price of uni...

Syrian Refugees Make the Best of Temporary Schools

Manos Antoninis | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
Manos Antoninis

Mohammed, a teacher from Syria who lives in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, is participating in the Education for All Global Monitoring Report's #TeacherTuesday campaign. His daily struggle to help Syrian refugee children underlines the need to support teachers in difficult situations - and to make education a more central part of humanitarian efforts in conflict zones.

Why Higher Education in the UK Is Nothing More Than a Tick-Box Culture

Amita Murray | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Amita Murray

If I talk about assessments to students, here is what I say. Writing an essay is your way of writing about a topic that interests you. Of making new discoveries. And of having your say. It is a chance to be creative and to push yourself.

The Value of Education Is Power of Knowledge, Not Grades

Tasha Okeke | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Okeke

We should aim to inspire to this generation to attend school to not aim to achieve a certain grade so they can fulfil their materialistic desires, but to fill their mind with knowledge and capability to be able to change the world.

The Danger in Copying China's Classrooms

Chris Jones | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

While I believe that there is much to learn from other countries, I have to ask if the Chinese system is right for us. After all, the UK is very different from China and has vastly different needs.