UK Education

Embracing the Challenge

Haris Suleman | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK
Haris Suleman

A lot of people have expressed concern that the journey that my father and I have set out on is a risky venture. Some have even questioned why we woul...

What You Need to Know About the Next Generation of Women

Jenny Garrett | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Garrett

Contrary to the common portrayal of young women as selfie taking celebrity obsessives, wrestling with self-confidence and body issues, the findings offer an alternative perspective on a generation of girls comfortable in their own skin, driven by opportunity and liberated by technology.

Do the Skeleton Shuffle...

Caragh Little | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Caragh Little

The skeletons in my closet have been going through a bit of a reshuffle too. It's all the rage. With cries of rage and anguish from those who think that teachers do nothing anyway, schools have reached the summer break and there's time for clearing out the closets and tidying the loft.

Britain's Grammatical Meltdown

Alexander Bowden | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK
Alexander Bowden

It is fair enough when one needs to write quickly in a personal message but this attitude needn't find its way into our press, our literature or our own writing. Call me the grammar police but whatever you do, just make sure your comment on this post makes sense.

Cabinet Reshuffle: Paterson and Gove Sackings Are Long Overdue

Natalie Bennett | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The removal of a truly dreadful secretary of state - who in the badger cull demonstrated his broader contempt or total failure to understand scientific evidence - is something to celebrate. The departure of education secretary Michael Gove is also cause for celebration. Again, his replacement is largely an unknown quality, her vote against gay marriage a cause for concern, but there's an opportunity here for the government to draw a line under a truly awful period for English schools.

#GoveGone: The Funniest Twitter Reactions To Michael Gove No Longer Being Education Secretary

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Comedy

There was dancing in the streets! Or at least in the staff rooms. Yes, Michael Gove is no longer the Education Secretary - moved, as he was, to the...

Nicky Morgan Appointed Education Secretary

James Coe | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
James Coe

For many the appointment of Morgan will be met with a great sigh of relief. Many education professionals have described their relationship with Michael Gove as the worst of any Education Secretary. If Morgan is to be successful in her role she will have to establish an agenda that is far more progressive than Gove had put forward.

Coaching Butterflies...

Jeff Brazier | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

n an R.E lesson the subject conveniently turned to the afterlife, and, without needing any cue, Freddy got up and spoke wonderfully in front of the whole class about Jade and most poignantly about how he sees her as a beautiful butterfly. Heart melting stuff and Ms H took the golden opportunity to elaborate and congratulate Freddy on such a brave show of emotion. Realising she was beneath the barrier, something wonderful happened between teacher and pupil and an understanding was made. This was confirmed when a Loom-band bracelet appeared anonymously on her desk with a note proclaiming her to be the best teacher in the world.

Time to Get More Women in Tech

Anne Marie Neatham | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Tech
Anne Marie Neatham

I can count on one hand the number of inspirational women in top technology positions. Google recently revealed that only 17% of tech roles were occupied by women, prompting the resurgence of the much needed "women in technology" discussion

Is Toxic Culture Syndrome Stagnating Social Mobility?

Emily Perry | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK
Emily Perry

Employers don't just give people a job, they give them the chance to change their life. This is a huge responsibility, just like balancing the books, turning over a profit and succeeding. It's time we recognised this and all did our bit to ensure we don't let the water become toxic.

The Unions Fight is Our Fight

Bradley Allsop | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

How will we attract more people into teaching, when they will be treated so poorly and fragrantly ignored by their Secretary of State? How can we expect a good education for future children when teachers are so overworked and underpaid? ... We should be supporting them in their struggle for fairer treatment and a better education system for all.

'We Can't Force Girls To Like Science', Says Glasgow Academic

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK

Schools should "give up" trying to attract more girls into traditional male subjects like computing, engineering and physics, because attempts to brid...

Student Cut Off By Parents For Being Gay: "They believe my sexuality is immoral"

The Huffington Post UK | Snehal Shah | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A US student was cut off by her parents for her sexuality, and is now resorting to donations to pay for university. Nineteen-year-old Kate Koenig's...

Europe Needs Smarter Investment in Education and Research Infrastructure

Anka Mulder | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Tech
Anka Mulder

The return on investment will be high for Europe if we get it right, including: a reinvigorated research and education infrastructure, attraction of the best students and faculty, a better skilled workforce, and enhanced competitive advantage vis a vis the rest of the world.

If I'd Known Then What I Know Now - Four Essential Considerations for Any Aspiring Law Student

Simon Cairns | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Cairns

Be warned. If you're considering a legal career, make sure you've thought it through carefully... Today, law firms and chambers are expecting more from potential trainees and pupils than ever before. Before embarking on this major journey, start to think about what it is you really want to do and what will make you happy.

Mr. Miliband: Pleasant Presentations Won't Make Pragmatic Policies

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
June O'Sullivan MBE

I attended the Inclusive Prosperity Conference at the Science Museum this week which was chaired by Ed Balls MP and the keynote speaker was Ed Miliband... Mr. Miliband warned that he won't always agree with us but my advice to him is to listen and think until his head hurts.

Time to End Compulsory Worship In Schools

Stephen Evans | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK
Stephen Evans

Removing the collective worship requirement is not a call to jettison all trace of religion from schools... Legally imposing a daily act of worship, in which pupils by law are required to "take part", goes beyond the legitimate function of the state and violates the human right of freedom of belief for children and young people.

Things You'll Miss About Student Life

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gabrielle Leimon

You now wander past costume shops and realise that events nowadays rarely require costumes for no good reason... At this post-graduate stage of your life having at least three bottle openers in any given handbag is seen as excessive rather than handy... You're a grown up now.

Building Better Bridges Between Employers and Business Schools

Ann Francke | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ann Francke

If businesses aren't ready to provide young people with the important work experience they need to start a career in their sector, then how can they expect graduates to have the requisite skills when a role becomes available?

Child Abuse, Cover-Ups and Public Schools

Jon Snow | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Jon Snow

I well remember my first days in my boarding school - the wolf whistles from the prefects' open windows as we passed in and out of our boarding quarters. Prettier boys were openly rated as desirable. It was in my second term, when I was 13 years old, that I first received a note from a 17-year-old in the school rugby team asking would I meet him for a smoke. This was a euphemism for intended sexual contact.

With the UK Top for Science and Technology, it's Time to Close the Innovation Gap

Adam Afriyie | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

We must make sure that we take economic advantage of our discoveries, translating them into new businesses, jobs and economic growth... To keep Britain at the forefront of the international competitiveness league tables, science and technology must remain a backbone of British industry.

School's Out For Summer

Caragh Little | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

Anticipating coffee and a bun on the second morning of the holidays, I was assaulted by the first Back to School display of summer. No sooner have the holidays begun than we're preparing for them to end: hardly had I dragged myself home on that final half day of term, than the postman assured me with a cheeky grin that the break would be 'gone before I knew it.'

The Private School Epidemic?

Danny Bowman | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

Independent schools across the United Kingdom are seeing a deadly rise of mental health problem in their pupils. Private schools full of academic excellence or distressed teens with added pressure to succeed from parents and teachers which is causing major mental health problems among them.

Why I Said No to the Job

Maria Senise | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

I earned my teaching certification over a year ago, and at first, I was so excited to teach; now, after seeing all of the political and bureaucratic bullshit involved, the idea repulses me. Teaching summer school the past couple of years has been kind of alright because there aren't any standardized tests or government dictates involved.

Disarming Our Culture: Why the Science Museum Must End Its Support for the Arms Trade

Andrew Smith | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

The Science Museum in London is among the most popular tourist attractions in the country, but on Monday 14 July it will be opening its doors to some of the biggest arms companies and most oppressive regimes in the world.