UK Education

Why I Love Cash and Hate Contactless

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Tech
Vivi Friedgut

As someone who regularly calls for innovation and necessary disruption in the financial sector it might seem strange, what I am about to say. I don't like contactless cards.

Learning Through Play Is Vital to Help Children Prepare for Life Challenges

Liz Bayram | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Bayram

We're seeing government and regulators place less and less emphasis on fostering children's emotional literacy and resilience, boosting social confidence and supporting their independence - all of which a play based-approach to learning delivers. These are vital to help children not only become school ready, but life ready, too.

Entrepreneurs: Make the Grade, Even Without the GCSE

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Entrepreneurs are different from the rest of us as high priests of business. But I believe passionately that more of us could be called to this secular faith.

Introducing HuffPost UK's Skills Space

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Sherriff

Careers advice is an absolute, hands down essential part of education. Careers advice is an absolute, hands down essential part of education. So why are 93% of young people not getting any? What's the point in having a choice between school, college, apprenticeships, university or setting up your own business, if you don't even know those choices exist?

Why I Am Not Surprised That 54% of Us Cannot Name a Female Scientist

Chi Onwurah | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Politics
Chi Onwurah

What I think is new now is a broader recognition that it's a question of UK competitiveness - excluding half our population from the technical skills pool and limiting our innovation to the imaginations of one narrow demographic. As well as being overwhelmingly male STEM professionals are much more likely to be white and middle class than the population as a whole.

The 'Other' World Cup

Kat Pugh | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Sport
Kat Pugh

The Street Child World Cup has competing boys and girls teams, it kicks off on Sunday 30th March in Rio, but unlike this Summer's event, it is the taking part that really does count as every single child participating has had a journey to get there and is already a winner.

Performance-Related Pay Doesn't Work

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Politics
Margaret Heffernan

Like poor managers the world over, Michael Gove believes in performance-related pay. Although not subject to this regime himself, he imagines that teachers will care about students more, be yet more passionate, focused, organized, energetic and committed if there's more money in it for them. Why would he imagine such a thing?

Stories of Polish Gay Immigration in the UK

Pamela Sposito | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pamela Sposito

Homophobia in Poland is another major reason of Polish immigration to the UK. Who would have thought? In fact, gay Poles decide to book a one-way flight ticket to London to escape discrimination.

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...