UK Education

The Impending Doom for 'Soft Subject' GCSEs

Alix Long | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

When I look back to the 15-year-old I was this time last year, it seems hard to believe that I was right slap-bang in the middle of my GCSEs, ploughing through the revision, and hadn't yet suffered a mental breakdown....

Education as a Security Issue: The Formation of Religious Identities

Ian Linden | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
Ian Linden

The struggle against religious extremism, acutely in secular societies, presupposes coming to terms with powerful religious identities...

New Attempt To Tackle Dangerous Extremist Taking Over British Schools

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Comedy

Theresa May has become the latest person to attack the threat to British schools from extremist Michael Gove. Gove's so-called 'Trojan horse' tacti...

Maya Angelou, The Importance of Literature and Voices That Empower

Michelle Holmes | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Michelle Holmes

American novels and books written by non-British authors, that document tales of fiction and non fiction are as valid are as the likes of Shakespeare, although it can be argued fiction often doesn't quite embody the same level of encouragement.

'Lighting the Candle': Inspiring Young People to Dream Big

Andrew Law | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Law

Recent news that youth unemployment has fallen to its lowest figure in five years is welcome. However, when it comes to choosing a career, having the chance to pursue your passions or follow your dreams sadly remains far too often a privilege of wealth or family background.

Tuition Fees, the Worst of Both Worlds

David Smith | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Smith

What is clear is that universities are being forced to make pricing decisions and think like commercial businesses like never before. True marketisation may not be a bad thing for the sector - with fees genuinely linked to the value delivered - but the current model is the worst of both worlds.

Sex Education Matters

Jack Fletcher | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

'You're so gay' used to be the worst thing to be called. Thankfully, a lot has changed since I was a kid at school. The acceptance of the gay community has greatly improved but using 'gay' as a slagging for someone still persists. Recently, I got asked if I was gay by a few different people and it got me thinking...

School Chaplains: The Church of England's Latest Plan to Evangelise in Schools

Stephen Evans | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Evans

Pastoral support is an important part of school life. Those providing it shouldn't have an agenda to evangelise. "Holy loitering" shouldn't be acceptable behaviour in schools, and the Church of England's missionary work certainly shouldn't be coming out of school budgets.

Education and the Mockingbird

Kat Hind | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Hind

I read 'To Kill A Mockingbird' in my final year of GCSE. It was not on my syllabus, in fact very few pieces of great literature were. I read it becaus...

When Is the Best Time to Take a Gap Year?

Frontier | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frontier

So, you are just about to finish secondary school, high school, sixth form, college or whatever you call it and you are weighing up whether to take a gap year before going to University or whether you should hold off and take a gap year after you have your degree in hand. There are advantages to taking a gap year at certain stages in your life and hopefully this will inform you as to when would suit you best...

What Should We Be Teaching Our Children About Sex and Dating?

Brett Harding | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brett Harding

Do you remember sitting around the dinner table having "the talk" about the birds and bees with your parents? Or was it idle chatter in the playground when you discovered about sex? Then, as a teenager, who can possibly forget the crazy hormones, first crushes and first loves?

The Rabid Dog and the Dead Mockingbird

Charley-Kai John | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charley-Kai John

Michael Gove's intention to axe American Classics (To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men and The Crucible) from the GCSE English Literature syllabus ...

These Children In Manila Really DO NOT Want To Go To School (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK

This is the first time these Philippines children have experienced what "Monday" really means. And trust us, kids, it doesn't get much better. The ...

Dear Mr Gove - Don't Axe The American Classics

Gemma Parry | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Parry

Dear Mr Gove, I woke up yesterday to a news feed awash with fears that you had plans to axe To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men from the curric...

Let's Get Heretical on Education: Competition Has Failed

Natalie Bennett | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Let's start with one heretical thought: competition is disastrous in our education system and should be abandoned as a guiding principle. Instead what we need is cooperation - an informal co-operative of pupils, teachers, parents, communities working together to help achieve the best possible outcome for each pupil.

Does the Attitude Survey Show the Real Level of Racism in the UK?

Bob Morgan | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
Bob Morgan

Understandably the findings of a recent Attitude Survey - that people in the UK are reporting that they have more racist attitudes in 2013 than before - has been the subject of comment and debate. But how useful is this information?

Why Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Should Be Taught In British Classrooms Now

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McCorquodale

Shakespeare is wonderful. Seamus Heaney, a revelation. But if we want to share and teach literature that will inspire progression and self-belief no matter what? I can think of no better work than I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

Young People Hold the Answers in the Battle for Mainstream Parties to Keep Ukip at Bay

Daniel Wittenberg | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Wittenberg

Unlike older age groups, young people aren't rejecting Cameron, Clegg and Miliband in favour of Farage; we are rejecting them due to our discontent with politicians of every stripe. Since the politically active among us don't seem fond of Ukip, the rest of us must be even less motivated by its attempts to "take our country back".

The End of a University Year Is a Time to Reflect

Danielle Lowe | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Most students, whatever year of university you are in, get to exam season and suddenly realise just how quickly the last academic year has zoomed right on by. For some, it's an exciting moment, a chance for them to 'move on', for others it's nothing more than a daunting reality and for the rest they know that more hard work is just on the horizon.

Dear Michael Gove, Please Keep Your Politics Out of English

Tom Johnson | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

Britain has indeed produced some of the world's best literature, but to presume that we have done so alone and prescribe a romp through literature that assumes as much ignores the world outside of our shores. If you want to inspire a love of literature, by all means select politically diverse works, gorgeously written, intellectually challenging pieces. But do not pick and choose a whole curriculum in accordance with a narrow, personal political vision.

Why Studying 'Of Mice and Men' Matters

Olly MacNamee | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Olly MacNamee

We should not be asking for Gove to be pushed out of office, after all he unites the public and teachers alike against such changes. Whether he listens or not will be revealed when draft syllabuses for the new GCSE exams are announced later this week. I hope I am proven incorrect for once.

Don't Look Back (Too Much)

Stefan R M Lancy | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan R M Lancy

Brace yourselves, this may come as something of a surprise. I've dropped out of Oxford. Yes, I know. It's something of an about face considering my previous posts but hear me out. I left, not due to egregious academic incompetence, lewd or licentious behaviour beneath hall tables or even to pursue a love interest. It's taken me a while to reflect on this but here I go. I'd welcome your thoughts.

Fairy Tale Expectations: The Culture of Privilege at Cambridge University

Alice Corr | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Corr

Flaunting your gown around town, blowing £200 on May Ball tickets, or getting your mates or wider society to fund your Gap Yah trips abroad: there are a number of actions available to Oxbridge students that serve to fuel the stereotypes of an elitist institution harbouring privileged students, out of touch with the rest of the world...

Beautiful? Damned?

Caragh Little | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

So a well-known Sunday Colour Supplement has issued some good advice, this weekend, on how normal women can emulate 'expensive' beauty using products and procedures in their price-range.

A Glimmer of Hope on Children's Day

Gordon Brown | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK
Gordon Brown

Today, on Nigerian Children's Day, the girls will still be held in captivity - and their horror continues unabated. We still do not know whether they are being trafficked into slavery or have been abused as has happened to past hostages. And while the Nigerian government has sent more troops to Borno state to back up the 15,000 already on the search, and as satellite and aircraft surveillance has been stepped up, it will take a delicate operation to secure every child's safe homecoming. As we prepare to celebrate Children's Day in Nigeria, America and in many countries around the world, our thoughts are firmly focused on practical measures that can ensure the safe release of the girls and the end of the nightmare for their families.