UK Education

A Devastating Crisis of Confidence Is Holding State School Leavers Back

Andrew Law | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Law

I would love to believe that we now live in a meritocratic nation in which success depends on talent and hard work rather than connections and class. But it is evidently not so.

Sexual Violence Against Women - Understanding Sexual Violence (Part One)

Jessica Chan | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

Sexual violence is a specifically reprehensible form of violence, and includes rape and any other attack of a sexual nature perpetuated against both males and females. Its repercussions can be iniquitous, and may include acute and physical repercussions for survivors and witnesses. Human trafficking can also lead to sexual violence, and I will be discussing the issue of 'modern slavery' in this article. I will also highlight the brutal effects of sexual violence in conflict.

Ban The Bored!

Caragh Little | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK
Caragh Little

That old, despair-inducing, dull, ancient, out-of-touch, humourless, clueless dinosaur. That's not a plastic statue in a city shopping centre, or a terrifying exhibit in the Natural History Museum. Unless I do something to ban the bored, that's me.

Transport to Faith Schools - Local Authorities Shouldn't Be Subsidising Segregation

Stephen Evans | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK
Stephen Evans

The Government may not have the courage or even the conviction to question the wisdom of faith schools, but it certainly shouldn't be entertaining the idea of dictating to local authorities that they must subsidise religious segregation in the form of free transport to faith schools.

Five Mistakes Every Parent Is Making and How to Fix Them

Sian Breslin | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Breslin

If I was to have my 'cooking dinner' time over again with children, there are lots of things I would do different. Each stage of a child's food education and development is special and this includes discovering good food, cultivating exciting palates, appropriate size portions, cultivating a healthy attitude to food....

30 years of Independent Living

Simon Stevens | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

On Thursday, Spectrum CIL (previously Southampton Centre for Independent Living) will celebrate its 30th anniversary, and I am delighted to be one of the guest speakers. This has given me an opportunity to ponder the achievements within independent living over the last 30 years.

We Need to Better Prepare Young People for Life and the World of Work

Hannah Kentish | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Kentish

Working hard in school and getting the grades you need is incredibly important. But what I've learnt outside of the classroom, through my time in Scouting, has given me the confidence and life skills to take opportunities that I wouldn't have thought possible otherwise.

Reflections On the One-Child Policy (by a sibling-less teenager)

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

The People's Republic of China has partially failed to grant its citizens their full freedom in family planning. Although political and economic policies such as this three-decade old One-Child Policy may bring positive effects to the developments of a certain country, negative consequences that underlie with the moral and ethical concerns of the people should also be considered.

Mums and Dads Don't Think Their Kids Are Employable

Chris Jones | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

So why do parents think the education system isn't working? The majority of parents (64%) said their children are missing out on the key skills that employers want, like communication and teamwork. And over half (57%) think there's too much focus on academia. Similarly, a third of parents worry that their children can't link their education today with their future careers.

Jessica Elgot

What Miliband's 14-Year-Old Romanian Beggar Really Tells Us About Britain

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK

Poverty and human rights campaigners have expressed alarm at the revelation that the young girl begging for change pictured with Labour leader Ed Mili...

The Crying Shame of Denying LGBT Teachers Their Authenticity

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

A new term, you're starting to feel that you have established yourself with parents and pupils. You remain instinctively cautious on entering unfamiliar contexts; a side effect of years of school-based bullying, resulting in lapses onto anxiety medication...

'The Foundation of Every State Is the Education of Its Youth' - Diogenes

Ian Baxter | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK
Ian Baxter

I've been fortunate to attend five educational establishments in my life; one primary school, two secondary schools and two universities...

Cost of School Leading to Bullying for Children in Poverty - Action Needed

Matthew Reed | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK
Matthew Reed

A third of children living in the poorest families said they had fallen behind at school because their family couldn't afford a computer or internet access.

Reaching Syria's 'Silent Governorate' With Much-Needed Humanitarian Assistance

Razan Rashidi | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

AL-Hasakeh/Damascus, 23 October 2014 - While many of Syria's war-torn cities and governorates are grabbing the headlines, the humanitarian situation in the north-eastern governorate of Al-Hasakeh governorate is largely in the shadows. With a population of 1.5 million people - almost half of them children - much of the governorate has been cut off from humanitarian aid for almost two years...

Mind the Skills Gap

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Philip Hallam

Business and education. They should be perfect partners, with businesses relying on educational institutions to deliver individuals with the qualifications and skills they need to flourish, and educational institutions maintaining their relevancy by working to make sure they understand and reflect those needs in courses offered.

I'm a Survivor of 'Honour' Based Violence, We Need to Ensure Girls Don't Feel Abandoned Like I Did

Laila | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK
Laila

Homa, my middle sister "rebelled" in tiny, typical teenage ways, by ripping her jeans and listening to music. When Homa was 16 she overheard our stepmother and dad making plans for her to marry a 40-year-old. We'd met him when we'd been taken to visit the family, but we'd had no idea we were being displayed as potential brides.

Teachers - It's Time to Sharpen Your Digital Skills

Duncan Higgins | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Duncan Higgins

Another September, another school year.... But 2014 brought something new: coding as part of the school curriculum in the UK. This is great news for students, of course - but should we do even more to encourage the use of technology in schools?

Get Lucky

Layli Foroudi | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Layli Foroudi

Young people are simultaneously fed with ideas that they can do whatever they wish in life and unemployment statistics. These contradictory aspects of a projected future remain in the abstract and so are very easy to live with up until a certain point...

Does the UK University System Help Our Future Artists?

Emily Steer | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Steer

On starting a fine art degree five years ago, my head of course gave an introductory speech. She told us about her experience of art college, twenty five years previously. About passionate tutors making work amongst students, in one big arty, experimental studio love in...

Americanizing My British Accent: An Identity Crisis

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

"You actually say 'maths' instead of 'math'?" Colour. *Color. "So... I hope you don't mind if I ask you a personal question. Did you live in the U.K...

Purple Reigns: Spirit Day 2014 at Dame Elizabeth Cadbury School, Birmingham, UK

Claire Stoneman | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK
Claire Stoneman

At the very end of Spirit Day, the entire school emptied onto the playground for a photograph to show our unity for all young LGBT people who have faced bullying, abuse or discrimination. And as our pupils jostled and argued over who would get to hold the rainbow flag, I knew that we had made a difference, and that things would never be the same again.

Why the UK Is Finally Taking Low Confidence Seriously

BritChick Paris | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

Last Thursday evening the unbelievable happened. An awards ceremony took place in the House of Commons for body confidence. No need for a red carpet or pomp and circumstance. No male politicians driving agendas to win elections. Just a group of individuals of all shapes and sizes, fighting for the right for us all 'to be ourselves'...

Should Body Confidence Be Taught In Schools?

Phillippa Diedrichs | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phillippa Diedrichs

The evidence is clear. Low body confidence is a significant public health and social issue requiring our attention. The classroom provides an excellent opportunity to promote healthy body image. It's where we can reach most teenagers and enlist the help of their teachers, who are well placed to support them when armed with the right body confidence tools and training.

Talking Young Enterprise at the Party Conferences

Michael Mercieca | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Michael Mercieca

This year I attended both the Conservative and Labour Party conferences in my capacity as Chief Executive of the charity Young Enterprise.‭ ‬It‭'‬s now a couple of weeks since the conferences and I‭'‬ve had time to digest and reflect not only on‭ ‬what‭ ‬was achieved there but also‭ ‬where‭ ‬it was achieved.‭..

#Girlhero: The Story of Pallavi Gaikwad

Payal Dalal | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Payal Dalal

When asked why she is devoting herself to girls, her response is simple: "of course girls are important; they are part of the world. To play their part, they need confidence, education, and a safe place to practice skills." So what's next for Pallavi?