UK Education

The Languages for the UK's Future

John Worne | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
John Worne

It's a toughie. Famously tongue-tied in foreign languages, and notwithstanding the 200+ languages widely spoken in London and Manchester alone, the fact is the UK needs more people speaking more languages.

Five Jobs Your Kids Will Do

Guy Lidbetter | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech
Guy Lidbetter

Whilst they may not realise it, today's schools are preparing young people for jobs that don't yet even exist, as the IT revolution looks set to change the face of the employment market. At Atos we have been thinking about the sort of careers that lie in store for our so-called digital natives - as well as roles that may not be around for much longer.

Involving Industry in Science Education

David Porter | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Porter

It is of course undisputed that the existence and expansion of industry in the UK relies upon a continued supply of high quality engineers (to develop existing technologies) and scientists (to create new ones). So we should not then be surprised when the big industry players want to get involved in the education of our children and their potential future employees.

Stench of Thatcher's Section 28 Lingers On

James Wharton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
James Wharton

Section 28 was a piece of legislation that essentially gave bullies and tormentors the green light to pursue homophobic action against other people- especially on the school playground, and the effect of this was day after day of suffering for thousands of young boys and girls, often leading to tragic conclusions.

Historic Initiative for Global Respect

David Rosen | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
David Rosen

Most bigotry is born out of ignorance. Therefore, it is good for our world when people get together to promote learning about one another. It is of additional significance when this involves hundreds from the world's major religions who are leading the field of dialogue and understanding around the globe...

We're Not Apathetic: Telling Us We Are Is Undermining Democracy

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

We're not interested in winding back the clock. We don't see the world as an epic struggle between capital and labour. And we don't have all the answers. Yet. What we do see is people being disempowered. And not just by the government. What marks out the political discourse of my generation is that we have organised against any power which negatively impacts our lives.

Michael Gove: Simons Cowell Is 'Stupid'

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics

X Factor millionaire Simon Cowell has been condemned by Education Secretary Michael Gove for suggesting young people can rely on being "lucky" rather ...

The Energy Price Freeze Explained

Kamran Hussain | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kamran Hussain

Labour's campaign goes much further than the price freeze. Only implementing a two year price freeze would simply be an immature and irrelevant policy. The main aim is to fix up the energy market which in its present form is exploiting consumers.

Brogan Driscoll

Catholic School's 'You Are Not A Princess' Adverts Reignite Debate Over Feminism And Religion

HuffingtonPost.com | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Teaching any young person the value of education and hard work is important. But this lesson is particularly vital among young women, who are brought ...

Vocational Vs. Academic Enters a New Phase With Career Colleges

Mark Featherstone-Witty | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mark Featherstone-Witty

In October, the former Conservative Education Secretary Lord Baker put forward plans to build 'career colleges'. These will be started by FE Colleges that will granted the right to recruit at 14 from last September and will, aside from what is, unfortunately, called 'core academic work', prepare youngsters for a variety of identified careers from hospitality to health care.

Careers Advice - Not Fit for Purpose?

Bansi Kara | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bansi Kara

It's not the paper work that is the problem. The biggest issue that my students have faced is a total lack of awareness of the range of courses and careers that are available to them should they wish to apply to university and I do not blame the students at all; I was exactly the same.

What Role Do Schools Have in Developing a Child's Character?

Julie Booth | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

Did any of you see the flurry of news stories following a recent survey of parents, in which 87% indicated that they thought schools should focus on building a child's character and not on their academic ability alone? The results of the survey certainly made interesting reading. But they also got me thinking about what it is that schools can do to build character in their pupils.

What They Don't Tell You About Being a Straight-A Student

Julian Tan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Julian Tan

So if you're in school or at university, don't pursue academic pinnacles for what they are, but rather pursue what they are a product of. You can always learn what is in a textbook tomorrow, but to learn to be hardworking, disciplined, resourceful and persistent requires a longer time and it might be too late to learn these things if you do not learn them as a student. Because there is little use for a straight-A student if all he has are his As.

Jewels of Afghan Culture

Graham Sheffield | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Graham Sheffield

We will continue our cultural relations work well beyond the planned withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan next year; because we firmly believe that, along with the promotion of governance, security and development, the promotion of culture is a critical fourth foundation of Afghanistan's future.

Progress in Health and Education, But Gender Parity Lagging in Workforce - Report

Maria Caspani | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Caspani

Although the world has made strides in closing the gender gap when it comes to health and education, countries need to bolster efforts to increase women's participation in politics and the workforce, the World Economic Forum (WEF) said in a report on Friday.

My 'Arts' Degree Is Not Worth the Paper It's Written On

Daniel W Smith | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel W Smith

Students considering going to university to study the "arts" need to be made aware that it is unlikely they will enter that field after they graduate. As important as film, media, fashion, performing arts are to this country the thousands of students who choose these courses are going to find themselves sorely disappointed when they leave university.

Time to Close the Digital Divide Between Prisons and Communities

Rod Clark | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Clark

The very existence and popularity of this blog is testament to the increasingly digital world we live in where the majority of us consume information and manage our lives on the internet. So what must it be like for people who can't get online or even on to a computer?

Plenty More Fish in the Sea: What is Being Done to Ensure Marine Sustainability?

Frontier | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK
Frontier

The Mafia Island Marine Park is the first of its kind in the world. Set up as collaboration between Frontier and the WFF, it is recognised as the firs...

'We Must Fight Homophobia In Schools'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Homophobic bullying is still common in some schools, a charity has warned, to the extent some teachers are too fearful to reveal their sexuality. S...

The Knowledge Gap Is Holding Back Future UK Engineering Talent

Jo Swinson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jo Swinson

Startling research released to mark the start of Tomorrow's Engineers Week should be a wake up call to employers, educators and the engineering industry to encourage more young people into engineering careers. Everyone who is passionate about apprenticeships, the future of our economy and young people's careers should be concerned that our school children may be rejecting engineering as a career choice because they don't know enough about it. Girls in particular aren't attracted to engineering as a career option.

The First to Take the Stage

One Young World | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
One Young World

One Young World opened my eyes to the great impact youth can make in society. I was particularly inspired by Ambassadors like Ajarat Bada, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Bariq Rifki​, Parker Liautaud, Clinton Gachangi and many others. Until I started following One Young World online, I had not identified a particular area to make positive change.

Is My Child Normal?

Sandi Mann | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Mann

The reality is that most parents just want their children to fit in, to be socially acceptable, thrive at school and yes, be 'normal'. The idea that any difficulties might be due to a labelled syndrome, or 'special needs', is a frightening prospect for most. So, how can you tell if your child is 'normal'?

Halloween? Guy Fawkes Night? Bah Hum Bug

John L. Adams | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John L. Adams

At risk of being labelled a killjoy, I'm really not sure I want my children influenced by either of these events. I just find halloween vacuous and trick or treating, at its worst, simply encourages children to use menaces to demand gifts.

The Esoteric Nature of the Subtexts of Class in Society

Aamir Aziz | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aamir Aziz

When autumn announces itself in the lowlands; trees swing at three sixty and shed every evidence of the yester springs and summers from their shoots. ...

Germany Is Still Streets Ahead on Apprenticeships

Richard Grice | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Grice

The German Dual System and their more deeply established apprenticeship programmes reflect extremely poorly on the UK position. We have a journey to make and we are still a long way from reaching our destination.