UK Education

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

Frontier | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK

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.

The Magic of Children's Books

Adele Parks | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Parks

Now it's half term and I'm really looking forward to the family snuggling up with their books on the inevitable wet afternoons. Reading is a joy, it allows the imagination to thrive: give your kid the gift of escapism this half term.

Solving the Skills Gap

Charlie Mullins | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Mullins

I've said time and time again, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, that we need to change the way we fund the country's apprenticeships if we are going to get anywhere with solving problems with unemployment and our skills gap.

Volunteer Stories: India NGO Journalism Internship

Frontier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Coming to India? Bring your moustache. Yep, the 'mo' is a rite of passage here, with the mo'less representing a clear minority. The moustache brigade is waiting for me everywhere I turn. If you've ever felt the need to stretch your furry whisker potential, now is the time.

Protecting Children's Reading in the Digital Age

Alison David | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison David

We know that reading is challenged but there are families in which it still thrives. Our longitudinal study, Reading Street, aims to understand the changing world of children's reading for pleasure. It follows twelve UK families plus a wider number of parents, children and teachers and releases the findings in theme focused chapters.

Ned Simons

MPs Slow The Westminster Treadmill With Weekly 'Mindfulness' Meetings | Ned Simons | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics

Chris Ruane has a treadmill in the corner of his office. But judging by the boxes of loose paper piled high on it, the machine does not get used too o...

Redefining Work Experience

Dr Gordon Mizner | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Gordon Mizner

Let's accept the fact; work experience has a pretty poor reputation. Normally the phrase is associated with one or two weeks for a young person sitting in an office doing basic clerical tasks such as photocopying and making the tea. This needn't and shouldn't be the case.

Why Supply Teaching Could Fulfil Your Career Dreams

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Bostock | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

As the need for supply teachers continues to rise, there’s never been a better time to consider whether this could be the right route for you. ...

Students Forgotten as University Staff Strike

Kamran Hussain | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Kamran Hussain

For a student paying £9,000 in tuition fees, they should get value for their money and if universities are not motivating their staff, it means that everybody is losing out. Students will not get the good quality education that they are paying for, teachers are not paid fairly and will begin to "work to rule" and the universities credibility will plummet.

The Future Of Online Learning Is Massive

Anton Dominique | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Anton Dominique

In an ever-changing technological age, acroynms and buzzwords abound. It seems every day there is a new trend to follow and new technology designed to change the world we live in. Among the latest is MOOC, otherwise known as Massive Open Online Courses.

Back to School: The Supreme Court and the Duty of Care to Pupils

Catherine Leech | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Catherine Leech

Parents assume that the schools will look after their children at least as well or better than they do themselves. However, what if something untoward happens during the school day?

Labour's Education Secretary 'Won't Rule Out' Private School

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK

Labour's new shadow education secretary has admitted he would consider sending his children to private schools. Tristram Hunt, the former TV histor...

Advocating Eugenics in the UK Department of Education

Pete Shanks | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pete Shanks

Dominic Cummings, a senior adviser to the UK Secretary of State for Education, recently provoked a flurry of complaints by allegedly claiming that "a child's performance has more to do with genetic makeup than the standard of his or her education."

Higher Education is Broken

Dave Gill | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dave Gill

Going to a traditional university to study something that's subjective is a rapidly sinking ship and the web's to thank (not blame). There's a place for classic institutions - like if you want to be a doctor, or a lawyer.

Fingerprint Points to the Future of Healthcare

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Health workers in developing countries face challenges that are often taken for granted in the developed world, but new technologies have the potential to become leap frog solutions that address such barriers.

Playing to Win

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

I wonder if this is a reaction to new funding schemes in higher education in the UK, a move toward more American cultural norms, a combination of the two, or something else entirely?

Muslims Leaders Call Chaotic Free School 'National Embarrassment'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK

Muslims leaders have called a failing Muslim free schol a "national embarrassment" but said the scandal had been misreported by the press. The dev...

Free School Subject To 'Financial Irregularities Running To Tens Of Thousands Of Pounds

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

One of the government's much-vaunted free schools, which was visited and praised by David Cameron in March 2012, has been accused of "financial irregu...