UK Education

Do Not Fear the Oxbridge Admissions System

Jacob Lewis | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Lewis

If I can do it, almost anyone else can...

The Durham Union Society Problem

Kat Hind | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Hind

I may be pessimistic, I may be wrong but the Durham Union Society should be shamed for what has happened. They must reflect on their past decisions and reconsider their future ones if they to be viewed as a respected debating society and not as group who wish merely to offend. If change is not met then perhaps it is time for a new way of running the society, perhaps we cannot trust a President to run it in an acceptable manner on the members' behalf.

Help! What Are Phonics? A Confused Parent's Guide

Isabelle Lee | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

Being a linguist, a primary school teacher, and a parent who taught my children to read, here is my breakdown for you, explaining why they are worth the effort, and why your child may become a better reader and speller because of them.

It's Time to Bridge the Divide Between Education and the Real World to Inspire the Next Generation of British Scientists

Dr Ranna Eardley-Patel | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Ranna Eardley-Patel

Far too often there exists a disconnect between education and people's real world experience. Young children still draw the mad, bushy haired man in a white coat when they are asked to think about what a scientist looks like.

Reforming Apprenticeships - Four Tips for the Tories

Channon Zhangazha | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Channon Zhangazha

Apprenticeships are attracting a huge amounts of interest from across the political spectrum. We've come a long way from the days when Tony Blair is said to have joked that political interest in vocational education was such that he could make a declaration of war in a speech about skills and no-one would ever notice.

Faith Schools May Have Unlawfully Discriminated Against Thousands Of Children

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK

Virtually all faith schools in England are breaking the law over their admissions processes, a secular body has claimed in a new report. The Britis...

Will the Growth of Private Schooling Help Achieve Quality, Universal and Free Education?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Last week, world leaders put their signature to 169 targets for the next 15 years. One of the education targets stands out in its scale of ambition: "...

A Letter to my Darling Firstborn

Reneé Davis | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

If I've learnt nothing else, it's that life whizzes by at a blink and you'll miss it rate. Never was there a more apt phrase for parenthood than 'the days are long, but the years are short'.

Not Satisfied With Snatching Their Milk in the 1970s, The Tories Now Seem Set to Steal the Lunches of Children

Tim Farron | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

The Liberal Democrats fought tooth and nail to deliver this in Coalition because we want every child to have the best possible start in life and be able to concentrate in class. All the evidence shows that a healthy meal helps with that. Instead of further investing in our children, the Tories are turning up at the school gate and stealing their lunch money. My message to the Prime Minister is this - give us a guarantee that it is safe, not unsourced quotes. You say you are proud of this Lib Dem policy - I am too. But until you say it is safe, we will keep working, fighting and campaigning for this policy.

'Science Can't Save Us' - Do You Have Any Evidence to Back That Up?

Zion Lights | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Tech
Zion Lights

Science does not claim to have all the answers. Nor is it just about stars and labs and planets and things that seem far away from us or far removed from our daily lives: it's also about animal behaviours and how our brain works and how we are connected to the planet and whether or not our species will survive climate change.

The Words Behind the Goal: What Does Sustainable Development Goal 4 Mean in Practice?

Alison Hubert | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK
Alison Hubert

It's 15 years since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed which sought to 'spare no effort' in eradicating global poverty and inequality. Over this last weekend, leaders once again come together to assess the progress made by the MDGs and to redefine their focus for the next 15 years of the fight against poverty.

Education Funding 'Reforms' Are More Damaging Than Tripling Fees: Let's Shout About It

Harrison Jones | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Harrison Jones

Aside from hoping that the press fulfil their duty to report on these regressive changes, a more media-friendly hubbub needs to be kicked up about them. Far from being worn down by years of fighting Tory attacks on students, anger merely simmers beneath the surface - someone just needs to tap into it to get people talking.

Why Further Assessing Our Children Might Only Be a Test of Patience

Jackie Brock | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Jackie Brock

Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has made an impressive commitment to children in Scotland. She has staked her political reputation to the aim of eliminating the gap in attaining qualifications between Scotland's richest and poorest children.

Ten Tips for Surviving Uni When Someone You Love Is Dying

Naomi Barrow | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Packing up your bedroom and going to uni is exciting and scary whether you're going into your first year, or subsequent years. Packing up and heading off to uni and leaving behind a parent (or other family member) who is dying brings a whole host of new challenges and worries.

The Curious Incident Of The Muslim Student in the University Library Who Was Reading A Book (Which Clearly Meant He Was a Terrorist)

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

And this is why we should be really concerned because the duties will mean that all Muslim students will increasingly feel as though they are being monitored and scrutinised. Feeling increasingly pressured and marginalised, the result will be that Muslim students will find it increasingly difficult to just be 'ordinary students'.

Let's Talk About Consent

Lisa Ryan | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lisa Ryan

Consent. It's the hot topic word of the moment, being flitted around the media, with differing opinions from many people from different backgrounds. ...

Why Is the University of Southampton the Best Place to Study?

Shruti Verma | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Shruti Verma

All in all, I love being at the University of Southampton and I never thought I would end up here when I was thinking about coming to university. There's a lot to do, great research and academics and so much support so you never feel alone.

Hear Our Voices - Young Africans Decry Poor Quality Education

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Politics
Charles Mwangi Waituru

Just two weeks ago a young Kenyan volunteer called Felix Owino was invited to London to represent African youth at the first ever Youth Summit hosted ...

International Development Is Not 'Business as Usual'

Jeremy Horner | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
Jeremy Horner

The United Nations likes numbers and when it comes to international development it would seem the bigger the better. This weekend 150 world leaders wi...

Have Women Really Graduated From the University of Gender Inequality?

Sam Smethers | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Politics
Sam Smethers

Good news is always welcome, so let's start there. New IFS research shows that the graduate 'premium' is more significant for women. They are likely to earn three times as much as employed women who do not have a degree. For male graduates the ratio is twice that of those working without the benefit of higher education...

Why Having A Degree Is Much More Valuable If You're Female

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK

Going to university makes a bigger difference to women's earnings than it does to men's, according to new research that suggests the ‘graduate premi...

Seven Is a Magic Number

Sarah Butler-Sloss | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK
Sarah Butler-Sloss

As we head towards COP21, the critical climate negotiations taking place in Paris in December, anyone invested in the Global Goals should think seriously about having the word SUSTAINABLE emblazoned on our foreheads. It should be front, back and centre of mind at all times because without the S factor we risk losing advances that have been fought for and undoing gains that have been won.

The Death of the University Lecture

James Gupta | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Gupta

Methods of studying for students have changed very little for many years - though The Internet has given us access to a wealth of unfiltered information, traditionally the university experience has revolved around sitting in lectures, sitting in the library, cramming revision in, re-writing notes and highlighting textbooks.

Why Your Minority Students Need Role Models - And Where to Find Them

Tatiana August-Schmidt | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK
Tatiana August-Schmidt

There is a growing mismatch between the diversity of students and teachers in schools across England. In 2014, nearly 30 per cent of pupils in state-f...

Let's Not Turn Oxbridge Into a Comprehensive

Judith Vonberg | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Judith Vonberg

As an Oxford graduate educated in a comprehensive school, I am dismayed at the idea of abandoning the selection criteria at Oxford and Cambridge universities. Academic standards would deteriorate and academically minded students would be denied the chance to aspire.