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Stephen Bailey | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Comedy
Stephen Bailey

Sure, I have thoughts on the Brexit. I don't think we should have ever been given the vote. I, for one, have never studied politics (LIKE TRUMP!) and we're not good at voting. We'll keep Honey G in the X Factor but we want the French out.

We Need An Early Years' Education Revolution

Kevin Watkins | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK
Kevin Watkins

If the measure of a nation's commitment to fairness is giving every child a chance to realise their potential through education, we are a failing nation. We speak the language of equal opportunity. But we stack the cards against our most disadvantaged kids, setting them up to fail long before they start school. The time has come to level the playing field.

Why Sex Ed Really Is Power

Nathalie Greenfield | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nathalie Greenfield

FCome has hit the nail on the head with their hashtag: sex education really is power. Meaningful, comprehensive SRE represents the power to reduce gender-based violence, discrimination on the basis of sexuality or gender, and unhealthy sexual relationships. If only the Department of Education could be convinced that these are causes worth fighting for.

Is Children's Down Time No Longer A Pastime?

Jo Caley | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Jo Caley

I agree that all children need encouragement to progress and succeed. But is a meaningless literacy worksheet (in which connectives, adjectives and determiners must be used) the right way to go about it? What even IS a 'determiner' when it's at home?!

Don't Tell Me Boys Can't Read As Well!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Parents
Kerry Gibb

Last week my son called me over to the computer to show me a headline that had flashed up, implying that boys were failing at reading. He looked at me incredulously and said "this is such a load of rubbish. I love reading!"

Let's Not Dress Up The Real Threat Of Children's Mental Wellbeing This Halloween

Barry Richardson | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK
Barry Richardson

Halloween can conjure up many images. For some it is a fun time characterised by copious amounts of sugar-filled sweets and silly costumes. However, clearly Halloween has a darker side, it can be scary (especially with this clown craze going around). For parents and teachers though the scariest thing that won't be seen this Halloween is the truly shocking state of children's mental wellbeing.

The Future Of Education: Education Is A Shared, Global Responsibility

Kate Robinson | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK
Kate Robinson

Helsinki-born HundrED is a global, non-profit project building a vision of education for the next 100 years. The first 75 experiments are being triall...

Dear AQA, If We Can't Learn This In A Level Archaeology, Then Please Explain Where These Ideas Are In The Rest Of Your Curriculum

Dan Boatright | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Boatright

So AQA I ask you this, please explain to me what other A level subject does this? I do not want a scripted piece about your dedication to inclusive education, I want an A grade answer citing examples, comparing and contrasting your chosen subject to the Archaeology syllabus.

Children's Centres: Why The Government Can't Delay Any Further

Octavia Holland | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Politics
Octavia Holland

Since the early 2000s, Children's Centres have provided a crucial mechanism to support under fives and their families with speech, language and commun...

How To Get The Best Out Of Yourself - Why Learning And Memory Are Effectively The Same Discipline

Ed Cooke | Posted 20.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Cooke

The perfect 'bicycle for the brain' is subtly different for everyone, of course. The advent of mobile has made it easier than ever before for people to learn in a time and way that suits their lifestyle. Memory works best when we give it a little to do often, while learning in different contexts makes your memory more robust because you don't associate information with any one place in particular.

From Aleppo To Istanbul, And Finally Durham

Yaman Islim | Posted 22.10.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Yaman Islim

Durham is my home now, just like Istanbul was before, and Aleppo before that, I don't know where my journey will take me next but I just hope that when I return to Syria I will be able to contribute to a brighter future.

A Porn Stars' Response To Children Accessing Porn

Samantha Bentley | Posted 19.10.2017 | UK
Samantha Bentley

Blaming porn for children being sexually active and anxious about sex, is a single minded and uneducated view. Snapchat, Tinder, Facebook and even Whatsapp, all give young people an endless platform for swapping messages and photos without their parents knowing.

Buried By Brexit: But What About The Children?

Pam Jarvis | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK Politics
Pam Jarvis

In June 2016, national news headlines were dominated by Britain's referendum on whether to remain within or leave the European Union. The debate was b...

What To Look For In A Good School

Julie Booth | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

But you need to look beyond the spit and polish of the open day to find the right school for your child. Here are some key things to think about when selecting the first choice school for your child:

A Country That Works For Everyone? Tory MPs Have Just Betrayed An Entire Generation Of Young People

Angela Rayner | Posted 20.10.2017 | UK Politics
Angela Rayner

The way the Tories voted, turning their backs on the evidence of modest measures which will support social mobility, slams the door in the face of every young person who wants to get on in life. Their claims that they want to build a country that works for everyone are nothing more than empty rhetoric. They talk the talk, but they have no interest in walking the walk.

Archaeology Is A Subject That Teaches Us What It Is To Be Human - Scrapping The A-Level Is Devastating

Dan Boatright | Posted 19.10.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Boatright

When I first heard archaeology was to be scrapped at A-Level I was not only surprised, but devastated. This is a subject that teaches our students about what it is to be human. We learn about the material culture left by our ancestors from all over the world. We discuss the concepts of culture, politics, art, identity and we do so with an open mind. Even after several years of teaching the A-Level I still find new material that keeps me in awe.

Things I Wish I'd Known As A Young Woman Starting Out In The Music Business

Lara Baker | Posted 14.10.2017 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

There were countless times in my first few years in music when I felt something we were doing should be done differently, that something wouldn't work, when I had an alternative view or idea. But I assumed other people knew better.

Why Am I Using Digital Media To Engage And Empower The Youth Within The British Bangladeshi Community?

Ibrahim Rahman | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK Tech
Ibrahim Rahman

A British Bangladeshi online TV network offered me the opportunity to present a chat show web series called Youth Corner. The aims of the series were to highlight the achievements of young and emerging talent in various fields, providing a platform for guests to share their experiences and inspiring stories

Things Lucy Taught Me...

Sally Holt | Posted 16.10.2017 | UK
Sally Holt

Life has not always been easy but I have been lucky. I have been educated, supported and informed. I have, for the most part, felt empowered. When I have not, I have been surrounded by friends, family and colleagues who have fought for me. Until I met Lucy, I did not appreciate how lucky that made me.

My Journey From War-Torn Syria To Durham University

Yaman Islim | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Yaman Islim

Before I begin recounting my life, I would like to highlight that my story, the one that you are about to embark on, is a fortunate one. There are many others who are going through worse and my experiences are just a fraction compared to what friends and relatives in Syria have witnessed and been through at first hand. The first part of my journey started on March 15th 2011, a date Syrians will talk about for decades to come...

Beyond Ada: The Future Of Women In STEM

Becky Plummer | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK Tech
Becky Plummer

Happy Ada Lovelace Day everyone! Today is a day to celebrate the incredible achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) who've come before us. It's also a day to look to the future.

Shami Chakrabarti: A Grade-A Hypocrite

Anthony Blair | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anthony Blair

Shami Chakrabarti is a hypocrite for sending her kids to private school, and this left-wing hypocrisy over education will destroy the Labour party.

Why Millennials Would Benefit By Voting For Hillary Clinton

Fjona Krasniqi | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Fjona Krasniqi

With a lack of enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton but a strong distrust for Donald Trump, millennials in the US face a difficult choice of who to vote for in November. Millennials, categorised as young people aged 18-34 are increasingly less likely to vote for Hillary Clinton despite her credentials as a progressive and experienced candidate...

Grammar Schools A Distraction From Solving The Crises In Education

Chris Keates | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

Creating a system of genuine educational opportunity for all must be the aim, but this cannot be achieved without first addressing the societal and economic factors which are creating the disadvantage that is an everyday fact of life for too many of our children and young people.

Why We Must Make Time For Reading

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 08.10.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Clare Owen

This is then a reminder, a wake-up call, to (head) teachers and parents. We need to prioritise reading. We need to make time and create environments in which young people chose to read. If we wish to encourage them to read for pleasure, we must be the readers we wish our children to be.