UK Education

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.

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
Frontier

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...