UK Education

Teacher Sends Boy With Autism Heartwarming Letter After SATs Results

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Parents

A mum whose son with autism failed his SATs exams was moved to tears by a letter from his teacher. Gail Twist, from Merseyside, uploaded a photo of th...

Why We Must End the Silence on Sex and Relationships Education

Ian Green | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK
Ian Green

Without trusted information from schools, young people will turn to less reliable sources such as the internet or their peers as they navigate life outside the classroom. We must end this silence and make age-appropriate SRE mandatory in all schools if we are to tackle this safeguarding crisis. Young people have now told us loud and clear what kind of SRE they want. In our report, 99% of young people wanted SRE to be taught in all schools. 97% wanted it to be LGBT inclusive. The government must listen and act, and give our young people the tools to make positive and informed decisions, and to have healthy relationships, which they are ready for and want - wherever they go to school, and whatever their sexuality.

Don't Test Our Six-Year-Olds! Let Children Be Children

Emma Critchley | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Critchley

My six-year-old loves to dance, write and draw. Yesterday, she wanted to fly to the moon; today, she has said that she will settle for being an award-winning pianist. Oldest has dreams and she dreams big. We love the summer holidays. They are weeks that are filled with drawing, trampling through woods, splashing through streams and playing make-believe with her sister: weeks that she loves.

'Soft Skills' Empower Young People to Make the Right Life Choices

Iain Patton | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Iain Patton

Progressive London based youth educational charity Futureversity bridges the skills gap with the provision of innovative 'Soft Skills' training for yo...

Emotional Baggage

Caragh Little | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

So I'm not a Mum. I'm sorry if that makes me inadequate. To the considerable relief of everyone who knows me, I'm never going to want to run the country. But if a woman who isn't a mother wants to try it: then be that as it May.

Go Away Gove

Emma Critchley | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Politics
Emma Critchley

I don't like Gove. I don't know him personally but I don't like him. I'm sure that behind closed doors he is a lovely man. However, I only know his p...

What's Next?

Katherine Press | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Katherine Press

The first thing I read upon waking today was a twitter alert about the shooting of Philando Castile. Yesterday my morning news was of Alton Sterling. I sat and cried wondering what we can do, when would we start making this world better instead of breaking it apart?

NUT Strike 2016: We Ask Teachers What Is The One Thing They Would Tell Nicky Morgan

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK

"Nicky Morgan's policies have made me feel attacked," Annabelle Jameel, a maths teacher in London, told us as she joined the National Union of Teacher...

Official SATs Results Are 'Higher Than Expected'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Parents

Children who took their Year 6 SATs exams in May 2016 achieved results "higher than expected of them", the Department of Education has said. The pupil...

Why the Teacher Strike Isn't Just About Teachers

Anna-Christina Connelly | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Anna-Christina Connelly

At a time when teachers, parents and children have had a tough year at the whims of the government, the issues over which NUT members have been forced to strike have more resonance with the public than ever before.

Humanity, You're Fired!

Adam Hamdy | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Tech
Adam Hamdy

"The market has decided this is my stuff," won't work for much longer because there soon won't be enough people with jobs to support a market. The next phase of the history of stuff might be, "We all get the same stuff," but that sounds suspiciously like socialism, which can't possibly be right...

For a Democracy to Survive and Prosper We Need to Start Teaching Our Children Politics at School

Amber van Dam | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Amber van Dam

We know people aged 18-24 years old voted to remain in the EU and we know there was only a 31% turnout in this age group. On the 23rd June 2016 a da...

Don't Deny Access to the Arts to the People Who Need it Most

Nicky Goulder | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Nicky Goulder

Next week is pivotal for the future of artistic diversity in the UK. On 4 July Parliament will debate whether the EBacc should include expressive arts subjects, with the result having potentially huge ramifications for who the arts are 'for' in Britain - are they for everyone to practice and appreciate, or are they the preserve of a wealthy and culturally homogenous elite?

How Schools Can Help the Next Generation Understand the World After Brexit

Russell Hobby | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Russell Hobby

A few hours after the referendum result we concluded an analysis of the implications for schools with the following statement: "The ultimate antidote is to be found in the young people you work with. We face a different future: how will you help them prepare for it? How will you help them do better than we did?"

Mysterious Ways

Caragh Little | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

So as the end-of-term rain hammers down outside, as the postman thinks up new and more outrageous insults as the Summer holidays go on, as the political leaders rip one another apart and as people try to figure out whether Article 50 will actually work in reality... weeks without bells and a timetable loom. Now what?

Careers Advice in Schools Needs a Revolution: Let's Hope the Government Are on the Same Page

Tanja Kuveljic | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Tanja Kuveljic

Careers advice and work experience opportunities offered to young people as they progress through the school system have been ineffective for decades. With the issue receiving fragmented interest from successive Governments, schools have been ill equipped to provide the appropriate balance of guidance and experience that our young people need.

Why We Need to Urgently Address Arts Education Before Its Too Late

Jennifer Tuckett | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Jennifer Tuckett

With the forthcoming debate on whether arts subjects should be a part of the new EBACC scheduled for July 4th in the Houses of Parliament, I wanted to write now to encourage others to pursue similar projects and campaigns.

A Call to Arms (Or Pens) Against Anti-Intellectualism

Amitava Banerjee | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Amitava Banerjee

"The pen is mightier than the sword" and "knowledge is power" are maxims that have inspired academics for generations to write journal papers, gain grant funding and give lectures. Unfortunately, neither politicians, media nor our population are inside our echo chamber.

Brexit, Education and Indonesia

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

This euphoria should be captured immediately because, if it is not, UK universities will suffer greater losses.

The Academies Debate: Helping Parents to Understand What It Means for Their Children

Maz Deo | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Parents
Maz Deo

Academisation is important. It's vital for parents to understand the arguments for and against this and keep on top of how the Government wants to drive this change. But it's also important to see this in the context of the education world in general. We live in a world where change is common and that's especially true of our schools.

Is Private School Becoming More Affordable?

Julie Booth | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK
Julie Booth

As a parent, I know that choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you have to make, which is why so many of us carefull...

Reading Aloud: How To Make Every Book Unputdownable

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Parents

Reading aloud to your child is one of the great joys of being a parent. It’s all in the sharing your child's enjoyment of the story, seeing their im...

Keep Children Learning During the Summer Holidays

Emma Louise Thompson | Posted 26.06.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Louise Thompson

Nowadays children aren't required to work during the summer so many people argue that there should be changes to the holidays... So in this article, I want to explore with you how parents can carry on educating their children throughout the school summer holidays so they don't miss out.

Women In Engineering Day: Forging a Pathway for Girls in STEM

Eve Jardine-Young | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Eve Jardine-Young

From building oil rigs to working on biomechanical implant materials, engineering is a varied, innovative and inspirational global profession that is always evolving. Encouraging girls to actively consider a STEM career is crucial if our prospective designers, engineers, technologists and innovators are to have access to the full range of skills and talents needed to take on the challenges and opportunities of future generations.

Teaching Assistants' Pay: Why It's Anything But Fair

Anna-Christina Connelly | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Politics
Anna-Christina Connelly

I've been thinking a lot about teaching assistants this week. As my Twitter followers might know, I've been tweeting about the Durham TAs and following the striking Derby TAs and generally, reflecting upon how badly we treat our school support staff. As a former teaching assistant myself, they have my total support.