UK Education

Why the Private Sector Must Support Education

Christopher Clarke | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Christopher Clarke

If a company genuinely feels that young people are joining the workplace without the skills they need, then they should do something about it. Get into the schools. Who knows, you might even learn something.

Can Licensing Teachers Work?

Shane Chowen | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Shane Chowen

The more we discover about education and learning, the better chance all students, whether they're young people or adults, have at succeeding. Labour's licensing policy could, if done right, be the best way to transform the teaching profession for the better.

'Bomb Hero' Schoolboy To Have School & Stadium Named After Him

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

An heroic teenager who sacrificed his life to save his classmates from a suicide bomber will have his school and a stadium named after him, officials ...

Scandal of Cornish Primary School Ignored in Push to Build Coyte Farm Out-Of-Town Retail Centre

Lenny George | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK
Lenny George

The primary school at the centre of Cornwall's controversial Coyte Farm shopping centre development have written to Cornwall Council complaining that ...

Why Things Can Only Get Worse in 2014

Hugh Salmon | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

The dawn of a New Year is a looking forward to what is to come and for reflection, a time for taking stock. There are two things we know will happen during 2014...

Is It Time for Schools to Tackle Eating Disorders, as Equal to Obesity and the Healthy Eating Agenda?

Sam Thomas | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Thomas

Despite having an eating disorder I'd never heard of bulimia, let alone knew it was a mental illness. Most days I would run out of lessons or avoid lessons completely to escape the torment of bullies. I'd hide in the boys toilets and lock myself in a cubicle as it was the only place where I couldn't be found.

Why Are Academies Paying Millions In Private 'Consultancy' Fees?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The Government has denied the academies system is open to abuse after questions were raised about links with the businesses of directors, trustees and...

Re-Fresher's Week: Tips for a Student Prince

Christina Kenny | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Christina Kenny

HRH The Duke of Cambridge has just finished his first week as a mature student at the University of Cambridge. As a fellow mature student, I can tell Wills what he can expect from uni life...

Pakistan Finally Announces Honour For Fallen Schoolboy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Pakistan's prime minister has promised the highest civil award for bravery to a teenage boy who sacrificed his life to save his school from a suicide ...

Teachers Should Be Licensed, Says Labour's Hunt

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Teachers would have to be licensed and could be sacked if they fail tough checks on their abilities, under plans unveiled by Labour. Shadow educati...

What You Need to Know Before You Quit Your Job

Chris Jones | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Jones

Deciding to quit can be an empowering decision, especially if you've been unhappy at work for a long time. It can also be the most frightening decision of your life. That's why you need to plan beyond the time when you unload 12 years of pent-up frustration on your manager, collect your things and walk.

Why the Education of Women Is Essential to Create Conditions of Peace

Eleanor Ross | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Eleanor Ross

Women face enormous challenges during war, whether it's in Syria or South Sudan. War is more than fighting, it is about helping her family to survive both during and after the conflict, long after the media has departed the battlezone.

Education vs Gangs in Rural Honduras

Eleanor Ross | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Eleanor Ross

The afternoon sun is beating down on the mountain town of Copan Ruinas in central Honduras. We are a short drive away from San Pedro Sula, a city with one of the highest homicide rates in the world. Gang warfare has divided the city for years, but the violence has steadily increased since the 2009 military coup when the Honduran Army overthrew President Manuel Zelaya.

Sex at University (or Lack Thereof)

Fionn Shiner | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Fionn Shiner

I remember very clearly and vividly, when in my final year of Sixth Form, the sexual delights I was promised would be bequeathed upon me once I made it to university.... However, none of this proved to be the case.

That Was Such an Epic PR Fail

Coard-Anthony Henry | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Coard-Anthony Henry

When it comes to PR it pays to add some personality, but be careful not to add too much (that includes kisses on emails), or you'll run the risk of deeming your brand unprofessional. Learned lesson: less is sometimes more, remain professional and let your product do the talking.

Technology Opening up Access to Education

Jessica Rose | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Tech
Jessica Rose

Is there a crisis in education? Can technology help solve it? University applications by UK students have dropped by 1% according to figures release...

Autism: The Return to School After the Christmas Break

Jo Worgan | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

This week signals the end of the Christmas holidays and the return to school. I love having my children home for the holidays but I absolutely dread the return to school. For my youngest son who is on the autistic spectrum this total change in routine is very upsetting for him and you can visibly see his anxiety levels rising.

Tatler's Guide To State Schools

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

For the fading aristocracy whose magazine of choice is still Tatler, the phrase "state school" is as foreign as an Iceland frozen pizza. But auster...

Only 6% Of Teachers Support Michael Gove

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Only 6% of teachers think the coalition's academies and free schools programme is taking education in England in the right direction, a poll published...

Let's Make Repetitive Lessons History

Laura Blumenthal | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Blumenthal

What do you remember being taught in your history lessons in secondary school? The Tudors, perhaps the Romans, the English Civil War and the two World Wars? For the seven years I studied history I am glad that we studied wars and monarchy but it seems a shame that I know little about the history of medicine, technology or engineering.

Thirteen Things I've Learned

Chenice Clarke | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chenice Clarke

As 2013 is ending, I've taken the time to reflect on the last 12 months. I think reflection is an important part of growth, and I look forward to hearing what you've learned in 2013 and what you hope to achieve in 2014.

Plans to Move 18-20s to Adult Prisons Must Be Based on Evidence

Rod Clark | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Clark

Research shows that young adults have the largest potential to change their lives and "grow out of crime", but inappropriate interventions can halt this desistance process. In addition, this group are likely to require more one-to-one support in the adult estate where they may be more vulnerable due to their age and maturity to prevent violence or self-harm.

MOOCs, SPOCs, and LAPs: The Evolving World of Education

Anton Dominique | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anton Dominique

Not long after educational providers and students alike clocked on to the fast-rising and game-changing trend of free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) programmes, it quickly expanded to factor in the option of paid MOOCs, otherwise known as MOOC+.

Happy 18th Birthday! Good Luck on Your Own

Chris Jones | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

My thoughts are with those who are turning 18 in the next few years. The world is a vastly different place to when I was young, and today's newly 'legal' adults are met with intense challenges, not least of which is simply getting a job.

Why Does Reading Makes Christmas So Special for UK Children?

Alison David | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison David

Imagine a family - mum, dad and children, all in their pyjamas - snuggled up together on the sofa, drinking hot chocolate and listening to dad read a favourite Christmas story. No, it's not a flashback to the 1950s; it's what parents have told us they will be doing this year.