UK Education

Why, Oh Why Al Ain?

Haris Suleman | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK
Haris Suleman

We decided to extend our stay by one day in Cairo to be able to go to the Pyramids. The next morning we departed for Aswan, which was our departure airport for customs and we needed to buy enough Avgas (aviation gasoline) to cross the Arabian Desert on our way to Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates, where we have some dear friends that we were staying with.

What I Learned From Visiting Reach Academy Feltham

Oliver Beach | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Beach

I asked one Year 8 girl what she is going to achieve in her GCSEs in 2017, to which she replied with utmost certainty: "A*s in EVERY subject;" refreshingly aspirational... There was no despondency about 'being rubbish at Maths' or 'not enjoying English'.

Education System Must Better Prepare Young People for Life Outside School Gates

John Cridland | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
John Cridland

Whether you have a son or daughter just finishing their summer exams or you're a high-tech manufacturer hoping to add to your pool of skilled technicians, we all want young people to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential - not just in work but in life. But the education system must do more to prepare them for life outside the school gates - or we risk wasting our greatest asset.

These Inappropriate Spelling Mistakes From Kids Are Just Hilarious

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Warning: contains adult language Kids do the funniest things. And often without even realising. Take spelling for example. Just one letter out o...

Domestic Revenues Will Need to Be Mobilised to Realise the 2014 GPE Pledges

Manos Antoninis | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Politics
Manos Antoninis

The Global Partnership for Education brought together governments and donors at its Replenishment Conference in Brussels last week. While donors fell short of the $3.5 billion target, governments stepped up to the mark. These governments will now need to work on mobilizing more domestic resources in order to make sure they meet their commitments.

Keeping Mum: Why Young People Shouldn't Always Listen To Their Parents' Careers Advice

Dr Tessa Stone | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Tessa Stone

Parents are probably even less in tune with the vicissitudes of the current jobs market than they are with the dubstep scene... currently only 7,500 students take computer science degrees a year, meaning that many of the 20,000 graduate vacancies in the software industry alone remain unfilled each year.

The Path to Better Education in Pakistan

Aaron Benavot | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Improving quality in Pakistan would also be a huge breakthrough. In rural areas many primary schools lack sufficient classrooms to provide a proper five year cycle: In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, for example, more than half of the schools do not contain the requisite 5 classrooms (one per grade). If you were a parent, would you send your children to school, and keep them there, if school conditions meant that your children were unlikely to learn the basics?

Thinking Enterprisingly Enhances Employability

David Rutley | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Politics
David Rutley

We need more young people to enter the labour market fully equipped for a life of work, as enterprising first-time employees. Current employers - 70 per cent of them according to a CBI survey - do not think that school leavers are sufficiently ready for the world of work.

Educating Minds to End Mental Health Stigma?

Danny Bowman | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Bowman

Many Young people have described the bullying they have been subjected to or the different treatment that have received from other pupils, and the seemingly lack of understanding from teachers. Some mental health sufferers described being treated with less expectation and put into lower classes because of their mental illness.

Imperial College London 'Not Maintaining Legal Animal Welfare Standards'

PA | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK

One of the UK's leading scientific institutions has fallen short of its duty to maintain legal animal welfare standards, according to Government advis...

Surfing Research Part of One of the Best Degree Programmes in the Country

Gregory Borne | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Gregory Borne

This week represented the conclusion of an academic year. Let me make it very clear, this does not mean I am now on holiday. Far from it, there is a considerable amount of work to do in preparation for next years teaching and a pressing need to continue the research agenda.

Oscar Pistorius and Gun-Violence: No Happy Endings

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

Once upon a time, everyone loved a happy ending. In a world with endless conflict, with the increased glorification of guns and violence, the question for parents and for young people today is: how do we get to that happy ending?

Education: What Can We Learn From Other Countries?

Chris Jones | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

The British education system is failing millions - or at least that's what you might think from some of the stories in the news. It's a common sentiment, especially after the PISA report showed just how bad our 'stagnating' ranking was...

Enterprise Education to Be on the Curriculum at Last

Emma L. Jones | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emma L. Jones

Young people need to at least be able to have a rudimentary understanding of how the commercial world works and we as a society need to find ways to measure and nurture this new entrepreneurial spirit.

'A Right Royal Agenda

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK

The Prince of Wales was angry after his attempt to persuade Tony Blair's government to expand grammar schools fell on deaf ears, former education secr...

Last Few Days and Time to Decide Where to Help Next?

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

Supporting Nema has some incredible advantages. Of course there is the satisfaction of knowing that we are doing some good, albeit in very difficult circumstances where nothing seems to progress as planned...

Field Diary: 72 Hours to Travel 32 Kilometres - A Humanitarian Mission in Aleppo

Insaf Nizam | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK
Insaf Nizam

I was part of a recent humanitarian mission that delivered emergency assistance to children and families in six hard-to-reach villages in northwestern Aleppo governorate. For some families living in this remote area near the Turkish border, it had been almost two years since they had received humanitarian supplies...

Brazil's Children Missing Out on School During World Cup

Beth McLoughlin | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Beth McLoughlin

Since the World Cup started, Brazilian children have been enjoying the entertainment as much as children anywhere. Schools are closed in most areas for this month, but while those classes will be made up in December and January for most pupils..

School Sport - Giving Children Their Chance to Shine

Wasim Khan | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK
Wasim Khan

The recent Ofsted report that too many state-school pupils are denied the chance to take part in competitive sport is a worrying trend and a call to action for all of us who care passionately about school sport.

'When You're a Refugee, the Power of Education Is Very Strong'

Mohamed Al-Kaisi | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mohamed Al-Kaisi

The news is terrible from Iraq right now, but it was in 2009 that things got very bad for me and my family. First, my dad was kidnapped, then the same thing happened to one of my brothers, who was also tortured. They were released - though my brother was kept in captivity for 53 days. They threw him out into the street and left him like a dog to find his own way home. We were forced to move to a different area of Baghdad.

No Progress in Reducing Out of School Numbers, With Some Exceptions

Aaron Benavot | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

As we consider the sorry state of international aid to education we must also remember that accessing school is also only part of the challenge; universal primary education goes beyond simply children enrolling in school - it also involves enabling them to complete their education and, as a result, acquire basic skills and knowledge...

Student Flash Mob Tells the True Story of King's Job Cuts

Ben T. Jackson | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben T. Jackson

The vultures are circling at King's College London. Management have taken the controversial step to axe up to 120 staff in the College's health schools in August. The cuts come at a time of high student dissatisfaction and a plummeting reputation in national university rankings...

Tech in the Classroom Revolutionises Feedback

John Friend | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Tech
John Friend

Technology offers tools that allow students to develop skills and teachers to identify limitations and talents. With the effective use of technology, it has become easier for teachers to identify the needs of their students and for students to take greater control of their own learning.

It Turns Out Teenagers Today Really Aren't So Bad

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK

Today's teenagers are the most ambitious in a century, but also the most concerned that the current economic crisis will stymie hopes of achieving the...

How University Research Inspired the Public During Universities Week 2014

Nicola Dandridge | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nicola Dandridge

UK universities are at the forefront of some of the most pioneering and innovative research found in the world today. We are one of the most significant research powers, competing with the best internationally.