UK Education

From Teaching Maths to a Global Stage

Colin Hegarty | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK
Colin Hegarty

When people think about teaching, they probably don't immediately think of it as a job with the potential to lead to the creation of a website used by thousands, and being named one of the top 10 practitioners of the profession in the world (with the related media coverage and interviews). Yet, for me, that's just what it's become...

Nothing to Learn From the Culture White Paper

Nigel Carrington | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Politics
Nigel Carrington

What does this mean? In the current climate, any government commitment to culture is an achievement. But the narrowness of that commitment is a strategy in itself. Withdrawal of government support for cultural education from primary, secondary and tertiary state education has consequences.

Investigation Launched After Pupils Are 'Put In A Store Cupboard As Punishment' At School

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK

An investigation has been launched into claims that pupils were put in a store cupboard by a member of staff at school. Wigan Council is looking into ...

Children and Young People's Mental Health Crisis - A Damning 'State of the Nation' Report

Frederika Roberts | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Frederika Roberts

Suicide is the most common cause of death for boys aged between 5 and 19, being the cause of 14 per cent of deaths in this age group, and the second m...

Response to Lady Corston's Report on 'Inequality' in the UK Schools System

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Freeman

In her excellent, recently-published report, Lady Corston is sadly having to remind us of what we have known for decades when she says that social mob...

Why Do Dead Old White Men Continue to Dominate Our Curriculum? Universities Need to Do Better for Students of Colour

Mems Ayinla | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mems Ayinla

Whilst some may think that we are moving towards a post-racial society, this assumption is based purely on fairy tales, myths and fantasies. In 2016 racism is still present in all institutions, including higher education.

Where Opportunity Leads, Talent Will Follow

Chris Hirst | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Hirst

A recent headline in the Guardian: "Privately educated elite continues to take top jobs..." I read this story recently and my heart sank. Don't get m...

Snobbery Around Qualifications Presents 'Major Barrier' To Young People's Employment

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Young people who don't go to university are being failed by the government, a House of Lords committee has warned. It found the 53% of 14 to 24-year-o...

Housework: Should I or my mother do it?

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Cassandra Lee Yieng

Therefore, without any excuses, I should do my chores. Yet before I get to them, my mum has already taken over and would rather I studied. I only hope that she releases her book soon.

A New Mayor of London Who Guarantees Young People Have the Chance to Develop, Grow and Fulfil Their Potential

Jim Minton | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jim Minton

We're calling for a Mayor of London who will guarantee all young Londoners the chance to play, volunteer, participate in sport, and take advantage of London's fantastic cultural offer. All of these things can be delivered in partnerships between youth organisations, schools and other providers.

We Could All Benefit From Wimbledon High School's Toxic Friendship Lessons

Polly Allen | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Allen

Young people are fantastic early adopters of technology, but they don't have the emotional resilience to cope with the fall-out when feelings get hurt along the way. Girls, in particular, seem to be experts at internalising this upset.

Could This Welsh Town Be the Next Edtech Silicon Valley?

Patrick Hayes | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

The Welsh coastal town of Fishguard in Pembrokeshire is about as far away from London's Silicon Roundabout as you can get. With the town is situated in the UK's only coastal National Park, surrounded by mountains and a picturesque shoreline with colourful fishing boats dotted along the quay.

Why Should We Stay in the EU for Our Education?

Shruti Verma | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Politics
Shruti Verma

There are many differing arguments for remaining in the EU or leaving it, but here's why I firmly believe we should stay in the EU for the benefit of ...

The Era of Working for Free

Julian Vigo | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

I remember from the mid 1990s while teaching at New York University I started receiving approximately a half dozen requests each year to write letters...

Letter to Educators: We Need Histories of Teams, Not Biographies of Individuals

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Cassandra Lee Yieng

No man is an island, and this is true not only as a life quote but also at the workplace. Therefore we must adopt a teamwork-based curriculum for schools to prepare students adequately for the real world, and this curriculum begins with emphasising histories of teams, rather than biographies of individuals.

Teachers Say They're Fed Up Being Clueless About Trans Issues

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Teachers say they want more training to be able to help pupils experiencing issues with their gender identities. Staff say cannot provide the level of...

Cyberbullying And Exam Pressure 'Leading Pupils To Attempt Suicide'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Almost half of school staff believe students under their tutelage have self-harmed and almost one in five were aware of youngsters attempting suicide,...

There's A Huge Difference Between GCSE Results In The North And South

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Secondary school pupils are affected by a north-south divide that shows a big disparity in pupil performance in GCSEs, a report has found. CentreForum...

Why Many Nursery Owners Are Saying 'No More Meddling' to Government

Angela Spencer | Posted 03.04.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Spencer

I am vehemently against bringing formal education into nursery settings. There is an enormous amount of evidence that suggests children should not be in a formal educational setting until the age of six or even seven years old. Until then they should be in a nurturing, play based environment.

Safe Spaces Are a Symptom of Student Support Failings

Ed Pinkney | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ed Pinkney

Instead of criticising the methods of those students stepping up to try and help their peers, we can admire their compassion, and respect their determination to plug a failing support system. And if civil liberties campaigners don't want this to deteriorate into censorship then they can join efforts to make sure that adequate support exists.

Three Cheers for Science Technicians: The Unsung Heroes of the Classroom!

Patrick Hayes | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

Science technicians are, after all, essential to the setting up and running of experiments in UK classrooms. While there is continual concern around the lack of trained science teachers - and rightly so - the science technician shortage is not given the same level of exposure.

One Weekend in Birmingham: Responding to Nicky Morgan at the NASUWT Conference

Paul Nicholas | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Nicholas

I can respect a government I disagree with as long as they are open about their aims and motives and the public agrees with that.What is far harder to respect is a government who sneaks major and insidious policy through the back door of a media cycle awash with immigration, Brexits and raving American 'politicians'. The truth needs to be in the light.

Three Privileges Women in STEM Enjoy

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Tech
Cassandra Lee Yieng

ScienceGrrl released a report on the cultural barriers faced by girls and young women pursuing STEM. While it's easy to nod while reading the points raised in it, I'd like to take on a more cheerful perspective on how to solve the underrepresentation of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Here are three advantages STEM-literate women have:

Science Research: Why Stealing Is Okay If You Are Being Robbed

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Tech
Adrienne Macartney

It would take a single mum, working a backshift in Asda for £6.70 an hour before tax, half a day's labour to access just one science article on a topic that interests her. As a researcher with free access, it often takes me 5-6 articles before I manage an informed opinion on a matter.

Making Big Differences for Women With HIV in Tanzania

Anthony Lunch | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK
Anthony Lunch

I think this is an impressive story and Hilda an inspirational woman. It is a reminder of why our programme is so powerful: how else could one help a widow and her four dependents to create a sustainable livelihood with such modest investment?