UK Education

The Rise of the Entrepreneur

Doug Richard | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK
Doug Richard

Entrepreneurs across the country are playing a vital role in driving the UK's economic recovery. Out of the mess caused by the worst financial crisis in living memory, Britain has found itself a new identity as the land of the startup.

Our Future in Safe Hands

Marilyn DiCara | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marilyn DiCara

I'd find myself grabbing a woollen jumper to combat the goose bumps inspired by talent shining through or when I recognised myself, some years ago, in these young people at the early stages of their careers. Talent in abundance. Ambition and drive overflowing. Desire to develop and grow. If ever there was evidence that young people are the antithesis of the lazy, lethargic stereotype in the media, this was it.

Work Experience Tips

Carina Maggar | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Carina Maggar

You only get a short amount of time to impress people during your experience as an intern. It's important that you make the best impact you can, before you're quickly replaced by a sharper, friendlier, more eager version of yourself. The doors of an office are constantly traffic-jammed with a rotation of students dying to make a good impression.

Exploring the Use of Snooker Game in Education - Part One

Yetunde Adediran | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Yetunde Adediran

Having seen pupils struggling to use different types of technology in the classroom, I was intrigued by what the Snooker gaming enables children to do.

Oxford: City of Dreaming Spires

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

It is an extraordinary day, when the reborn sunlight mercifully shone over this English town. When the constantly wet paths reunite with the plain warmth of care, the meadows and the soil tilt together... Dot, dot, dot.

"This Is the Leadership Britain Needs"; or Why We Picked the Right Miliband

Mags Waterhouse | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Politics
Mags Waterhouse

Does anyone seriously think David Miliband would have been as bold and creative in his direction of travel for the party? Come off it. Triangulation and the old arts of the Blairite dinosaurs are no longer relevant for shaping a Labour government of the future. Times have changed.

It's Never Too Late to Start Up

Doug Richard | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK
Doug Richard

You absolutely can teach an old dog new tricks. Anything to the contrary is nonsense. There'll always be those who point to age as a reason not to try something new, but this is terrible advice. When the entrepreneurial bug bites, age should be no barrier.

Only a Yes Vote Can Preserve Scotland's "Right to Offer Free Education"

Professor Joe Goldblatt | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Politics
Professor Joe Goldblatt

Scotland has nearly 250,000 students enrolled in further and higher education. These students currently, and according to the current government policy, will receive free tuition throughout their lives.

How Do We Inspire More Girls to be Engineers and First Women of the Future?

Dawn Elson | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK
Dawn Elson

Is it that the prospect of a career in engineering simply isn't appealing to girls? Or maybe the failing is earlier than that and the girls don't select the vital STEM subjects at GCSE or A level and then are not able to go on to read engineering at university?

When Did Feminism Become a Bad Thing?

Daisy Lindlar | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Lindlar

A common misperception of feminism is that it is about women being better than men, about giving us the highest status in society. This is absolutely untrue. I do not believe women are the superior sex, and you'd be hard pushed to find a feminist who does believe this. What we want is equality.

Education Is the Key to Changing Russia

James Wharton | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
James Wharton

We do need to tell President Putin and those horrendous vigilante gangs who hunt down gay men and women on the streets of Russia that what they are doing is vehemently wrong; and we do need to be explicit in singling this European country out over its human rights reputation, but we must allow time and the opportunity for education.

BNP Teacher Loses Legal Battle With Michael Gove

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK

A teacher who is an activist with the British National Party has lost his legal challenge against Michael Gove and regulatory body after he was struck...

A Leg Up The Ladder: How Online Mentoring Can Boost Social Mobility

Dr Tessa Stone | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Tessa Stone

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The Building Blocks of Character - Should Schools Be the Builder?

Xavier Bosch | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Xavier Bosch

Having worked in this area for many years, it is clear to me that a large part of the benefit of school attendance is what you learn outside the classroom, and the interactions with your peers, teachers and other staff. For some children, it could be the first time they interact with an adult beyond their immediate family.

Teach First Then Teach Forever

Oliver Beach | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Beach

Six episodes later, 16 months into teaching and although I'm still exhausted, I'm perpetually rewarded by the incredible students that I'm fortunate enough to teach and learn from. There are moments where students tell me to "go write a song about it in the bathroom", but on the whole, I'm happily rebranded as the Marilyn Gandhi-loving, red chino-donning, Inbetweener-impersonating, over-zealous, Scottish, eccentric teacher.

The Arts Empower the Young, So Why Are the Arts in Education Not Available for All?

John Nickson | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
John Nickson

Michael Gove, Education Secretary, is determined to raise academic standards and few would argue against that. However, schools are under pressure to become autonomous, to set their own curriculums and budgets and to move away from local authority control and there is an argument that this policy together with a greater focus on narrow performance measures and less money is undermining the arts in education.

Business Leaders: It's Up to Us to Help Find More Great STEM Teachers

Paul Drechsler | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Paul Drechsler

As a business leader I have been convinced for many years that the most important strategic priority for the nation is the education of its young people. I passionately believe that business has a duty, a responsibility and a great opportunity to support our schools and to help more young people to succeed.

Educating Each Other

Ben Nicholls | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Ben Nicholls

Since graduating, I have followed my parents in working exclusively within state education, although unlike them I don't do the really difficult and important job of teaching. Every day I believe more and more (and from a high start-point) in the tremendous value of what the college I work at does, and of the wider system.

Safer Internet Day 2014 - Making the Internet Better, Together

Adrian Thirkill | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Tech
Adrian Thirkill

We know that the Internet has a darker side and we need to know what to do if we come across it. This is where the Internet Watch Foundation steps in. As a business, we are a founder member of the Internet Watch Foundation, which has been working tirelessly for almost twenty years to minimise the availability of online abusive content.

WTF Is School Doing to Your Children?

Chris Ward | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Ward

How many of these questions about your children's schooling can you actually answer positively to? Is the current education system robbing you, your children and the world, of a generation of rounded, sociable, caring, intelligent, grown-ups?

Britain Is the Best Country for Disabled People

Simon Stevens | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

We must never accept the status quo and always campaign for better things, but at the same time, we should be proud of Britain as I do believe it is overall the best country to live in if you are a disabled person.

It's Stupid to Think You're Too Clever for Apprenticeships

Chris Jones | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

The bottom line is, vocational education which is stretching, rigorous and based on employers' needs is extremely valuable. I know that. Employers know that. Let's get the message out there.

Mr Gove Needs a Positive, Not Punitive, Perception of 'School Service'

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Livingstone

So Mr Gove, I hope I have been able to show you that 'school service', as a positive force rather than the punitive one you alluded to, has the potential to help pupils so much more than picking up litter.

Pile Them High: The Easyjet Approach to Childcare

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

If we care about our children and future generations, we must reverse the idea that children can be squeezed into somewhere on the basis of available space, cost cutting and political expediency. We are judged as a society by the care we give out children. Future generations will not thank us for failing on our duty to our youngest citizens.

What Makes a Homophobe? Ireland's Debate Goes Global

Peter McGuire | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
Peter McGuire

Those who devote their energies to stopping same-sex marriage may very well be motivated by a genuine, albeit misplaced, fear over child welfare. If child welfare really is such a concern, perhaps they should review the evidence and direct just a fraction of their energy towards creating a more equal society...