UK Education

Can a greener school boost children's progress?

Julie Booth | Posted 21.05.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

Schools regularly hold assemblies to raise awareness of global environmental issues and plan lessons designed to teach children how we can all live gr...

Being Normal Has Never Appealed to Me

Simon Stevens | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK
Simon Stevens

During my 20s, I realised my speech impairment and drooling made me a 'freak', which I regard as a positive term, and therefore there was little point conforming if it was not helping me. This realisation gave me the freedom to try bibs, helmets, nappies, cups and other devices that could help me have a comfortable lifestyle, especially in an era when these were not as acceptable as today.

Why Are Politicians More Worried About Migration Than Education?

Mark Hillary | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

This is an enormous debate and affects countries far beyond the UK, but the recent UK election demonstrates clearly how the public are losing faith in a traditional approach to politics. Democracy can be difficult for most politicians to swallow, but if they don't listen to the people it's going to choke them all.

'Rigid' A-Levels And GCSEs Criticised By 'Exasperated' Eton Head

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Parents

England's exams system has come under criticism from the head of Eton. Tony Little said GCSEs and A-Levels are like an "egg timer", squeezing a wea...

Oxbridge System Failing Talented State School Pupils

James Gold | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Gold

"Education. Education. Education." This was the cornerstone of New Labour, a platform for unprecedented levels of social mobility, which helped prepare the way for Tony Blair's landslide victory in the 1997 general election. So why are we still in a situation where 83% of Oxbridge students are from only 400 elite schools? The answer is complex.

A Conservative Vision: No Teachers, No Money

Bansi Kara | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Bansi Kara

It takes a brave government to step in and deal with the burgeoning issue of teacher recruitment and challenges to education funding. I look at this Conservative government and I am not sure they are up to that task.

Special Needs in Mainstream? Does it Really Work?

Kate Shippey | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Parents
Kate Shippey

Unless a child follows the 'special education' path from birth and has a statement (or EHCP as it's now known) in place for the beginning of their educational journey, us parents have no choice other than to plunge our child into the mainstream school and cover our eyes, hoping for the best when we do it.

"Don't Rush Me, Mummy, Daddy"

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

My youngest daughter Georgina could not read properly until she was eight, and fortunately, she went to a school where she was not pressured to. So we took it nice and easy. Her father read to her every night, because though she could not read, she loved stories.

Why We Should Focus on Well-Rounded Young People - Not Exceptional Grades

Charlie Rigby | Posted 14.05.2016 | UK
Charlie Rigby

If we are to avoid further developing a production line of exam-passing robots then serious consideration must be given to a more balanced education experience. Yes, children should be pushed in the classroom, but they should also be pushed as hard outside of it.

Why We Are on the Brink of a Classroom Revolution

Dr Kevin Burden | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Kevin Burden

The days of classroom teaching are numbered. In its place a global classroom will develop, with students collaborating with experts anywhere in the world through mobile devices. School textbooks will be replaced by continually developing, interactive, multi-media online teaching aids.

Education for Tomorrow

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

Here's our dilemma - we have a child who is gifted (I hate the word) and who storms ahead, propelled by her curiosity of the world around her, her impatience at not knowing answers, and her desire to rule the world and see her name in lights.

Using Technology in Schools Should Be a Given?

Rachel Jones | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Tech
Rachel Jones

Many teachers qualified when 'using technology' meant rolling out a TV on wheels, or doing something truly exotic with PowerPoint. There is very little point banging on about teachers having twenty-first century skills, we should have been there 15 years ago.

Matters of the Mind - Speaking Out About Mental Health in Schools

Anna Hicks | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Hicks

Don't turn a blind eye to problems that need addressing. Children can suffer from mental health problems too, keep that in mind.

Want to Succeed in Exams? Learn How Not to Work

Stefan Rollnick | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan Rollnick

We like to think that stress during exam time is caused by the exams themselves; we see cause rather than correlation. But maybe if we take a step back and look at all the other things we find ourselves doing as a result of sitting at home 12 hours a day we can tackle the root of the problem.

Science Should NOT Be Perceived as a Man's World

Professor Dame Carol Robinson | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Tech
Professor Dame Carol Robinson

Many people think of a career science as being all about long hours in the lab, but there's a brilliant flexibility. The opportunities to present your research, to interact at conferences and to carry out collaborations across the world are tremendously exciting.

Kenya's Girls Deserve Better

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Charles Mwangi Waituru

Crossing the road to my office from lunch recently, a tiny girl ran after me and held my hand to ask for money. I told her that it is not right for children to beg. She looked at me sternly as if daring me to do anything about it. Looking over my shoulder I saw her young mother sitting by the roadside keenly watching, encouraging her.

Healthy Lives Mean Smarter Kids, Period

Hervé Verhoosel | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK
Hervé Verhoosel

Every year, the lives of 453,000 children under the age of 5 are taken globally due to malaria, and that number is magnified when looking at Africa, where a child dies every minute because of the disease. These figures shed light on the scale of the issue, but they don't tell the whole story.

Prioritising Education - A New Chance for the Children of Nepal

Sarah Brown | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK
Sarah Brown

We have an opportunity in Nepal to apply the best of what we have learned globally to be a partner saving lives and enabling the Nepali people to rebuild their country. The coordination of some of the greatest humanitarian and development leadership of our time will not only save lives, it can lead to increased resilience for the Nepali people. This will require that we leave 'business as usual' by prioritising and funding education in this response. And we should leave it behind permanently by creating a Global Humanitarian Fund for Education in Emergencies and increasing our ability to rapidly respond, coordinate and deliver education in ways that save lives now and for many years to come.

Tiger Mothers and Cultural Success

Melissa Benn | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Parents
Melissa Benn

Responding to a failing economy, rising parental stress about our children's economic futures and policymakers' obsession with the link between education and social mobility, reforms to our education system have reinforced a traditionalist approach to learning, and childhood.

For Once I Agree With Russell Brand, Young People Need to Vote Labour

Amelia-Rose Tighe | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia-Rose Tighe

Vote for a party which holds at its core a commitment to making the lives of the next generation better than the last.

Why Good Students Struggle to Get Jobs

Julian Tan | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Julian Tan

I recall memorising the timeline of human prehistory when I was twelve - Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic - from the fresh first pages of my history textbook. It was past midnight, and their quirky names numbed my tongue and befuddled my brain. Nevertheless, I forcibly committed them to memory, motivated by the promise that hard work at school will one day pay off...

Why We Need a Generation of Life Savers

Joe Willacy | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Willacy

Like parents and teachers, we want to give children the best start in life by giving every young person the chance to learn first aid. There is nothing worse than feeling helpless in an emergency and although we hope they'll never need to use these skills, Bethany's story proves that first aid knowledge can be a real lifeline.

Rethinking Careers Support for Young People

Anand Shukla | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anand Shukla

At first glance, the importance placed by all of the main parties on supporting apprenticeships, vocational training, careers advice and widening participation build on the commitments in the 2010 manifestos and are to be welcomed. We must though learn the lessons of the last five years, where the actual record is more mixed.

Music Is For Everyone

Lloyd Coleman | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lloyd Coleman

My parents reminded me that just because I was the only boy in the class who wore hearing aids, this didn't mean I wouldn't be able to do the same things as everyone else. For instance, detailed sheet music in small print was 'blown up' onto A3 sheets to make it easier to read...

Fears Growing of a New Labour Threat to Grammar Schools

Robert McCartney | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Robert McCartney

This week I have written to Ed Miliband, calling on him to guarantee the status of England's existing 164 grammar schools in the event he becomes Prime Minister. Why? Because a new poll conducted by ComRes has found four in ten (39 per cent) believe Labour will axe the remaining grammar schools if they win the election.