UK Education

A Glimmer of Hope on Children's Day

Gordon Brown | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK
Gordon Brown

Today, on Nigerian Children's Day, the girls will still be held in captivity - and their horror continues unabated. We still do not know whether they are being trafficked into slavery or have been abused as has happened to past hostages. And while the Nigerian government has sent more troops to Borno state to back up the 15,000 already on the search, and as satellite and aircraft surveillance has been stepped up, it will take a delicate operation to secure every child's safe homecoming. As we prepare to celebrate Children's Day in Nigeria, America and in many countries around the world, our thoughts are firmly focused on practical measures that can ensure the safe release of the girls and the end of the nightmare for their families.

Is It Time to Abandon UK Spelling?

Sandi Mann | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sandi Mann

It saddens me then, as a proud UK academic to say this, but it is probably time to abandon UK spelling and to adopt a standardised (sorry, standardized) format across the English-speaking world. UK English is set to go the way of Shakespearean English and continued resistance is probably futile.

How Can School Principals Avoid the Final Whistle?

Julie Booth | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Julie Booth

Little did David Moyes know a few short weeks ago that his time as manager of Manchester United would soon be up.

We Must Say What We Mean When Writing Post-2015 Global Education Goals

Kate Redman | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Kate Redman

Anyone working in communications will have a few tips to hand out for writing a compelling document. Writing must be clear and concise. With no space to waste, key messages should not be repetitive without good reason. They should be written in simple language and avoid ambiguity.

Do our Kids Need 'Proceptive' Advice?

Mairi Macleod | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mairi Macleod

Highly educated women do have a higher chance of not having a family. Childlessness is on the rise and has nearly doubled in the UK since the 90s, but given the extensive press coverage in recent times of high-profile or careerist women choosing to forego the child-rearing experience you could be forgiven for thinking that most of those without children are of the 'child-free by choice' variety.

We Must Shelve Our Hopes for Aid to Education From Australia

Manos Antoninis | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Manos Antoninis

The news that

Bring Back Our Nigerian School Girls

Manos Antoninis | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Manos Antoninis

Contrary to expectations, the introduction of the universal basic education law in Nigeria and the transfer of responsibility for delivering education to state and local governments exacerbated already huge disparities instead of reducing them.

Field Diary: Unicef School Bags, a Symbol of Hope in War-Torn Aleppo

Hamida R. Lasseko | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Hamida R. Lasseko

During my visit to the Unicef-supported Basic Education School for displaced grade one to four children at the Aleppo University I met a number of confident, upbeat children, not shy to ask tough questions... As a mother, I could not hold back my tears when a young girl got up and asked me: "When will this war end?"

French School of Shanghai: A Factory

William Tong | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK
William Tong

The French School of Shanghai (FSS) is an oddity amongst the heavily underdeveloped lands around. There is a a certain symbolism to its presence; in an almost erratic way, it stands tall, proud and most importantly: gated.

Could You Name More Than One Female Scientist?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

They've uncovered some of planet earth's mysteries and their discoveries have helped to shape the world we live in, but could you name a female scient...

One Month on, the World Must Stand Up for Education

Tanya Barron | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK
Tanya Barron

Malala Yousafzai's shooting and the Nigerian abduction are at the same, extreme end of a spectrum of belief which sadly exists across many parts of the world; a belief that girls shouldn't have the chance to learn.

The Dragon's Den: Reflections of a Third-Culture Child

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

As someone who confesses to be an international citizen, I cannot help but reflect on my origins while also meditating on certain cultural issues.

Emotional Mourners Say Final Farewell To Stabbed Teacher

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK

Mourners have paid an emotional farewell to the teacher who was stabbed to death in her classroom, describing her "passion" for her job. Hundreds o...

Syntax, Semantics, and Naked Emperors: Lessons Students Can Learn From an Academic Hoax

Amir Dastmalchian | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Amir Dastmalchian

Research students at the esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised a computer programme which automatically writes academic papers. ...

The Importance of Understanding Mental Health

Matt Clifton | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Clifton

Having depression myself, I know how it feels to feel isolated, alone and like nobody understands and sometimes this can feel like this case, however the good news is more people are coming forward to share their stories with Mental Health and this week, Mental Health Awareness Week has proved that, I have been ever so glad!

How Technology Is Creating Super-Teachers of the Future

John Friend | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Tech
John Friend

Great teachers can make such a difference to a youngster's education. They know their pupils intimately; they inspire and encourage them to learn and to enjoy learning. But even the best teachers hit limitations; there just aren't enough hours in the day to know everything about every pupil they teach. But technology is starting to change that. In the coming years, a lot of the legwork, and the burdensome aspects of teaching will be assisted by technology.

Hands Up If You Know About the National Pupil Database - Hands Down If You Don't

Adrian Thirkill | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Adrian Thirkill

Who'd have thought that data privacy was an issue in the 17th century? "I know where thou dwellest" proclaims the King James Bible. 400 years later, a...

Are The Coalition At War Over Free School Meals?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Politics

Education Secretary Michael Gove and Lib Dem schools minister David Laws have presented a united front in relation to free school meals. The introd...

The Kim Kardashian Shoe Change Challenge

Ash Halliburton | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ash Halliburton

She is now gracing front covers, has a child whose name is inspired by the points on a compass and is a product created and exploited by her own mother. I remember being so terrified introducing my first boyfriend to my parents, I am unsure when the (alleged) brokering of a deal regarding your daughter's sex tape became the norm.

Look Ma! I'm in Parliament

Ruby Wax | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

Last week I went to the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group on mindfulness in the Houses of Parliament. The panelists included professionals in criminal justice, mental health, education, journalism, politics, four school children and (get this) me...

Talking About Disability With Parents

Simon Stevens | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I have realised that it is very important that parents are supported to have the time to properly grieve for the 'perfect' child they were hoping for, because finding out your child has impairments is unexpected news however accepted and included disabled people may become.

Technology: The New Addiction?

Chris Jones | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

We can't deny that technology is a growing addiction, nor should we ignore it. But before we panic and take away young people's mobile phones, let's see how we can use technology to bring people together and create well-rounded future employees with social skills that extend far beyond social media.

Children - Not Galley Slaves

Hilary Wilce | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Politics
Hilary Wilce

How I hate the phrase "driving up standards". Every time I hear it, I see primary-age schoolchildren, bent low and sweating over heavy oars, struggling to propel the great ship of education towards some distant, hazy destination that their elders and betters have deemed they must aim for.

Happiness an Education

Robert Bradley | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Robert Bradley

The most interesting people I met were the children. Most were too busy having fun to notice or realise that they were in a place of learning, while others paid close attention but still enjoyed what was being taught. Perhaps it was due to the efforts of the Outstanding Ofsted rated school that realised this.

What Terrorists Can Teach Us About Education

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

This horrific action has shone a light on a fact we sometimes forget - education is the cornerstone of a society. While none of us know how this story is going to play out in Nigeria perhaps we can find a grain of relevance for ourselves.