UK Education

Results Day: Qualifications vs Life Experience

James Caan CBE | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK
James Caan CBE

Lots of people I meet automatically assume that employers would veto any candidate who has no degree or generally doesn't perform well academically. However, this isn't always the case. I, and most other employees, look for something more than just an impressive CV. We want a candidate to tell us when they have applied learnings to real life experiences.

Can We Talk About Sex Education Please?

Harry Nicholas Taylor | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Nicholas Taylor

I'd like to see a change in sex education, the sooner the better. Sex education needs to provide a more intimate and truthful depiction of sex for LGBTI+ people. The dangers of sex of course, need to be addressed but we also need to turn our heads to the enjoyment of sex and consent. At the moment, there is a lack of understanding and it is dangerous.

What is Archaeology and Anthropology to Our Young People?

Theo Davies-Lewis | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Theo Davies-Lewis

Schools should be encouraged to visit sites of significant historical meaning more than they are now. Archaeology and anthropology studies can be conducted in the deepest Mayan forests of South America, the desert towns of the Middle East, but it can be even more fascinating to our youngsters if it is right on their doorstep - as I have found in Llanelli.

The Tories Are Rigidly Sticking to Their Belief That Mass Academisation Will Solve the Nation's Educational Ills

Fiona Millar | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Politics
Fiona Millar

The government would be wise to remember that most parents want good local schools, with good teaching, behavior and leadership, a safe well functioning environment and a curriculum in which every child can flourish and realize his or her talents.

Curriculum Crisis in Taiwan Highlights Country's Generational Divides Once More

David Spencer | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK
David Spencer

It is just a couple of weeks ago that Taiwan was making news around the world for all the right reasons after both the major political parties, the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) nominated female candidates for next year's Presidential elections.

How Does FE Fit in With Government Skills Plans?

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

The government's plans for improving skills in Britain are ambitious and wide-ranging. The Chancellor's briefing document, "Fixing the foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation," explains in a little over eighty pages how this is to be done.

'The Danish Way of Parenting: A Guide to Raising the Happiest Kids in the World' by Jessica Alexander and Iben Sandahl, a Review

Matthew Hirtes | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Parents
Matthew Hirtes

The Danes have a very common-sense approach to educating their children at home. And Alexander and Sandahl advocate unstructured free time. In other countries, there's a pressure on parents to fill their children's time with after-school activities, whether it be in a sports club or something more musical.

Are Exam Results the 'B' All and End All?

BritChick Paris | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

I couldn't see that exam success is not all defining. Resilience and how you handle life's knockbacks is, of course, far more important. That C was a warning sign that I never listened to, because if C stood confidence, that was a subject that I definitely had not mastered!

Chinese School? No Thanks!

Frederika Roberts | Posted 07.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Frederika Roberts

Learning by rote does not foster innovative thinking, questioning the status quo, changing the world. It teaches children to be excellent at passing exams that were designed to test their ability to regurgitate facts. This is not knowledge, or intelligence, or analytical thinking.

Why the West Wants to Invest in Education in the UAE

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 06.08.2016 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

Having the seventh largest oil-reserves in the world, UAE was guided into its quintessential element by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan - ...

How Is Your Child Spending the Summer Holidays?

Julie Booth | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

Every child is unique. One might thrive on a mix and match of summer learning clubs and structured activities, while another could benefit more from just kicking back and relaxing or enjoying some extra down time with family. The challenge for parents is to get the balance right.

Cries Of Censorship As Play Tackling Attitudes Towards Isis Is Cancelled

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK

A play examining the motives of young Britons who become radicalised by the so-called Islamic State (IS) has been cancelled without warning, leading t...

Thank You Cambridge, But I'm Not Sorry

Joe Goodman | Posted 31.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Goodman

One thing that's important to say is how grateful I am to Cambridge. My time at University has done wonders for me that I am endlessly grateful for: the education I received has without a shadow of a doubt completely changed my life, and many things I learnt from people I met and experiences I had while at University have had an intractable impact on my being.

The #IfAnythingSchoolTaughtMe Hashtag Is Brilliant

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

If there's anything that school taught us, it's that school teaches you a lot of mathematic equations that you'll have no use for in your life. Of...

School's Out and Not Just for Summer

Claire Stoneman | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Stoneman

Homophobia and transphobia kills. LGBT young people are two to three times more likely to commit suicide than their straight peers. They are also more likely to self-harm and suffer from depression

Exclusion Is a Necessary Tool - But Schools Are Handling Behaviour Better Than Ever Before

Nick Gibb | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Gibb

The new freedoms and greater clarity over exclusions given to head teachers is having a positive impact on behaviour. I am hugely encouraged by what schools have achieved - but parents know we cannot be complacent until all children are being taught in safe, calm and studious classrooms.

Shooting Themselves in the Foot: The Long-Term Damaging Effects of the Government's Continuous Reluctance to Make PSHE Compulsory

Olive Barton | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Olive Barton

Having shot themselves in the foot by cutting funding across the board for essential support and educational services, the clock is ticking before the damage will become permanent for the government and for the children who weren't empowered by invaluable information that could've empowered them.

Magic Beans

Laura McCartan | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Laura McCartan

We were sitting inside the staffroom of a school about twenty minutes away from the Rosie May Home. Spending my mornings here, I had been preparing th...

Extremism and the Battle Against Ignorance and Misinformation

Nasser D. Khalili | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Nasser D. Khalili

The collective despair and anger at the lives snatched away by terrorism, most recently witnessed in the horror of Tunisia, France and Kuwait, continue to remind us how a perverse ideology is polluting the minds of people in our communities.

How Confiding In a New Friend Sparked a Grassroots Campaign For Change

Jordan Daly | Posted 24.07.2016 | UK
Jordan Daly

Whilst we are campaigning in Scotland, we hope that we can spark enough debate and awareness that this issue can trickle down throughout the rest of the UK. We hope that others can see this campaign, and feel confident enough to kickstart their own. The time to get serious is now - if we allow another generation of LGBT youth to feel marginalised, isolated and excommunicated within their own schools - then we, as a society, have failed.

Labour's Complacency Cost Them the Student Vote

Gareth Evans | Posted 24.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Gareth Evans

Following Labour's resounding election defeat, much has been said about the party's need to regain key voter demographics if the outcome of 2020 is to...

Christians Shouldn't Put Self-Interest Above Britain's Need to Better Integrate

Stephen Evans | Posted 24.07.2016 | UK
Stephen Evans

Both the Anglican and Catholic Churches have long been able to use publicly funded schools to inculcate children into their religious traditions. Their reluctance to let go of that privilege is understandable. But for the sake of young people's future, people of all faiths should accept that faith-based education isn't in Britain's best interest.

Why Symbols Matter: The Case for the Rhodes Must Fall Movement in Oxford

Max Harris | Posted 24.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Max Harris

Symbols matter. They matter to individuals and they matter to collectives, including nations. And symbols can matter positively or negatively.

Confused By the Mysterious World of Children's Digital Books?

Dr Natalia Kucirkova | Posted 24.07.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Natalia Kucirkova

A body of research concerned with e-books on laptops and PCs shows that high quality e-books can support children's vocabulary, story comprehension and word reading. However, e-books and digital books on tablets with many hotspots and multimedia features which do not correspond to the narrative can diminish children's story comprehension and vocabulary.

Universities Really Want Britain To Stay In The EU

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK

University chiefs are set to back Britain's membership of the European Union ahead of the in-out referendum. Academics will insist that EU membersh...