UK Education

Teachers Fighting to Deliver Pupils' Rights

Chris Keates | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK
Chris Keates

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01HRS FRIDAY 25 MARCH Teachers and school leaders from across the country will be gathering in Birmingham over...

Prevent Strategy 'Is Being Used To Target Young Muslims'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK

Teachers are to debate whether schools' involvement in the Government's flagship counter-terrorism strategy should be scrapped amid fears it is leadin...

Extra Exams For Teenagers And Other Announcements The Government Tried To 'Sneak Out' Before Easter

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Politics

With David Cameron off on his holidays, you would be forgiven for thinking Government was winding down for Easter. But today, 26 Written Ministerial S...

Why I Left Teaching

Emma Critchley | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Critchley

I was good at my job but I was failing my family. The birth of my second daughter made me realise that I couldn't continue as a teacher. I was one of the many teachers leaving the profession but this wasn't for the reasons the media would have you believe.

Why I'm Rallying With Teaching Unions Against Tory Education Reforms

Lucy Powell | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Politics
Lucy Powell

Today I'm joining parents and teachers across the country, alongside the ATL and NUT, to rally against unnecessary and unwanted changes to our schools system announced last week. The Tory Government's plans to force all schools to become academies is a top-down, costly reorganisation of our schools, which nobody wants and schools don't need. The anger from parents and teachers against these plans has been swift and palpable.

A Quiet Budget for FE - With Further Change on the Horizon

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

After recent years during in which budget announcements have seen some fairly brutal cuts take their toll on Further Education, it was something of a relief for the sector to emerge from Mr Osborne's speech to Parliament last week relatively unscathed on this occasion.

Dads Urged to Get More Involved in Their Children's Story Time to Give Boys a Boost

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents
Jonathan Douglas

For many families story time is a highlight of the day. Sitting together for as little as ten minutes to read books and sing nursery rhymes is enjoyable for parents and is crucial for developing children's literacy skills.

Voting With My Feet (An Open Letter to Nicky Morgan)

Catherine Mann | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Politics
Catherine Mann

Please stop and think. Please listen. Not everyone who is complaining about the direction of education policy in this country is a refusenik who fails to see any benefits in your proposed changes. I think encouraging entrepreneurialism in schools is a good idea. Helping them capitalise on their assets in a sustainable manner makes sense. But education cannot and must never be turned into an entirely free market.

Reasons to Be Cheerful About UK Education Following the Budget

Patrick Hayes | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Politics
Patrick Hayes

A poll of over 4,000 teachers published in the Guardian makes for some sobering reading. In England, apparently 43 per cent of state-school teachers p...

Sexual Violence - the Rite of Passage for Young Girls in the 21st Century?

Esther De La Ford | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Esther De La Ford

When you're a teenager and trying to fit in 'feminism' is almost like a dirty word, so if you're radical you label yourself a 'humanist' because while you don't really understand what feminism means, judging by the reaction of your peers it's not 'cool' and it certainly isn't sexy. Now at 21 years of age I couldn't find one female friend or family member who doesn't label themselves as a feminist, and most of the women in my life have been on the receiving end of some kind of sexual violence at one point or another.

Why We Need to Teach Entrepreneurship in Schools Now

Margaret Casely-Hayford | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Margaret Casely-Hayford

The spirit of entrepreneurship is already evident in the way young people interact with technology; and in the way they communicate, create music, art, and interchange experiences. We just need to find a way of harnessing it.

EU and Higher Education

Professor Anne Carlisle | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Politics
Professor Anne Carlisle

In four month's time, we will be faced with one of the most important choices of a generation. The arguments are complex and diverse, but for those of us who are passionate about Higher Education, the choice is simple.

Separate PE Classes for Fat Kids is Not the Answer

Angela Meadows | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Meadows

The idea of school PE should be to not only to force children to 'endure' the classes until they're old enough to give them up for good. The ultimate goal should be foster a good relationship with physical activity that sets the children up for a future in which an active lifestyle plays a part.

It Is Time to Stand Up for Parents

Ed Mayo | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Politics
Ed Mayo

Having school parents on boards was an innovation introduced by Margaret Thatcher in 1980. She took school milk away. But she supported school parents as governors. I think she would still support them today.

The Importance of Investing in Girls' Education Seems to Have Dawned, at Long Last, on the International Community

Sarah Brown | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK
Sarah Brown

80million children had their education affected by conflicts and natural disasters in 2015. Girls are particularly disadvantaged being 2.5 times more likely to be out of school than boys in countries affected by conflict. Alas, the devastating news does not stop there: the situation is getting worse instead of better due to increasingly dangerous geopolitics around the globe. We need to act urgently to ensure that girls are protected and don't become the immediate casualties each time a new crisis unfolds.

World Happiness Report 2016 Update - Five Key Implications for Education

Frederika Roberts | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Politics
Frederika Roberts

Four days before International Day of Happiness, the World Happiness Report 2016 Update has been issued, analysing answers from approximately 3,000 re...

Apprenticeship Is Still a Dirty Word - And Here's Why It Shouldn't Be

Ryan Thorley | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ryan Thorley

When I was at college, like a lot of people, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I had always performed well at school; I was thrilled to achieve an A and two B grades in my A levels and I loved studying History, Business Studies and ICT. But what next?

Budget 2016: Four Ways the Schools Spending Spree Could Have Helped the Poorest Children

Helen Barnard | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Politics
Helen Barnard

Did the Chancellor invest in improving our children's prospects in yesterday's Budget? Kind of. He certainly invested. Over four years he is spending £640 million on turning all schools into academies and moving to a new funding formula, £690 million on longer school days, £490 million on school sports and £80 million to improve attainment in Northern schools. Sadly, the chances of this windfall actually improving education, especially for children from low income backgrounds, is uncertain at best.

Arts For All - Arts Emergency and It's Reason for Being

Luke Chandley | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Chandley

Arts Emergency, a charity of which I donate to monthly, is an organisation of volunteers, contacts and thinkers who believe - correctly - that there should be no barriers put in the way of people who want to study or work in art and humanity related subjects.

The Forced Conversion of Schools to Academies Will Cause Big Problems

Simon Sapper | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

Here's the problem. The government's plans are, in reality, a straight transfer of resources and responsibility. These move away from local authorities, and the democratic control that they are subject to, in favour, ultimately, of private organisations who are not accountable in anything like the same way. And who must as a reason to continue to exist, turn in a profit.

Parents React To Plan To Extend School Day: 'Children Need Down Time'

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Parents

Parents have shared their views on George Osborne's plan to keep secondary school pupils in school after 3.30pm and to convert every school in England...

What Happens When You Quit Your Job and Take Kids Out of the Classroom and Down to the Beach to Learn?

Dan Flanagan | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Parents
Dan Flanagan

The trip location, the beach. So here's the question, did I want to hangout with a load of 3 & 4 year old and go have a rampage on the seaside? Well not rampage as such but help take the school to the beach. I was right, where do I sign?

Next School Trip, The Moon?

Julie Booth | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

Long gone are the days of chalk and talk, when schoolchildren sat in rows and the teacher would stand in front of a blackboard and deliver knowledge. ...

Syria, Five Years On: Building Peace in the Midst of War

Harriet Lamb | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Today, 15 March, marks five years since the absolutely brutal civil war erupted, leaving Syria a broken and divided country. The figures are shocking: Some 6.6 million people are internally displaced within Syria, and 4.6million have fled, mostly living in neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon or Jordan.

The Importance of Interpersonal Skills in Today's Workplace

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

These three messages - recognising people as individuals (rather than positions or functions), trying to understand them (instead of judging them) and separating the personal from the professional - are very much worth bearing in mind if you are seeking success in your career.