UK Education

Sinister New Case Shows Marriage McCarthyism Is Up and Running

Mike Judge | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Judge

The witch-hunt against people who dare to disagree with gay marriage is well underway, even though the legislation has yet to clear parliament. Put aside for a moment whether you agree or disagree with gay marriage, surely no sensible person wants this sort of 'marriage McCarthyism' in an open democratic society.

The Schools That Do Less to Help Poorer Children

Bob Morgan | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

If you are a child born into a poor family in the UK you are less likely to do well at school, less likely to do well in life and ultimately die at a younger age. This is grossly unfair but true for thousands of our young people.

'School Is a Building, Education Is Wherever I Am'

Holly Seddon | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Holly Seddon

When I was younger, people who were home educated - not that I knew any - were in the same bucket as those odd balls without a telly. Of course now my family barely watches any broadcast TV and we're far from alone. Similarly, I'm fully converted to the concept that home education is not the preserve of weirdos and the extremely religious.

Starting Your Own Business: Don't Fear Failure

James Eder | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK
James Eder

One of the biggest challenges for young people today is a fear of failure - they tend to be risk averse. Failure in the UK is frowned upon whereas in the USA it is far more widely accepted - for many investors a failure or two are known to add worldly experience and potentially make them a more likely investment as they will have learnt from their failures.

Gove's Stance on Exams Unfairly Hurts Any Students Who Don't Conform to His Standards

Jack Butler | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Butler

The problem with Gove's kind of thinking is that it is narrow-minded and places students into a system that is far too restrictive and compartmentalised. The assumption that examinations are always the fairest and most representative way of assessing a student's abilities at any one topic is laughable.

Lucy Sherriff

'Top Universities Are So Focused On Research They Neglect Teaching' Warns HE Expert.. | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Top universities are so focused on research they are neglecting teaching, while the UK's institutions are "suffering" due to lack of funds, a higher e...

Sex Education Should Cover the Sex Industry

Alice Rigby | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Rigby

Sex is often an instigating element of relationships and the pressure from peers to engage is outstanding. The psychological damage caused by the influence of sexual relationships founded without understanding their emotional implications can be monumental and, more importantly, can alter a teenager's interpretation of a healthy relationship forever.

Games for Change: Play as a Routemap to Understanding

Tomas Rawlings | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Tech
Tomas Rawlings

Games have this tendency to simplicity built within them. This is because when you write a game design you have to boil things down to an implementable set of rules that can be interacted with by the players and encoded with the game's system. As such you need to make a whole host of short-cuts, assumptions and abstractions.

Let's Get Our House in Order

Hazel Blears | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Politics
Hazel Blears

Internships offer a chance for a young person to demonstrate their ability and suitability to an employer over a set period of time, usually at least three months. They apply hoping that if they do well there could be a permanent job for them at the end of that period. But many of these internships are unpaid. It is estimated that 92% of arts internships and 76% of PR internships are unpaid... That is really damaging for people from less well off backgrounds when internships have become a pre-requisite for graduates looking to access some professions.

Michael Gove, Oliver Stone, And Why History Is Too Important to Be 'Untold'.

Shaun Varga | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Varga

Michael Gove is currently suggesting that British History should form at least 40% of the GCSE syllabus. And Oliver Stone thinks Americans need to learn more about their history (or at least, his version of their history, in 'The Untold history of the United States'). Both of them may have a point.

Responsible Business and Enterprise

HRH The Prince of Wales | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK
HRH The Prince of Wales

All of my efforts over the past forty years have been concerned essentially with one central principle - the well-being of the individual. Not the isolated individual. My emphasis has constantly been on the individual within community. People do not thrive without the support of a community so, in my view, if the hope is that people prosper, find happiness and feel that all important sense of satisfaction and belonging, then we have to maintain the fabric of community and not let it become threadbare.

What I Hope for My Daughter's Career

Karren Brady | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Karren Brady

I, like every parent, want my children to achieve more than I can imagine for them. It's why we need to ensure we send them into the working world with their eyes open and some experience under their belt.

'Get Trained Or Get Sacked'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education

More than 5,000 untrained teachers will be told they must gain a formal qualification or face the sack if Labour win the next general election. Unq...

Why Is Michael Gove Persecuting Pupils With Learning Disabilities?

Josh White | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Politics
Josh White

One in ten UK children has dyslexia, a disability which affects how one reads, counts, spells and organises thoughts. In an exam, this can play havoc with how one structures written answers, processes information, recalls from memory or, say, weighs up contributing or overlapping factors.

Can Universities Nurture a New Generation of Problem Solvers?

Green Futures | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Green Futures

By Kyla Mandel New technologies are revolutionising higher education, allowing learners across the world to collaborate on solutions to pressing issu...

How Schools and Employers Can Help Women Combat the 'Lost Decades'

Helen Fraser CBE | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Helen Fraser CBE

In education and in the early years of their careers, girls tend to do better than boys. And then what happens - why do there seem to be for so many women two 'lost decades' between thirty and fifty where they are overtaken by men?

Refusing to Pay More Money for Education

April Salchert | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
April Salchert

There was a time when the benefits of a college degree outweighed the financial sacrifices. "You can't put a price on education." But they have put a price on it, and quite frankly, the price is too damn high.

Ofsted's Report Is Laying the Groundwork for the Government's Next Assault on Public Education

Chris Keates | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

It is nothing short of scandalous that sweeping generalisations based on extrapolating data from 41 schools are being used to condemn standards in the other 4,500... This report is undoubtedly laying the groundwork for the Secretary of State's next assault on the public education system.

A School Has Banned What?!

PA | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Children at a primary school have been banned from wearing frilly socks in case they trip over. The ban at Kingsholm Primary School in Gloucester w...

Tents Further Than the Eye Can See

Nigel Chapman | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Some 280 kilometres North West from Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou lies Goudebo camp in the Sahel region, home to over 10,000 refugees who fled the conflict over the border in Mali last year.

Clever Pupils 'Let Down' By Secondary Schools' Low Expectations

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK

Tens of thousands of clever children are being let down by England's state secondary schools, inspectors have warned. A culture of low expectations...

The G8 Must Renew Its Commitment to Basic Education Worldwide

Pauline Rose | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

The United Kingdom, which is now the largest bilateral donor to basic education in sub-Saharan Africa, has shown admirable leadership in meeting aid commitments and making basic education a high priority. Having assumed the presidency of the G8 this year, we encourage the UK to ensure that other G8 countries follow its lead.

Nick Clegg's Announcement on Childcare Ratio Reforms Is Welcome, But Greater Challenges for the Sector Remain

Liz Bayram | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Politics
Liz Bayram

Childcare professionals and families across the UK breathed a sigh of relief last week following Nick Clegg's decision to block Government plans to increase childcare ratios... Yet whilst the announcement is positive news, there remains a great deal of sector concern around other proposed reforms, which are equally concerning.

Why Schools Can Be About More Than Just Academics

Lady Edwina Grosvenor | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK
Lady Edwina Grosvenor

My point is, if our schools are to remain more than institutions of academia, if we want them to remain the backbone of our communities and a moral compass as well as an educational one, then we need to open up our schools to the support and involvement of local communities and organizations looking to do just that.

HRH The Prince of Wales's Education and Young People film

Jeremy Newton | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jeremy Newton

A brand new film showcasing the valuable work of HRH The Prince of Wales's arts and education charities launched yesterday on Huffington Post UK. The...