UK Education

The Value of Education Is Power of Knowledge, Not Grades

Tasha Okeke | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Okeke

We should aim to inspire to this generation to attend school to not aim to achieve a certain grade so they can fulfil their materialistic desires, but to fill their mind with knowledge and capability to be able to change the world.

The Danger in Copying China's Classrooms

Chris Jones | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

While I believe that there is much to learn from other countries, I have to ask if the Chinese system is right for us. After all, the UK is very different from China and has vastly different needs.

Clampdown on Free Speech in Russia Might Be Temporary

Marina Kim | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK
Marina Kim

When the fuss about Crimea dies down, the grip on the freedom of speech must lessen, and the self-imposed iron curtain must go up. I might be in the minority but I am optimistic that it is going to happen.

'Barroco Barner' Gaffe - Another Disguised Excuse to Laugh at Women?

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Hotston Moore

For many of us it has been dispiriting to read the reports and analysis, weighty and otherwise, let alone to have the meanderings of a 20-year-old receptionist making no claims to intellectual weight held as somehow totemic of education or, implicitly, women.

Teaching Needs to Be a Career as Well as a Calling

Ben Nicholls | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Nicholls

"Oh, God, not another one!" shrieked my friend, draining her drink in what should probably have been two gulps. I'd just told her, very tentatively, that whilst I hadn't considered teaching seriously as a career when I was younger, I can now see its appeal...

Will We Ever Repay Our Student Loans?

Imogen Groome | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

The rise in interest rates and the disappearance of the 30-year cap on loan repayments mean that graduates could be in debt until they retire. This move could deter students from applying to University, making the motive of increasing tuition fees to improve standards useless.

Is Alcohol at Primary School Discos a Bar Too Far?

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Bannigan

She told me that it was their usual habit to include a licensed bar at the 'family disco' and that she had not received any other negative feedback about it. Bottom line...I was wrong and had been put firmly in my place.

Should We Control Private Sector Investment in Education?

Joel Nicholson | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK
Joel Nicholson

Bill Gates fundamentally believes that - despite the switch from "blackboard to whiteboard" - not much has changed in education. His Foundation has supported some outstanding new projects and is a leading force in the movement towards educational reform. But the best is yet to come...

Connecting People to Their Past

Richard Gibby | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK
Richard Gibby

People are increasingly interested in exploring their roots: where they come from, stories from their family history, who they are related to, what their place in the world is. But would you know how to research your past, if you wanted to? Would you know where to turn online, other than Google, or an online genealogy website?

University Is Now an Ethical Question

Brian John Spencer | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Brian John Spencer

Is it ethical to let a young person go to university in the full knowledge that a degree will serve then with no hope of employment? Is it ethical to supply a student with skills and information that have no relevance to the world of work? Is it ethical let a young person to exchange their money and time for a degree that is materially worthless?

We Need to Care About Children in Care

Adam Afriyie | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

One in four people in Britain will experience a mental health problem during their lifetime. But while so many people brave these painful experiences, they remain one of the most difficult things to talk about in public...

Funding a Future Generation: Where No Child Is Left Behind

Kat Pugh | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK
Kat Pugh

This week I attended the Commonwealth Observance Day service, where I was privileged to hear from Lord Coe, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Malala Yousafzai. The theme of the event centred around team as the Commonwealth builds up to the 2014 games.

Unlocking the Potential of Britain's Young People

Martina Milburn | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK
Martina Milburn

The key to starting to unlock a young person's potential really can be as simple as treating them as such - not succumbing to stereotypes and really listening to them. It may sound obvious but it is a large part of the reason why three in four young people supported by The Trust move into work, education or training.

Mandela: A Euphemism for Hope, Equality and Freedom

Claire Seah | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Seah

Names often trigger certain ideas in people's minds. Personally, Mandela is a euphemism for hope, equality and freedom.

Realise Your Career Potential With an Apprenticeship

Steve Goldthorpe | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Steve Goldthorpe

With National Apprenticeship Week in full swing last week, and since youth unemployment remains at 20%, it's more important than ever that we do everything we can to help young people into work. I'm an example of how an apprenticeship can give you a job for life after joining British Gas as an apprentice 34 years ago, back in 1980, and now I run our six training academies across the UK training the engineers of tomorrow.

Your Future, Your Ambition

Jenny Garrett | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Garrett

The iniative is the latest London-wide project receiving her focused attention. Yvonne is part of the event organising team under the leadership of Tunde Akintokin of Cisco Systems enlisting the support of at least 20 main corporate organisations to help shape the hearts and minds of society's future leaders...

The Forgotten Education of a Holiday

Kitiara Pascoe | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kitiara Pascoe

Nothing gets people talking more than the subject of children and parenthood however, one angle really got my attention. Jenny Willott, the consumer affairs minister, said holidays 'should not be at the expense of a child's education,' going on to mention the possible negative impact of missing school.

Wordsmiths and Warriors the Book Every English-Language Tourist Needs

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Annie Martirosyan

No less valuable are the helpful directions at the end of each chapter on how to get to the places by the most convenient and time-saving route.

Free School Meal Plan 'Ludicrous', Says Head

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK

Critics of the Government's plan to offer free school meals to every five to seven-year-old have questioned the official advice to help head teachers ...

The School Holidays Parent Trap - Parliament's Debate

Travelzoo UK | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Travelzoo UK

Ultimately we want to end the Parent Trap, or at least make holidays a little more affordable, so more families can spend valuable time off together. We will be continuing with our campaign and would urge people to support our petition.

Let's Make Education a Reality for Every Girl and Woman

Pauline Rose | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK
Pauline Rose

One of the rewards of helping to track global education over the past decade has been watching progress in getting more girls into school. But as we mark International Women's Day, I'm more conscious than ever that the glass is still not even half full: 31 million girls have never set foot inside a classroom, and half of them are unlikely ever to do so.

Education Reform - Why It's Time to Abolish Dictatorial, Oppressive Ofsted

Natalie Bennett | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

General revolt against Ofsted is growing, with schools around the country (and their communities) saying that its processes are not fair or reasonable, its criteria arbitrary, and its inspections incredibly stressful and destructive.

Five Things You Can Do to Make a Difference on International Women's Day

Cherie Blair | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cherie Blair

There are a huge number of activities going on around the world to improve the situation for women, and there are places where men are working with women to achieve this. There's no doubt that this movement is gaining momentum and makes nonsense of the idea that men cannot see women as equals. It's an outdated way of thinking, and increasingly governments, businesses, communities and families are all coming to recognise the positive benefits to be had when women and men are working together and treating each other as equal partners. Of the numerous ways to change women's lives for the better, I've picked out five things that you can do to help make that change today:

World's Longest Lecture Ever Is FIVE Days Long - And It Hasn't Finished Yet

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

If you thought your university lectures were a drag, try sitting through this one - lasting a world record breaking five days straight and counting. T...

Ofsted: Who Inspects the Inspectors?

Tony Mckenna | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tony Mckenna

From the moment you attend that first job interview, you can often find yourself participating in an elaborate and bizarre form of performance art. 'Why do you want the job?' - they ask. For most people, the answer is relatively simple - 'because I have bills to pay, kids to feed, etc...'