UK Education

Time for Radical Change to the School Curriculum - Let's Hustle in the Age of the Entrepreneur

Margaret Casely-Hayford | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Margaret Casely-Hayford

I had the pleasure today of speaking with a young man, who had once been my intern, and who has since gone on to far bigger and better things. I was thrilled to find out from his progress update that he now has a wonderful position at JPMorgan, where he's clearly working hard and doing well.

Five Reasons the Rise of Multi-Academy Trusts Should Be Monitored Closely

Patrick Hayes | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Patrick Hayes

As Sir Carter claimed at the inquiry, "this is an embryonic and emerging form of structural leadership in the system and it's going to develop very quickly". It is of great importance to teachers, parents and the next generation alike that this rapidly emerging form of leadership is monitored closely.

Bath Book Bed... Then a Glass of Wine and Bliss!

Gemma Malley | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Malley

It's 8pm. You've had a long day. You want to sit down, want to eat something, probably have a glass of wine, decompress a bit. And instead you're on your knees, begging, coaxing and pleading with your toddler to get into bed, to stay there, to close their eyes, to please.... PLEASE go to sleep...

Love Breeds Love

Stacey Hirlam | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Parents
Stacey Hirlam

I am not usually one for writing about current news stories. However, every so often the real world sneaks up on me, smacks me right between the eyes...

Technology Transforms Education for Young Refugees

Andrew Dunnett | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Tech
Andrew Dunnett

When World Refugee Day was first introduced by the United Nations in 2000, it was a rare opportunity to raise awareness of the huge challenges facing refugees fleeing from violence, food insecurity and drought - a much needed opportunity to encourage the media to shine a light on the human stories behind the statistics.

In Defence of the Arts: The Value of Arts and Humanities Degrees

Lucy Moor | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Moor

With tuition fees at £9,000 a year and set to rise even further, the stakes are high, and a degree is becomingly increasingly viewed as a sales transaction, only worth obtaining if you'll do something economically 'useful' (read: science or technology-based) in the end. But, despite what Michael Gove and co might think, education is more than a commodity, and a chronic disregard for the merits of arts degrees could result in the steady erosion of our culture.

Home and (Sometimes School) are Where the Heart and Head Are

Nigel Rayment | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK
Nigel Rayment

The headline in the TES read, "Wilshaw calls for more mavericks to shake up an 'ordinary education system'" (26 May 2016). Well it's a shame the outgo...

Why Changing Your Fixed Ideas Is Important for You, Your Children and Everyone Else

Michael Carthy | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Carthy

Yes, it is a choice to stubbornly stick to an idea that you believe to be true even if those ideas have stopped serving their purpose. More often than not we refuse to budge, we refuse to even broach the subject - we will not change our mind and that is it. We might make a decision to believe something at ten years old and refuse to budge one inch, invariably taking that belief to our grave.

If You Care About Education, This Is How To Vote In The EU Referendum

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 19.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Education is one of Britain’s most prestigious policy areas and the effects of a potential Brexit have prompted real concerns. Britain is home of ma...

Early Intervention: What's Holding Us Back?

Emma Louise Pudge | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Louise Pudge

I am optimistic about what early intervention can achieve for people with eating disorders, but early intervention needs to take place earlier.

A Homecoming Through Time and Space

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

Forget the stereotype that Asian kids as shy and reserved. I was surprised myself at the level of enthusiastic participation from across the classroom: whilst I was expecting a few outgoing students to speak up for their friends, the majority of the cohort had raised a question, and even two or three at times.

The Future World of Work Is Changing - Are We Ready?

Chris Jones | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Chris Jones

We'll never be able to predict perfectly what the future workplace could look like. But the bottom line is, businesses and individuals need to be prepared so they are in a stronger position for whatever the new world holds.

Opening the Door to Social Mobility - Using Vocational Education as Its Lever

Mark Farrar | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Mark Farrar

Endless reports have referred to an imbalance in funding between higher education and vocational education and the traditional stigma that is associat...

This Is How Many Kids Missed Out On Their First Choice School

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Parents

Around one in six children in England have missed out on a place at their top choice of secondary school this year, government figures have shown. I...

Openness And Nudity Is The Best Way To Educate Kids About Sex, Report Claims

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Parents

Openness is key to teaching children about sex, relationships and body honesty, according to a report released by a society for British Naturists. Br...

How Our Hubs Are Making Literacy a Priority for the Whole Community

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

"It is only when you get close up to a community you see literacy leadership comes in different guises," Julia Cleverdon, the Chair of the National Li...

Travelling With Young Children: It's Not to Make Marvellous Memories‏

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Parents
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

Why do I choose to travel so much with my young children? I want to share this love for what is available and possible in the world. I want to see their already big and sparkly eyes widen at brickwork bridges to admire river views upon, to share in their choices as they salivate over fabulous flavours in a gelato parlour.

Four Reasons Why I Really Admire My Child's Teacher

Aimee Foster | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

We've all heard the accusations levelled at teachers. How dare they complain about their jobs when they have long holidays, finish work at 3pm and earn mega-bucks? From my friends who work as teachers, I know the reality to be somewhat different.

These Students Are Dreading Results Day After A Biology GCSE

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Friday’s final AQA Biology GCSE papers left some students dreading results day, if reaction on post-exam Twitter is anything to go by. The B2 and B3...

How EdTech Can Fill UK Classrooms With Global Maths Tutors

Patrick Hayes | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

Using a headset, and looking at exercises on the screen - from 270 set lessons - pupils never actually see the maths tutor. When the initiative first started, this was due to technical reasons, but Hooper has found that just hearing their voice helps to focus pupils: "students feel less self-conscious and are more happy to discuss and ask questions."

Is the Curriculum for Excellence Dumbing Down Scottish Education?

Jackie Kemp | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK
Jackie Kemp

A teacher friend is dismayed by the four "capacities" of the C forE. "Confident individuals, responsible citizens. It's what they should be anyway", he argues. "The democratic intellect means more than that. It means get smart, but don't flaunt it."

Educate a Girl, And #SheWill Change the World

Amy Agnew | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK
Amy Agnew

It's so easy to take an education for granted. An education isn't just about learning to read and write - an education opens an entire world of possibilities. It opens up your mind, it unlocks your imagination and it empowers you to make choices that determine your own path in life.

Get the Most Out of University - Study a Subject You Love

Karianne Robinson | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Karianne Robinson

Choosing a subject to study at degree level is the first big hurdle in the university application process. Being able to make a strong, confident decision at this stage can make the whole application process easier and prevent concerns from growing about whether or not you've made the right decision. Unfortunately, it's rarely an easy decision to make when there are so many different considerations to bear in mind.

Giving Young People a Clear Line of Sight to Work

Stephen Carrick-Davies | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK
Stephen Carrick-Davies

"What would Richard Branson change if he was the head teacher in this school?" This is a question I asked recently at a Facework employability train...

Five Reasons To Get Up-To-Speed With Progress 8 Now

Patrick Hayes | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK
Patrick Hayes

In October 2013, the Department for Education (DFE) announced a new accountability system would be implemented from 2016. As part of the change, schoo...