UK Education

Why I Want to Rip up my Child's Reading Journal

Claire Potter | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Parents
Claire Potter

A friend told me that at her child's school, if children don't complete their reading journal, they are made to stay in at playtime! Using reading as a punishment is likely to build up a positive association with books as quickly as if you'd bashed them over the head with one.

Choosing a Secondary School: Do You Have a Choice?

Stephanie Ashby | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Parents
Stephanie Ashby

October: Autumn leaves, pumpkins, and applying for secondary school places. Which school will you choose for your year 6 son or daughter? Do you really have much choice at all? And will it really matter anyway in the long-run?

Corbyn's Wrong When It Comes to Education

Charlie Rigby | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Politics
Charlie Rigby

Of course we want young people to make the most of their lives through a well-rounded education, but under Corbyn's plan I worry this will not be the case. Instead, if a National Education Service is implemented, the reality is society will be going at the speed of the slowest, and this is in nobody's interest.

Gender Equality - It Can't Yet Be Counted But It Most Certainly Counts

Aaron Benavot | Posted 15.10.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

This week, we launched the 2015 EFA GMR Gender Summary in time for International Day of the Girl Child. As we noted in a previous blog this week, it s...

Don't Be Gender Blind - Take a Moment to Understand Gender Gaps in Education

Kate Redman | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK
Kate Redman

It may surprise many that, in global terms, girls make up just 52% of out of primary school age children. At the secondary level there are actually fe...

Girls Continue to Draw the Short Straw

Aaron Benavot | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

This week we launched the Gender Summary from the GMR 2015. It shows, yet again, the extent to which girls face the greatest challenges in accessing b...

Should Hackerspaces Replace Libraries?

James Coe | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Tech
James Coe

The value of hackerspaces is that they, like traditonal libraries, democratise educational tools. Developing an app or editing a video at home requires hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds worth of investment. This is an obvious hurdle for many people looking to innovate.

Until We Teach Mental Health in Schools Stigma Will Always Exist

Jake Mills | Posted 09.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jake Mills

If we really want to reduce the stigma and allow people to reach out and seek help, then we simply have to be teaching people about what mental illness is and introduce compulsory mental health education in schools.

It's Time to Get Students Out of the Pressure-Cooker Classrooms Created by League Tables and Ofsted

Charlie Rigby | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Rigby

New research this week revealed that rising numbers of university students are struggling to cope with life at university, with sharp rises in the demand for counselling. This is a worrying find and an issue which from my experience must be tackled much earlier in the education process.

Unleashing the Potential of Brazil's Children

One Young World | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK
One Young World

Giselle Oliveira is a One Young World Ambassador running the impactful Eyes of the Street / Olhares da rua project that is tackling child poverty in B...

What Can You Take From Teenage Cancer?

Ellie Philpotts | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Philpotts

I never expected to become a cancer patient, not least in my teens. Then again, I don't think anyone does. But somehow, like the approximately 2,300 annual others, in 2011 I found myself well and truly within this category.

Could You Teach a Class of 100?

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

At VSO, we recognise that technology is no magic bullet solution but can empower teachers to deliver their lessons effectively. Unlocking Talent is part of a broad strategy for improving education in Malawi that is also increasing the number of teachers trained in using child-centred teaching methods.

What Is the Purpose of Education?

Frederika Roberts | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Politics
Frederika Roberts

What do you think the purpose of education is? If you agree things need to change, what will you do about it? Whether you're a headteacher or a class teacher, at any stage of education, whether you're a parent, or a pupil, you have the power to make a difference in the small daily deliberate actions you take.

Is the Education System Too Focused on Grades Rather Than Self Development and Discovery?

Maria Keogh | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Maria Keogh

Less focus should be put on grades, but rather, recognising, acknowledging, and developing the students innate abilities, with a view to encouraging them to make a meaningful contribution to society. Any less than this, would be to do a disservice to our youth, our most precious asset.

Do Not Fear the Oxbridge Admissions System

Jacob Lewis | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Lewis

If I can do it, almost anyone else can...

The Durham Union Society Problem

Kat Hind | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Hind

I may be pessimistic, I may be wrong but the Durham Union Society should be shamed for what has happened. They must reflect on their past decisions and reconsider their future ones if they to be viewed as a respected debating society and not as group who wish merely to offend. If change is not met then perhaps it is time for a new way of running the society, perhaps we cannot trust a President to run it in an acceptable manner on the members' behalf.

Help! What Are Phonics? A Confused Parent's Guide

Isabelle Lee | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

Being a linguist, a primary school teacher, and a parent who taught my children to read, here is my breakdown for you, explaining why they are worth the effort, and why your child may become a better reader and speller because of them.

It's Time to Bridge the Divide Between Education and the Real World to Inspire the Next Generation of British Scientists

Dr Ranna Eardley-Patel | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Ranna Eardley-Patel

Far too often there exists a disconnect between education and people's real world experience. Young children still draw the mad, bushy haired man in a white coat when they are asked to think about what a scientist looks like.

Reforming Apprenticeships - Four Tips for the Tories

Channon Zhangazha | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Channon Zhangazha

Apprenticeships are attracting a huge amounts of interest from across the political spectrum. We've come a long way from the days when Tony Blair is said to have joked that political interest in vocational education was such that he could make a declaration of war in a speech about skills and no-one would ever notice.

Faith Schools May Have Unlawfully Discriminated Against Thousands Of Children

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK

Virtually all faith schools in England are breaking the law over their admissions processes, a secular body has claimed in a new report. The Britis...

Will the Growth of Private Schooling Help Achieve Quality, Universal and Free Education?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Last week, world leaders put their signature to 169 targets for the next 15 years. One of the education targets stands out in its scale of ambition: "...

A Letter to my Darling Firstborn

Reneé Davis | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

If I've learnt nothing else, it's that life whizzes by at a blink and you'll miss it rate. Never was there a more apt phrase for parenthood than 'the days are long, but the years are short'.

Not Satisfied With Snatching Their Milk in the 1970s, The Tories Now Seem Set to Steal the Lunches of Children

Tim Farron | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

The Liberal Democrats fought tooth and nail to deliver this in Coalition because we want every child to have the best possible start in life and be able to concentrate in class. All the evidence shows that a healthy meal helps with that. Instead of further investing in our children, the Tories are turning up at the school gate and stealing their lunch money. My message to the Prime Minister is this - give us a guarantee that it is safe, not unsourced quotes. You say you are proud of this Lib Dem policy - I am too. But until you say it is safe, we will keep working, fighting and campaigning for this policy.

'Science Can't Save Us' - Do You Have Any Evidence to Back That Up?

Zion Lights | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Tech
Zion Lights

Science does not claim to have all the answers. Nor is it just about stars and labs and planets and things that seem far away from us or far removed from our daily lives: it's also about animal behaviours and how our brain works and how we are connected to the planet and whether or not our species will survive climate change.

The Words Behind the Goal: What Does Sustainable Development Goal 4 Mean in Practice?

Alison Hubert | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK
Alison Hubert

It's 15 years since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed which sought to 'spare no effort' in eradicating global poverty and inequality. Over this last weekend, leaders once again come together to assess the progress made by the MDGs and to redefine their focus for the next 15 years of the fight against poverty.