UK Education

Would You Send Your Kids to Private School?

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

The Cambridge Union Society's Press Officer, Oliver Jackson, as the product of a succession of British private schools, discourses on the arguments around the system that educated him.

Teaching the Holocaust in the 'Post-Survivor Era'

Thomas Harding | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Thomas Harding

Who is going to educate young people about the Holocaust when the survivors are no longer with us? That is the question I keep asking myself... Because the further we get from the end of the Second World War, the fewer survivors we have to share their powerful stories.

British Teacher's Terror At Elephant Attack

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A teacher who suffered a serious leg injury when an elephant tore through her car in South Africa has told how she desperately tried to drive away. ...

The Skills Gap Is an Obvious Issue, So What Is Being Done About It?

Keith Lewis | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Keith Lewis

We've learnt recently that although growth in job vacancies hit the fastest rate in 15 years in November this year (the strongest demand being for engineers) and the UK unemployment rate is at its lowest since 2009, the availability of candidates to fill permanent and temporary posts fell in November; a continuation of the recent trend.

Are Academies No More Than Political Footballs?

Indra Adnan | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Indra Adnan

Why do some Academies (schools once under local government and now converted) and Free Schools (brand new schools that have never been under local control) get built in saturated areas? While others get rejected, despite the need?

We Need to Close the Gap That Is Swallowing Up 700,000 Kids

Holly Seddon | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Holly Seddon

Some 700,000 children in Britain are being held back in school through no fault of their own and irrespective of their ability. This isn't just wrong, it's scandalous. And we can all do something about it.

Apprenticeships Offer New Routes Into Careers in HR

Damian Brown | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Damian Brown

With record numbers of Apprenticeship starts and recent employer surveys reporting even higher confidence in apprentices it seems that young people now have more chances, and choices, as they decide what career path to take.

Impact Investing - Leading By Example

Joe Ludlow | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Joe Ludlow

It's now five years since the financial crisis, and still the old financial service providers are letting us down, even the alleged ethical ones.

The Value of a PhD

B.J. Epstein | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
B.J. Epstein

What is a PhD worth? This is an important question, and not just for the person considering undertaking doctoral studies. What is a PhD worth to our society?

Teens Need a Sex Ed That Tackles Sexting and Porn - Explaining the Benefits, Not Just the Risks

Tilly Grove | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tilly Grove

If the government is really committed to giving teens the SRE that they deserve, then it should recognise that this aspect of sex and relationships - the pleasurable part - is just as important as the potential dangers. There is nothing wrong with young people wanting to watch porn, wanting to sext, and wanting to have sex.

What Has Your Child Learned at School?

Julie Booth | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

For many students across the UK, the start of a new year marks the height of mock GCSE season. This is an important time for young people. Their mock exam results are designed to give them some indication of how much they have learned in school and whether they are likely to achieve their predicted grades in the summer...

Headmaster Says Rich Parents Should Pay To Send Children To State Schools

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A leading headmaster has proposed that wealthy parents should pay for their children to be educated at the country's top state schools. Dr Anthony ...

Let's not Downgrade the Teaching Profession

Kamran Hussain | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kamran Hussain

Teaching as a profession is being downgraded under this government. There seems to be a very worrying negative stigma attached to teachers. They are seen as people who failed in their profession and had no choice other than to become a teacher. I could not possibly disagree more with that view.

Why Not Ask the Teachers?

William Davie | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

Very few education secretaries are ever popular. And there's a very simple reason for this...Despite the fact that few - if any - education secretaries have actually been teachers, they seem to believe they know what's better for teachers and schools than the teachers themselves.

Tough Young Teachers: Did I Miss the Comma?

Ben Nicholls | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Ben Nicholls

Even the most liberal of my acquaintances might be shunted into what one calls "Daily Mail mode" by some moments in Tough Young Teachers. This series, which began on BBC3 last week, follows six young teachers as they begin their careers in some of the country's most challenging classrooms

The New Broadband Divide: Why Our Children Need Internet Access

Adrian Thirkill | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Tech
Adrian Thirkill

The teeth-gritting screech of chalk on a blackboard is now confined to dusty archives, and technology in the classroom has evolved in leaps and bounds, enabling a rich, diverse, engaging learning experience for pupils. Schools, though, are only responsible for our children for around six hours a day.

Online Tuition Tailors Learning to the Individual Learner Rather Than the Class

Andy Robertson | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Robertson

One of the immediate benefits of the online system is that you can book in lessons to fit in around your family life. The student receives an electronic pen and pad that connects to their computer via USB and enables them to access the shared white board with their tutor.

Spring Semester for the College at Chester: an Ode to WAC

George Gabriel | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Gabriel

From freshmen to seniors, it seems as though everyone is itching to get back. Sure, it's not all butterflies and rainbows, but this is perhaps the greatest reminder that we should take nothing for granted as students of Washington College.

Recovery? It Ain't Necessarily so.

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

How hard it is not to get swept along by the euphoria greeting every fragile indicator that the economy is picking up steam again. But is it?

Why the Private Sector Must Support Education

Christopher Clarke | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Christopher Clarke

If a company genuinely feels that young people are joining the workplace without the skills they need, then they should do something about it. Get into the schools. Who knows, you might even learn something.

Can Licensing Teachers Work?

Shane Chowen | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Shane Chowen

The more we discover about education and learning, the better chance all students, whether they're young people or adults, have at succeeding. Labour's licensing policy could, if done right, be the best way to transform the teaching profession for the better.

'Bomb Hero' Schoolboy To Have School & Stadium Named After Him

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

An heroic teenager who sacrificed his life to save his classmates from a suicide bomber will have his school and a stadium named after him, officials ...

Scandal of Cornish Primary School Ignored in Push to Build Coyte Farm Out-Of-Town Retail Centre

Lenny George | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK
Lenny George

The primary school at the centre of Cornwall's controversial Coyte Farm shopping centre development have written to Cornwall Council complaining that ...

Why Things Can Only Get Worse in 2014

Hugh Salmon | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

The dawn of a New Year is a looking forward to what is to come and for reflection, a time for taking stock. There are two things we know will happen during 2014...

Is It Time for Schools to Tackle Eating Disorders, as Equal to Obesity and the Healthy Eating Agenda?

Sam Thomas | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Thomas

Despite having an eating disorder I'd never heard of bulimia, let alone knew it was a mental illness. Most days I would run out of lessons or avoid lessons completely to escape the torment of bullies. I'd hide in the boys toilets and lock myself in a cubicle as it was the only place where I couldn't be found.