UK Education

Give Parents The Right To Stage 'Intervention' In Schools, Says Miliband

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Politics

Concerned parents would get powers to secure intervention in problem schools under Labour proposals for "people-powered public services" being unveile...

Why Is Michael Gove the Most Hated Coalition Minister?

Karam Filfilan | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Karam Filfilan

Michael Gove seems to like annoying people. His cocksure manner and breathtaking self-confidence means that he regularly comes into conflict with teachers, students, Lib Dems, his own deputy... pretty much the entire public.

Where's Mavie?

Angela Singh | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Angela Singh

As a young woman living with a disability in a disaster-affected community Mavie faces even more challenges than most - Plan works hard to ensure that the rights and needs of children like Mavie are taken into account when planning for, and responding to, disasters like Typhoon Haiyan.As a young woman living with a disability in a disaster-affected community Mavie faces even more challenges than most - Plan works hard to ensure that the rights and needs of children like Mavie are taken into account when planning for, and responding to, disasters like Typhoon Haiyan.

Revisiting the Spirit of Public Education

Shane Chowen | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Shane Chowen

Today, more than 175 years after Horace Mann won the argument for qualified teachers in public education in the US, we find ourselves revisiting debates about the most basic expectations in public education.

'Hardline' Muslim Free School Shuttered By DofE

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK

A beleaguered Muslim free school which had been accused of enforcing hardline religious practice is to be closed amid concerns over the quality of tea...

We Really Do Need to Talk About Education

Meryl Noronha | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Meryl Noronha

In Year 10, I didn't have one English teacher; I had six - a new supply teacher for each half term. I remember asking myself why it was that nobody wanted to stay at our school, but looking around me it wasn't that difficult to see why. Our school building was old and crumbling, we were oversubscribed, and classes were packed.

Jessica Elgot

WATCH: Year Of Code Director Lottie Dexter Reveals On Newsnight That She Can't Code

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK

Should the ambassador for the government's "Year Of Code" know how to, um, code? It's a question that's divided developers and educators since last...

Will 2014 Be Another Year of Tears or the Beginning of Real Hope That We Will See an End to FGM?

Ann-Marie Wilson | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Ann-Marie Wilson

Later this week I am travelling to East Africa and I will spend a month meeting with anti-FGM campaigners, representatives from governments and non-governmental organisations working on development programmes and/or violence against women initiatives...

Time To Talk: Why Young People Need More Conversations Around Mental Health

Rachel Egan | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Egan

Mental health is an area where we are massively failing our children. Anxiety and depression rates are higher than ever before, 1 in 12 young people self -harm and 3 children in every classroom around the UK has a diagnosable mental health condition.

Berlin Wall?

Richard Stacy | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Stacy

The Right Hon Michael Gove MP. Oh where does one start? Perhaps let us start with two words: Berlin Wall. Berlin Wall is the term that Mr Gove has just used to describe what it is that separates private and public education in the UK. And what a powerful term it is: so laden with symbolism, so inviting of destruction and also so instructive of his own detachment from reality.

Politics Is Far Too Important to Be Left to Politicians Alone

Kamran Hussain | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kamran Hussain

Banging on about democracy is one thing and actually implementing it fairly is another. Whether it's "why young people don't vote" or the call for "the ban on the niqaab" being discussed, those representative of the groups in question are not given the opportunity to have their say.

Let's Give Hope to a Generation

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Philip Hallam

I believe that a young person's future is dictated, in large part, by their own determination and perseverance coupled with access to meaningful education, support, and experience. But this report would indicate that there is a big problem here.

Who Will Stop Michael Gove - Before It's Too Late?

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Margaret Heffernan

If Michael Gove were just building some ghastly skyscrapers or running a sweatshop, we might not like it but would trust to time to show him the error of his ways. But he is experimenting - in his loose and lazy ways - with the minds of a generation. He needs to be stopped.

Why Immigration Is a Good Thing for the UK

Layla Haidrani | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Layla Haidrani

As a daughter of immigrant parents who came to the UK for postgraduate studies at university, I can safely say that the way immigrants are perceived (particularly exacerbated by right-wing media outlets) is frankly absurd and borderline ludicrous.

Signifying Nothing

Caragh Little | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Caragh Little

It was when I saw the suggestion in a fashion magazine, late last night, that animal print might be a suitable style statement for a trip to the zoo, that I knew the game was up.

The EU - Should We Stay or Should We Go?

Anais Mutumba | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Anais Mutumba

A ban on bent bananas and cucumbers, a demand for Oktoberfest barmaids to cover up, the banning of corgis and other dogs and even in using the phrase "two fat ladies" in the classic game of bingo. These are just some of the European Union myths that abound...

Lines And Litter-Picking

Posted 02.02.2014 | UK

Misbehaving pupils face the prospect of being told to pick up litter or write out lines hundreds of times under plans by Education Secretary Michael G...

A Fair Deal for the Young and Homeless

Rick Henderson | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Rick Henderson

If we want young people to overcome homelessness, society also needs to provide support. In many cases this doesn't just mean having a roof over your head, it also means providing the help someone needs to move into adulthood. Whether this is help to get into education, training or employment, or to overcome other issues such as substance misuse.

Teaching Sex In Primary Schools

Jack Fletcher | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

It doesn't happen. Sex and relationship education (SRE) that is taught in primary schools (ages 4-11) is point blank not about teaching young children how to have sex. It is about giving age-appropriate information that is evidence-based on the issues that SRE encompasses.

Exams and Your Wellbeing

Stacey Lucas | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stacey Lucas

Keep calm and breath. It is a new year, new term and exams. How do you prepare? Failing to plan is a plan to fail, rule number one. In your new term are you preparing for exams and looking forward to them? You should be. You know more now than you did before the Christmas break.

International-Based Education Can Offset Rise in Tuition Fees

Anton Dominique | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anton Dominique

Is 2014 the year when tuition fees rise yet again for struggling UK students? According to the BBC, UK universities are already dissatisfied with a tu...

When I Was a Handicapped Kid

Simon Stevens | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

The teachers were as shocked as the pupils and I might as well have been an alien for outer space as I was certainly the freak of the school. This was clearly a lonely position and I often felt I was the only disabled person within a mile, five miles or even ten miles radius.

The Global Learning Crisis Is Costing $129Billion a Year

Pauline Rose | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pauline Rose

Worldwide, millions of children are failing to learn the basics. Children who already face disadvantage - girls, the poor, the disabled those in rural areas, are being hit the hardest.

Tackling the Menace of Hate and Extremism in our Schools

Yousef Dar | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Yousef Dar

Ample coverage has been afforded to so called Islamist extremism fuelled by a few individuals, media and some politicians. Racism and Islamophobia continue to exist and yet very little is done about this menace. Some politicians have advocated that this is no longer a problem. Others have used the argument that legislation is in place to deal with Racism, hence we need to move on.

Eating Disorders in Children and Teenagers Are Soaring, But Is the Internet Really to Blame?

Sam Thomas | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

The dangers of the internet may be largely understood but due to the lack of evidence, it's a questionable claim to suggest that social media sites are the so called 'cause?' Instead of trying to point the finger it's better to focus our attention on understanding why young sufferers are developing eating disorders in the first place.