UK Education

Nicky Morgan Slams Headteacher For 'Sexist' Question

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 30.04.2016 | UK Politics

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan labelled a teacher "sexist" after he questioned whether she was really in charge of her department. Ms Morgan respond...

This Is What SATs Do to Children

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

My baby boy's world is now full of stress. The stress takes up so much space he has no room for anything else. He is eleven. I didn't even know what the word "stress" meant when I was that age. Today, the only question that he has asked me is "What's a noun? I'm not good at grammar. I'm worried about it." This is what SATs do to children. They don't gain anything from them, but they lose so very much.

Shanghai May Lead the World In Maths, But Britain Leads In Assessment

Patrick Hayes | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK
Patrick Hayes

While the greater freedom schools have been given in the UK has not always been welcomed by teachers, assessment certainly seems to be an area which has blossomed as a result. It may be worth taking another look at the McKinsey report and questioning whether, however painful initially, increased autonomy for schools may end up providing a better education for the next generation.

This School Just Banned One Direction-Style Skinny Jeans

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Boys at a Catholic school have been banned from wearing skinny jeans, made popular by mega-famous pop groups One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer. Pu...

Six Reasons Teachers Are Angry About the New SATs Tests

Caroline Fletcher | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Parents
Caroline Fletcher

In the week beginning 9 May, 10-11 year olds will be taking their SATs tests in English and maths. These tests have always been controversial, but this year's SATs have provoked unprecedented levels of concern for the following reasons...

Three Lessons Playing the Piano Has Taught Me About Maths And Life

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Cassandra Lee Yieng

Many skills we learn in and out of school do not translate very well to other aspects of life. However, for me, playing the piano seems to be the exce...

Successful Schools Are Those Which Equip Students For All Of Life, Not Just Exams

James Downs | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK
James Downs

We don't need to look at rigorous scientific studies to know that the formative years of our lives are hugely important in determining how we will far...

Why We Need to Get Kids Coding

Jill Hodges | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Tech
Jill Hodges

In the midst of all this easy-to-use technology, somehow we lost touch with the fact that someone has to build it all. And the kids have become consumers, sitting slack-jawed and motionless above the wrists for hours, killing baddies but never knowing the thrill of summoning the code-driven genies themselves.

University Students In England Will Now Owe More Than American Graduates

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Students in England are facing the highest graduate debts in the English speaking world, new research has revealed. Reforms to tuition fees and mainte...

Ofsted Inspectors Segregated By Dividing Screen At Islamic School

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

An independent Islamic faith school previously criticised for failing to "promote British values" has been found to segregate male and female staff du...

A Proposal With Dire Consequences for the Teaching Profession

Chris Keates | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

This attack on teachers is also an attack on the entitlement of all children and young people to be taught by a qualified teacher and the right of parents to have that expectation when they send their child to school. The NASUWT will be challenging these proposals vigorously.

Does Your Teenager Ignore Your Revision Advice? Here's How You Can Be There for Them

Janey Downshire | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Parents
Janey Downshire

The revision period is not only a difficult time for teenagers, it can also be a minefield for those around them, especially parents. Knowing how to best support a young person going through exams is difficult, you can often find yourself attempting to be supportive but end up triggering a tantrum.

Nepal - New Year, New Hope

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

None of this would have been possible without the commitment and dedication of more than 300 volunteers and partners who have gone the extra mile to support people who need it the most, but there's still lots more be done. As this New Year gets underway and recovery and reconstruction continue, we must not lose sight of Nepal's most vulnerable children - girls and children with disabilities - who desperately need an education to escape the cycle of poverty.

Revealed: What Teachers Think of the Education White Paper

Patrick Hayes | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Politics
Patrick Hayes

Published last month, the Department for Education (DFE)'s White Paper Educational Excellence Everywhere has been the source of a tremendous amount of debate, with criticism coming from a wide range of sources.

New Nursery Rules, Not as Simple as A B C...

Sophia Walker | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

I'll never forget my baby's first day at nursery. Besides crying more than I ever have before (it hit me unexpectedly), I remember saying to his keyworker 'Please look after Boo for me - all that matters is that he is loved and looked after". Words, I echo now, even six months on.

Aid to Education Has Again Gone Down

Aaron Benavot | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Governments around the world have just signed up to an enormously ambitious and promising vision for education and lifelong learning over the next fifteen years, an agenda they know is crucial if even greater ambitions for sustainable development are to be realized by 2030.

I Love Grammar, But I Don't Love the SATs

Rebecca Ann Smith | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Rebecca Ann Smith

You'd think I'd be pleased that our nation's children are being taught to use apostrophes correctly. Believe me, I want everyone in the country to use apostrophes correctly. I really do. But this is not the way to achieve that particular utopia. Here's what's wrong with the new SATs...

'Digital Crack' Babies

Martyn Stewart | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Martyn Stewart

Despite rewiring our minds, one constant remains. The human desire for loving connections and the natural consequences of this; children! Even when addicted to drugs, humans don't stop having children and just like the epidemic before it, an unforeseen legacy lingers.

Tech in the Classroom

Jon Sharpe | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Tech
Jon Sharpe

Education is finally embracing the future. Teachers used to be armed with a piece of chalk and, if you were very unlucky, a ruler that doubled as a weapon. Now students are engaged and educated by their teachers with the help of interactive smart boards, laptops, tablets and apps.

Let's Take a Bear Grylls Approach to Coding in Classrooms

Patrick Hayes | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

Computer gaming was once a very different pursuit than it is now. Going to primary school in the 1980s, I spent countless hours on a Commodore PET. Not just playing the rudimentary educational games that loaded, after an age, from cassette.

I Am Not the Exception: Everyday Sexism #WhenIWas Campaign

Kate Delaney | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Delaney

I never received any sex and relationship education and I know that had a significant effect on me and my childhood. It won't solve everything, but I am sure it would go a long way to helping this issue and more generally, result in happier and more confident adults.

GCSE Drama: Don't Get Your Doublet and Hose in a Twist

Laura-Jane Foley | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Laura-Jane Foley

Rather a lot of actors have got their doublets and hose in a twist about the changes to the Drama GCSE syllabus and have written an impassioned letter...

Learning Through Culture

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, is preparing to publish the first White Paper - a policy document that sets out the government's proposals for future legislation - on the arts since Jennie Lee's over 50 years ago. It's a hugely significant moment for organisations such as the Crafts Council.

Time for a Step Change in How Sexism is Tackled in Schools?

Sophie Bennett | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Bennett

The sad fact is, in too many schools across the country sexism just isn't taken seriously enough. Instead, it's trivialised and often ignored. Girls are told 'it's just a bit of harmless fun', 'it's part of growing up' and 'boys will be boys'. This has to stop.

An Open Letter to the Chief of Ofsted and the Education Secretary

Ella Marshall | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Marshall

Mr Wilshaw and Mrs Morgan, I sincerely hope that you do not rest easy at night when the servants of your system lie awake toiling and panicking over what extra workload tomorrow may bring...