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How to Create the World Book Day Authors of Tomorrow

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Carey Ann Dodah

Getting children to love reading and writing can prove to be a challenge, especially with television, films and games being it's most harsh competitors. Having some family reading time can be very powerful. If your child sees you replacing TV with books then they are more likely to be inspired to get excited about it too.

Brits 'Get Nervous' About Celebrating St George's Day

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The organiser of a cultural English festival has said people "get nervous" about celebrating St George's Day, despite most being happy to mark other d...

George Orwell, The Daily Mail and Who Really Hates England

Martin Moore | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK
Martin Moore

One such author and journalist, writing at the same time as a young Ralph Miliband, was highly critical of aspects of England and Englishness. The English 'are not gifted artistically' he wrote. The English 'are not intellectual'. They have, he wrote a 'world-famed hypocrisy'.

10 Reasons Why This US Dude Loves the English

Norm Schriever | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Norm Schriever

I have to admit it: the English are some of my favorite people on earth. While I've never been accused of being an Anglophile, it's hard not to take a shine to our friendly neighbors across the pond. So here are 10 reasons why this US dude loves the English:

An Audience of One - Why Letters Rock

Natasha Chowdory | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Chowdory

I put aside one Sunday every month to write letters to loved ones. Yup you read that right. I pick up a pen (usually a fountain pen or a very nice biro) and put said pen to paper and write full English sentences on said paper with the aforementioned pen. There isn't a piece of technology in sight. Well ok, when I Instagram what I'm doing to show off the fact that I still write letters to people.

Why Are Our Best Readers in School Failing the Government's New Phonics Screener?

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

We keep hearing about strong, confident readers who have failed the government's new Year 1 phonic screener. Is it that our six year olds haven't mastered the art of reading readiness (the point at which a person is ready to learn to read) or is the government assessing the wrong skill?

More Tests and League Tables Will Only Fuel the Low Confidence Epidemic Sweeping UK Children

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

The Government is putting yet more pressure on our children in a world where tests are flooding the curriculum... Children as young as four quite simply shouldn't be subject to high pressure tests. It not necessary and there are much better, less anxiety-inducing ways of achieving Clegg's goals.

A Verb Is Not 'a Doing Word'

Melanie Kendry | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK
Melanie Kendry

Grammar is drilled into us at school with rules that don't make sense. So what hope do we have? In writing, we make mistakes that we'd never make in speech. This is the clue. Verbs are tricky, even nightmarish if you get up close.

What Business Can Learn From Wimbledon - Manners Is as Important as Money

Grant Feller | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK
Grant Feller

Once at Wimbledon, you're ushered through the gates with an abundance of warmth - genuine warmth - the people searching bags are encouraged to engage you in conversation and there is a helpfulness designed to make even the first-time Wimbledon-er feel at home.

Hormonal Weather

Chanel de Yong | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Chanel de Yong

Correct me if I am wrong, but I as well as you can certainly give British weather a bipolar diagnosis. From sizzling heat waves to bucketing waterfall...

Why Did We Create the #StGeorge4All Initiative?

Julian Bond | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK
Julian Bond

This St George's Day we - 22 very different faith organisations, plus anti-racist groups - are reclaiming St George, plus people of different ethnicities and different religions (even the Welsh!). St George does not belong to extremists.

Premium Travel in... Palma, Majorca

Raj Gill | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Raj Gill

It wasn't even the school holidays, but with impending Christmas and Hogmanay festivities, we were getting pretty stressed, which is insane considerin...

Speaking English Does Matter, But Almost All Immigrants to the UK Do

Jonathan Portes | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Portes

The bottom line is that only 134,000 people - 0.3% of the total population - don't speak English at all. Even in Newham, where well over half the population was born abroad, and the Sun seems to think that people "simply don't want to integrate", fewer than 1 in 10 of the population can't speak English well.

Maybe the Welsh Should Call for an English Parliament

Eddie Bone | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Politics
Eddie Bone

In reply to the Leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood's The Huffington Post article published on the 28 January 2013 "what is best for Wales?...

Cash For Failing Pupils

PA | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Secondary schools are to be given extra money to help pupils who are falling behind in English and maths, it was confirmed on Thursday. Under the i...

Clear Prose Lover or Sesquipedalian? Or, Can I Love Will Self and George Orwell Simultaneously?

Carl Packman | Posted 24.03.2013 | Home
Carl Packman

We in the UK are often told that GCSE's are too easy and that standards are slipping. Quoted in the Daily Mail, the nerve centre of decent, honest rep...

What the Dickens Are We Doing to Our Children?

Lauren Davidson | Posted 14.01.2013 | Home
Lauren Davidson

Perhaps, as the bicentennial year draws to a close and we move into Dickens' third century, there is something else the Victorian author can teach us - and that is not to teach him to our children.

Introducing the Band: Suede Meet their Fans in Brazil

Mark Hillary | Posted 19.12.2012 | Home
Mark Hillary

The fans in the pub asked when Suede will return to Brazil for a full headline tour, Mat Osman responded by saying: "It depends how the festival goes. We would love to return, but that's really all up to you!"

Alex Dyer: What are my Gap Year Options?

Alex Dyer | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain.

An Open Letter to Michael Gove From an English Teacher on a Dark Day for Education

Chris M. Edwards | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Chris M. Edwards

Effectively, we are everything you hate and everything you would like to abolish. We are the skidmark on the sparkling underpants of your brave new world of academies and free schools.

The Vagaries of the Exam Board: What's in a C?

Bansi Kara | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Bansi Kara

In saving themselves, AQA and the other major exam boards have damaged students' chances of future success. What's in a C? It's not just a measure by which schools are placed in league tables - it is a passport to further education and higher education.

Failsafe Fun On GCSE Exam Results Day

Gordon Sutton | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Gordon Sutton

So, they thought trying to decide what to wear for their Year 11 Prom was stressful?

Two Jews Jabbering About Sex, Drugs and Suicide at The Edinburgh Fringe

John Fleming | Posted 10.10.2012 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

At the Edinburgh Fringe, I know comic Lewis Schaffer and bumped into comic Laura Levites. It turns out they were both brought up in Great Neck, New Yo...

English A Second Language To One Million Pupils

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

More than a million schoolchildren do not speak English as their first language, official figures show. Data published by the Department for Educat...

What Has Happened To The Great British Language?

Fay Sayles | Posted 12.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Fay Sayles

Text speak has quite certainly become the bane of my life; an affliction that makes me convulse and ache with distress.