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Fresh From The University Reunion

Madeleine Thompson | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Parents
Madeleine Thompson

I think about that now and I wonder what the university experience would be like if I was going as a teenager now, or even what it would be like if my children go off in 13 years' or so time. The biggest change I think I would feel is the lack of privacy and space to make my mistakes

How To Get The Best Out Of Yourself - Why Learning And Memory Are Effectively The Same Discipline

Ed Cooke | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Cooke

The perfect 'bicycle for the brain' is subtly different for everyone, of course. The advent of mobile has made it easier than ever before for people to learn in a time and way that suits their lifestyle. Memory works best when we give it a little to do often, while learning in different contexts makes your memory more robust because you don't associate information with any one place in particular.

Hard Work Pays Off

JB Gill | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
JB Gill

If I ever needed confirmation that hard work pays off, last week I was informed that my television show "Down On The Farm", which I co-host with presenter Storm Huntley and is produced by BBC Scotland for CBeebies, has been nominated in the Best Children's Programme category for a Scottish BAFTA award...

What Is Religion?

Alice Carder | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Carder

"What is reli-gion?" Shaykh Babikir asks, his thick Sudanese accent curling the word out over his bottom lip. "Man creates religion to suit himself....

Children Are Spending Just Eight Hours A Week Playing Outside BUT Aren't As Tech Obsessed As You May Think

Lewis Oakley | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Tech
Lewis Oakley

The truth is all of the technology nowadays has been designed with children's education in mind and the gap between fun and learning has been bridged in a very discreet way so that kids don't actually realise how much they are learning.

The Grassroots Movement Revolutionising Education

Sophie Christophy | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK
Sophie Christophy

By stepping through the doorway of home education to new connections and communities both virtual and in real life, we find a grassroots movement that will lead the way to revolutionising education as we know it. And believe me, it's already happening.

Back To The Playground

Caragh Little | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK
Caragh Little

The new school year has started. First day photos have been taken, schoolbags have grown heavy with new books, and the reality of homework and early morning alarm clocks is beginning to set in. The evenings are shortening and the papers are speculating about the chances of an Indian Summer. It's September again...

How To Make Home A Great Learning Environment

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro, commercial writer | Phillip Othen | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Where did the summer go? Suddenly everyone’s back to school, and it’s time to knuckle down to school runs, homework and study again. Learning does...

A-Level Results Day: 7 Lessons From Uni That Had Nothing To Do With My Degree

Hannah Jane Thompson | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Jane Thompson

The biggest lessons I learnt there had nothing to do with History. Sorry, Dr. Supervisor, I guess all your fears about me were correct. On A-levels results day, to those high-achieving students with serious Imposter Syndrome, I have nothing but the following to offer.

The Future of Education: We Need People Who Can 'Make' Things

Lord Knight | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK
Lord Knight

As an employer I don't want people who can recall stuff because I've got computers to do that, I want people who can make stuff. And that might be making ideas, it might be making value, it might be making physical objects, but that's what we need.

Summer Learning Loss: Should Parents Really Be Worried?

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Parents

What Is Summer Learning Loss? Summer learning loss, or the “summer slide” (as it is referred to in the USA) is defined as children’s loss of kno...

The Sierra Leonean Fashion Designer Who Is Helping Children Play Their Way Out of Poverty

Memuna Forna | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Style
Memuna Forna

In Sierra Leone, fashion designer Jenneh Mason is best known for frocks and fashion shows. She also dreams of public playgrounds, lots of them, dotted all across the country bringing safe places to play for children who are unlikely to have ever seen one, imagined one or even understand the concept of safe play.

Fatherhood and Farming: Raising a Family in the Countryside

JB Gill | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Parents
JB Gill

Experience of the countryside is all about opportunity for me. It's a chance to look at life boiled down to its simplest form and better still, see things from a different view. Whether a career in the countryside is for you, or you just want to eat great food, one thing is for sure, understanding our environment is a good thing for everybody.

Cinnamon Can Improve Poor Learning Ability, Scientists Claim

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Tech

You might want to consider adding cinnamon to your breakfast tomorrow, as a new study reveals the spice can actually help your ability to learn. The R...

Keep Children Learning During the Summer Holidays

Emma Louise Thompson | Posted 26.06.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Louise Thompson

Nowadays children aren't required to work during the summer so many people argue that there should be changes to the holidays... So in this article, I want to explore with you how parents can carry on educating their children throughout the school summer holidays so they don't miss out.

What Everyone (Not Just Brummies) Can Learn From TEDxBrum.

Anisa Haghdadi | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK
Anisa Haghdadi

TEDxBrum was an extraordinary event held on Saturday 11th June 2016. Fuelled by a 70-strong team of volunteers the event epitomised 'people power' and...

Are you Living the Life of Your Dreams?

Maggie Currie | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

Now before you answer that, I'm not talking about the type of dreams that are so unrealistic they are actually fantasies. I'm talking about the life you imagined you would live when you were so much younger. You know, when it was easy to see possibilities ahead of you.

Win A School Masterclass With A World-Class Athlete

The Huffington Post | Phillip Othen | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Sky Academy has a unique chance for your child. Created by Sky, it offers opportunities and experiences to help young people build skills and experien...

Get the Most Out of University - Study a Subject You Love

Karianne Robinson | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Karianne Robinson

Choosing a subject to study at degree level is the first big hurdle in the university application process. Being able to make a strong, confident decision at this stage can make the whole application process easier and prevent concerns from growing about whether or not you've made the right decision. Unfortunately, it's rarely an easy decision to make when there are so many different considerations to bear in mind.

Five Reasons Why Flying Trapeze Is Like Being An Entrepreneur

Rekha Mehr | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Tech
Rekha Mehr

Yesterday I took a leap of faith, quite literally. It's week two of working independently again after 20 months of working within an organisation, albeit a small one. I told myself it was OK to take my first week easy and treat it like a week's holiday. I even left the country, yet I found myself unable to switch off.

Words Matter - SATs Don't

Kerry Barrett | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK
Kerry Barrett

"If you spell things wrongly and punctuate things incorrectly," my old university lecturer used to say, "people will think you are stupid, even if you...

Connected Learning: Early Childhood and the Importance of Identifying "Windows of Opportunity"

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

India Vertical The scientific and technological advances in the last 100 years or so have massively improved our understanding of the human brain and...

The Struggle to Build a Family and a Business

Sasha G Brown | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK
Sasha G Brown

Don't let the goal get in the way of the solution. Focusing on better execution will lead to a stronger, more consistent performance. And above all else, take the lessons that your failures provide. If you can focus on your goals, fine-tune your habits and profit from every setback, the path less travelled will always be your friend.

Are Young People Apathetic and Disengaged?

Julia Stevens | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Julia Stevens

I have such a vivid memory of sitting in a geography lesson at school when I was 14 or 15, exasperated by boredom as the teacher systematically made us memorize information about soil that seemed to have little, if any, relevance to my everyday life...

Can Mobile Learning Bridge the Digital Divide and Learning Gap?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Tech
Aaron Benavot

ICT for learning may be a trendy and popular topic as a blog on this site last week discussed, but the fact remains that children from poorer households are less likely to have access to ICT both in and out-of-school. As a result, they take longer to adapt to using the technology or hone their ICT skills.