UK Learning

Why We Want To Raise Lifelong Learners

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

A few weeks ago, whilst choosing books on Amazon to take along on my honeymoon, I bought Professor Mary Beard's A History of Ancient Rome. I bought the book simply because it was on Amazon's bestseller list, but to my surprise, I really enjoyed it.

Become an Art Attack Star With Tomy Toys And Aquadoodle - Enter Now

Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Parents

For decades the toymakers at TOMY have been producing fun and immersive play material for you and your child. Now - to celebrate the launch of new Aqu...

Lessons for Sport from Business

Dominic Irvine | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK
Dominic Irvine

For a 47 year old business man who spends his life working with companies around the world and a hobby of participating in ultra distance cycling even...

Reflections as a New Education Era Dawns

Aaron Benavot | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

This week the new goal and targets for education from now until 2030 will be set in stone. Here, we present some initial thoughts about the beginnin...

The Importance of Health, Learning and Leisure

Martyn Sibley | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

Fast forward to my twenties and after my university graduation; health, learning and leisure took a back seat. I'd wake up early, go to work in the office Monday to Friday 9-5, eat and sleep. Even after going self employed I'd spend every waking hour planning and executing how to earn enough money for my survival.

Five Ways to Enhance Your Child's Learning At School

Emma Louise Thompson | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Louise Thompson

Having worked in a nursery for many years I find it fascinating seeing the various rates of development, some children just 'woah' me when they tell me something that is way past their biological age, and others struggle and go at a slower pace. What is it that makes them so different?

Why Children Love Playing Superhero

Dr Niamh Clune | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Parents
Dr Niamh Clune

Is it a man? Is it a bird? No! Mums ~ It's a Superhero! Whoosh! And our small, caped crusading Superman (sorry, mixing him up with Batman... NANA!!!) just flew past with tea-towel outstretched and wrapped about him, on his way to save the world, defeat the bad guys, and rescue a dog from an exploding volcano.

Digital Stress and Opening Up for a Discussion About It

Sofie Sandell | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Tech
Sofie Sandell

The discussion I learnt the most about digital stress from last week was with a leadership coach who told me that by avoiding talking about the problem of digital stress we are only making it bigger. Many managers never take the time to talk about what makes us feel stressed at work. If you never point out the weaknesses it's hard to do anything about them.

Back To School Shopping Checklist

Parentdish UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Parents

It's that time of year again, when you need to start thinking about shopping for school supplies.Shopping for school uniform during the summer holiday...

The Case for Ridding Schools of Technology

Rachel Jones | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Tech
Rachel Jones

Tech can provide a huge range of opportunities for learning, I don't think you can argue against that. But I sometimes think there needs to be a little thought into what's used, how it's used, and what the outcomes are.

12 Things I've Learnt During My Kid's First Year at School

Claire Kirby | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

Summer Holidays are around the corner and it's been 9 months since I said my first goodbye to my son with a lump in my throat at the classroom door. Whilst he has undoubtedly learnt so much, it's fair to say it's been a pretty steep learning curve for Mummy too!

My Twins: Together or Apart at the Start of School?

Aly Brown | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Parents
Aly Brown

I'm a mum of twin boys Ollie and Caleb, and a younger daughter, Phoebe. With Phoebe, it's quite straight forward. We apply for a place, she is accepted and she gets placed into a class. Decision made and off she will go to nursery, or school, or social group.

Six Tips To Learn A Language While You're Working Full Time

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Nearly two thirds of businesses want their employers to improve their multi-lingual skills, but how to do it when you're already working full time? ...

Here's Why Dads Need To Read To Their Kids More Often

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Parents

Dads don't read enough to their children and don't know the importance it can have for their later life, a new poll has revealed. Mothers, however,...

Why I Am Home Schooling My Child

Parentdish UK | Keris Stainton | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Parents

I'd never considered home education. Even though my oldest friend home schools her two children and she's relatively normal (although she IS v...

Summer-born Children More Likely To Struggle At School

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Parents

Many children born in summer months struggle to keep up with older children in their class, a new study has revealed. The study, which looked more...

Is Using Google Cardboard for the Classroom Anything More Than a Gimmick?

Rachel Jones | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Tech
Rachel Jones

There is an opportunity to broaden horizons here, but in many ways it emphasises the distance away from these magical places, rather than revealing what children would need to do to have greater social mobility and experience them in the real world.

Five Ways to Be a Better (Digital) Parent

Rachel Jones | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Parents
Rachel Jones

As more and more schools are using 1:1 devices, such as smart phones or tablets, as part of lessons, it cannot be just assumed that parents will know how to support their children in managing a healthy relationship with technology.

Using Technology in Schools Should Be a Given?

Rachel Jones | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Tech
Rachel Jones

Many teachers qualified when 'using technology' meant rolling out a TV on wheels, or doing something truly exotic with PowerPoint. There is very little point banging on about teachers having twenty-first century skills, we should have been there 15 years ago.

Matters of the Mind - Speaking Out About Mental Health in Schools

Anna Hicks | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Hicks

Don't turn a blind eye to problems that need addressing. Children can suffer from mental health problems too, keep that in mind.

Your Mind Is Hungry - Feed It

Jared Joffe | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jared Joffe

As you get older you hopefully realise that 'knowledge is power', and the more of it you possess, the greater your ability will be to adapt to the diverse situations that life can throw at you. To put it simply, if you continue to educate yourself you will become a more well-rounded human being.

15 Entrepreneurship Lessons from Running

Dmitry Dmitriev | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Dmitry Dmitriev

For the last year I've been in my roller-coaster developing an enterprise in training and development industry. This year I've also started practicing for a half-marathon and marathon.

Apprenticeships: What's in a Name?

Chris Jones | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Chris Jones

There's nothing wrong with the concept of gaining practical skills alongside academic study, but that's what 'sandwich year' university programmes already offer. Is it truly an apprenticeship, then, or is it simply re-packaged?

Why We Must Further Nurture Grit and Resilience in Our Schoolchildren

Charlie Rigby | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Rigby

Yesterday Education Secretary Nicky Morgan stated that being academic in the modern world simply isn't enough, and that too narrow a focus was given to passing exams, when more time should be spent developing the grit and resilience young people will do frequently need in life. This is a message I wholeheartedly agree with, but it is a little late in coming.

The Pond and the Mind: A Parallel Universe

Kamontip Evans | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

When you watch the mind, you will find there is a beginning, middle and an end to each troublesome thought or emotion. Sometimes before you even get to the end of it, the mind will jump onto something else.