UK Learning

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 24.04.2015 | 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 22.04.2015 | 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.

Moral Virtues Help Young People Flourish

Xavier Bosch | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK
Xavier Bosch

Over the last twenty years teachers, parents and young people themselves have told me that the moral values we teach at ReachOut (Fairness and Good Judgement) through our mentoring projects benefit young people in numerous ways.

The Senior Junior Divide - the Major Issue in Medical Education

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK
Dr Neel Sharma

When I completed medical school, I left bemused. I was eager to start working but less enthralled by the fact that my tuition fees were spent funding a problem based learning (PBL) programme. I was young and foolish to believe that teaching myself medicine case by case with no expert guidance was how things should be done.

Write Harder, Better, Faster, (Not) Longer - with Uri Bram

Mark Brewer | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mark Brewer

So, please, indulge me as I hitherto invent a new genre of literary criticism and thrust it upon your unwitting and uninterested eyes. I call it a "pre-review review". I hear your teeth grind as you call me a "wally" and slap the back of your own neck in the hope you'll hit that "off-button" sweet-spot. Why not simply call it a "preview", like a sensible person?

To Read or Not to Read... E-books

Kadie Regan | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kadie Regan

However effortless and economical an e-text might be (once you have purchased the expensive electronic device, of course), readers are far more likely to remember, enjoy and engross themselves in a book you can really grab hold of.

How Having A Big Bum Will Make Your Kids Smarter

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you're a lady with a booty to rival Kim K's, we have some good news for you. Women with sizeable derrières have smarter children than flat-bott...

Become A Renaissance Hero With These 8 Amazing Apps

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Tech

Why become a jack of all trades when you can become a master of them all? Technology and creativity are intrinsically linked and as such have become v...

Are You Knowledgeable or a Know-It-All?

Amisha Bhavsar | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amisha Bhavsar

Did you know that saying 'I don't know' when you don't know something, actually makes you look confident, not incompetent! But most of us prefer to provide answers for just about anything and everything and, inadvertently come across as a know it all.

Learning To Draw Using Just An iPad

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Tech

I cannot draw. I do not draw. I am not a person who can draw. If you want beautiful watercolour vistas of light and land then look elsewhere. If yo...

Looking While Leaping: Lessons From My First Business

Nick Morris | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK
Nick Morris

I'm a strong believer in the concept of 'Learning by Doing'; the idea that "studying entrepreneurship without doing it is like studying the appreciation of music without listening to it", as Seth Godin so neatly summed it up.

Sainsbury's Ad Becomes Surprising Hit With Schools

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

Many teachers around the country are using the Sainsbury's Christmas Truce advert as a learning resource for WW1 commemorations.

What Can We Learn From the Fate of Beat Bullying?

Dan Corry | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Dan Corry

At NPC we argue that every charity and every funder should try to improve their impact. But because in the sector we are all mission focused, we should always be sharing our knowledge too, even as we have to compete with them in different ways. And that sharing is not only about impact lessons, but issues around failure and mergers.

Is 'Pink It, Shrink It' Really the Answer?

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

Within the consumer world one way marketers encourage more women to purchase their goods is what we refer to as "pink it, shrink it". Make it feel more like a women should use it. But should we be using this method to encourage more girls to code?

Wanted Urgently: Adequately Trained Teachers So All Children Can Go to School by 2030

Aaron Benavot | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Aaron Benavot

How many teachers do we need? The year 2015 is just around the corner, and yet UIS data show that  countries will need to recruit about 4 million more teachers to achieve universal primary education by the deadline.

Giving School Leavers the Skills to Succeed

Rachel Kay | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Kay

Providing essential training in these commonly used programs can give young people a head start, and ultimately enable them to be more productive a better asset to their team and the wider organisation...

Look What I Learned Today... Adventures in Paradise

Chloe Gunning | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

Recently I left behind a competitive job in London in favour of an adventure travelling around Central America. After being away just over a week I can understand why people described me as crazy, brave and even stupid. I have already found myself in some bizarre situations.

16 Ways to Survive a PhD

Sarah Crook | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Crook

It's officially the start of a new academic year, which means it's time for a fresh batch of PhD candidates to enter the weird and wonderful world of doctoral research (I mean it; it really is wonderful). These are some of the techniques I've used over the last two years, and will rely on to pull me through the final twelve months of researching, writing, and revising.

Never Stop Learning

Beth Britton | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Eighty percent of the older people living in one of the featured care homes go out to do activities on a daily basis, and children come into the care home from the local school to do intergenerational work.

Regardless of GCSE Results There's Now a Real Opportunity for Educational Reform

Charlie Rigby | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Rigby

GCSE results alone provide a narrow and confusing measure of success with no real consideration of the overall benefits to children of their time at school... under new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, there is a real opportunity to take an approach which not only provides a strong academic grounding but also instils character values in students.