Liz Truss

The Danger in Copying China's Classrooms

Chris Jones | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

While I believe that there is much to learn from other countries, I have to ask if the Chinese system is right for us. After all, the UK is very different from China and has vastly different needs.

Mindfulness Classes Could Be Introduced In Schools, Says David Laws

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics

Ministers are looking at whether schoolchildren could benefit from classes in "mindfulness", David Laws has said. The schools minister said that th...

Ones To Watch

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 15.08.2013 | UK Politics

The last parliamentary session saw a number of politicians rise up the ranks and enter the public conscience. Some for good reasons - think Adam A...

Is the UK's Childcare System a Mess?

Ben Black | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Black

The UK spends more than any of its western counterparts on childcare and yet it remains unaffordable for many working parents and continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. So what went wrong; who can we blame; and what are the solutions?

Nick Clegg's Announcement on Childcare Ratio Reforms Is Welcome, But Greater Challenges for the Sector Remain

Liz Bayram | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Politics
Liz Bayram

Childcare professionals and families across the UK breathed a sigh of relief last week following Nick Clegg's decision to block Government plans to increase childcare ratios... Yet whilst the announcement is positive news, there remains a great deal of sector concern around other proposed reforms, which are equally concerning.

Clegg Blocks Tory Childcare Reform To Let Childminders Watch More Children

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has blocked Tory plans to allow nursery staff and childminders to look after more youngsters. Loosening the rules ...

Let Them Play

Julie Lightley | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Lightley

What many of us who work with young children fear is that this model may lead us to children as young as two being rushed on to tasks they are not developmentally ready for, such as colours, numbers and reading. We need to remember what's at the heart of this issue - and that's the well-being and happiness of our children.

Government Thinks Again on Design and Technology

Peter Luff | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Luff

The curriculum should be encouraging creativity in its students, offering them choice over how to approach problems and giving them as much autonomy as possible in their approach.

Lord Newton and Lord Tebbitt Could Teach the Conservatives About Their illusions of Justice and Society

Jonny Mulligan | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jonny Mulligan

The Legal aid Bill gave the coalition government the most defeats of any bill in parliament for the last sixty years. In the end government only won by one vote in the house of Lords. A vote they would not have had if Lord Newton was still around to vote.

Childcare Vouchers: Supporting Working Families

Julian Foster | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Politics
Julian Foster

With childcare costs continuing to rise more quickly than wages, parents are having an increasingly difficult time balancing household budgets. The OECD has highlighted that British parents pay some of the highest childcare costs in the world; parents are spending huge proportions of their salaries on childcare costs.

The Case for 'Time Out' Childcare

Ruth Ball | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Ball

Being a parent is hard. In fact, let's just be honest about it, it's really hard sometimes. We often don't admit it, except to our closest friends and family, but it's probably the most challenging part of our lives. A recent survey by the NSPCC reported that in the first eight weeks after birth around three in five mothers felt isolated with no one to turn to, and two in five mothers even admitted to 'getting angry' with their baby. And this is before they've even started walking and talking!

Childcare Ratios Need to Be Relaxed if We Are Going to Make Lasting Change

Ben Black | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Black

Having children with a French wife, I have experienced the childcare provided in France, and am happy to see the proposal bring us closer in line with other European countries. It's not about reinventing the wheel but learning from those who are already there, and making it work for us.

Liz Truss, You're So Wrong!

Julie Lightley | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK Politics
Julie Lightley

As someone who is responsible for running four nurseries - between them registered to look after over 290 children under the age of four - I can honestly say that plans to increase the amount of children that staff can look after gives me great concern.

Students Have Lost 'All Confidence' In Ofqual Over GCSE Row

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Students have lost all confidence in Ofqual following the row over GCSE English exam grades, a Labour MP has claimed. Nic Dakin, a former teacher, ...

ResHUFFle: The Women On The Up And On The Way Out

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK Politics

SEE ALSO: - Blogpost - why Cameron needs to refresh his team as the coalition continues to flounder - ResHUFFLe blog - the latest rumours and sp...

Chris Wimpress

Liz Truss: 'I Am Quite Bolshy Sometimes'

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Wimpress | Posted 10.05.2012 | UK Politics

For some reason I was worried that Liz Truss was going to be fierce. She's actually very pleasant, but always comes across as highly uncompromising i...