National Curriculum

The Coding Curriculum - And Why We Need to Look Back to Go Forward

Jon Silvera | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK
Jon Silvera

The phrase 'back to basics' is widely used when things have gone wrong, become confused, entangled or over complicated. It's a very old saying and a particularly common one too. Very often it is used to instil confidence and trust in getting it right this time.

Gove's Re-whiting of Knowledge

Nick Cartwright | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Cartwright

Gove saw the fallacy of New Labour's claim that knowledge had only instrumental value and took the opportunity to give a Conservative answer to the question what counts as knowledge which is now entrenched in Britain's educational policies and structures.

Parents Protest Against Year 2 SATs Tests

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Parents

Thousands of parents are calling on Nicky Morgan to drop the SATs tests children take in Year 2. The petition was started by a group of parents who f...

Lily Allen Thinks Kids Should Learn The 'Dangers Of Marriage' At School

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Parents

Lily Allen believes the National Curriculum should include lessons on the "dangers of marriage". The mum-of-two - who has daughters Ethel, four, a...

Education: You Don't Fatten a Pig by Just Weighing It

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 03.01.2016 | UK Politics
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

Nicky Morgan and co. will soldier on defiantly, blinded by arrogance and convinced of their righteousness. Meanwhile, those young people for whom unrelenting testing and its associated pressures present greater difficulty will increasingly buckle under the weight of unrealistic - and utterly unfair - expectations. The emotional impact of this can be profound. In May 2015, the NSPCC reported a 200% increase in students seeking counselling specifically for exam stress. This one-size-fits-all approach to education is wreaking potentially irreparable damage on the health of England's young people.

Teaching Young People About Mental Health Is the Key to Helping Them Understand It

Chris Lambert | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK
Chris Lambert

f we educate the next generation, we are not only promoting equality, but hope to dispel myths and stereotypes for mental health in a world free of discrimination, where bullying is a mere memory and we are prejudice free, over race, religion, gender and physical/mental health impairments.

Teachers Say They Need More Support to Meet Literacy Requirements of New National Curriculum

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

There is almost unanimous agreement among teachers of the importance of promoting literacy across all subjects, but teachers need more support to enable them to fulfil the literacy requirements of the new National Curriculum, according to our new research.

Back to School: Treading a New Path in Education

Julie Booth | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

As children returned to lessons this September in their brand new uniforms and shiny shoes, full of excitement and anticipation, many were unaware of the work their schools have been doing in preparation for the new academic year.

People Petition For Kids To Have Driving Lessons At School

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Parents

A petition has been launched asking the government to "save lives" by introducing driving lessons and road safety into the school curriculum. The p...

A New Golden Age for UK Technology Start Ups?

Chris Ciauri | Posted 05.06.2016 | UK Tech
Chris Ciauri

How can the tech sector marry today's feeling of optimism - and the private sector cash that is aligned with that growth - with the creation of both a societal and industry infrastructure that will enable technology-orientated people and businesses to flourish and grow?

Decoding Your Child's School Report

Parentdish UK | Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Parents

An update on decoding your child's school report can be viewed here. Just got your child's school report? Flummoxed by all those National Curricul...

Should Body Confidence Be On The National Curriculum?

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Calls have been made for body confidence to be taught in schools as nearly half of young girls opt out of exercise because they don't like the way the...

Could Your Child's Teachers Be Struggling?

Julie Booth | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

With the new academic year now well underway, children across England will be getting used to a revamped national curriculum, which the government has described as "rigorous, engaging and tough".

Adding Girls Into the Tech Equation

Anne Marie Neatham | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Tech
Anne Marie Neatham

The technology industry constantly pushes boundaries. Unfortunately we have not succeeded in removing the perceived boundaries that stop women from opting to work in technical careers.

Programming for Life

Anne Marie Neatham | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Tech
Anne Marie Neatham

Coding is about so much more than helping children understand the technology they are using - it is about giving them skills for life. Coding improves problem solving and thinking skills, and will play a hugely important role in improving children's future employment prospects.

The New Curriculum: The Implementation May Be Messy But There Is a Definite Need for Change

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK
Carey Ann Dodah

This September a new national curriculum will be taught in schools across England. This could lead to testing times for parents, teachers and children alike, as they embark on the challenge of getting to grips with new expectations and new ways of learning.

Mindful Media: How Mindfulness Is Bringing an Answer to Sex and Violence in Media

Jeremy Wickremer | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jeremy Wickremer

You wouldn't let a stranger babysit your child, and you would protect your child against physical danger. Yet every day strangers have direct access to our children's fertile minds, through their mobiles, tablets, TVs, computers and game boxes.

Give the Needle and Thread a Chance

Lisa Comfort | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Comfort

With a needle and thread you can sew on a button, make a beautiful dress and also have rewarding career. So why is it a shrinking part of our national curriculum?

Literature's Resurgence, Rap's Rebranding and Young Londoners Reconnecting the Two

Marvin Williams | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marvin Williams

Through literature hip hop's viewed beyond the negative preconceptions. Through hip hop, literature's no longer a dreaded GCSE exam but a popular pastime again.

Is It Time for Schools to Tackle Eating Disorders, as Equal to Obesity and the Healthy Eating Agenda?

Sam Thomas | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Thomas

Despite having an eating disorder I'd never heard of bulimia, let alone knew it was a mental illness. Most days I would run out of lessons or avoid lessons completely to escape the torment of bullies. I'd hide in the boys toilets and lock myself in a cubicle as it was the only place where I couldn't be found.

School Leavers Were More Prepared For Work In 1851 Than Today, Study Claims

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Young people leaving school in 1851 were better equipped with skills for the job market than school leavers today, a study is claiming. Victorian s...

'Guinea Pig' Pupils Tested Too Much, Warns Union Leader

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

"Guinea pig" pupils are tested too much and should not be labelled "substandard citizens" if they fail to meet the Government's definition of academic...

Michael Gove's New School Curriculum: What's On It?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Micheal Gove has published a revised national curriculum, to be introduced to schools in England in September 2014. The publication has received s...

Give Students Mental Health Lessons, Urges Charity

PA | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Pupils should be given lessons on mental health, it has been suggested, amid fresh concerns that many youngsters are affected by the issue. Campaig...

'Leftist Fat Cat' or Teachers' Saviour? Interview With NUT General Secretary Christine Blower

Hannah Gal | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Politics
Hannah Gal

Following my interview with Michael Gove's department, I present the very same questions to Christine Blower, the National Union of Teachers' general secretary.