Schools Under Investigation Amid 'Hardline Muslim Plot' Claims

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK

Ofsted inspectors have been sent into 15 schools to investigate an alleged 'plot' by hardline Muslims to force out uncooperative headteachers and gove...

Should We Put Poor Two Year Olds in School?

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
June O'Sullivan MBE

He says put two year olds in school early and they will succeed but children aged three have been in school for the last 12 years and there is no research that shows that by being in school they have successfully helped children become 'school ready.'

Tackling Poor Attainment and Preventing NEETs HAS to Start with Character-Building

Lady Diana Whitmore | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lady Diana Whitmore

Former children's minister Tim Loughton said last week that improving educational outcomes is the key to tackling youth unemployment. He's absolutely right, and it is early intervention programmes like ours that can help to ensure the most disadvantaged young children and teenagers are able to achieve their full academic, and personal, potential.

Giving Children the Best Start in Life Needs More Than Schools

Jacob Tas | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

Helping the most vulnerable children is a daunting and complex task, and there will be disagreements about how to do it. But to move forward we need to keep the child at the centre, build on the progress children's centres have made and use it to make sure all children get the best start in life, healthy and supported at home.

Children Need To Start Education Aged Two, Says Ofsted Boss

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Children should be prepared for school life from the age of two, the chief inspector of schools has said, warning that too many early years education ...

Learning Through Play Is Vital to Help Children Prepare for Life Challenges

Liz Bayram | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Bayram

We're seeing government and regulators place less and less emphasis on fostering children's emotional literacy and resilience, boosting social confidence and supporting their independence - all of which a play based-approach to learning delivers. These are vital to help children not only become school ready, but life ready, too.

Teen Excluded From School After Walk-Out Protest Over Lack Of Homework

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A 14-year-old boy was excluded from school after he walked out of class in protest at not getting enough homework - and 100 of his fellow pupils follo...

Ofsted: Who Inspects the Inspectors?

Tony Mckenna | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tony Mckenna

From the moment you attend that first job interview, you can often find yourself participating in an elaborate and bizarre form of performance art. 'Why do you want the job?' - they ask. For most people, the answer is relatively simple - 'because I have bills to pay, kids to feed, etc...'

For Regular Regulation Wherever a Child Resides

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The current discussion over Ofsted concerns personalities - the chair, the chief inspector, and the minister. It's missing an important point...

REVEALED: Michael Gove's Shortlist For New Ofsted Chief

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Comedy

So Michael Gove has sacked Ofsted chief Sally Morgan. But who will replace her? HuffPost UK Comedy has got its hands on the Education Secretary's list...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Coalition Cronies?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 3 February 2014... 1) COALITION'S CRONIES? The Guardian and the FT both splash on the Gove '...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Gove Under Fire

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Sunday 2 February 2014... 1) GOVE UNDER FIRE The education secretary is under fire - from the schoo...

Fight! Fight! Fight!

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics

It's all kicking off in the Department for Education, with a furious row between Lib Dem David Laws and Tory chief Michael Gove. After Gove decided...

Empathy Not Rhetoric Needed to Address the Reality of Our Children's Homes

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The gap between the rhetoric and the reality of Government proposals for children's homes is increasingly deep. I am increasingly at a loss to find a way to help Ministers find the empathy for the situation the sector now finds itself placed in. We need our Ministers to be role models of effective child care policy and practice, and essential for good residential child care is something called reflective practice.

Putting People, Not Process, First for Families

Anne Longfield | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Anne Longfield

The Head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said on 22nd January that parents and families should take more responsibility for their own lives. It's a view I share. 4Children's own Family Commission told us that families, even very vulnerable families, want to be seen as part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Recalibrating the Machine

Stephen Carrick-Davies | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK
Stephen Carrick-Davies

It is crucial to look out there to turn around the learning if we are to re-calibrate the machine. If we as educators can't be open, radically re-learn from young people and collaborate with others out there to help fashion new digital tools and approaches to transforming the lives of marginalised young people, the queue will continue to be long and the cry that "Education, labour or the machine isn't working" will become ever louder.

What You (Probably) Didn't Hear About Ofsted's Report

Chris Jones | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

You would be forgiven for not knowing what Ofsted said about the FE and skills sector in their annual report, which was launched this week. After all, the national newspapers were caught up in the headlines of testing children from age seven and the poor behaviour of students...

Grammar Schools 'Don't Work' Ofsted Chief Says

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Grammar schools "don't work" at increasing social mobility and are "stuffed full" of middle-class children, Sir Michael Wilshaw has said. In an in...

Education Should Not Be a Postcode Lottery

Shumailla Dar | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK
Shumailla Dar

The answer seems like a straight-forward one to state but difficult to achieve, what we need is a multifaceted approach. Better teachers are not the only solution. We need a fairer system to judge the credibility of schools, and to help improve poorer areas as a whole.

UK Education System Needs to 'Step-Up' After Poor Pisa Results

Alex Dyer | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alex Dyer

When comparing UK students to students in Asian countries such as China and Singapore, we can see these leading countries place huge importance on the value of education, which is just not replicated to the same degree in the UK.

Sending Two-Year-Olds to School in Their Babygros

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

Why would two-year-olds not thrive in schools? For starters, they are likely to be in nappies, have limited language and may well be drinking from a bottle. Next, they need higher ratios of staff to children as they need access to stable attachments with a key person and sensitive and responsive care from everyone.

'We Must Fight Homophobia In Schools'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Homophobic bullying is still common in some schools, a charity has warned, to the extent some teachers are too fearful to reveal their sexuality. S...

Improving the Lives of Vulnerable Young People's Lives Is the Number Once Priority of Children's Homes Providers

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The first Ofsted annual social care report includes yet another recording of the sustained good practice that exists in our children's homes. Providers are clearly meeting what is required of them. Every time the bar has been raised, providers have met the challenge...

Muslim School Claims Unfair Treatment Over Hijab Complaints

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK

A Muslim free school which discriminated against women and required staff to cover their hair has said it is seeking legal advice over the way it has ...

WATCH: Hitler Reacts To Ofsted Inspection

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Comedy

UPDATE: Since posting this article, the video has been removed from YouTube by its user. Yes, yes, it's another 'Downfall' parody. But we'll forg...