Primary Education

Finding A Place For PSHE In Schools

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Dr Clare Owen

Time brings depth. With a narrow, exam-focused curriculum, we are doing our children an injustice if we don't invest in PSHE. Its teaching can help remove barriers, improve academic outcomes and help young people make informed choices. It surely isn't asking too much to give them the information they might need to handle difficulties better and the space to consider them.

Five Reasons Why Homework Is Good For Kids

Claire Quansah | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Quansah

Whilst in this specific situation it sounds like there should be some questions asked about the academic system they live in (no 10 year old needs two hours of homework a night), I worry that the backlash against homework for kids is going a bit too far.

The Digital Butterfly Effect

Liz Williams | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Tech
Liz Williams

This kind of thinking isn't just beneficial to traditionally tech subjects. It was also found that 96% of teachers felt that computational thinking improves numeracy, 69% said it helps with literacy and 99% agree it supports crucial soft skills like problem-solving.

The Cost Of Education

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK
Dr Clare Owen

How much further can we go before we are forced to admit that continuously saving money could mean we have to rescue education? The conversation must continue, but its focus needs to change. Let's stop talking about cuts and start talking about investment.

Let's Celebrate Creativity In The Classroom

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK
Dr Clare Owen

In our everyday lives, we need to be creative. Things come up that we didn't plan for: problems we didn't imagine we would have to solve, opportuniti...

2017: The Year Of Parent Power?

Pam Jarvis | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Parents
Pam Jarvis

As the Anglophone world prepares to move with trepidation into a new phase in its history, with the inauguration of Donald Trump and the beginnings of the Brexit negotiations, a quieter revolution is also under way which has equal potential to change society.

Why We Must Teach Our Children To Understand The Difference Between Fact And Opinion And The Role Of Experts

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Clare Owen

If it's difficult for us to discern the difference between fact, opinion and outright mistruths, just think how hard it is for our children. They are constantly subjected to this and, given the impact of social media, more intensely than we were at their age

When It Comes To Cyberbullying, Speed Is Key

Diarmuid Hudner | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Tech
Diarmuid Hudner

Conversations about the etiquette of communicating online need to start in primary school classrooms. Just as children learn their please and thank you's, they must understand how to act online. Both parents and teachers play a part in this. It is a new topic for most of us.

Languages: Key To Future Success

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Dr Clare Owen

Until 2005, all but a few students took a language in Key Stage 4. They were given the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, improve their...

Is Children's Down Time No Longer A Pastime?

Jo Caley | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Jo Caley

I agree that all children need encouragement to progress and succeed. But is a meaningless literacy worksheet (in which connectives, adjectives and determiners must be used) the right way to go about it? What even IS a 'determiner' when it's at home?!

Why have countries committed to development targets they might never reach?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

It seems a strange decision for any country, let alone all, to sign up to a global commitment they know they will never reach. End Hunger? Eradicate p...

Education needs to fundamentally change if we are to reach our global development goals

Aaron Benavot | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

The new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by UNESCO, released this morning, shows the vast potential for education to propel progress towards a...

'The New Normal' for 11-Year-Old SATs Pupils and Parents Are Fighting Back

Charlotte Martin | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Charlotte Martin

It's a sign of the desperation of Parents that the only way they can claim power is to take their children out of school. Taking students away from learning should be a last resort and yet for many it has become the only option. Without proper accountability it always will be.

I Love Grammar, But I Don't Love the SATs

Rebecca Ann Smith | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Ann Smith

You'd think I'd be pleased that our nation's children are being taught to use apostrophes correctly. Believe me, I want everyone in the country to use apostrophes correctly. I really do. But this is not the way to achieve that particular utopia. Here's what's wrong with the new SATs...

How to Triple the Availability of Textbooks Around the World

Aaron Benavot | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Our first new policy paper as the GEM Report is out today and shows how altering the textbook market to a more centralised finance model could take up...

Tanzania Abolishes Secondary School Fees - But Does Anything Come for Free?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

Primary school children in Tanzania. Credit: Frans Peeters It is extremely good news to hear that the United Republic of Tanzania has cancelled schoo...

Education Cannot Wait When Conflict Hits

Aaron Benavot | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

It's complicated, and we face a huge challenge to attract greater funds for schooling and teaching in conflict. But that shouldn't scare us off. The needs are huge, and we must use that as inspiration, rather than as a barrier, to our ambitions. Education cannot wait in times of an emergency. We have no time to lose.

What Happened When a Four-Year Old Coloured a Duck like a Rainbow

Victoria Leith | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK
Victoria Leith

I wonder now, in my early 40's if much has changed in schools. I know that teachers are over-stretched, under-paid and put under enormous pressures. I know that each individual teacher has their own life story to contend with. I know all of this because I am a teacher!

Allow Me to Fix Our Education System

Kirsten Brown | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kirsten Brown

Now, I have a sneaking suspicion that what I have done is state the glaringly obvious for people who have been teaching for a long time, and I apologise if that is the case. I'm new to teaching, however, and I'm pretty horrified. It's a job I want to do, I see it as more of a vocation, and I've been told I'm very good at it, 'outstanding', in fact.

Amanda Abbington Stars in 'God Bless the Child', Royal Court Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

On the surface, God Bless the Child is a satire on our education system and the hoops we make our teachers, and our children, jump through. Only it's so much more than this as it's also an examination of where power truly resides in a classroom.

Brazil's Children Missing Out on School During World Cup

Beth McLoughlin | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Beth McLoughlin

Since the World Cup started, Brazilian children have been enjoying the entertainment as much as children anywhere. Schools are closed in most areas for this month, but while those classes will be made up in December and January for most pupils..

No Progress in Reducing Out of School Numbers, With Some Exceptions

Aaron Benavot | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

As we consider the sorry state of international aid to education we must also remember that accessing school is also only part of the challenge; universal primary education goes beyond simply children enrolling in school - it also involves enabling them to complete their education and, as a result, acquire basic skills and knowledge...

Afghanistan: Rebuilding Girls' Education After Decades of Conflict

Manos Antoninis | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Manos Antoninis

For Nahida, education is not something to be viewed as a problem, but as part of the solution for breaking the cycle of conflict: "Educated people don't take guns," she said. "They don't destroy their country and their schools."

Syrian Refugees Make the Best of Temporary Schools

Manos Antoninis | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
Manos Antoninis

Mohammed, a teacher from Syria who lives in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, is participating in the Education for All Global Monitoring Report's #TeacherTuesday campaign. His daily struggle to help Syrian refugee children underlines the need to support teachers in difficult situations - and to make education a more central part of humanitarian efforts in conflict zones.

International Education Week: Why Education is so Important

Frontier | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frontier

Education is a process of providing structured information. It is accessible to every child for free in the developed world, so much so that it's almost taken for granted. The developing worlds are still striving to gain easily attainable education systems like ours, because education is seen as a platform whereby children can greaten themselves.