UK Schooling

Education Reform - Why It's Time to Abolish Dictatorial, Oppressive Ofsted

Natalie Bennett | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

General revolt against Ofsted is growing, with schools around the country (and their communities) saying that its processes are not fair or reasonable, its criteria arbitrary, and its inspections incredibly stressful and destructive.

You Don't Need a Government to Provide Quality Education

Dominic Frisby | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dominic Frisby

Thanks to the Industrial Revolution and the increased productivity it made possible, incomes began rising from the turn of the 19th century. As incomes rose, parents could afford increasing amounts of education for their children. The vigorous growth in schooling was, simply, a response to rising incomes - which is natural and normal.

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.

One Simple Step Could Solve Our School Places Crisis

Christine Blower | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Christine Blower

With more than half of secondary schools now academies or free schools: independent of local authorities and accountable to the Secretary of State, the role of councils in organising school admissions has become more and more unclear.

Headteacher Forced Children To Kneel Before Him

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Kneeling before royalty is a little twee, but most Britons assent when in the presence of Her Majesty or a member of her extended clan. In the US,...

Gove Needs to Learn About Teachers

Richard Grayson | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Grayson

While it is common for people to lament teachers 'knocking off at 3.30' and 'getting six weeks in the summer', the very large number of state school teachers I know have very different lives. They work well after 3.30 each day, often into the early hours, and certainly every evening.

Michael Oakeshott on Rationalism and How Practice Trumps Theory

Brian John Spencer | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Michael Oakeshott was an English political philosopher of the conservative tradition. He died in 1990 and was all about small government, individual liberty, political conservatism and economic liberalism. Think Edmund Burke; or the Austrian political economist, Freidrich Hayek without the abstract potentialities.

Keep the State Out of Our Love Lives

Joel Durston | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Politics
Joel Durston

The truth is relationships and sex are (literally) f***ing minefields. Any attempt for the state to intrude further into non-criminal in this would inevitably draw widespread criticism from those of all political persuasions.

Not Making the Grade: The Decades of Failure of British Government Schools Policy

Natalie Bennett | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

I loved learning about lungfish. But I don't want to force them into the curriculum. Schooling is an area of government policy subject to a peculiar ...

The Future

Alix Long | Posted 04.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

I guess it's a bad thing that in today's society 'The Future' is not seen as something positive or aspiring, but instead something you have to prepare for with a trillion exams and work experience.

Could Placing Apprenticeship Applications in the Hands of UCAS Be a Major Step Forward?

TES FE Focus | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
TES FE Focus

There's something to be said for a single application process for all school leavers: UCAS has been gesturing in this direction for a while, with UCAS Progress, which was intended to incorporate all the options from 14 to 19, although so far hasn't included work-based options.

Is A Private Education Becoming Even More Exclusive?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Private school fees have increased by significantly more than inflation over the past decade, making it difficult for people in many occupations to af...

What Is the Key Ingredient of a Successful School?

Stephen Twigg | Posted 08.09.2012 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

For the government, it seems to be to hark back to a nostalgic view of the past. So Michael Gove has come out in favour of a 1950s exam system for secondary schools, and Victorian-era rote learning at primary school.

Our Schools Must Become Cradles for Innovation

Stephen Twigg | Posted 26.05.2012 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

Education is not about learning by rote, or sitting in rows, but about interaction and generating excitement in young people.

Wackoidal: The new Education Buzz Word?

Clare Sarson | Posted 05.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education
Clare Sarson

On the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Michael Gove was invited to discuss the twenty-four free schools opening this month. The free schools are a Conservative invention: centrally funded, outside of local authority control and run by anyone who wants to run one.

The Need for More Male Teachers

Will Scott | Posted 04.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education
Will Scott

I'm aware that this is a controversial topic, there are papers like this which vehemently disagree with my own experience of male role models, although the authors do still conclude that there should be more men in early-years teaching.

GCSE Results Will Expose a Divide in British Society

Brett Wigdortz | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK Universities & Education
Brett Wigdortz

It would be hard not to notice that GCSE results were released this morning, and the headlines could probably have been written weeks in advance - lots of As and A*s

Current British Attitudes to the Higher Education 'Brand'

YouGov-Cambridge | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK Universities & Education
YouGov-Cambridge

Higher education (HE), especially here in England, seems to be experiencing unprecedented attention, scrutiny and debate at the moment.

Hey, MP, Leave Those Kids Alone!

Peter Wride | Posted 17.10.2011 | UK Universities & Education
Peter Wride

In today's educational world, teachers are frequently the butt of criticism and accusations of systemic failure. They lack discipline, are unable to command respect and have poor qualifications.

Forward thinking - Education for all our Futures

Christine Blower | Posted 17.10.2011 | UK Universities & Education
Christine Blower

The National Union of Teachers believes in an education system that provides the best for all our children and for all our communities - a good local school for every child. Joined up thinking and democratic accountability are crucial but, as we approach the new school year, this vision is under renewed threat.

Is the Rise in SATS Results Actually bad News?

Anastasia de Waal | Posted 04.10.2011 | UK
Anastasia de Waal

The bottom line is that if primary school tests are being prepared for, neither test nor teacher is doing their job properly. The preparation for primary school tests should be primary school itself.

Third Of Pupils Failing, Report Says

Press Association | Press Association | Posted 01.10.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Around a third of 11-year-olds could be leaving primary school this summer without a good grasp of reading, writing and maths, it...

Why Teach First needs to Become Bigger - and Universities need to Support it Properly, not Just With Warm Words

Lord Andrew Adonis | Posted 11.09.2011 | UK Politics
Lord Andrew Adonis

Radical change is needed to counter this virtual apartheid within our education system. The elite private schools - all of them are charities, believe it or not - should all be setting up academies and become directly engaged in providing state-funded education by means of these independent state schools, extending their excellent academic teaching and success at university entrance to more deprived communities.