UK Schooling

Enjoy The Mess And Get A Sun Tan: Tips To Make The Summer Holidays Run Smoothly

John L. Adams | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Parents
John L. Adams

Dedicating just a few minutes to structured activities each day will make life considerably easier for you when the kids return to school. All that's needed is five or ten minutes of spellings or times tables. In my experience, it helps children settle back into school at the other end of the holidays.

From Class Clown To Comedy, I've Always Loved Making People Laugh

Seann Walsh | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Comedy
Seann Walsh

Seann Walsh is a stand-up comedian and actor from Brighton. He has sold out many-a-show, won numerous awards and has appeared on a range of television shows including Mock The Week and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. Here, for The Huffington Post UK, he vlogs about the comedians that inspire him, his favourite joke and being the class clown.

From Parenttech To Healthy Chocolate: 10 Key Parenting Trends For 2017

Lisa Williams | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Williams

What does 2017 have in store for parenting in the UK? From TantrumXYZ's work with early adopters, the parenting business community and parenting influencers, this is what we identify as being the top 10 key trends for parenting and childcare in 2017...

Britain's Comprehensive School Mistake

David Lloyd | Posted 09.09.2017 | UK Politics
David Lloyd

Britain had just gone decimal, T. Rex were riding high and I donned the over-long trousers of my shiny black uniform for the first time to attend my battered seventies Comprehensive school.

Learning To Let Go - Stressful Parenting

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

As a parent there will always be a natural need to protect them from potential harm or our past negative experiences, however in order educate them we need to let go...allow them to learn from the world outside of our control.

Radical Change Is Needed to Fix Our Education System - This Could Be It

Zion Lights | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Politics
Zion Lights

This is something we can all learn from, as adults who are members of a broken political system which will be inherited by young people who are in a broken schooling system. We must fix one to fix the other, and major change is required to break the vicious cycle.

A School for All?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mik Scarlet

After spending a day at Putteridge High School meeting the students and the committed staff members, I am sure that the Inclusive approach to education really works. Putteridge does have two special needs groups, made up of children of all abilities and impairments, but the goal is for those students to enter the mainstream classes eventually.

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

Natalie Bennett | Posted 09.05.2014 | 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

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

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