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Parents Need to Become Better 'Road Models'

Jo Whiley | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Whiley

Everyone picks up bad habits in life as well as driving, it's inevitable, but when you have children it's important to make sure you're not making glaring mistakes on a regular basis. I suppose that what many people need to realise is that if for instance your child grows up watching you on your phone in the car then they'll believe that it is safe behaviour.

Ban The Bored!

Caragh Little | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK
Caragh Little

That old, despair-inducing, dull, ancient, out-of-touch, humourless, clueless dinosaur. That's not a plastic statue in a city shopping centre, or a terrifying exhibit in the Natural History Museum. Unless I do something to ban the bored, that's me.

The Crying Shame of Denying LGBT Teachers Their Authenticity

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

A new term, you're starting to feel that you have established yourself with parents and pupils. You remain instinctively cautious on entering unfamiliar contexts; a side effect of years of school-based bullying, resulting in lapses onto anxiety medication...

Could Your Child's Teachers Be Struggling?

Julie Booth | Posted 09.10.2014 | 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".

For the Flourishing of Young Minds: The Mindfulness Toolkit for Tough Times

Richard Burnett | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Burnett

Mindfulness is not enough on its own; it is no silver bullet. Schools are complex places and people more complex still - teachers, pupils and parents alike. Mindfulness must be part of a broader pastoral net, not only in terms of social and emotional learning, but also child protection.

Elite Schools Should Support Academies or Lose Charitable Status

Charlie Rigby | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK
Charlie Rigby

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted, said recently that private schools should be stripped of their charitable status for failing to sponsor academies and struggling state schools in poor areas. Through my personal experience of the private education system and my current work to provide academies with cost effective extra-curricular programs, I couldn't agree with him more.

Stop Teaching Your Child to Read!

William Higham | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

The government is launching a new campaign this week to encourage better reading among the young: "Read On. Get On". Based on a report that links the inability to "read well" with potential joblessness later in life, it's the latest of many articles and reports bemoaning a decline in traditional reading skills among young people.

Mindfulness: Bringing the Teenage Brain On-board

Richard Burnett | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Burnett

An hour teaching teenagers who don't want to be there something they don't want to learn is never pleasant... A few things tend to raise their curiosity: that they can physically change their brain; that mindfulness is used by top sportsmen and musicians; that it might help with their exams or, at the very least, help them worry less about their exams.

Regardless of GCSE Results There's Now a Real Opportunity for Educational Reform

Charlie Rigby | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Rigby

GCSE results alone provide a narrow and confusing measure of success with no real consideration of the overall benefits to children of their time at school... under new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, there is a real opportunity to take an approach which not only provides a strong academic grounding but also instils character values in students.

Tiredness Kills!

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Lovewell

It may seem a little drastic to compare the need for rest with risk of death. But, in terms of mental and emotional health, I believe it is. Tiredness murders patience and obliterates joy. Chronic tiredness can also crucify confidence, self-esteem and kindness.

We Don't Need No Education

Horace Trubridge | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Horace Trubridge

Did you have a teacher who sparked an interest in a subject for you? Who went that extra mile and was so absorbed and enthused by their subject that you couldn't help but be in awe of them as a teacher, and years afterwards you can still remember how you couldn't wait for their lesson?

Mindful Moments Make a Difference to Your Life - Personally and Professionally.

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kathryn Lovewell

Mindful moments can occur during the simplest of tasks - taking the register, hanging out the socks or making a cup of tea... Whatever profession you are in; whether a teacher, a nurse or an architect; you will be more effective, productive and creative when you include a mindful practice into your working and personal life.

Life-Time Ban For Teacher Who Punched And Pulled Hair Of Students

The Huffington Post UK | Miriam Brown | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A teacher from a secondary school in Solihull, Birmingham has been given a life-time ban from teaching after punching, jabbing and pulling the hair of...

The Many Ways to Be Smart

Chris Jones | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

Too many students believe that straight As are the only golden ticket to a fantastic career, and write-off the value of broader workplace skills. We shouldn't let young people fall into the trap of thinking that exams are all that matter.

I Have Never Cared for Breakfast TV

Carl Hutchinson | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Carl Hutchinson

I have never cared for breakfast TV. It's usually due to the fact that I associate it with being woken up before I am ready to meet the day. As I work in the evenings I seldom need to get up in time for a typical 6am show, nor do I see the need to record it for when I do rise.

Teaching, Diving and Looking for Lemurs in Madagascar

Frontier | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

It took me a week to get used to the environment, as even though I liked the food, I struggled to eat much, though I soon got my appetite back to its usual size once I had adjusted to the climate and my malaria pills. Anyway despite my lack of energy I still enjoyed the quick intro into PADI (I found that I was at a slight advantage as I had already started working through the book).

Why I Said No to the Job

Maria Senise | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

I earned my teaching certification over a year ago, and at first, I was so excited to teach; now, after seeing all of the political and bureaucratic bullshit involved, the idea repulses me. Teaching summer school the past couple of years has been kind of alright because there aren't any standardized tests or government dictates involved.

What I Learned From Visiting Reach Academy Feltham

Oliver Beach | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Beach

I asked one Year 8 girl what she is going to achieve in her GCSEs in 2017, to which she replied with utmost certainty: "A*s in EVERY subject;" refreshingly aspirational... There was no despondency about 'being rubbish at Maths' or 'not enjoying English'.

Drunk in Charge of a School Football Team

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Lovewell

'Teachers in a 'drunken brawl' on school trip to Barcelona'. That was the headline that I returned to when emerging from a detox retreat (my partner chose not to tell me the 'news' until my 'quiet time' was over to avoid any disruption to my focus on mental and emotional peace!).

The How to Guide of Teaching, Living, and Dating in South Korea

Toni Rae | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Rae

Living overseas is not just an admirable endeavor, it is a complete lifestyle change. Back in 2008, after my third lay off at the ripe old age of 25, I chose to take a position teaching English in South Korea at Yang Yang Girls' High School. Now here are some things you should know about teaching in South Korea...

Mindfulness in Schools

Anna Moody | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Moody

Has anyone noticed that things are a bit 'off' in the world at the moment? How do we set about course correcting? Can anyone come up with a solution?

Teachers: Burnt Out or Burning Brightly?

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kathryn Lovewell

Who do you want in front of your kids for over 500 hours of their formative years - a stressed, intolerant screeching banshee or a calm, compassionate and flexible human being with a sense of humour?

A toast to teachers

Dominic Stevenson | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Dominic Stevenson

Teaching isn't easy, and it's getting harder as ministers and parents decide they know best, but teachers will carry on. They'll strive and sweat and do their best and they will change more lives and they'll be remembered in years to come when dreams they helped to build come true.

The Last Taboo

Shirley Conran | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK
Shirley Conran

It is the last taboo. Talking about it is not something a nice girl does in mixed company, it is indelicate, unfeminine. Many women have been raised to believe that men are "naturally good" at money matters and women are "naturally bad" at money matters. It's not said directly, little girls pick up this idea by osmosis. Outside the home, for a man to say he wants more money or ask for a raise is acceptable; it goes with the hairy chest and the company car. But women can't say that, they won't even admit it to themselves and they don't want to think about why.

Exams! From Mum's Perspective!

Janey Jones | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Janey Jones

I try to help them through in various motherly ways. Providing tubs for stuff relating to each subject, feeding them with Jamie Oliver steak sandwiches, roast chicken dinners, bananas, strawberries, blueberries and trays of home-made tiffin.