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Five Reasons Every Child Should Learn How To Knit

Beth Searle | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK Parents
Beth Searle

Who taught you how to knit? Almost everyone I know has that one person who taught them how to knit or crochet or cross-stitch when they were young. ...

Teachers Vs Social Media

Russell Haworth | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Tech
Russell Haworth

Teachers have always faced challenges - time changes the medium but not the content. The teachers of today still face the issues of bullying and abuse, fighting against a tide of inattention. In 2017, however, they are working against smartphones and the digital world rather than pieces of paper and fisticuffs.

Coming Out At School Was The Most Profound Experience Of My Life

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

I feel privileged to witness the positive impact my work has had upon individuals, upon schools and through advising on policy, upon the education system itself. Coming out to a whole school community was indeed the most profound thing I have ever done. We carry on with hope in our hearts, the battle for real equality is only just beginning. Authentic identity should never be a privilege.

GCSE Results And 'Reforms' 2017

Scott Charlesworth | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK
Scott Charlesworth

Results day morning, Twitter is full of tweets from panicked and sleep deprived students, the existentialists are asking why their future should be de...

Our Education Systems Must Explore Human Prejudice From The Very Beginning

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK
Shaun Dellenty

A new academic year! An exciting time ripe with possibilities and promise. It is vital that schools get these all important first days in our educatio...

Marking Time

Caragh Little | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK
Caragh Little

So the famous, iconic chimes of Big Ben are to fall silent until 2021 to allow for essential repair work. It's hard to imagine London without the famo...

School's Out For Summer - Time To Consider Teaching

Mat Galvin | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK
Mat Galvin

It was overwhelming to see so many thank yous to teachers as term ended and the summer holidays began. One in particular that caught my eye, and the hearts of many, was a student from Bristol, thanking their primary school teacher through a very 'sweet' and imaginative approach.

The 2017 Challenge For GCSE Students? Explaining What Their Results Mean

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

The real worry for every teacher though? Once the changes have finally come in, some bright spark in government might well decide to change the whole thing all over again. Politicians like changing things, you see. Sometimes though the best thing to do is leave everything well alone - and allow teachers sufficient time to become experts in what they're teaching.

More Understanding From Teachers Needed For Children In Care

Chloe Cockett | Posted 30.07.2017 | UK
Chloe Cockett

We know that teachers encounter a variety of children with differing needs that must be met in their classrooms, so that every child can learn. But children in care are one of those groups of children who need particular help to learn, and who have particular circumstances in their home life that can impact on their education.

Food for thought: why our teachers need to be taught about nutrition

Roy Ballam | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Roy Ballam

Last month you may have seen the news headlines dominated by "Fish fingers are made of chicken and Fruit Pastilles are one of your five-a-day, say UK ...

The Price Of Everything

Caragh Little | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK
Caragh Little

I know I'll never be able to repay the value of what I've learned when I'm nowhere near a school or university. When I'm learning about managing my health and well-being from people who actually care. When I'm talking to friends and family about just about everything on earth, laughing, occasionally crying, almost always drinking coffee.

Teaching Excellence Framework Results: It Is Time To Stand Up For Quality Teaching - Every University Should Be Going For Gold

Graham Galbraith | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK
Graham Galbraith

The release of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has been met with mixed reactions. The new scheme was set up to recognise excellent teaching an...

The Teaching Excellence Framework Will Make University Teaching Worse

Joanna Williams | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Joanna Williams

Teaching quality can best be improved by liberating academics from the many demands on their time that have little to do with scholarship. This means not just abandoning the TEF but going further and scrapping the REF too.

Teaching (In)tolerance In Schools

Christina Easton | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK
Christina Easton

Speaking after the London Bridge attack on Saturday, Theresa May stated that there is "far too much tolerance" of extremism in Britain. Given the stro...

Investing In STEM In Schools Is Key To Closing The Digital Skills Gap

Cin-Yee Ho | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Tech
Cin-Yee Ho

However, there is also much promise, with productivity gap concerns finally sparking further investment in education and skills to combat the UK's longer-term economic pressures. The key for closing our digital skills gap will be ensuring a significant portion of that investment goes towards STEM initiatives in schools. But where to invest?

Why I'm Tired Of Telling Your Children They Are Never Quite Good Enough

Alice Wilde | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Alice Wilde

We are encouraged to give the children targets, no matter how superb they are. They all need to stretch harder, to aim higher, to push themselves. It is not really OK to give official praise without also giving a push.

I Am Not A Teacher Any More - And It Was The Right Decision

Danielle Duggins | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Parents
Danielle Duggins

I clipped the curb, upturned the car. As branches smashed the window, we were showered with glass, jagged shards missing his face by inches. Kind strangers pulled him from the wreckage, grazed and bruised, screaming, while I waited for the fire service to get me out, my arms aching to hold him.

SATs - When Teachers Don't Teach

Daniel Singleton | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK
Daniel Singleton

Year Six children don't walk out of school at the end of the year with a SATs qualification - again, this is for the school and not for the children; yet all of Year Six is geared around SATs. So the truth is that teachers are not teaching for learning - they are teaching for a test. This is where the damage is done.

Student Debt 'Should Be Erased After Seven Years If People Become Teachers'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Teachers should have their student debt erased after seven years, a report looking at the “worrying” state of teaching recruitment has suggested. ...

Six Tips On How To Help Young Children Learn To Write

Mary Walton | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Mary Walton

When children are learning to write for the first time, help at home is essential. You want to help them get the hang of writing, but do you have no idea where to start? No worries. Here's six tips that will help your kids get the hang of writing.

Sex Ed Isn't Scary If Schools Put Relationships First

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Haisman-Smith

The Department for Education's recent announcement that Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) will be mandatory in schools, starting at age 4, is one that may scare some teachers. Sex is often seen as a taboo subject, even in general society, and for a teacher speaking to a classroom full of children delivering SRE could be an embarrassing prospect.

A Level Archaeology: Down But Certainly Not Out

Dan Boatright | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Boatright

So, while the future may not be as bright for the subject as we would have hoped, we certainly won't be disheartened over the next year and hopefully we can convince more people to take this subject at university as we say our final goodbyes.

My Job Means I Can Be Many Things - Does Yours?

Mat Galvin | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK
Mat Galvin

Last month, it was fantastic to read about the finalists of the Global Teacher Prize. What a wonderful set of individuals doing amazing things around ...

The Elephant In The (Staff) Room - Why We Need To Talk About Teacher Wellbeing

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Nick Haisman-Smith

It is impossible to support the social and emotional health of young people, if we as teachers do not attend to our own emotional health.

Why I Have No Life

Farida Ahmed | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Farida Ahmed

This is the story behind the teller. I work 7 days a week. I have four (and a half) jobs. I am an academic mentor at a Sixth Form College, a Private Tutor, a Nanny, a Blogger and a Postgrad Student all in one. Honestly, sometimes it feels like I literally have no life.