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An Open Letter to Nicky Morgan From One of The 55,000

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Politics
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

Our young people deserve an Education Secretary that listens to, and takes seriously, the concerns of the experts: teachers. They deserve someone at the helm that recognises the crisis at the heart of the system they steer and acts to resolve it. Only this will stem the haemorrhage of principled educators from the profession. Be in no doubt, Nicky, this is happening on your watch. Act now.

'Digital Crack' Babies

Martyn Stewart | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Martyn Stewart

Despite rewiring our minds, one constant remains. The human desire for loving connections and the natural consequences of this; children! Even when addicted to drugs, humans don't stop having children and just like the epidemic before it, an unforeseen legacy lingers.

English Language: A Persistent Issue in Indonesia

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Whenever she is called, Celina says frequently, 'Pardon', to clarify our utterances. With her authentic smile and shy character, she then said; 'I am sorry, my English is not good'. Celina arrived in Manchester with obsequious English skills and a simple dream; to work as a cleaner in a restaurant.

The New GCSE Mathematics Syllabus: What's Wrong

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

From 2017, the new GCSE Mathematics syllabus will be examined. There's much to admire about the principle - more problem solving, a little more rigour...

Why I Left Teaching

Emma Critchley | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Critchley

I was good at my job but I was failing my family. The birth of my second daughter made me realise that I couldn't continue as a teacher. I was one of the many teachers leaving the profession but this wasn't for the reasons the media would have you believe.

Why I'm Rallying With Teaching Unions Against Tory Education Reforms

Lucy Powell | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Politics
Lucy Powell

Today I'm joining parents and teachers across the country, alongside the ATL and NUT, to rally against unnecessary and unwanted changes to our schools system announced last week. The Tory Government's plans to force all schools to become academies is a top-down, costly reorganisation of our schools, which nobody wants and schools don't need. The anger from parents and teachers against these plans has been swift and palpable.

Reasons to Be Cheerful About UK Education Following the Budget

Patrick Hayes | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Politics
Patrick Hayes

A poll of over 4,000 teachers published in the Guardian makes for some sobering reading. In England, apparently 43 per cent of state-school teachers p...

Why LGBT Education Needs to Be on Every School's Agenda

Tamsin Bartlett | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK
Tamsin Bartlett

Let's start analysing the work of LGBT poets in English and study the lives of LGBT figures in History. Let's provide books in the school library with LGBT characters that tell their own stories in a way young people can identify with. Let's include our LGBT students in school life, setting up spaces where they can feel comfortable in our community.

Baseline Assessment Tests - Another Fine Mess the Government Has Got Into

Jenny Chapman | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Politics
Jenny Chapman

Assessment forms an important part of our education system, allowing teachers to identify and work on a child's weakness and to let parents know how their child is performing and how they can help their child progress. However, questions are currently being raised by teachers and parents about how this new system will work.

I Went Back to My School After 12 Years and Shone a Light in a Dark Place

Jojo Furnival | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

I didn't have a happy time at school. I was clever, and bored most of the time so I became rebellious. Smoking became interesting, as did drinking. After my GCSE's I changed schools, being awarded a music scholarship to a well-known boarding school.

Can We Help Children Manage Their Online Lives?

Rachel Jones | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Tech
Rachel Jones

The survey found that amongst 13- to 18-year-olds, 96% were signed up to social media networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Whatsapp. This to me isn't surprising at all, although I do find the inclusion of FaceBook interesting, as in my experience, children tend not to use this platform as much as the other social media apps mentioned.

How to Get Into the Design Industry

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

As with any career, the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult, and design is no different. There is no definitive set of rules when embarking on a career in the creative, but there are many ways to strengthen your case. I've created a list of four tips that are easy to implement, no matter your current status, and will help assist you on your journey to design success.

Violence Against Teachers - It's a Children's Mental Health Issue

Siobhan Freegard | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Parents
Siobhan Freegard

What's your first thought when you hear of a teacher being attacked at school? That the child is 'bad' and needs to be taught a lesson? That it's the parents' fault for not teaching them right from wrong? Or that the child could be mentally ill and knows no other way of expressing their anguish and pain?

How to Triple the Availability of Textbooks Around the World

Aaron Benavot | Posted 19.01.2016 | 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...

It's Time That Mental Health Was Taught on Education

Matt Clifton | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Clifton

I remember back at school, the thoughts continuously just appear in my head now and then. However, what I remember most was that there was little unde...

A Lesson in Supporting Victims of Child Abuse

Fiona Smith | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

Everyone who works with children wants to help and protect them. But as a recent report revealed that only one in 8 cases of child sexual abuse is being reported, something is clearly not working.

Reject League Tables in Favour of Inspiration

Andrew Fitzmaurice | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Andrew Fitzmaurice

Education is about inspiring people to learn and to be passionate about learning. But for too long, and in too many schools and countries around the w...

Dear Teacher... You May Never be Good Enough

Victoria Leith | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Leith

Are you like me and know many friends and colleagues who have had nervous breakdowns? Have stood in lessons and cried, who get home in their car night after night, weeping at the wheel and who get up in the morning and dread going to school? You might be this person. And there is no shame in it.

Defining the Recipe for Educational Success

Julie Booth | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

'I'm never going to put boundaries on myself ever again. I'm never going to say I can't do it. I'm never going to say "maybe". I'm never going to say ...

Help! What Are Phonics? A Confused Parent's Guide

Isabelle Lee | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

Being a linguist, a primary school teacher, and a parent who taught my children to read, here is my breakdown for you, explaining why they are worth the effort, and why your child may become a better reader and speller because of them.

Why Further Assessing Our Children Might Only Be a Test of Patience

Jackie Brock | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Jackie Brock

Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has made an impressive commitment to children in Scotland. She has staked her political reputation to the aim of eliminating the gap in attaining qualifications between Scotland's richest and poorest children.

Why Your Minority Students Need Role Models - And Where to Find Them

Tatiana August-Schmidt | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK
Tatiana August-Schmidt

There is a growing mismatch between the diversity of students and teachers in schools across England. In 2014, nearly 30 per cent of pupils in state-f...

Because We're Worth It

Caragh Little | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Caragh Little

As the dark evenings gather, perhaps Tweeting Teachers or teachers who tweet should not feel bound to a litany of 'could do better'. Perhaps the cacophony of negative headlines, which don't seem to attack other professions with such crushing regularity - should turn its volume down.

Don't Pick Your Battles

Melissa Hood | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Parents
Melissa Hood

We need to make sure we avoid the terminology of battles even in our own minds because language shapes our experience and the more we talk or even think about battling with our kids the more that will happen. That's how our brains work.

Celebrate International Literacy Day With Your Children

Lisa Bradburn | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Parents
Lisa Bradburn

As a teacher turned toy hunter, literacy is close to my heart and it's a skill we quickly take for granted once accomplished, so this special day offers us a chance to recognise how lucky we are to be able to read and write.