UK Teaching

This School Teacher Turned Her Classroom Into Hogwarts

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Parents

An incredibly proud husband has posted pictures of his wife's school classroom - dressed up as Hogwarts from the Harry Potter novels. Stephanie Ste...

A Note to Everyone Who Did Not Get the Grades They Wanted

Victoria Leith | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
Victoria Leith

I am sure there are many like me who did not get the results they wanted. Is this you? If so, I need to let you know something. It is OK. Really!

Teach Last: Are Retirees the Answer to Our Teacher Shortage Crisis?

Rae Duke | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK
Rae Duke

With 4 in 10 teachers leaving the profession within their first year there's no denying that UK schools are finding it harder and harder to recruit st...

The Case for Ridding Schools of Technology

Rachel Jones | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Tech
Rachel Jones

Tech can provide a huge range of opportunities for learning, I don't think you can argue against that. But I sometimes think there needs to be a little thought into what's used, how it's used, and what the outcomes are.

Encouraging a Reluctant Reader: Top 10 Tips

Isabelle Lee | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

I am going to assume that you know the basics of making sure you have lots of books at home, that you read every day to your child (with enthusiasm!) and that you have books that interest your child. Beyond that, here are my Top 10 Tips...

The School That Ditched Homework

Rae Duke | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK
Rae Duke

There's a school really making waves in the world of education and those waves are rippling out to broader shores.

Grumpy Dad Takes on Teachers

Ashley Beolens | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Parents
Ashley Beolens

I know I'm a grumpy old sod and that there are many, many things that really get on my nerves or bug me in ways you cannot comprehend but one that is really up there is teachers, who we must remember are huge influences on our young children's minds, that have a poor grasp of grammar, bad enunciation and a poor grasp of the English language.

Don't Teach Boys Not to Hit Girls, Teach Them Not to Hit

Eamonn Crowe | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eamonn Crowe

Here, I want to stress that violence against women is far too common and is an extremely serious matter, which I would never want to be seen to advocate. I just believe that the conversation could be more effective if its emphasis is shifted to trying to stop violence as a whole.

Is Using Google Cardboard for the Classroom Anything More Than a Gimmick?

Rachel Jones | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Tech
Rachel Jones

There is an opportunity to broaden horizons here, but in many ways it emphasises the distance away from these magical places, rather than revealing what children would need to do to have greater social mobility and experience them in the real world.

Five Ways to Be a Better (Digital) Parent

Rachel Jones | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Parents
Rachel Jones

As more and more schools are using 1:1 devices, such as smart phones or tablets, as part of lessons, it cannot be just assumed that parents will know how to support their children in managing a healthy relationship with technology.

Matters of the Mind - Speaking Out About Mental Health in Schools

Anna Hicks | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Hicks

Don't turn a blind eye to problems that need addressing. Children can suffer from mental health problems too, keep that in mind.

Poor Basic Fitness Amongst School Children Highlights Wider Concern

Charlie Rigby | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Charlie Rigby

New research has found that two-thirds of primary school children aren't reaching basic fitness levels for their age group - an awful statistic. Child obesity rates are soaring as a result and this can easily be linked to the decline of sport and exercise. With the emphasis on creating a generation of test-passers and box-tickers, exercise and sport are being neglected in schools.

Facing Up to Depression at Work

Graham Calvert | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Graham Calvert

Now in my fourth year of a part time PhD I am attempting to tell the stories of stressed, anxious and depressed teachers in a different way and carry on the conversation. If you are reading this and would like to tell me your story for this project then please let me know. And if you are out there, in distress, talk to someone.

Promise to Do Nothing and Get Elected

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Julie Mills

In all the pre-election excitement/apathy/hype/horror (make your own selection and delete as appropriate) I have a novel idea for politicians of all parties everywhere. Promise, if elected, to do as little as possible. I'm convinced it's a winner.

Teaching: A Dream Job?

Katy Flint | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Flint

When I first started teaching I was full of hope and excitement but after years of school politics, observations and mounting pressure, my chosen profession was ruined for me. I knew that to be the best mother to my girls I would have to give it all up- there is no room for both in my life.

Teach and Get a Tan

Laura McCartan | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Laura McCartan

Volunteers are part of a bigger picture of continued commitment to education and the work they do has dramatically improved the English language skills of the girls in the Rosie May home - a vital first step in breaking a cycle of poverty and institutionalisation.

Would You Put Other Children Before Your Own?

Kathryn Lovewell | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Lovewell

Where does being human, having your physical, mental and emotional needs met rank in your infinite to-do list? How do we create a structure where these are prioritised? Who should come first?

To Read or Not to Read... E-books

Kadie Regan | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kadie Regan

However effortless and economical an e-text might be (once you have purchased the expensive electronic device, of course), readers are far more likely to remember, enjoy and engross themselves in a book you can really grab hold of.

Teachers Launch War On Mediocre Government

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Comedy

UK teachers have vowed an "all-out war on mediocrity" in government. Under new powers, which will be unveiled in May, up to 303 'coasting' MPs coul...

Allow Me to Fix Our Education System

Kirsten Brown | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kirsten Brown

Now, I have a sneaking suspicion that what I have done is state the glaringly obvious for people who have been teaching for a long time, and I apologise if that is the case. I'm new to teaching, however, and I'm pretty horrified. It's a job I want to do, I see it as more of a vocation, and I've been told I'm very good at it, 'outstanding', in fact.

The Rise of ADHD, Autism, Aspergers in Our Children

Anna Moody | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Moody

I've been investigating this phenomenon lately, asking teachers what barriers they face, parents what frustrations they encounter and generally observing so called 'problem children' in schools, homes and how they interact with others.

Higher Education Has Become a Business and This Customer Isn't Satisfied

Gemma Joyce | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Joyce

Record numbers of students are attending university this year and young people choosing to further their education is something that I'm hugely in favour of. What I can't support, however, is a free for all in universities which simply don't have the infrastructure to deal with the rising numbers, but who are happy to benefit financially from them...

Drinking Coffee in Space

Caragh Little | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

A female Italian astronaut soon to join the International Space Station will be among the first to use a newly patented device to make 'proper' espresso coffee, enjoyed from a specially designed zero-gravity cup.

Parents Need to Become Better 'Road Models'

Jo Whiley | Posted 10.01.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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.