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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.

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.