A system of stepped fees and restored maintenance grants would reduce average levels of debt substantially, and clear fee debt entirely for those from low income households, at a more moderate cost to the taxpayer. This would significantly lower financial barriers to participation, while nonetheless sharing the cost between the taxpayer and those with the greatest ability to pay. Young people deserve a fairer deal, and genuine reform of student finance would be a good place to start.
For most parents, the education of their children is a priority and a growing number of parents pay for supplementary tuition for their children. There are a number of reasons why this is effective, affordable for most parents, and can be very beneficial for the child or young person.
Parent-teacher meetings in the U.K. are fleetingly short. This is one of the only pre-scheduled times to meet with your child's teacher, so making the most of it is key! Most parents will have the first parent-teacher meetings of the year coming up in October so here are some valuable top tips on making the most of the precious minutes!
This week, children across the country will be returning to school after the long summer holiday. Although a time of excitement for many keen to get back to see their friends and share stories of the summer break, for many - particularly those heading to school for the first time - it can be a time of anxiety - not only for the child but for parents too!
We seem to think that our moral duty has been fulfilled once we have ensured all students have the immediate funds required for university. But we also have a responsibility to make sure that no student is disproportionately burdened by the cost of their education later on. Equality of opportunity, yes. But surely equality of the cost of those opportunities is just as important.
What humbling results! The future looks bright in such caring and compassionate hands. We chose to theme this year's National Young Writers' Awards around 'the future' because it opens up so much potential for a child's imagination.
Out of the chaos comes hope - we are certainly in a chaotic time right now but our children offer the hope. Let's all work together rather than destroying each other and ensure that our workforce going forward is filled with highly educated, highly skilled and most importantly highly creative individuals that can really make a difference.
This is the first important point though. Your children's teacher will always be available throughout the year to discuss any concerns or questions you have - you just have to ask and they will guide you.
Parents, we need your help, to get the UK's children wanting to learn maths and striving to be good at it. There are some people out there that are already doing this. The problem is...
Without a serious re-think about how we encourage new teachers to get into the profession, perhaps coupled with a radical change in approach to the education system as a whole, it is sadly likely that the shortage of teachers England will only become more of a problem.