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UK Higher Education in Peril with New Bill

Quietly, under the loudly trumpeted Euro referendum, something is happening in higher education that will affect not only our children and grand children but the concept of the UK as a nation of revered and respected Universities. The new Higher Education Bill means a radical reform for university education such has not been seen for […]

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Mindfulness in Schools

While tests and tougher standards are making school more stressful than ever for students, it is good to know that a coping mechanism is emerging to counteract this trend – mindfulness is being introduced by more and more schools to help their students, especially during exam time. The increased stress students feel is very real. […]

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Teacher burn-out causes brain-drain

International schools and foreign branches of elite private schools are tempting thousands of state school teachers to leave the UK, causing a skill brain-drain. We are investing tax-payers’ money in training teachers, giving them a degree that is valued around the world, and then they leave – mostly never to come back. For the fourth […]

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UNICEF : desperate call for children in need

75 million school-age children in crisis areas around the world are in desperate need of educational support. As I’m sure you are aware, many children live in countries affected by humanitarian crises. In Syria, 5 years of civil war have left around 6 thousand schools out of use, whist in Ukraine, the conflict has destroyed […]

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Top universities handed low marks for teaching

Students at some of Britain’s leading Universities have been extremely critical of the quality of teaching they have been receiving. Bristol,  Edinburgh. King’s College London, Glasgow and the London School of Economics rank amongst the bottom 10 for academic feedback on student’s work despite belonging to the Russell Group of top British research universities. Scottish […]

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Funding and cuts

This year, heads and teachers will really begin to feel the squeeze as their budgets are tightened…even more than last year – and even more than the year before that. Education is an area most picked on. The area politicians can cut down on the most because they can rely on the loyalty and skill […]

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Do babies have a ‘Social Brain’?

The capacity to engage and communicate in a social world, is one defining the characteristics of the human species. Adults have special areas of the brain, sometimes referred to as the ‘social brain’, which respond to different human actions, such as eye, mouth and hand movements. We interpret how sociable and communicative these movements are. […]

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Old-style classroom teaching

The Government’s school behaviour chief has called for a return on children putting their hands up in class to answer a question. Ludicrous as it may sound, this practice has been banned in some schools. Hands up has been going out of fashion for a long time. For the last 10 years, there has been […]

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