Why Careers Advice Needs To Take Vocational Courses Seriously

For a long time obtaining a degree has been thought of as the main way to secure a well-paid and fulfilling career- a golden ticket to the good life if you will. Yet this narrative is increasingly falling in to disrepair with reports that many graduates are now finding themselves in non-graduate positions wondering whether

How can higher education lead on gender equality?

Earlier this week, a couple of the Mangoes attended a panel discussion, hosted by the University of East London (UEL), which looked at the UN’s HeForShe initiative for gender equality. The panel included human rights activists, university lecturers and pro-vice chancellors, as well as youth workers, and one of the topics that particularly resonated with

Back to the Basics

What a week it has been for education! I would go as far as to say that the sector hasn’t seen this level of coverage since the infamous Cabinet reshuffle (which was actually only 5 weeks ago…). To kick the week off, the Sunday papers were splashed with headlines on THOUSANDS of senior teachers at

Fall in love with learning!

With shops full of all things red, and bears holding love hearts, it’s hard to forget that today is Valentine’s Day. I’ve even noticed that some schools have started their own cupid courier service, with students able to send each other notes of secret admiration. It’s sweet, and I like that we’re embracing acts of

Leave a message after the tone: French schools ban mobiles  

From September 2018, the French government will enact a ban on all mobile phones in schools for children under 15 years old. Students will not be allowed to use their phones at any time during the day, not even at breaks, meals, or between lessons. There have also been talks in the UK of implementing

The grass is always Greening?

Following rumours that former Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, would be moved to the Department for Work and Pensions during this week’s cabinet reshuffle, the reality showed us that Greening was happy in her post, and quit instead of making the move. Now taking up the mantel is Damian Hinds. But what was

Will the New Year bring better careers advice?

An astronaut, a fireman, a police officer and a teacher. Just some of the answers you’d typically hear in response to one of the most commonly asked questions, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. But is what you actually became what you wanted to be and how much support did you actually get

Preparing Students for Careers of the Future

By now you have likely heard the estimate that around 65 per cent of the jobs that children now entering primary school will end up in, don’t even exist yet. With exciting technology like artificial intelligence, virtual reality and self-driving cars emerging and gaining practical use, that’s not exactly surprising. But how can we as

Anti-Bullying Week 2017

I am very lucky to be able to say that I was never bullied. However, I do distinctly remember one particular boy being known for picking people at random and tormenting them for fun. I never understood his motives and I made it clear that I didn’t like the way he treated people. All I

Diversity in Higher Education

Diversity within higher education is a topic that has been cropping up in national and trade press over the past few years, and becomes a particularly important talking point at the start of each academic year. But is any significant change being made? If you have read today’s headlines, reporting that Oxford and Cambridge are

Let’s get recycling!

This week is National Recycling Week, and although it’s a topic that should be recognised by all age groups, if we really want our efforts to make an impact we need to be teaching the value of recycling from a young age. This can be done at home, but there are also some great ways

No more boys and girls? How to engage all children with STEM subjects

BBC Two recently broadcasted an insightful documentary, which explored the behaviour of seven and eight year-olds when gendered toys were taken away from the classroom. ‘No more boys and girls: can our kids go gender free?’ followed a Year 3 class from Lanesend Primary School in the Isle of Wight as Doctor Javid embarked on

Results Day Prep

Results day is fast approaching (A-Level results will be announced on Thursday 17 August, and GCSEs on Thursday 24 August) but first things first: do not panic! No matter what the outcome, the best thing students can do is try to remain calm; understanding all the options available to them will certainly help with that.