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.

The future of education technology and IT in schools

It’s no surprise that the education sector is constantly evolving and changing to keep up with the demands of the 21st Century, and to address what we believe students need to be equipped with to thrive in life after education. When we look back over the last 10 or so years, so much has changed;

What now for grammar schools?

Grammar schools have, once again, wormed their way out of the woodworks thanks to Theresa May’s favouring of the school system. Unlike her predecessor, David Cameron, May and her team have been vocal that they favour the return of the grammar school. But what really is a grammar school? Grammar schools are state secondary schools

A technical education: developing the skills for a changing Britain

What is a ‘technical education’? Even before the announcement of the General Election, Prime Minister, Theresa May, had been advocating the need for what she calls a ‘technical education’; an idea that focuses on 21st Century skills for the modern-day workplace. But what exactly are the skills that are needed for the future, and how

PE: Don’t ditch it, celebrate it!

OK, let’s be honest – who didn’t try to ditch PE class, at least once (a month!), especially at secondary school? I remember my friends and I getting pretty creative with the excuses, from: “Miss, I’m so stressed out with the exams, pleassse can I use this class to study?” (If you could throw in

UK General Election 2017: Getting young people involved with politics

It’s a topic that has dominated the media for the past month, following Theresa May’s announcement of a snap UK General Election for 8 June, three years before we were due to go to the polls. Politics is a difficult subject for some young people, who believe that it is too complicated to understand, or

Picturing your story

You may have heard that this month is National Share-a-Story Month, which makes it the perfect time to talk about all things stories and storytelling. While you may instantly associate stories with books, in fact, stories can take many forms including oral, written, physical, digital and visual. For instance, we might tell our own stories,

Taking the stress out of studying for students

We’re officially in exam season! And with many students cramming revision in just before d-day, is there more that we as friends, family, parents and educators, could be doing to support them? Definitely! Here are some ways to take the stress out of studying but also ensure its effective… Movie Night – Yes, really! Topical

Raising awareness around mental health

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 8-14 May, and this year rather than focusing on why so many people live with mental health problems, the campaign is uncovering why too few of us are thriving with good mental health. Currently, suicide is the biggest killer of young people under the age of 35, with an


If there’s one thing teachers have had to get used to in recent years, it’s change. Policy changes, assessment changes, curriculum changes…it’s been a bumpy ride! Change can be a very positive thing; after all, we’d never make any progress if things stayed the same. But change is often met with trepidation, mainly because of

Egg-cellent fun this Easter

Easter – it’s traditionally a Christian holiday that celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus. Yet in today’s day and age, if you ask someone what springs (pun intended) to mind when they think of Easter, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if they replied, “Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny”. However, if we think

You do the maths…

April marks the start of Mathematics Awareness month, the very idea of which I’m sure sends a shiver down the spine of many people. Thoughts of long, intense maths classes where you’d be expected to recite (or worse, understand!) Pythagoras’ theorem; determine the probability of a specific outcome, compared to all possible outcomes; or worse