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

Our top tips for effective revision!

At the start of the school year, exams seem a million miles away, but before you know it you’re sitting in rows in the exam hall with the first all-important paper staring up at you from the desk. However, the task of revision is often met with dread and procrastination. For example, five minutes into

School fundraising for Red Nose Day

Today is Red Nose Day, and this evening, the annual Comic Relief show will grace our screens with an evening of comedy (and the much anticipated short sequel to Love Actually), all in the name of raising money for tackling poverty in the UK and around the world. As always, people around the country have

International Women’s Day 2017!

In case you missed it among all the talk about the Budget and National Insurance hikes, it was International Women’s Day this week (8 March 2017). Working in an office full of strong, intelligent and charismatic women, it would be unacceptable for me not to share something to mark this day of worldwide action against

World Book Day 2017

Today is World Book Day, a day that celebrates everything and anything to do with reading, including the authors, books, illustrators and, of course, readers – those people (like me!) who love to read – and this year is quite a special one as it’s the 20th anniversary of World Book Day! Whether you’re a

Volunteering a little time…

As I’m sure we’re all well aware, Valentine’s Day was last week. No doubt you saw girls (and guys!) hopping on the train after work, laden down with beautiful bunches of flowers, all wrapped up with pink and red ribbon, and love heart adorned crepe paper, each one bigger than the last? Incredibly sweet/cringe (I’m

Positive vibes in the education news

Every day at Mango, we write a bulletin summarising the latest education news from all the major news sources for the sector. Today, one of the stories really stood out to me, simply because of how incredibly positive it was. While it’s not always “doom-and-gloom”, the news often focuses on the issues at hand and how