Category - Education

  • 25 Apr 2013

    The Department for Education and Skills appears to be channelling for some of Charles Dicken's more grotesque characters. Gradgrind Gove has long been preaching his gospel of 'facts' and rote learning. Now he has decided that children and teachers are not working hard enough and has called for longer school days and shorter holidays. His sidekick M'Choakumchild Truss, not to be outdone in ensuring that our youngest citizens should not be permitted to slack, has this week criticised nurseries which allow toddlers to “run around with no sense of purpose.”

  • 5 Apr 2013

    This week, I completed a survey on the BBC website to discover which class I belong to. In reality, I don't have much doubt about which class I belong to, so I was really discovering more about the people who designed the survey than I was about myself.

  • 3 Feb 2013

    Trade Union Congress General Secretary Frances O'Grady has warned of the threat to education from increasing privatisation and continuing austerity.

  • 1 Jan 2013

    Seven development workers in north-west Pakistan, six of them women working at a health and education project, have been shot dead.

  • 18 Dec 2012

    It is widely acknowledged among those who still care that academia in the UK is in very serious trouble, says Dr Michael Marten from the University of Stirling. The most infamous embodiment of the current malaise is a mechanism imposed upon universities by successive Westminster governments: a system of ‘research assessment’ driven by an ideology of neo-liberal commodification. Alternative perspectives and mechanisms are badly needed, he says.

  • 17 Dec 2012

    A wide range of civic groups have written to the Secretary of State for Education, urging the end of religious selection in state-funded schools.

  • 14 Dec 2012
  • 14 Dec 2012

    Michael Gove's £2 million programme to place former service personnel in British schools has been roundly criticised by faith, peace and civic groups.

  • 7 Oct 2012

    The world today in some ways reminds us of first century Athens, where in a multicultural melting pot, St Paul proclaimed an ‘Unknown God’.

  • 5 Oct 2012

    The newly-formed Centre for Living Christianity, based in Edinburgh, Scotland, is launching this weekend with a 'First Supper' event.