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Monthly Archives: August 2014


One hundred years ago, a hitherto individual by the name Gavrilo Princip, a member of Young Bosnia, set in motion a chain of events that would eventually lead to the outbreak of the first world war. It was utterly inconceivable to all that a regional conflict would take over the entire planet. As the historian Hew Strachan concludes in… Read More

August 30, 2014


There has been a marked rise in the number of primary school children achieving the expected standards in the "Three Rs", according to new data released by the government. Statistics showed that 79 per cent of 11-year-olds achieved at least a Level 4 in reading, writing and maths tests, which is the level expected of this age group…. Read More

August 28, 2014


The UK remains a "deeply elitist" society with best-paid and powerful roles still dominated by individuals who have come from affluent backgrounds, benefited from a private education and studied at Oxbridge. This is according to a major new report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, which found that the most influential roles in the country… Read More

August 28, 2014


There is a lot of talk about an ageing population in the UK and the implications that this has for society and public services, yet, as new research suggests, this isn't the only age group that needs to be looked after. Policymakers should also be looking hard at the infrastructure that underpins primary school education,… Read More

August 27, 2014


History remains one of the most popular subjects at A-level, with some figures suggesting that it continues to gain favour with youngsters beyond GCSE. While that is, of course, welcome, the subject at this level remains ironically confined in historical scope. Despite many attempts to widen the curriculum, time after time, students, and indeed schools, are returning… Read More

August 27, 2014


More parents of two-year-olds will be eligible for free childcare, as the government is doubling the amount on offer to 40 per cent, the Department for Education has revealed. This means that a greater number of youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds will be able to benefit from 15 hours of free early education, which is an important… Read More

August 26, 2014


Sex and relationship education in state-funded schools will be reformed under a Liberal Democrats government, so that it is more effective and age-appropriate. The party announced the plans as part of its manifesto for next year's General Election, adding that it has ambitious ideas for transforming education. The Curriculum for Life would mean that children as young… Read More

August 26, 2014


The number of young people classed as being not in education, employment or training (NEET) has fallen. New figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals that it has fallen to its lowest level in nine years. More immediately, for the second quarter of 2014, compared to the same period last year, the… Read More

August 22, 2014


The rise of the e-reader in recent years has led to the growth of a bustling new industry of digital books. Along with the exponential expansion of the tablet – so much so that it is now an everyday device – e-readers are changing the way we read and access the written word. While there… Read More

August 21, 2014


There has been a slight rise in the number of students achieving a C grade or better across GCSE subjects with hundred of thousands of youngsters in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receiving their results today. The number of pupils receiving and A*-C has gone up by 0.7 percentage points, compared to last year, with 68.8 per… Read More

August 21, 2014