education

1401, 2015

Bring Back Borstal

By |January 14th, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off

Would bringing back the methods from Borstal Prison solve the current crisis in UK prisons? Professor David Wilson discusses.

In what can only be described as one of the worst inspection reports on a Young Offender Institution (YOI) of all time, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, yesterday described HMYOI Feltham as “unacceptably violent” and […]

906, 2014

Technobabies project: How does my research impact on everyday life?

By |June 9th, 2014|Opinion|Comments Off

Dr Jane O’Connor, Senior Researcher in Education (Early Years), discusses her Technobabies research –  an investigation into the use of touchscreen technology among children under three.

As both the mum of a toddler and a Senior Researcher in Early Years’ Education I am particularly concerned about the lack of information and guidance for parents about babies […]

2701, 2014

The Technobabies Project. How do your babies and toddlers use touchscreens?

By |January 27th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off

Dr Jane O’Connor, Senior Researcher in Education (Early Years) at Birmingham City University.
As both the mum of a toddler and a Senior Researcher in Early Years’ Education I am particularly concerned about the lack of information and guidance for parents about babies and very young children using touchscreens such as smartphones and iPads.

I am currently […]

2309, 2013

Testing: Who’s it for?

By |September 23rd, 2013|In The News|Comments Off

Professor Martin Fautley, Director of the Centre for Research Education at Birmingham City University

I was interested to read on the BBC news website the comments of a Prep school head, in that he thinks that online tests will replace the traditional written ones within a decade: “Pen and paper exams will be a thing of the […]

1904, 2013

Yet another review of the school curriculum

By |April 19th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off

By Lynn Fulford – Associate Dean of Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences at Birmingham City University

Oh good – we are having a review of the school curriculum… again.  Apologies if I sound bored. In fact, curriculum debate is always lively and engaging but – too often – it simply becomes subverted into tedious rhetoric as is currently […]

1004, 2013

Why are our schools allowed to hire ‘unqualified teachers?’

By |April 10th, 2013|Opinion|2 Comments

By Lynn Fulford – Associate Dean of Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences

In late 2010 the Coalition Government set out its plans for education in the White Paper, The Importance of Teaching. In it Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, appeared to speak passionately about his commitment to teaching as a profession,

“At the heart […]

3003, 2013

Why are our primary schools missing language targets?

By |March 30th, 2013|Opinion|2 Comments

By Lynn Fulford – Associate Dean of Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has embarked on a consultation on the Government’s plan to introduce foreign languages into the primary curriculum at the start of Key Stage 2, when children are seven years old.  Disappointing then that a recent report by […]

2703, 2013

Teachers aren’t ‘truanting’ if they spend less time in the classroom

By |March 27th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off

By Alex Kendall – Associate Dean of Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences

It is not unusual to hear students ask, when faced with a piece of writing, ‘how many words?’ or ‘how many references?’ my well-rehearsed response to those sorts of questions is that thoughtful engagement with the field of study is much more […]

2603, 2013

Behaviour and mental health issues in schools

By |March 26th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off

By Lynn Fulford – Associate Dean of Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences 

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers reports that there have been sharp rises in disruptive behaviour in our schools over recent years.  It is interesting that most of the disruptive behaviour is considered to be fairly low level, with 79% of staff […]

2401, 2013

Can we have a ‘proper’ consultation for A-level reforms?

By |January 24th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off

By Professor Fiona Church, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences

The changes to the structure of A and AS level exams by the Secretary of State for Education, whilst not surprising to education professionals, were not welcomed. The notion that two years of study in a more limited range of subjects, […]