Category: Education

December 21, 2015 Crossfields Institute
Ben Fogle

With the government planning to introduce national tests for 7-year-old children, have we gone too far with the box-ticking approach to education? Ben Fogle certainly thinks so and wants children to spend more of their learning time in the outdoors with nature. Read the full article >>

December 16, 2015 Crossfields Institute

What is the purpose of education? A parliamentary select committee is going to investigate this question and get to the root of why we have an educational system. Is it to prepare young people to pass exams, or should education be helping young people build character and develop the knowledge and skills they’ll need to lead a…

November 23, 2015 Crossfields Institute

The Guardian’s Carole Cadwalladr takes a look at the ‘granny cloud’ – volunteers using Skype to help poor children around the world educate themselves. Despite this nickname, the volunteer teachers of the School in the Cloud are of various ages. The educational experiment was started 15 years ago by a professor at the University of…

November 11, 2015 Crossfields Institute

As MP Nicky Morgan is planning to reintroduce national tests at key stage 1, the Guardian’s Jethro Shirley-Smith asks whether it’s such a good idea? Should children just be allowed to be children, without the pressure of tests? https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2015/nov/03/seven-formal-testing-nicky-morgan-destroy-learning

November 9, 2015 Crossfields Institute

The Council for At Risk Academics in co-operation with 110 universities in the UK, has been offering lifesaving opportunities to academics in conflict ridden countries. Reem Doukmak talks about her experience: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/23/uk-universities-offering-lifeline-to-syrian-academics-refugees

November 6, 2015 Crossfields Institute

A new government shakeup is set to allow high-ranking universities to charge higher fees. This video shows students on a demonstration in London against the proposal: Read the full article on theguardian.com  

November 4, 2015 Crossfields Institute

If you were teaching a class of children, then one child disrupted the entire lesson, how would you deal with it? In this article on the Guardian website, an Oxfordshire school teacher makes the point that sometimes it might be necessary to exclude disruptive children for the benefit of the other students. ‘If my goal…

September 14, 2015 Crossfields Institute

  According to the following article on The Guardian, forcing universities to be competitive and efficient stifles their ability to what they do best: research and teach. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/jul/06/let-uk-universities-do-what-they-do-best-teaching-and-research

September 11, 2015 Crossfields Institute

  According to John Abbot, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative, the reason education reforms haven’t had much effect is because they start with the wrong problem… https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/04/01/to-advance-education-we-must-first-reimagine-society/