education

203, 2017

Sex education to be compulsory in England’s schools – Should parents have a say?

By |March 2nd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Sex education to be compulsory in England’s schools – Should parents have a say?

by Dr Keeley Abbott, lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University

The government’s announcement this week to make Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) compulsory within all secondary schools in England represents a much welcome step towards improving the status and scope of SRE.

Since its inception, the progression of SRE has been somewhat limited, with this […]

1611, 2016

Born early: Early care and education experiences of young children born prematurely

By |November 16th, 2016|In The News|Comments Off on Born early: Early care and education experiences of young children born prematurely

By Dr Carolyn Blackburn, Senior Fellow in Early Childhood and Inclusion and Dr Merryl Harvey, Reader in Nursing, Birmingham City University.

Thursday 17th November marks World Prematurity Day. A global movement aimed at raising awareness of premature birth and the impact on families.

Each year in England, around 10,000 children are born very preterm (at less than […]

1602, 2016

Is the next Head of Ofsted likely to be an American and does it really matter?

By |February 16th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Is the next Head of Ofsted likely to be an American and does it really matter?

Dr Matt O’Leary, Reader in Education at Birmingham City University

Never one to shy away from a challenge and with a tendency to attract confrontation, the Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw is a formidable character who has caused controversy among politicians and practitioners alike during his term in office. In a much publicised spat between himself and […]

2409, 2015

What to look for when choosing a secondary school

By |September 24th, 2015|In The News, Opinion, Student Life|Comments Off on What to look for when choosing a secondary school

Simon Spencer, Deputy Head of the School of Education, Birmingham City University

It’s that time of the secondary school year when the new Year 7 students are in and more or less settled and attention turns to the next intake.

Competition is increasing and schools will mount ever more elaborate marketing ploys, to attract attention and fill […]

1401, 2015

Bring Back Borstal

By |January 14th, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on Bring Back Borstal

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

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

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 on Testing: Who’s it for?

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 on Yet another review of the school curriculum

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 […]