Author: Daniel Maxwell

Today’s children missing out on benefits of outdoor play

While advances in digital technologies are opening previously unimagined opportunities in work, leisure and education, our increasing reliance on technology can have a negative impact on our welfare. One issue, which is of particular concern for parents and educators, is that today’s generation of children are spending more time online and considerably less time playing outdoors, a situation which could negatively impact their emotions, health, intelligence and creativity. A recent survey revealed that 75% of children in the UK, spend less time outside than prison inmates. Furthermore, the report, Play in Balance, which polled 12,000 parents, recorded that 75%...

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While Equality in Education Improves, Obstacles in the Workplace Remain- Myth of Meritocracy

Over the past few decades educational institutions have successfully tackled many of the traditional gender and racial inequalities which had negatively impacted certain groups within society. However, a recent report indicates that the promise of social mobility, which education is helping support, remain unrealised in the labour market, where barriers and prejudices remain. The 2016 report, ‘Ethnicity, Gender and Social Mobility’ from the Social Mobility Commission, which tracked student progress through primary school, secondary school, higher education and the labour market, revealed a misconnect between educational success and career progress for women and certain ethnicity groups. This has led...

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Lessons from Singapore Education System

Singapore Education System, the most recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) report and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings confirm that Singapore has become an educational super power, with graduates from the nation’s education system years ahead of most students in Europe and North America. So what is it, that this Southeast Asian city-state is doing right? What lessons can be learnt? And how easily could other countries duplicate Singapore’s success?   For a decade, Singapore has been at or near the top of international leagues tables which measure student achievement in literacy, numeracy and...

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Pisa Rankings: UK stagnates as Asia moves forward

The latest Pisa rankings from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have once again been dominated by Asian education system with Singapore claiming first place, followed closely by Japan. Taipei, Macao, Vietnam, Hong Kong and mainland China, all join Singapore and Japan, to total seven Asian economies in the Pisa Top 10, while the highest ranking Western nations are Estonia (3rd), Finland (5th) and Canada (7th). The Programme for International Student Assessments (Pisa) are the closest thing there is to a global standarised assessment, and despite what some critics say, there is general agreement that this programme...

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BREXIT and Education

Following Britain’s surprise decision to leave the European Union, there has been much uncertainty regarding how Brexit will affect England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Like many other sectors, education is suffering from post-Brexit anxiety, as politicians, academics, educators and students struggle to determine exactly what the impact of Brexit will be. While it will take years to truly comprehend how Britain’s decision to leave the EU will impact the education sector, there are a few predictions which most observers are beginning to agree on, and these impact teacher recruitment, student enrollment, research funding and education innovation. Teacher Recruitment...

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