Education in the United Kingdom – what should children be aiming for?

  Some of our teenage children and grandchildren will be doing their mock GCSE exams at their school this year and indeed may have already begun them. This is probably the start of the most difficult period of time in their educational life, because it is the kick-off for the first truly important competitive qualification […]

The demise of a previously proud Nation – “Education, education, education”?

    In Britain, when PM Tony Blair formed his first Labour government in 1997 he set out their top priority as being “Education, education, education”. Whatever one thinks of his three premierships, his insight on that issue was certainly astute, don’t you think? But in his ten years he got well blown off course […]

British Universities going down the pan – an education system in terminal turmoil?

Unbeknown to most of us, the World’s Universities (about 400 of them) get ranked by Times Education/Thompson Reuters for their performance on teaching, knowledge transfer, and international outlook (using s dozen or so ‘indicators’). Effectively the table produced provides a definitive insight into their global reputations. Shock and horror to the British though with the […]