• “Schools Out” – Time to Ring the Bell on Osborne’s Education Reforms?

    The education system has long been a topic of much contention. Recent proposals set out in Chancellor George Osborne’s budget have promoted a number of divisive policies. Osborne asserts that all schools will be academies by 2020 and schools will be encouraged to enforce longer hours. Some teachers have...
  • Tantrums, Toys and Traumas: Children’s Mental Health

    Last week was Children’s Mental Health Awareness week. Did you know? No, I don’t think many of us did. The general lack of awareness on children’s mental health is of immense concern. However, this truth is hardly surprising given the stigma which still remains attached to psychological difficulties. The...
  • Teach First: A Severely Flawed Graduate Scheme

    As graduation looms, so too does the prospect of future employment.  Off the back of this comes the frequent appearance of Teach First at careers fairs, handing out flyers in Portland Building or sponsoring university debates.  Pitching itself as a scheme with a ‘mission to end educational inequality’, it...
  • Interview: Out in Education

    Out in Education is an organisation founded by Nottingham student Lucy Wake which aims to tackle homophobia in schools. Impact spoke to Bryony Harper, head of the UoN branch, about the work they have done so far. Tell us about Out in Education and the work that you do. Out...
  • Religious respect lessons aren’t the answer to growing extremism

    Tony Blair has recently called for religious respect lessons in education systems across the globe in order to tackle today’s ideologically driven wars, as well as to prevent religion-based violence in the future. This approach seems problematic for several reasons. Firstly, it’s debatable whether this mission is practically feasible....