Category: Education

Echoes of Empire?

Peter Burke

There is a new consultation about ‘bringing back Imperial measures’. Silliness, insanity or weaponised nostalgia? Take your pick. Please respond to the Government consultation

Educational Cost in the UK outpaces Europe

Mark Haller

After the Second World War there were many social advances in the UK that helped forge the basis of the UK economy. The UK was broke and the benefits (to the UK) of the empire had all but died out. Industry was sick and we had labour issues, partly caused by government, partly caused by […]


Beechen Cliff School organises a TEDx Event

Toby Hawkins

On Thursday 14 October, Beechen Cliff School in Bath hosted an entirely student run, student led TEDx event. The event was inspired by the more widely known Ted Talks, where guest speakers perform and share their knowledge, skills or experiences with the community. All TEDx events are fully licenced, planned and coordinated independently on an […]

Build your own Martial Arts Studio at Home

Charlene Roth

Working out at home is an excellent alternative when you can’t get to the gym. For martial artists especially, having a functional home gym is a great way to complement your regimen and to meet your fitness goals. Keeping your space safe, comfortable and productive requires some preparation though. In this article I explain what […]

TEDx Event at Beechen Cliff School, Bath

The Editor

Ed: West England Bylines writer Toby Hawkins, and his fellow students are hosting a TEDx event at their school, Beechen Cliff, on 14 October. We publish their press release here and encourage readers to support this event. A TEDx event is a local gathering where live TED-like talks and performances are shared with the community. […]

Hic, haec, hoc – Gavin winds back the Clock

Philip Cole

The Education Secretary’s recent announcement that he wants state schools to start teaching Latin again was met with a mixture of disbelief and assorted expletives. It is a predictably badly thought-out initiative. At a purely practical level the question is whether this will mean increasing total teaching hours per week. Or will some other subject […]

Limited Funding for Postgraduates hinders Social Mobility

Sophie Overton

Roman emperor and philosopher, Marcus Aurelius, once wrote that one should endeavour to: “Speak the truth as you see it. But with kindness. With humility. Without hypocrisy”. The “truth” as I see it is that there is a lack of funding for low-income students in England who seek to undertake a Masters degree. As such […]

The Value of Teachers (and Parents)

Guy Maughfling

“They f*** you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had And add some extra, just for you.” Philip Larkin: “High Windows” Having teenage children can be a painful experience. They are breaking away from the family, discovering new interests, using technology […]


Art Project highlights the £69k Problem facing EU Students

Matilde Converio

As an art student at London College of Contemporary Arts (LCCA), I aim to create a public art project that can speak to as many people as possible through different media. Because I’m Italian my fees have gone up from £9,000 to £23,000 per year. I’ve put together this multi-media project to highlight the fact […]

Britain loses eTwinning as well as Erasmus+

The Editor

Most people have heard of Erasmus+, but very few know why Britain decided not to participate in it after leaving the EU. The reason Boris Johnson gave is that the enhanced Erasmus+ is now too expensive. This implies that he may have agreed to stay in had Erasmus not been upgraded. But who knows? Despite […]

Lockdown Schooling

Tracy Lawrence

At the end of January Boris Johnson wrote an open letter to parents praising their response to the pandemic and its “unique challenges”. He wrote: “Whether you’ve been welcoming a baby into the world without all the usual support networks … or steering a teenager through the emotional stresses and strains of these unprecedented times, […]

Languages are good for the Economy!

Guy Maughfling

Out of the more than 3,000 secondary schools in England, only around 160 are selective grammar schools. This includes seven schools in Gloucestershire, including Denmark Road High School in Gloucester where both my daughters are pupils. Denmark Road is a very fine school. It was the Sunday Times Southwest State Secondary School of the Year […]


Thank You Teachers!

Toby Hawkins

2020, a year like no other, has caused us to need to thank so many people. Nurses, doctors, police officers, ambulance drivers, vaccine developers have all done their upmost to keep us safe. And teachers. Teachers who have kept schools open, have kept children safe and have kept doing their job when most of the […]

To Tutor or not to Tutor, that is the Question …

Tracy Lawrence

The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) is now allegedly “up and running”. This bold initiative aims, in its own words, to make “high quality tutoring available to schools to help disadvantaged pupils whose education has been affected by school closures”. The website for the scheme has been created to “support schools to access the Tuition Partners […]