Learn while ye may






CALL TO ARMS - They are school kids temporarily sacrificing their education in order to save our futures from dangerous climate change.


On November 30, over 15,000 boys and girls went on strike from school in every capital city and over 20 regional centres across Australia


On March 15, they are going even bigger and inviting adults to join them in solidarity for a Global Climate Strike! We ask, should that not include every country in the world?




A solid education is a positive advantage and essential if you are thinking of specializing in medicine, engineering, research, etc.  The future of mankind depends on the quality of our scientists and other specialists.  Fortunately, Schools, Colleges and Universities in the United Kingdom offer a wide range of courses to help you develop your future potential.




Tips from a self taught design engineer



James Bond would say - Learn while ye may!





Working as a team multiplies our ability as the most intelligent species on earth. By specializing in one area of research or other endeavour, humans advance at a much faster pace, than if we were all to try and master every subject - when we'd not have sufficient man years to get further forward. We thus form a Collective Brain, where you can do your bit.


Learning from the past also accelerates our knowledge, instead of having to replicate the developments of our ancestors. We have built up a pyramid of knowledge on which to move forward, learn from our mistakes and hope not to repeat our mistakes - at least not too often - for humans tend to fall into the same traps again and again, such as World War I and World War II. You would have thought we'd leaned from the first global conflict, not to do it again.


Then we have global warming and now plastic pollution. How is it possible that an intelligent species that has traveled to the Moon, sent vehicles to Mars and descended to the bottom of the ocean is still making huge mistakes that threaten our habitat - and our future survival?


For all of these reasons we need more knowledge, and that means in all walks of life to include politics and justice, so that world leaders are better equipped to guide us through the next millennium and out the other side in a better condition than we are in today.


Get learning then and choose your subjects wisely. If you are interested in a particular area of human endeavour - for goodness sake follow your heart - for that is where you are the most likely to advance the state of learning for the collective brain that is all of us working together to do better.


If you do your bit well, there will be someone else doing their bit for you just as well. It is our society that makes us strong. It is our rules that make things happen and it is greed that keeps things plodding along on a course that any reasonable person who is not a stakeholder would abhor.


Greed then is something we must learn to eradicate and replace with social justice and equality. Anyone in a position of trust needs to know this or vacate. This includes politicians at any level of government. Economics is then just as important as rocket science, but not keeping things as they are, for that is where we are going wrong. Change is important, being the ability to adapt to crisis and using our knowledge base to make things happen. Science broadens our knowledge base to allow politicians to steer a sustainable course to a Circular Economy.







A typical bully is incapable of understanding what his or her actions will do to a vulnerable person as they ground and pound them, where the more intelligent fully understand what effect their name calling is having. If education is about equipping humans for life in the real world, we must create a level playing field were academic achievement can soar. We must also help the less intellectual to come to terms with the need for them to throw their weight about. Even that is education.






There are some things that make life at school dangerous or difficult. This includes bullying, knives and gun crime. We now have the technology to prevent many of the incidents that happen every day at school using cameras and other video surveillance equipment. Bullies do not like being watched as they take advantage of the weaker pupils.


Bullying can threaten students' physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts. There are many different groups that can intervene to address bullying (and cyberbullying) in schools: parents, teachers, and school leadership. The most commonly used strategies by teachers to prevent it are to communicate, mediate and seek help. Training school staff and students to prevent and address bullying can help sustain bullying prevention efforts over time. 


For an act to be considered bullying it must meet certain criteria. This includes hostile intent, imbalance of power, repetition, distress, and provocation. Bullying can have a wide spectrum of effects on a student including anger, depression, stress and suicide. Additionally, the bully can develop different social disorders or have a higher chance of engaging in criminal activity.

If there is suspicion that a child is being bullied or is a bully, there are warning signs in their behavior. There are many programs and organizations worldwide which provide bullying prevention services or information on how children can cope if they have been bullied.







Cameras should be fitted to every playground, hallway and common area, in addition to classrooms. This will prevent teachers using excessive force and identify bullies who think that they are safe to push their physical advantage. School buses should also have cameras fitted. Cameras are also useful to disprove allegations, so protecting teachers from false allegations that may otherwise ruin a career.







US NEWS - To ensure that teachers, administrators and security personnel have the most information with which to make informed judgement calls, many schools have augmented their safety systems and procedures especially in the wake of the 2012 mass shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School. But the pace has been uneven, and a lot of schools still don't have a basic security infrastructure in place, according to new data released Thursday by the Education Department.

At a minimum, Pezzella says, schools throughout his roughly 25,000-student district have in place a camera at the front entrance, a monitor in the office and an intercom system to communicate with visitors. Within the school, cameras are also in place in hallways, the office and other areas that could be blind spots for trouble out of the eyesight of teachers and administrators. 

"The 50 estimated buildings that entail kids walking through those doors every day, we have to make sure we have certain things in place that keep them safe," Pezzella says. "One of them is school security devices."







Cyber-bullying is just as serious as physical force. Mental torture would not normally extend to children who are under the age of 16, but in fact from the age of 10 most boys and girls understand the concept of being cruel. Hence the films that are so popular amongst students.







This Site!: a complete list of UK schools. Mapping and location search facilities (in association with Searches by name, age groups, religion and a large range of other features. Tabulations of all available examination data for the past four years. Full contact details. Links to Ofsted and others. Much more to come over the next year.


Independent Schools Council information service (ISCis): the site formerly known as ISIS - the Independent Schools Information Service - now trendily renamed and slipping into lower case. The 'official' site for schools belonging to the Independent Schools Joint Council, about 1,300 of the 2,000 plus independent schools in the UK. ISJC members would regard themselves as being the best 1,300. An excellent and very helpful site. Good search facility. Inspection reports are now beginning to be available on the Independent Schools Inspectorate site.


SchoolsNet: A Greg Hadfield/Sunday Times production, based on The Good State Schools Guide (which Greg Hadfield wrote) and The Equitable Schools Guide. Now much expanded with the aim of being 'the number one education website' - moving on a broad front.


Tigerchild: a site full of information on raising children, including some good schools lists links.





Guide to private schools - US-based, but lots of international content and a good reviewer. Well worth a browse.


American Boarding School Review: a new site with reviews from alumni - independent of the schools,and well worth a browse.


American Community Schools, England: one of the groups of schools in the UK.


American curriculum schools in the UK (from the Fulbright Commission website). You can search for American curriculum schools using "features search" above.


American School Directory: a link to each school in the USA.


AngliaCampus: an extensive site built round the former BT.Campus, with a great deal of curriculum-related information for revision and homework at all ages (it costs 50 p.a. to have access to this area) and a long list of schools web pages and educational links.


Association of International Study Centres: for those half dozen famous independent schools that have specialcentres for bringing overseas students up to speed for mainstream UK education.


Beacon Schools: state schools chosen by the DfES for excellence in teaching or other aspects of their work, and willing and able to help your school overcome its problems. You can search for Beacon schools on features search above.


Boarding Schools: a directory listing of boarding schools. A bit patchy. You can search for boarding schools on The GSG Directory (see button bar).


Boarding Schools and Colleges in Northern Ireland: just so. Site down when last we looked.


The British Accreditation Council: inspects and accredits independent further and higher education colleges. Site has list of colleges searchable by location, courses, etc.


Business Schools: The FT's ranking.


Catholic Schools in the UK. You can search for Catholic schools using features search above.


COBISEC: The Council of British Independent Schools in the European Community. All follow a British curriculum and are inspected by a UK inspectorate. Schools are in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, with associate members in Egypt and Pakistan.


Cognita: Chris Woodhead's schools company.


De la Salles Schools: the Lasallian network in Britain.


The Directory of Overseas Schools: International schools outside the USA, including the UK, in abbreviated format. The full text can be found only in the book.


France in London Yellow Pages: Includes a list of schools in and near London where they teach in French - mostly nursery, weekend and after school.


EdUK: when we last looked this was a rather unsatisfactory directory listing, with very incomplete information.


European Council of International Schools (ECIS):   On-line directories of member schools (it claims to be the largest association of international schools and has a worldwide membership list, e.g. 3 in Uganda) with a page of information on each, and a directory of colleges and universities in the UK, Europe and North America on a similar basis.


European schools - i.e. those provided for the children of Eurocrats but available to others.


GDST: the Girls Day Schools Trust, which runs 26 private girls day schools in the UK.


GEMS: UK schools owned by this international school management company.


Guide to UK Boarding Schools: a list with some data.


The Independent Schools Directory: database of over 2,000 UK independent schools, with a good search facility, and communications facilities for most of them (if school has no e-mail your e-mail is faxed to the school). Very basic information only, but quick and easy to use as a means of contacting schools.


International Baccalaureate Information: information on the exam and on the schools which offer it.


Montessori: no consolidated list of UK Montessori schools exists, as far as we can see.

The International Montessori Index includes one explanation of the situation. There is now a good partial list at Montessori Education UK, and you can fill in the gaps with a search on The GSG Directory (see button bar) for Montessori as part of the school name.


Muslim schools: a list of Muslim schools


Northern Ireland Schools Registry: links to and information on Northern Ireland schools.


Northern Ireland Boarding Schoolsand Colleges: just so. Site down when last we looked.


Nursery schools and playgroups, daycare and childcare in England - the excellent Ofsted facility for finding the ones near you (and looking at their inspection reports) is at the top left of this page.


Quaker schools: a list on the Quaker site.


The Round Square Conference: a worldwide group of schools following the principles of Kurt Hahn; notable UK members include Gordonstoun, Rannoch (RIP) and Wellington.


Schools Directory: basic information on all UK schools, including number on roll, Local Education Authority, Ofsted report, league tables, contact details (but not e-mail or web addresses).


Schools in Nigeria


Schools Online: the homepage of The Association of Boarding Schools: links to many US boarding schools and some international (e.g. Aiglon, Sedbergh), links to directories of US, Canadian and European independent schools.


Schools Search: Based on the Catt/Which School volumes, i.e. the entry depends on what the school pays, so (when we last looked) there was a long screed on Moreton Hall, a couple of paragraphs on Harrow and nothing at all on Eton. Apart from that, it's a nice site. 'Covers' 2,600 independent schools.


ScoilNet: information on and links to schools in Ireland.


Scottish Council of Independent Schools: lists them, and sings the praises of the sector, but not much other info here.


Scottish Nurseries


Scottish Schools Online - the Scottish Executive's information site.


State Boarding Schools Information Service: boarding schools where the education (but not the boarding) is free.


The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship: Steiner schools in the UK and Eire, and lists of Steiner schools worldwide.


SUPA: The Schools and Universities Polo Association tells you where you can play polo at school.


Technology Colleges Trust: managed the English state specialist schools programme.

The Telegraph newspaper has a list of schools websites.


Which School?: a cut-down version of the CD-ROM, directory information only.


Woodard Schools: Church of England private and state schools in the Anglican catholic tradition.







FEBRUARY 2014 FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION - Michael Gove has agreed to write to all schools in England about female genital mutilation, after a Guardian-backed petition urging the education secretary to take action attracted nearly 250,000 signatures. The education secretary's pledge was given as he met 17-year-old student Fahma Mohamed, the face of the campaign, and praised her for her "inspirational" work.

The campaign to end FGM has gathered momentum recently, after the Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai said Mohamed was her "sister" and praised her efforts. "Over 140 million girls and women are mutilated but like keeping girls out of school in Pakistan, we can come out together and be strong and change things for the next generation," Malala said. "I am her sister and I am at her side."

Speaking in the House of Commons earlier in the day health minister Jane Ellison who recently announced plans to record all instances of FGM in hospitals and clinics praised Mohamed as a "brilliant young woman".





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