UN Sustainable Goals

Children want to save the world. How can schools help them? Start with EFF15
The trouble with lofty ideals is simple – putting them into practice. That's the challenge for the United Nations' new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDCs).

The subject of the previous Education Fast Forward debate (EFF14, see "57m kids out of school - join UN for EFF14 debate") they received fresh attention at last week's EFF15. "Curriculum 2030: Changing education to achieve the UN's Global Goals", is sponsored by the British Council to explore how schools can incorporate those goals into engaging learning and teaching. But is there room in the curriculum? Or have the politicians and policymakers reined in schools' freedom and creativity to do so?

Cybersecurity

Does teaching Computing make hacks like TalkTalk more or less likely? Tony Parkin visited Nesta
Hardly a day passes without another revelation of a digital security lapse, a website hacked, or personal data being exposed. The TalkTalk fiasco is dominating headlines not least because this is its third such incident, and so many could be affected – it has 4 million customers.

This was a cyber-security lapse on the part of a major digital provider, that really should know better. But what about the cybersecurity at all those essentially 'non-digital' enterprises hooking up to the web to take our details? Companies that have far less internet experience?

Nick Gibb

Worries about qualification routes for computing students are intensified by Gibb's IT rejection
Schools minister Nick Gibb MP has removed any remaining non-computer science GCSE and A-level qualifications from the computing subject area for schools in England. The only alternatives now are vocational certificates.

Concern about the overemphasis on computer science in a much broader subject has been present since the subject was created under the auspices of the BCS (British Computer Society) which was also involved in Nick Gibb’s IT decision (UPDATE below)

Sophie Deen


Startup plans to broaden kids’ horizons with ‘Detective Dot’ story app

Computer science and coding are being woven into imaginative children’s stories to help broaden their world views as well as ‘edutain’.

Bright Little Labs’ recent survey of 1,000-plus people demonstrated a clear need – it found that many Brits have very odd ideas about the world around them.

From Digital Dickens to Hull rebuilt in 'Minecraft', the Being Human festival has lots to offer schools  

Pete OrfordDickens expert Dr Pete Orford at the amazing Hunterian MuseumCharles Dickens made certain The Mystery of Edwin Drood would be eternally enigmatic by dying halfway through writing it. He couldn't have known it then but he had provided the opportunity for an internet classic – crowd-sourced endings (in fact the process started with the likes of George Bernard Shaw and The Trial of John Jasper – verdict manslaughter –  way before the internet came along).

Defining Digital Dickens, led by the University of Buckingham, is a flagship event, one of more than 300 at Being Human 2015, the UK-wide celebration of the humanities by some 60 higher education institutions and cultural organisations. It's led by the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the British Academy and the Wellcome Trust.