Central Saint Martins is rated best for undergraduate courses in the Business of Fashion’s ranking, with five other British colleges in the top 20. However, some students think more could be done to prepare them for industry
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The BA press fashion show at Central Saint Martins (CSM) attracts leading fashion journalists, buyers and employers, and this year’s glittering event was no exception. In the glamorous atrium of the art college, now part of the University of the Arts London, models showed the work of 40 undergraduate students. But as guests left the show, they were met with a silent demonstration by almost 100 other students whose collections had not been chosen for the catwalk. “They were standing in silence, modelling their own designs or they had got friends to do it. There was amazing talent there and when you think how much they had spent on course fees and on their collections you can understand why they were so disappointed not to get shown,” says Sarah Mower, fashion journalist and ambassador for emerging talent at the British Fashion Council. It can cost students £10,000 to prepare an MA collection, she says.
“I think the problem comes from the college accepting too many people on the course,” says graduate Dilara Findikoglu, who came up with the idea for the demonstration. “There used to be 20 to 40 and now it’s 120. Throughout the year everyone works really hard and puts equal love and effort into their collection and it is very upsetting not to see your name on the list.”Continue reading...
Schools are too focused on exam results and are not doing enough to equip students for the workplace, according to a recent survey.
The last few years have seen the biggest change in how young people spend their time since the invention of the television – but is it a good thing?
Since the invention of the television, a box you could put a child in front of and leave them passively entertained, nothing has changed how children spend their time as much as the tablet computer.
Four years ago, just 7% of 5- to 15-year-olds in the UK had access to a tablet. By last year it was 71%. Some 34% of this age group even owned the tablets themselves, as well as 11% of 3- to 4-year-olds, according to Ofcom figures.Continue reading...
Young volunteers and the older people they work with tell us what they have learned from each other
Being lonely is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Older people, who are more likely to live alone, or have health conditions that make it harder to leave the house, are particularly susceptible to loneliness and isolation. But so are students, who often move to different parts of the country for university and can have trouble settling in and making friends.
Unless you have grandparents you are close to, students and young people can have little contact with members of older generations – meaning they miss out on the value of those types of relationships and conversations.
When architect Gillian Logan was asked to give a presentation about her job to pupils it sparked her business idea
About two years ago, I was asked to be my son’s show and tell. I’m an architect and his class was doing an architecture project. I tried to find a fun, hands-on kit to take with me but I couldn’t find anything suitable. All the art toys I found were either fashion-focused or very crafty. So I did my own thing and, knowing children like the absurd and bizarre, I based it on famous lookalike buildings including London’s Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe), Cheesegrater (Leadenhall building), Shard and Pringle (Olympic velodrome) – as well as Glasgow’s Armadillo and Beijing’s Bird’s Nest (national stadium).
The kids loved it. And the seed of an idea, which turned out to be Skinny Sketcher, was planted.Continue reading...
Royal College of Nursing says school nurses have unique opportunity to help improve key issues facing children’s health, particularly obesity
The nursing union has warned of an escalating health crisis among children due to a lack of school nurses.
The Royal College of Nursing said school nurses had a unique opportunity to help improve some of the key issues facing children’s health, particularly the huge problem of childhood obesity, with one in three children in the UK overweight and one in five classed as obese.Continue reading...
Parents will spend £236 on average to send a child to school this coming term, according to a new report.
Get your classroom in order this autumn with our money-saving ideas – including transforming a foil baking tray into a snazzy homework in-tray
Along with every other aspect of education, how to decorate your classroom is a matter of debate. Some say learning spaces should be kept bare so that students can concentrate on learning rather than the Gandhi quote dangling from the ceiling. Others go for rooms that look like the end result of a death match between a dictionary and a rainbow.
The best classroom I have ever been in was a bright, spacious science lab which had huge 3D displays – including a human digestive system with moving parts. It felt like a place where you couldn’t help but learn. One of the worst was my own room in the same school. It was cramped and permanently hot with aerated block walls covered in posters that would never stay up, despite my experiments with every type of adhesive known to the pound shop.Continue reading...
For a moment or two last week, it was possible to imagine that Scotland will soon be setting the global gold standard on raising attainment levels for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. When you witness Nicola Sturgeon talking with quiet passion about her dream of giving all children in Scotland, regardless of background or status, an equal chance of fulfilling their potential, you want immediately to join the marching band. Pledging to bridge the chasm in attainment between children from poor areas and those from the most affluent neighbourhoods, which currently disfigures education in Scotland, she said: “My priority… is that every young person should have the same advantage that I had when I was growing up in Ayrshire.”
Kezia Dugdale, Labour’s newly elected leader in Scotland, had signalled she will place educational attainment at the centre of her strategy to breathe new life into her stricken party. She, too, spoke passionately about the pattern of inequality that runs ruinously through our education system. “When I went to study law at Aberdeen University… I was surrounded by privately educated pupils who would spend holidays at their parents’ law firms; I would work preparing food containers for oil rigs… It made me realise that what I really needed to do was to change the system.”Continue reading...
Planning time abroad is stressful for any student, but for BME students there’s also potential racism to contend with
Preparing to study abroad is nerve-wracking whoever you are. It may be exciting, but the build-up can also be stressful: from finding a place to live to navigating foreign bureaucracy.
However, for many minority ethnic students, there can often be an added concern, particularly when heading to countries that are less racially diverse or tolerant than the UK.Continue reading...
Outdoor learning is a great way to take advantage of the last weeks of summer – and make sure your children’s brains are ready for the new school year
The summer slide is not as much fun as it sounds. The term refers to the period when young minds drift into the breeze over the summer, which can lead to a loss of learning and a hard landing when they go back to school in September. So is the answer to hire a tutor, sit little Jimmy at the kitchen table and keep it all ticking over?
No. There is more to learning than the pages of textbooks and summer is a rare chance to do things differently. The best summer education tops up desk-based study with being outdoors, creating and embedding healthy learning habits.Continue reading...