Children need ‘professional’ love

Celebrities and clergy exposed in the media for abusing children have helped create a “climate of wariness and suspicion” among early years practitioners and other professionals who work with babies and young children, according to a University of Brighton expert.

Many are nervous to show affection and one in five practitioners questioned said they avoid being alone with a child.

But Dr Jools Page believes that “close, intimate and trusting relationships” are essential for infants, toddlers and young children: “In the context of education and care this is ‘professional’ love.” Continue reading

New student? Hit the ground running!

We understand that as well as being a really exciting time, starting out at university can often feel a bit daunting while you are getting to grips with a different way of learning.   

We have produced Hit the Ground Running blogs which have been designed to introduce you to some key information which we hope you will find useful before you arrive. It also includes some voluntary activities you can complete before you start your programme.  

We hope you find the blogs a good way to prepare yourself for your studies – please select your blog from the list below. 

Welcome to all of our new students!

Student leaping in the air celebrating!When your place has been confirmed you officially become a University of Brighton student!

Keep an eye on your inbox as we’ll be keeping in touch with you by email to let you know more about:

  • activating your university user account and logging on to our online learning environment: student central
  • how to access pre-arrival information, check your start date and view our handy online guide to help prepare you for uni
  • our advice for new students as there’s lots to think about before starting uni – you’ll receive more in the post about this too in our Get Ready Guide
  • organising your accommodation: if you’re still looking for somewhere to live we can offer plenty of support and advice
  • organising your student finance and making a budget
  • joining a Facebook group for students on your campus.

You can also follow results day reactions on our Instagram Stories. Tag us in your celebrations @uniofbrighton to be featured.

Explore your options through clearing

Good luck to everyone receiving A-Level results tomorrow!

If you’ve had a change of heart, or your exams have gone differently from what you expected, clearing is an opportunity to assess your options and explore the possibilities.

If you need help navigating your way through the Clearing process, check out our handy guide. Or call us on 01273 644000, we can help.  Continue reading

University of Brighton academic honoured

A University of Brighton lecturer has been recognised for “making a difference to the teaching of physical education at national and international level”.

The Association for Physical Education’s (AfPE) highest honour, the Honoured Members Award 2018, has been awarded to Dr Gary Stidder, Principal Lecturer in PE in the University’s School of Sport and Service Management.

Dr Stidder, who coordinates the initial teacher training for Physical Education and is the subject’s route leader for PGCE and Schools Direct student trainees, received his award for services to physical education and for instilling values based education within the PE curriculum through his work with Football 4 Peace (@F4Pvalues). Continue reading

PGCE end of year exhibition

Congratulations to our PGCE secondary  students who recently held an open evening to showcase assessed work to fellow students, tutors, mentors and families.

The exhibition is an annual event, held as part of an assessed subject study module for students on our PGCE and School Direct secondary routes for Art & Design, Geography and Religious Studies. Continue reading

PGCE trainee teachers offer their advice to future trainees!

Students huddled round their laptops in a classroomAt the University of Brighton we value feedback, seeing it as essential to the development of our courses. We spoke to a group of trainees nearing the end of their secondary PGCE programmes and asked them about their year.

The students were asked what advice they’d give themselves if they could turn the clock back to the beginning of their secondary PGCE course – here are some of the things they said:

  • Ask your mentors and other teachers for schemes of work and PowerPoints, then use them! Make sure you are organised – set your own timetable and stick to it.
  • Use the people around you as resources, especially any NQTs as they’ve just been through it. Ask questions and get as much feedback as possible.
  • Stay confident and make sure to keep a healthy work / life balance. Sometimes taking time out to forget about the workload makes it more manageable when you come back to it – have at least a day off when you are focused only on you. It’s a tough year but if managed well you can do it.
  • Keep on top of PebblePad and add good evidence when you get it. It may seem hard to link into placement but it is worth it!
  • Get to know your students as early as possible! (Placements are short).
  • Be prepared for crazy, but enjoy and embrace. Throw yourself into anything and everything. Use the time! Enjoy it!

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Hiring overseas teachers – it’s not all plain sailing

Hiring overseas teachers – it’s not all plain sailing

Hiring overseas teachers is a necessary last resort and a useful temporary solution for most schools but it presents significant challenges, according to a new report, co-authored by the University of Brighton’s School of Education.

Published by the Department for Education (DfE), the report looked at school leaders’ use of overseas recruitment as a strategy to address teacher shortages in England.

It found that due to visa restrictions, international recruits tended to move on within a couple of years and just 35 per cent of those who gained QTS between 2014 and 2016 were working at schools in England at the time of the survey. Continue reading