Celebrating 10 years of teaching early years professionals

The University of Brighton is celebrating its 10th year of providing professional qualifications for early years’ practitioners.

Early Years Professional Status was introduced by the government in 2007 with the aim of raising the standards in early years education through high-quality graduate-led provision. The programme has evolved over time and graduates are now awarded Early Years Teacher Status, with entry requirements as for primary teaching. Continue reading

The Assignment Support Team

The School of Education prides itself on the level of support that it offers students to help them achieve the best possible grades.

First introduced in 2015, The Assignment Support Team (AST) was initially a pilot scheme set up by student support and guidance tutor, Melanie Gill to support students in advance of the cuts made to the disabled students’ allowance and funding for one-to-one tuition. Mel recognised a need for this service to be available for all first year students and not just those with dyslexia and funding came from the learning and teaching scholarship fund and the School of Education to be able to pay student peer mentors.

Over the last two years the service has become very successful, which has resulted in the AST being able to extend help to students in their second year, and more recently third year and PGCE students. Continue reading

Supporting our trainee teachers

Throughout the three years of their teacher training programme at the University of Brighton all students are tracked both academically and professionally.

The final year of the course is an important one, so before teacher trainees embark on their final phase of school-based training, interventions are put in place for any students going into a Key Stage for the first time as well as those who gained a majority of grade 3’s in their previous experiences. The aim is for all trainee teachers to achieve the highest grade possible. Continue reading

Early Childhood Education and Care BA Placements

The wide variety of placement opportunities available is a distinctive feature of the Early Childhood Education and Care BA which allows students to explore potential career paths and build their CVs.

This year, during semester 2, 20 second year students will embark on their placements as part of the module ‘Understanding Young Children and Young Children’s Services’.

Students will attend placement for 160 hours over a five to ten week period and will be based in organisations such as schools, local authorities, charities and community-led organisations in both the UK and overseas. Continue reading

Education BA Employability Programme

The employability programme is an annual event organised for second year students prior to going on their eight week placement.

The aim of the event is to ensure students are fully prepared for employment and life after graduation, that they have the skills and knowledge to secure a job, and that they are confident and ready for work. Continue reading

Education BA Placement Opportunities

One of the key aspects of the Education BA (Hons) is the wide variety of placement opportunities available to help students develop key skills and gain experience in potential career areas.

During their second year, students have the opportunity to go on placement and spend time in organisations such as school settings, child and young person’s services, local authorities, charities and community-led organisations in both the UK and overseas. Continue reading