We’re School of the Year!

The School of Education received the Students’ Union School of the Year award at last nights awards ceremony.

The awards are a chance to celebrate the amazing work that our students, staff and volunteers do each year and we couldn’t be happier to have won this category.

The School of the Year is awarded to the school that has worked closely with the Students’ Union to encourage and develop student engagement.

We’re also delighted that Education BA(Hons) student Kallan Thomas was highly commended in the Membership Student Staff Member of the Year category and also received the LaTrivia Grant Award which was introduced in 2017 in memory of LaTrivia Grant who was a very active and dedicated Union volunteer.

A great end to their course!

Final year Primary English Education BA(Hons) with QTS students were treated to two visiting speakers at their final course event.

cover of Pom Pom - a book by Sophy HennThe event was linked to two final year modules which focus on the learning, teaching and assessment of English in the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Sussex based author and illustrator Sophy Henn spoke about her journey as a reader, author and illustrator. Her children’s books are bright, bold and full of wonderful themes for children and are definitely worthy of being in every nursery and Reception and Year 1 classes.  Continue reading

Making every maths lesson count

book coverA book written by School of Education senior lecturer Emma McCrea has just been published.

Emma’s book, Making Every Maths Lesson Count: Six principles to support great maths teaching, takes away the guesswork as she sums up the key components of effective maths teaching.

Emma has led professional development training for organisations such as the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM), Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) and the Maths Hubs.

You can find out more about the book on the Crown House Publishing website.

Supporting their fellow students

Twenty four second year students from our Education BA and Primary Education with QTS suite of courses received their certificates for being PASS Leaders.

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) is a national and international university scheme, where students work in pairs to facilitate study support groups for first year students.

The leaders benefit by enhancing their own study skills, employability and increasing confidence. For participants they can learn from students who have already completed their first year. Continue reading

Experiencing the UN

Michela at the UN

Michela at the UN

Michela Marazzi, a third year student on our Education BA(Hons) course has just returned from a trip to the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York. She told us how she came to be there and how the trip has inspired her.

“I attended the Change the World Model of United Nations (CWMUN) at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York City. CWMUN is an annual international meeting attended by more than 3500 students from all over the world, in which they debate the major issues of the international political agenda, developing leadership, research, writing and public speaking skills as well as problem solving expertise. Continue reading

Professional skills tests day success!

one of the sessionsThe School of Education held another successful Professional Skills Tests Day on the weekend.

The annual event is designed to provide help to applicants who have yet to pass the tests in literature and mathematics. The tests were introduced by the Department for Education to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism, and must be successfully completed before starting teacher training. Continue reading

Thinking of getting into teaching?

primary school children workingWe are holding a postgraduate train to teach event on Wednesday 15 May 2019.

The event takes place at the Falmer campus from 4.30 to 7.30pm and you’ll find out more about our primary, secondary and further education PGCEs, Early Years Initial Teacher Training, School Direct programmes and the new teaching apprenticeships.

You’ll also be able to chat to staff and current students, and our School Direct partners who will be able to talk through their vacancies. Find out more at www.brighton.ac.uk/teach

Graduates offered paid apprenticeships

Graduates are being offered paid apprenticeships to work with people who have special educational needs and disabilities.

Downs View SEN Specialist School in Brighton is one of the first in the country to advertise externally for the Post Graduate Teacher Degree apprenticeship posts.

The school is offering the four posts in conjunction with the University and with Brighton and Hove City Council’s apprenticeships team. The apprenticeships come with a salary of £17,208 and, in addition the tuition fees are paid-for – saving each apprentice up to £9,000.

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