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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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

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

Brighton professors join the REF

Four professors from the University of Brighton have been invited to join the sub-panels for the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

photo of Professor Andy Hobson

Professor Andy Hobson

The panel will include School of Education’s Professor Andy Hobson, Professor of Teacher Learning and Development .

Professor Hobson will be on the panel with the university’s Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Professor Phil Ashworth, Professor of Physical Geography; Professor Marina Novelli, Professor of Tourism and International Development and Academic Lead for Responsible Brighton Future; and Professor Darren Newbury, Professor of Photographic History who have also been selected for these prestigious appointments. Continue reading

We all need training to tackle child abuse

A whistleblower who exposed Britain’s worst child sex scandal has called for more education and training to spot early signs of abuse during a student lecture.

Youth worker Jayne Senior who revealed how 1,400 children had been abused in Rotherham said: “We must all work together to ensure nothing like this ever happens again. We need more education and training…to look for the signs.”

Everyone in schools, she said, should receive more training “from teachers to dinner ladies”. Continue reading

UCAS Teacher Training fee reduced to £1

UCAS logoIt now costs just £1 to apply for postgraduate teacher training programmes starting in 2018.

The Department for Education is subsidising the UCAS Teacher Training application fee until the end of July 2018, so apply as soon as possible to benefit from it!

Find out more about postgraduate teacher training options at Brighton.

If you’ve already applied and missed out on the new low price £23 will automatically be refunded to you – you don’t need to do anything and will receive an email when the refund is complete.

Falmer campus Family Fun Day 2018

On Saturday 11 March the fourth Family Fun Day took place on the Falmer campus.

This annual event is for all parents who study at Falmer and was attended by students studying education, humanities, health science and social science degrees with the invite extended to their children and partners. University staff members and their children were also invited. Continue reading

New £40,000 bursaries for ex-military personnel to get into teaching

Bursaries of £40,000 are being offered to ex-service personnel to train as teachers in a new scheme that will replace the Troops to Teachers Programme, launched at the University of Brighton in 2013.

The bursaries will provide veterans of all three services – British Army, Royal Navy and the RAF – with greater flexibility. Once they leave the service they will be able to train as teachers, while still receiving financial support. Continue reading