Postgraduate Education Research Conference

imge of the conference posterOver 70 students and staff from our postgraduate education programmes came together for a day of sharing research developments and successes on the Falmer campus. Programmes represented were the Education MA, Education MRes, Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) and PhD.

The theme of this year’s conference was Our methodological stance and our research decisions. Continue reading

First time publication for lecturer

A very smiley photo of AnnieSenior Lecturer Annie Richardson has worked at the university since 2010. Annie lectures on the subject of early childhood education and care.

Annie has recently taken up writing for pleasure again – something she hadn’t done since she was a child. Her work struck a chord with those who read it and Annie decided to share her story.

Annie’s work was selected for a publication Hidden Sussex, a new anthology for Sussex: Fiction, non-fiction and poetry from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic experience.

Annie spoke to us about her writing which focuses on her experiences of being a black mixed-heritage woman and living in rural South-East England. Continue reading

An emotional celebration

Over 60 past and current students and staff came together at the Falmer campus to celebrate 20 years of providing Youth Work courses.

We were delighted to be joined by our VC, Debra Humpris, Leigh Middleton, CEO of the National Youth Agency and Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP.

Leigh Middleton, centre, with John Smith, Head of School of Education and Debra Humphris VC

Leigh Middleton, centre, with John Smith, Head of School of Education and Debra Humphris VC

Leigh spoke about the challenges youth work has faced over the years with regards to funding but that he was confident that change is on the horizon.

He also spoke highly of the University of Brighton and said: “Brighton is crucial and without doubt one of the highest regarded courses in the country.” Continue reading

A celebratory partnership

Our staff at the School of Education have been working with the Mauritius Institute of Education for over 25 years and the partnership is going from strength to strength.

Dr Mahend Gungarpersad, pictured in his graduation gown with his Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE) supervisor Dr Brinda Oogarah-PratapThis year we celebrated as Dr Mahend Gungarpersad, pictured here with his Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE) supervisor Dr Brinda Oogarah-Pratap, became the first MIE research student to be awarded a Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD). Mahend’s thesis, Educators’ constructions of informal teacher leadership in three Mauritian secondary schools: a phenomenological study, reflects a strategic priority for MIE and its partnership with us, in focusing on leadership in education.

Another recent success has been Dr Tejwant Mohabeer (MIE) and the University of Brighton’s Dr Aly Colman securing funding from the Mauritius Tertiary Education Commission. Their three-year research project is entitled Internationalization and Education:  Exploring Quality Assurance and School Improvement in Mauritius’ Primary and Secondary School Systems. Continue reading

Mentoring Programmes Success

the students talking to John Smith, Head of SchoolStudent mentors, mentees and staff came together to celebrate the success of our BAME Education Mentoring and Men in Primary Mentoring Programmes.

The BAME Education Mentoring Programme is for BAME students who are training to teach; students are matched with a BAME mentor who is a professional who lives or works locally. The Men in Primary Mentoring Programme matches male students with a mentor who is a male primary school teacher.

The six-month long programmes are delivered by Beth Thomas-Hancock, Mentoring Manager in Student Operations and Support at the University of Brighton and John Lynch, an Educational Consultant and retired head teacher. Continue reading

Placement settings needed

primary school children workingAre you able to host our trainee teachers in your school or setting?

Each year the University of Brighton ITE Partnership hosts approximately 1,200 trainees in school and setting-based training that varies from two to 12 weeks.

Hosting our trainees not only has a positive impact on your pupil progress but it offers development opportunities for your staff and attracts financial remuneration. Continue reading

Primary mathematics project celebrations

the group sharing their findingsThe University of Brighton has been working with Sussex Coast Teaching School Alliance on a project focussed on driving up attainment in primary mathematics.

A celebration of the impact of the project took place on Tuesday 21 May at the University’s Falmer campus. 16 primary schools from across the city came together to present how the project has improved the mathematics teaching in their schools.

The project was funded by the Department of Education, Strategic School Improvement Fund and brought an additional £150k into Brighton & Hove schools.  Sussex Coast Teaching School Alliance has worked closely with Coldean Primary School and University of Brighton primary mathematics tutors to share expertise in mathematics and spread this knowledge to other schools. Continue reading

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.