Jackie Hannay and Amy Campbell (recent graduate) publication success

Amy submitted an assignment as part of the Outdoor Adventurous Activities module which was considered to be of an excellent standard.  Jackie Hannay saw the potential to collaborate with the student in an effort to get the work published, and we are delighted to announce that this piece has been accepted for the spring edition of Physical Education Matters (link). Amy Campbell graduated in 2013 from the BA (Hons) Primary 5-11 QTS route

NQT News

Ongoing contacts with our NQTs and their headteachers show that the vast majority of schools are delighted with the high quality of teachers trained by the partnership. Lizzie for blog

One such NQT, Elizabeth Owen,  graduated from our Secondary Geography PGCE. Elizabeth recently received two ‘outstanding’ graded lesson observations.

The Ofsted inspectors who carried out the observations were keen to find out where she was trained. Despite only being in her NQT year Elizabeth is now mentoring other teachers to help them also teach outstanding lessons.

Towards the end of the summer term, the partnership will be contacting all schools known to have employed NQTs this year to invite them to complete our NQT Headteachers Survey, so that we can use this data to improve our ITE provision and support for next year’s NQTs.

Meanwhile, we are keen to receive news from any of our NQTs or Early Practitioners through our dedicated NQT e-mail address NQTEPvoice@brighton.ac.uk .  You can also use this address to request bespoke intervention and support for NQTs/Early Practitioners to achieve our aspiration for all teachers trained by the partnership to become outstanding teachers.


Leading and Supporting Early Years Teams

Deborah Price and Cathy Ota had their book Leading and Managing Early Years Teams published by Routledge. How a staff team works together and how effective and cohesive they are impacts significantly on the children that they care for as well as having implications for the general early years practice and the success of the business of the setting. Drawing together theory and practice this book provides comprehensive guidance on recruiting, supervising and leading an early years team in line with the most recent national guidance.


SciArt visit by international artist

Students on our BA (Hons) Primary Education taking the Year 4 optional module EP604 SciArt: Creative Collaborations had the opportunity of working with an internationally renowned artist who uses science to inspire much of his work.  Professor Rob Kesseler has recently been appointed University of the Arts London Chair in Arts, Design & Science at Central Saint Martins. This three year post will explore the potential to work with students across the university as well as continuing to develop new projects.

Rob talked about the inspirations for his work, showing a gallery of images from his wide-ranging projects. He is probably most well known for his work using electron microscope images of pollen, seeds and fruit. Rob then demonstrated techniques using Indian inks, dyes and pastels, and watercolours which the students then tried for themselves. He used a variety of flowers as starting points.

The students were inspired to use the science department’s digital microscopes to produce their own images from which to produce wax resist pieces. They said:

‘Excellent opportunity to watch SciArt in action!’

‘Amazing experience.’

‘Inspiring way of looking at plants and plant structures.’

‘A motivating workshop – I’m excited to take ideas into the classroom.’

This was then followed up a few weeks later by a visit to Wakehurst Place and the Millennium Seed Bank, where Rob’s work is on public display. Visit Rob Kesseler’s website: www.robkesseler.co.uk/


Rob working with the students painting flowers.

Rob working with the students painting flowers.

Rob demonstrating work with dyes and Indian ink.

Rob demonstrating work with dyes and Indian ink.

Brian Marsh hosts Institute of Physics workshop

Following the keynote that Brian gave at the ASE Surrey / Sussex meeting in November, he hosted an Institute of Physics workshop on Energy at Millais School on 16 January. This was after the discussion at the November ASE Surrey / Sussex Regional Meeting (@ASESurreySussex) regarding the new National Curriculum in Science. They were pleased to have Colin Piper (@Colin_Piper), a teaching and learning coach for the Institute of Physics lead a workshop on the approaches to teaching Energy at KS3.


PASS leader certifcates

Our first BA(Hons) Primary Year 2 PASS leaders received their certificates having mentored the first years during semester one. PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) is a national and international scheme, and PASS leaders have to attend training and be observed and supervised. They develop facilitation and support skills which will enhance their CVs when they apply for jobs. Mel Gill is the School of Education PASS supervisor and says that the 25 BA Primary and 6 BA Education PASS leaders have been a superb group to work with and have shown dedication and real commitment.


Successful bid to deliver new Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EY ITT) programme

The School of Education has been successful in a bid to the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to deliver the new Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EY ITT) programme from September 2014. We have been allocated places for the Graduate Employment Based route. This part time, yearlong route is for graduates who have experience working with the youngest children (0-5) in the early years sector.  Trainees on the Early Years ITT programme will gather evidence to demonstrate their ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) in their work with babies, toddlers and young children. They will also demonstrate their understanding of the educational continuum of expectations, curricula and teaching of Key Stage 1 and 2.  Early Years Teachers are specialists in early childhood development and are instrumental in leading practice and raising standards in early years settings. Early Years Teachers are responsible for:

  • Raising the quality of early years provision;
  • Acting as change agents to improve practice;
  • Leading practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS);
  • Supporting and mentoring other practitioners;
  • Modelling the skills and behaviours that safeguard and promote good outcomes for children.

The Early Years ITT team will work closely with local schools and early years settings to develop a model of partnership working which will enable trainees to develop their expertise through work based learning.

Interviews will take place in May and June and the team look forward to welcoming the first trainees in September 2014 building on the success of our previous EYPS/EYTS programmes.



First cohort complete Early Years Teacher Status programme

Our first cohort of students on the Early Years Teacher Status programme (graduate route) completed their final assessments on 14 February and after our moderation last week we are pleased to announce that all 23 of our trainees have passed the rigorous assessment process and have achieved Early Years Teacher Status – the first ones to achieve this at the University of Brighton.

Holocaust talk

First year student and Holocaust Ambassador for the South East Emma-Jayne Kelsey, organised a talk by holocaust survivor, Professor Lasislaus Lob. He gave his testimony of the holocaust on January 13th in Asa Briggs to a packed audience.

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