The Really Useful PE Book

book-coverTwo University of Brighton academics have published their fourth edited book with Routledge.

Dr Gary Stidder and Sid Hayes have released The Really Useful Physical Education Book: Learning and Teaching across the 11 – 16 age range with contributions from 16 other University of Brighton PE, dance, sport science and sport coaching staff members.

Fully updated in line with the National Curriculum, the second edition of The Really Useful Physical Education Book offers crucial guidance and practical ideas for effective and imaginative lessons. Continue reading

Celebrating a partnership

Lorraine Harrison, head of the University of Brighton’s School of Education and assistant head,  Mark Price, travelled to Guernsey last week to celebrate the partnership with the States of Guernsey Education Department.

As part of the celebrations plaques were unveiled during the trip at the Education Department and the College of Further Education. Continue reading

Getting started with programming in the primary classroom

Ever since this new subject of computing was announced, teachers from local schools have been asking us to provide CPD to help prepare them for the challenges that the programme of study presents.

In June we will be running what we expect to be the first of a number of computing CPD courses for local teachers. This course will focus on getting started with programming in the primary classroom. Continue reading

iCompute 2014

In September, the subject of computing will be introduced as part of the new national curriculum; last month the School of Education brought together eight local teachers and all of our final year undergraduate trainees for the iCompute 2014 event.

Teachers gave stimulating presentations on a range of themes relating to computational thinking and digital literacy and these were followed by hands-on teacher-led workshops exploring programming and other aspects of the programme of study for computing. Continue reading

School Direct Update

Recruitment is well underway for high quality School Direct candidates to start their programme in September 2014/15.

Due to the success of this year’s programme we are aiming to expand our numbers and we are currently on track to increase by 300%. We are continuously improving our provision and have an established a school-led steering group that ensures that these improvements are relevant and shaped by school needs.

In response to feedback from schools we have recently developed a new School Direct Support Tutor role. This means that school partners have a dedicated university member of staff allocated to them who acts as the first point of liaison for all communications. This enables a responsive and flexible approach to the diversity of school needs within the partnership.

Not yet involved with School Direct? Find out how you can get involved for 2015/16.

Troops to Teachers update

TTT logoThe first cohort of the DfE funded ‘Troops to Teachers’ (TtT) programme has been recruited. The trainees began their studies in January and they are all currently placed in school settings across the country.

The delivery schools employ the TtT trainee as a non-qualified member of the teaching staff and the university pays a £12,780.80* salary grant (per annum) directly to the school to subsidise the salary costs. The University of Brighton is leading the Troops to Teachers consortium of seven universities who provide the training. Continue reading