On track for the majority of our trainees to be judged ‘outstanding’ at the point of gaining QTS this year

Education_Senior_037Raised expectations and the use of  a wide range of intervention strategies have had a very positive impact on trainees’ performance on placement so far this year.

Analysis of interim placement grades across our primary and secondary courses suggest that the Partnership is Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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.

 

Into the woods

Final year students from the Primary Education (3-7) and (5-11) BA(Hons) with QTS programme, with a Physical Education specialism,  found themselves using natural materials as part of a forest school day. The students built fires, made pendants, charcoal, yoyos, and other innovative objects at Woods Mill in Sussex.

As well as learning how the outdoors can provide a stimulating learning environment for children the group teach Outdoor Adventurous Activities in our partnership schools to enhance children’s skills in mapping, problem solving, communication and social skills.

Supporting our students

PASS

PASS stands for ‘peer assisted study sessions’. It is a student-led initiative where issues relating to course material and student life can be discussed in a friendly, informal environment with peers and trained student facilitators. PASS is shown to not only improve your confidence in your studies but research has hown that regular attendees have shown better knowledge and understanding of course material and have improved their grades by 10 – 20%!

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