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
At 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!
The Department for Education (DfE) has recently made changes to the Professional Skills Tests to ensure more talented trainees can get into teaching.
As of 15 February 2018, there will be no limit on the number of tests candidates can take, they will also not incur any cost for their first three attempts.
These changes are great news for aspiring teachers who will be able to begin their training as soon as they are ready.
Read full details about the changes on the DfE website.
Lesley Butterworth, General Secretary of The National Society for Education for Art and Design (NSEAD) recently presented to (Secondary) Art and Design PGCE students about the work of the art subject organisation and the place of art and design in the curriculum. Continue reading
Students from our (Secondary) Art and Design PGCE and (Secondary) Modern Foreign Languages PGCE attended the performance for schools production of Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte at Glyndebourne Opera in October.
After the show students took part in a bespoke workshop led by renowned composer and conductor Howard Moody who was also joined by opera director, Simon Lorio and Glyndebourne singers. Continue reading
Students from (Secondary) Art and Design PGCE and (Secondary) Modern Foreign Languages PGCE started the year with a visit to the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne where they were invited to attend a tour of the Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship exhibition. Continue reading
Every student on our (Secondary) Art and Design PGCE brings their own art subject expertise, experience and practice to the course and we develop this rich vein by sharing ideas and techniques through peer-led workshops. These sessions are planned and taught by our students, who then receive feedback from course leaders to help develop their subject knowledge and planning skills. Continue reading
Well done to newly qualified teachers (NQTs) Olivia Broadbent Smith and Rebecca Bleach who spent part of their summer as artist in residence for Glyndebourne Festival as part of a collaboration with the School of Education at University of Brighton. Continue reading
Congratulations to our PGCE students who recently held an open evening to showcase work with fellow students, tutors, mentors and families.