PGCE end of year exhibition

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

PGCE trainee teachers offer their advice to future trainees!

Students huddled round their laptops in a classroomAt 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!

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UCAS Teacher Training fee reduced to £1

UCAS logoIt now costs just £1 to apply for postgraduate teacher training programmes starting in 2018.

The Department for Education is subsidising the UCAS Teacher Training application fee until the end of July 2018, so apply as soon as possible to benefit from it!

Find out more about postgraduate teacher training options at Brighton.

If you’ve already applied and missed out on the new low price £23 will automatically be refunded to you – you don’t need to do anything and will receive an email when the refund is complete.

Changes to professional skills tests from February 2018

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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.

Glyndebourne performance for schools

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

Art and Design PGCE peer-led workshops

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