staff and students at the event

Merit scholarship for Ellie

Philanthropy at the university rewards and advances academic excellence through research funding and merit prizes.

Over 100 guests, including students, staff, alumni, donors and supporters came together to celebrate at our annual celebration event in February to applaud the achievements of students who have won scholarships, awards or funding over the past year.

Primary Education (5-11 years) BA(Hons) with QTS student Eleanor Watson received a Merit Scholarship.

Ellie said the one thing she knew for certain when she left school was that she did not want to be a teacher! She comes from a long line of teachers and was determined not to follow in her family’s footsteps. Thankfully, she eventually realised that teaching dance is the job for her. Read More

A smiling Sarah Fitzjohn-Scott

Podcast: Catching up with Sarah Fitzjohn-Scott

Sarah, our Deputy Head of School (Partnership and Engagement), talks about her career and why Brighton is such a great place to train to teach. She also discusses how to make teacher training even more accessible.

​Listen to the podcast by clicking ‘play’ in the link below. Alternatively, most of the interview is transcribed on this page.

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Find out more about training to teach at the University of Brighton. Read More

Nick and Sophy at the event

Kids’ books are no child’s play

Creators of some of the country’s best-known children’s fiction told University of Brighton School of Education students how writing and drawing are not as straight forward as they may seem.

Illustrator Nick Sharratt, winner of the Children’s Book Award, and Sophy Henn, picture book maker and University of Brighton graduate, spoke to students as part of ‘READ TO INSPIRE’, an annual event for the University’s Primary PGCE and Early Years trainee teachers.

The two explained just how complex creating can be: “Picture fiction are complex narratives where both word and image work together to form more than the sum of the parts.” Read More

Further Education teacher training gets a boost

students writing on a wipe boardThe government has announced a support package for training FE staff that includes tax-free bursaries worth up to £26,000 for teachers. This is great news for those looking to study on our Further Education and Training PGCE. 

Eligible shortage subjects include maths, sciences, engineering, manufacturing, computing and English, with funding also available for teachers training to teach learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in 2020-21. A total of £11 million is being made available in grants and bursaries.

Find out more in this TES article.

 

Family Fun Day 2020

Bring your little ones along to our annual Family Fun Day, hosted by Student Support and Guidance Tutors (SSGTs), on Saturday 7 March 2020.

This popular event will run from 11am – 2.30pm in the Checkland building, Falmer Campus and is open to all staff and students with their families.

There will be plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained including circus skills, soft play, reptile handling, Big Bang and lego architecture whilst the adults can enjoy a pamper with a hand massage and a coffee from the café!

The best bit is this event is completely free… we look forward to seeing you all there!

students with the thoughts board

Student Voice Week

The School of Education held its first Student Voice Week in December.

The event was designed in consultation with students with the aim of gaining a deeper understanding of how School of Education students understand the term ‘student voice’ and their experiences of it during their study-lives.

Dr Richard Wallis, Deputy Head of the School of Education, shared the key objective of the project stating that is was to “find out from our student body, what they understand student voice to mean and how it has been most effectively experienced during the course of their study”.

Throughout the week students could visit our stands to chat with student voice ambassadors, add to the ‘thoughts board’, complete a survey and eat cakes and pastries! Over the course of the week the ambassadors were visited by around 150 students. Read More