Primary mathematics project celebrations

the group sharing their findingsThe University of Brighton has been working with Sussex Coast Teaching School Alliance on a project focussed on driving up attainment in primary mathematics.

A celebration of the impact of the project took place on Tuesday 21 May at the University’s Falmer campus. 16 primary schools from across the city came together to present how the project has improved the mathematics teaching in their schools.

The project was funded by the Department of Education, Strategic School Improvement Fund and brought an additional £150k into Brighton & Hove schools.  Sussex Coast Teaching School Alliance has worked closely with Coldean Primary School and University of Brighton primary mathematics tutors to share expertise in mathematics and spread this knowledge to other schools. Continue reading

We’re School of the Year!

The School of Education received the Students’ Union School of the Year award at last nights awards ceremony.

The awards are a chance to celebrate the amazing work that our students, staff and volunteers do each year and we couldn’t be happier to have won this category.

The School of the Year is awarded to the school that has worked closely with the Students’ Union to encourage and develop student engagement.

We’re also delighted that Education BA(Hons) student Kallan Thomas was highly commended in the Membership Student Staff Member of the Year category and also received the LaTrivia Grant Award which was introduced in 2017 in memory of LaTrivia Grant who was a very active and dedicated Union volunteer.

Mental Health Awareness Week at Falmer

Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week (13 – 19 May) and to support our MHAW poster 2019students, the team at Falmer are offering a wide range of events that have been designed to promote health, wellbeing and provide an opportunity to have fun!

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies. There will be events across the University’s campuses, including an inspiring talk by Johnny Benjamin at our Eastbourne Campus. Here at Falmer, Student Support and Guidance Tutors (SSGTs), the Library team and Brighton Student Union (BSU) are offering events across the week including:
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Making every maths lesson count

book coverA book written by School of Education senior lecturer Emma McCrea has just been published.

Emma’s book, Making Every Maths Lesson Count: Six principles to support great maths teaching, takes away the guesswork as she sums up the key components of effective maths teaching.

Emma has led professional development training for organisations such as the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM), Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) and the Maths Hubs.

You can find out more about the book on the Crown House Publishing website.

Education Research and Enterprise Conference

The University of Brighton’s School of Education is hosting its second Education Research and Enterprise Conference.

The free event is taking place on Friday 14 June 2019 from 9.30am – 3.30pm at our Falmer campus, exploring the themes of Children and Young People’s Voice and Education and Higher Education Pedagogies and Policies.

This exciting conference provides an opportunity for academics and students who are researching these fields to benefit from inspirational seminars, keynote speakers and panel discussions. Lunch is provided.
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Santander Universities helps fund incredible placement opportunity

Thanks to the help of the International experience fund, our Education BA student Shannon Reed recently experienced the placement of a lifetime in Nepal. Following her successful application and impressing the panel, Shannon was awarded £750 towards her international placement.
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Professional skills tests day success!

one of the sessionsThe School of Education held another successful Professional Skills Tests Day on the weekend.

The annual event is designed to provide help to applicants who have yet to pass the tests in literature and mathematics. The tests were introduced by the Department for Education to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism, and must be successfully completed before starting teacher training. Continue reading

Thinking of getting into teaching?

primary school children workingWe are holding a postgraduate train to teach event on Wednesday 15 May 2019.

The event takes place at the Falmer campus from 4.30 to 7.30pm and you’ll find out more about our primary, secondary and further education PGCEs, Early Years Initial Teacher Training, School Direct programmes and the new teaching apprenticeships.

You’ll also be able to chat to staff and current students, and our School Direct partners who will be able to talk through their vacancies. Find out more at www.brighton.ac.uk/teach

Professional Skills Tests Preparation Day 2019

Student lectureHave you applied or are thinking about applying for one of our teacher training courses? If you are yet to take the Professional Skills Tests and would like to be guided through the common mistakes that people make, make sure to come and benefit from our Professional Skills Tests Day this April!

Before starting a teacher training course that leads to gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), trainee teachers are expected to pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. You can find out more about the tests on the Department for Education (DfE) website.

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Another successful Family Fun Day!

On Saturday 9 March, thanks to our Student Support and Guidance Tutors (SSGTs), staff and students enjoyed a day full of fun and activities with their families at our Falmer campus.

This year’s free Family Fun Day ran from 11am-2pm and provided endless entertainment for all the family, from reptile handling and circus free play for the kids to massages for the adults. In its fifth year, a total of 238 people enjoyed the day, making it the biggest and best Family Fun Day yet!

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