Mentoring Programmes Success

the students talking to John Smith, Head of SchoolStudent mentors, mentees and staff came together to celebrate the success of our BAME Education Mentoring and Men in Primary Mentoring Programmes.

The BAME Education Mentoring Programme is for BAME students who are training to teach; students are matched with a BAME mentor who is a professional who lives or works locally. The Men in Primary Mentoring Programme matches male students with a mentor who is a male primary school teacher.

The six-month long programmes are delivered by Beth Thomas-Hancock, Mentoring Manager in Student Operations and Support at the University of Brighton and John Lynch, an Educational Consultant and retired head teacher. Continue reading

Placement settings needed

primary school children workingAre you able to host our trainee teachers in your school or setting?

Each year the University of Brighton ITE Partnership hosts approximately 1,200 trainees in school and setting-based training that varies from two to 12 weeks.

Hosting our trainees not only has a positive impact on your pupil progress but it offers development opportunities for your staff and attracts financial remuneration. Continue reading

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

Mental Wellbeing – How Can the University Help?

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, Kimberley Georgiou, Wellbeing Kimberley GeorgiouCoordinator in Operations and Support explains what the University of Brighton does to boost student wellbeing – and how easy it is to seek help if needed.

You can listen via Spotify, Apple Podcasts and by clicking below  – or search University of Brighton in your preferred podcast app.

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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.

A great end to their course!

Final year Primary English Education BA(Hons) with QTS students were treated to two visiting speakers at their final course event.

cover of Pom Pom - a book by Sophy HennThe event was linked to two final year modules which focus on the learning, teaching and assessment of English in the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Sussex based author and illustrator Sophy Henn spoke about her journey as a reader, author and illustrator. Her children’s books are bright, bold and full of wonderful themes for children and are definitely worthy of being in every nursery and Reception and Year 1 classes.  Continue reading

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.

Supporting their fellow students

Twenty four second year students from our Education BA and Primary Education with QTS suite of courses received their certificates for being PASS Leaders.

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) is a national and international university scheme, where students work in pairs to facilitate study support groups for first year students.

The leaders benefit by enhancing their own study skills, employability and increasing confidence. For participants they can learn from students who have already completed their first year. Continue reading