Glowing Ofsted report for our teacher training courses

Ofsted Outstanding logoThe University of Brighton’s established strength in teacher training has been acknowledged in an extremely positive Ofsted report.

Our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Partnership received ratings of ‘outstanding’ for its Early Years, Primary and Secondary Courses and ‘good’ in Further Education and Training.

This makes the University of Brighton the only university in Sussex and Kent rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for Early Years, Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Training. Continue reading

Graduate Assessment Centre with Capgemini

Undergraduate and postgraduate students from our tourism, hospitality, retail, sport development and sport studies courses were invited to take part in a mock graduate assessment provided by Capgemini.

Christina Hokland and  Daza Roxana Garcia, who are on our Tourism and International Development MSc, report on the day:

the students listening intently to a presentationWe had the opportunity to meet three members of Capgemini´s team who, with staff at the University, helped us go through a mock assessment. During the session we worked in teams and also did an interview to learn more about our strengths and weaknesses.

In our first activity we got to test our ability in teamwork and how well we work as a group. We had to design a mobile app and had to follow instructions from the organisation. Continue reading

The Hand that rocks the cradle

the students with their 'cradles'Introducing pop Lacrosse and VX Rock it ball

Trainee teachers of physical education were introduced to the concept of ‘cradle’ games during a university-based training session. Pop Lacrosse and VX Rockitball were two examples of cradle games where the object is to manipulate a stick and cradle to receive and send a ball quickly or to shoot at a target. Trainees were able to apply the STEP model (space, task, equipment and people) in order to ensure an inclusive approach to pedagogy. Continue reading

University of Brighton launches cancer rehabilitation programme in Eastbourne

The University of Brighton has launched an exercise-based cancer rehabilitation programme in Eastbourne.

Designed to help individuals with or recovering from cancer, the scheme, entitled Active Recovery, has been developed by experts from the University and Freedom Leisure in consultation with Cancer United’s CU Fitter™ initiative. Funding has been generously supplied by the cancer charity Macmillan via Albion in the Community and a University of Brighton ECHO grant.

Harrison helping Active Recovery client David with his exercises in the university's gym

Harrison with Active Recovery client David

Classes are run weekly by Stephanie Wadlow from Freedom Leisure and Harrison Collier-Bain, an Applied Exercise Physiology MSc student at the University. The programme aims to help cancer patients lead more active, healthier and happier lives during every stage of their treatment by improving physical fitness, psychological well-being and quality of life, maintaining a healthy weight, managing side effects of cancer treatment and reducing risk factors for cancer, cardiovascular and other diseases. Continue reading

Peak Performance without Doping: Fact or Fiction?

Prpfessor Pitsiladis at the lecturnIn the first of this year’s sport and exercise science seminar series Professor Yannis Pitsiladis delivered a lecture entitled Peak Performance without Doping: Fact or Fiction?

Over the course of his talk to a mixed audience of students, academics and practitioners Professor Pitsiladis updated the attendees on his global collaborations centred on aspects of doping detection and the three pillars of anti-doping in top level sport. Continue reading

Korfball – More than just a game

A plie of korfballsTrainee physical education teachers were introduced to the only mixed-sex team game played widely in the Netherlands and Belgium – Korfball.

The game of Korfball is played between teams made up of four male and four female players. The playing court is divided into two equal zones and two players of each sex are placed in each – it can be played indoors or outdoors. Continue reading

Wheelchair basketball

one of the trainees practising his wheelchair basketball skillsTrainee PE teachers were introduced to wheelchair basketball as part of their course induction.

The programme, run in association with Albion in the Community, covered both theoretical and practical aspects of teaching pupils with additional learning needs.  The aim of the day was to give trainee teachers of physical education a greater understanding of more inclusive approaches to teaching. Continue reading

Welcome to the Imaginarium!

the colourful Imaginarium brandingStudents at the School of Sport and Service Management have access to a few facility – the Imaginarium.

The Imaginarium is a start-up and entrepreneurial unit where students can develop and build their own business ideas. It is linked up to nine study modules, with more to follow, offering the possibility of also gaining credits for getting involved. Continue reading

Restorative Approaches to behaviour management

Graduate Neil Davie returned to be guest speaker at the PGCE and School Direct seminar on behaviour management.  

Neil graduated from Brighton the University of Brighton in 2007 and is now Deputy Head Teacher of College Central, a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) based in East Sussex. He was able share his experience of using restorative approaches to behaviour management.   Continue reading