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

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

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

Values-based teaching and learning

Learning about F4P on the football fieldTrainee teachers on our physical education PGCE were introduced to the University of Brighton’s pioneering and ground-breaking Football for Peace (F4P) programme as part of their induction.

They were shown how to apply the F4P methodology through a series of physical activities aimed to promote values-based teaching and learning in physical education. Trainees were also shown how the personal, social, moral, cultural and spiritual development of pupils can be addressed through a values-based approach to education and thus contributing to the holistic education of pupils. 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

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

Introduction to Team Handball

Playing handball in the gymPGCE and School Direct Physical Education students experienced the game of Handball and completed the English Handball Federation level one teaching certificate as part of their university-based training.

Team handball is a seven-a-side invasion game that combines the skills of running, jumping, catching, and throwing. Elements of soccer, basketball, lacrosse and water polo all can be seen in team handball and it’s a sport that was seen at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The basic objective of the game is to outmanoeuvre an opponent by passing the ball quickly and then throwing the ball past the defence and goalkeeper to score. Continue reading

Ever heard of Kin-Ball? You have now!

Students in the gym trying to catch the Kin-ballPhysical Education trainee teachers were given an introduction to alternative physical education and the Canadian game of Kin-Ball.

Kin-Ball, is a team sport created in Quebec, Canada in 1986 by Mario Demers, a physical education professor. The distinctive characteristics are the size of the ball which is about 1.5 meters in diameter and luminous pink, and that matches are played among three teams at the same time instead of the traditional one-vs-one.   Continue reading

Inclusive Sports Festival

The groups learning dancePGCE and School Direct Physical Education and Dance students took part in a whole day of inclusive sport and physical activity with pupils with additional learning needs from schools in East Sussex.

The emphasis of the day was on equity and inclusion within the secondary school physical education and dance curriculum. The day comprised of activities such as boccia, sit-down volleyball, parachute games, new-age kurling and goalball as well as dance activities. Continue reading

Disability sport awareness training

students taking part in the activitiesPhysical Education and Dance trainee teachers took part in disability sport awareness training as part of their induction into their PGCE and School Direct physical education training.

Students learnt more about the games of Boccia, sit-down volleyball, new age kurling, goal ball and parachute games. The emphasis of the day was on equity and inclusion in physical education and the training was designed to help trainees have a secure understanding of how a range of factors can inhibit pupils’ ability to learn, and how best to overcome these. Continue reading