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

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Learning through adventure: the many skills that can be taught outside the classroom

“Learning outside the classroom through adventurous activities is known to have significant educational benefits. It helps children develop technical, intellectual and social skills by overcoming challenges and sharing decisions.”

This is the view of Principal Lecturer Dr Gary Stidder, leader of the Physical Education PGCE, in an article he has written for The Conversation.

Read the full article.

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.