PGCE primary conference

Our PGCE primary students attended a conference with author and bookmaker speaker Paul Johnson and attended a workshop run by Rachel Ramaker from Hertford infants. They participated in a range of workshops on a variety of topics including:

  • Get writing with Paul Johnson
  • 50 ways to retell a story with Pam Lewis
  • Writing in Early Years and KS1: The whole picture with Rachel Ramaker
  • Media, mayhem and mid walking: Creative ideas and stimulus for writing in KS 1 and 2 with Sinead Kennedy
  • Apprenticeship models of teaching writing: Shared and guided writing in action with Soo Sturrock

pam-l_rachel lewis pam-lewis2

New Education Research Centre Blog

The Education Research Centre have set up a new blog in order to capture educational research activities across the school ( Over time they will further populate the blog and publicise more widely and they welcome contributions from anyone involved in educational research in the school. Recent additions include resources arising from our recent ‘Critical Perspectives on Educational Technology’ event’ last October, with presentations, provocation papers, and overviews of the day.

If you would like your materials added or want to become a contributor, please contact Tim Rudd on


Inaugural Conference of British Autoethnography

Mike Hayler lead the organising team with Elizabeth Briggs for the Inaugural Conference of British Autoethnography (funded by the ERC) which took place on our Grand Parade campus on Saturday 22 February 2014. The conference, which involved delegates in discussions, presentations and performance events around the opportunities and challenges of contemporary autoethnography, was a great success. One hundred and fifteen delegates from near and far attended to work with contributors from a range of disciplines who are experienced and published in this approach. A variety of theoretical, ethical and methodological issues were examined and discussed throughout the day, including the performance of identity, voice, and a range of socio-cultural critiques.

The conference also served as the book launch for the recently published Contemporary British Autoethnography which was published by Sense in December, 2013.


Sara Bragg publications

Sara Bragg has had the following published which are available to view in hard copy in the Education Research Centre:

  • December 2013: with Manchester, H., School Ethos and the Spatial Turn: “Capacious” Approaches to Research and Practice. Qualitative Inquiry, 19(10), 818-827
  • 2014: “Shameless mums” and universal pedophiles: Sexualisation and commodification of children, in S. Carter, L. Steiner & L.McLaughlin (eds) The Routledge Companion to Media and Gender, London & New York: Routledge
  • Buckingham, D., Bragg, S. & Kehily, M.J. (eds) (2014) Youth Cultures in the Age of Global Media, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan


Lunchtime Conversations

Come and join us at one, or more, of these Conversations being held at Falmer approximately every fortnight.  They are informal events, providing us with an opportunity to share our various research activities, and to develop ideas in a supportive and open environment.  The general format is that different people will lead each session and talk casually about what they have been doing, and discussion can then take place afterwards (please feel free to bring your packed lunch).

All sessions will be held on a Wednesday, from 1pm to 2pm, for details about Conversation leaders, topics and location please visit department docs.

For more information, contact Vicky Johnson (Ext 3923,


Learning to Teach in the Primary School and Creative Teaching and Learning

Marcelo Staricoff has recently had a chapter published in one of the most popular books used within Initial Teacher Training – ‘Learning to Teach in the Primary School’ (Routledge). He has also had articles featured in Creative Teaching and Learning: ‘nurturing creative thinking from an early age’ (volume 4.3) and ‘the joy of not knowing’ (volume 4.2)

Troops to Teachers update

TTT logoThe first cohort of the DfE funded ‘Troops to Teachers’ (TtT) programme has been recruited. The trainees began their studies in January and they are all currently placed in school settings across the country.

The delivery schools employ the TtT trainee as a non-qualified member of the teaching staff and the university pays a £12,780.80* salary grant (per annum) directly to the school to subsidise the salary costs. The University of Brighton is leading the Troops to Teachers consortium of seven universities who provide the training. Read More

Strategic Project funded by the Higher Education Academy

Sarah Bragg is working on a new project that she hopes student teachers on placements in schools will get involved in (any expenses will be covered plus a free lunch). It will run from now to June 2014 and is funded by the Higher Education Academy as a Strategic Project called ‘promoting reflection on the digitalised spaces and cultures of schooling’.  Email Sarah for further info:


Primary Computing and ICT

Keith Turvey has just finished editing a book, Primary Computing and ICT: Knowledge Understanding and Practice, to be published in June by Sage. The book addresses the changes in the new national curriculum for computing to be implemented in September 2014. It includes insights and examples of practice from colleagues in the primary computing team, namely; Lis Bundock, Jeremy Burton and Pippa Totraku. It also draws on examples of practice carried out by student teachers from the school of education, working with partner schools such as St. Luke’s Primary School, where student teachers worked with children on an e-Safety and computing project. The book also features a project that Lis Bundock and Pippa Totraku carried out with students and children at Woodingdean Primary School where children had were taught to design, program and test their own apps for android smart phones. This project targeted children in Year 5 and 6, as this is a critical age when children, especially girls, make decisions about their aspirations to pursue computer science and ICT related careers.