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.

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Student Voice Week

The School of Education held its first Student Voice Week in December.

The event was designed in consultation with students with the aim of gaining a deeper understanding of how School of Education students understand the term ‘student voice’ and their experiences of it during their study-lives.

Dr Richard Wallis, Deputy Head of the School of Education, shared the key objective of the project stating that is was to “find out from our student body, what they understand student voice to mean and how it has been most effectively experienced during the course of their study”.

Throughout the week students could visit our stands to chat with student voice ambassadors, add to the ‘thoughts board’, complete a survey and eat cakes and pastries! Over the course of the week the ambassadors were visited by around 150 students. Read More

Michael with head teacher Chris Pearson and his award

Our ‘Outstanding’ Apprentice of the Year

A teacher who brings something extra special to the classroom has been crowned Apprentice of the Year in the Sussex Business Awards.

Michael Lowe, who successfully completed his Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship at the University of Brighton, completed the programme while at Goldstone Primary School and he is now a fully qualified teacher at the school.

His University tutor said: “Michael’s amazing – a little bit of magic happens in his classroom.”

Lis Bundock, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, added: “When you see Michael teach, you get to witness something very special. His understanding of his pupils and his deep knowledge of curriculum come together to ensure that each child feels valued and believed in. Read More

Train to teach event 20 Nov

Train to Teach event 20 November

Join us on Wednesday 20 November for our Train to teach event from 4.30pm – 7.30pm to find out more about courses available and training to teach at Brighton.

Find out more on the University of Brighton website.

Become a teacher and inspire the next generation – there’s no better place to train than the University of Brighton.

Whether you are currently studying or already hold a degree and looking to change direction, our range of postgraduate courses will open doors to a career in teaching.

 

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Mentoring opportunities

“Mentoring is a one-to-one, non-judgemental relationship in which an individual voluntarily gives time to support and encourage another. This relationship is typically developed at a time of transition in the mentee’s life and lasts for a period of time”

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Geography PGCE students partake in local fieldwork opportunity

Geography fieldwork tripThis February our (Secondary) PGCE Geography students partook in beneficial local fieldwork to provide practical experience that has enabled further skills. 

Trainees planned, ran and delivered a piece of fieldwork in the local area to Pupil Premium pupils from three local schools within our partnership. This comprised of our students:
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Glyndebourne work 2017

Applications now open for unmissable opportunity at Glyndebourne!

World-class opera house, Glyndebourne, is offering two residencies to our (Secondary) Art and Design PGCE students. Teaching Artists 2019 is an outstanding opportunity taking place this summer, following two successful years of collaboration between the University of Brighton and Glyndebourne to provide a residency for two Art and Design PGCE students.

Glyndebourne 2017Successful applicants will have access to a wide range of valuable experiences and opportunities including attending Glyndebourne education workshops, access to the Glyndebourne archives and exhibiting work through an online gallery.

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