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

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.

 

Family Fun Day 2020

Bring your little ones along to our annual Family Fun Day, hosted by Student Support and Guidance Tutors (SSGTs), on Saturday 7 March 2020.

This popular event will run from 11am – 2.30pm in the Checkland building, Falmer Campus and is open to all staff and students with their families.

There will be plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained including circus skills, soft play, reptile handling, Big Bang and lego architecture whilst the adults can enjoy a pamper with a hand massage and a coffee from the café!

The best bit is this event is completely free… we look forward to seeing you all there!

students with the thoughts board

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

The Be More logo

Be More: Employable, Skilled and Connected

Are you a School of Education student or alumni looking to boost your employability?

Perhaps you’d like to find out more about how to network and build connections – in person and via LinkedIn? Do you know what kind of opportunities are available to you?

If these are some of the questions you’ve been asking yourself recently, why not come along to the launch of UoB Connect: Be More.

This is an exciting project designed to help you Be More: Employable, Skilled and Connected.

The event will take place on Thursday 13th February from 12-4pm (come along when you can) and will be held at the American Express Community Stadium in Falmer, Brighton. Read More

people outside the checkland building

Come to our postgraduate open evening

Postgraduate study develops your skills, supports your career progression and allows for rich personal development.

The School of Education offers a range of postgraduate opportunities:

  • teacher training courses for early years, primary, secondary and further education
  • Education MA
  • specialist PGCerts
  • Education MRes

Find out more at the Falmer campus postgraduate open evening on Wednesday 5 February, 5pm to 8pm.

British Sign Langauge society performing carols

Signing Christmas Carols fundraising event

Well done to the British Sign Language (BSL) society who recently held a Christmas carol service using sign language to raise money for the Brighton, Hove and West Sussex Deaf children’s society.

The society was set up two years ago by Sarah-Beth Parker, who is studying Primary Education (3-7 years) BA(Hons) with QTS. The group is open to all university students and includes members from a variety of courses such as English, nursing, paramedic, graphic design and teaching. 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.

 

Dr Moncrieffe at the opening of his exhibition

Academic set for world cycling championship exhibition

A School of Education academic is to host an exhibition about Black-British cycling champions at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire which runs from 22 to 29 September.

Dr Marlon Moncrieffe, Senior Lecturer and member of the Sports and Leisure Cultures Research and Enterprise Group at the University, will showcase his ‘Made in Britain: Uncovering the Life-Histories of Black-British Champions in Cycling’ display at the championships.

The exhibition will be presented at Cycle Expo Yorkshire from 21 to 22 September during the opening of the World Road Cycling Championships Festival. Dr Moncrieffe will also provide a keynote talk at British Cycling’s exclusive members’ event in Harrogate. Members of British Cycling and Union Cycliste International (UCI), the world governing body for cycling, will attend the talk. Read More