A smiling Dr Jool Page

Show children ‘professional love’

The places of ‘love, care and intimacy’ should fill a gap in the English early years system, according to the University of Brighton’s Dr Jools Page.

In an article published in the TES magazine (formerly Times Educational Supplement, subscription required), Dr Page, Senior Early Years Lecturer in the School of Education, says early years professionals should show children in their care that “regardless of their circumstances, everyone born into this world is worthy of being loved just for who they are – not because of something they have to do in order to earn that”.

Contact between caregivers and children is a sensitive issue, but Dr Page, who formerly worked as a nanny, day care centre manager and senior policy advisor for under-threes at a local authority prior to taking up an academic career, argues that ‘professional love’ can be hugely beneficial to babies and young children. Read More

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For the love of scrubs

The School of Education’s Pippa Totraku is sewing hearts for sick patients in Intensive Care – and now she’s making scrubs too.

Having seen the call for more personal protective equipment, Pippa (Principal Lecturer Lead for Planning and Admissions), who knits and sews for a hobby, sought out a way to help and found Facebook group, ‘For the love of scrubs’.

Pippa spotted a request for crafters to make hearts for coronavirus patients who are critically ill in Intensive Care Units. With access limited for close relatives, the idea is for one heart to stay with the patient and another to be sent to a relative, so that they can both share something physical.

Pippa said: “It’s a very small and personal contribution but the amazing work done by the group was something I had to be a part of.” 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

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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.

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!

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