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Farewell to Philip Stephenson

Farewell to Philip Stephenson

Fri, 28 Nov Philip Stephenson retired this month from his post as Science Educator at the Faculty. As a Senior University Lecturer, coming first to Homerton College in 1996 and then transferring to work at the Faculty, Philip has made a substantial contribution the education and training of teachers, drawing on his previous experiences as a primary school teacher, head teacher and advisory teacher.

Philip has led research and teaching in primary science education; taken on the role of Middle School PGCE manager; pioneered the Faculty´s engagement with museums education; and acted as external examiner to numerous HEIs running teacher training courses. As Dean and Fellow at Homerton College he has also made a considerable contribution to the pastoral care of students within the University. Perhaps the defining characteristics of Philip as an educator has been his deep knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, his subjects and his unbounded generosity of spirit in helping others - whether students or staff - to achieve their ambitions. The Faculty will miss him.

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Faculty of Education News

Cathy Burke wins Book Prize

Thu, 27 Nov Cathy Burke wins the History of Education Society UK Anne Bloomfield book prize for the best book on History of Education published 2010-2013.

To learn more about the book "A Life in Education and Architecture. Mary Beaumont Medd 1907 - 2005" please see About the book, or the audio description below.

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Faculty of Education Inspiring Ideas at the Festival

Mon, 24 Nov From Friday 24th - Friday 31st October, the Faculty of Education hosted a week of events as part of the University’s annual Festival of Ideas.

Over the week, 289 people attended the events - 67 people booked to attend the public BIBAC conference events, 151 people attended our evening lectures, and on our Friday family day we welcomed 71 children and their accompanying adults into our building.

The events were all very well received, with one feedback card from the family day reading: “This is the third Education Faculty event I have brought my children to and yet again they were quite taken with all of the fun ways to learn and be creative. Thank you to all the lovely people making this happen!”

Thank you to all staff and students who helped to make the Festival a success.

Please see the attached full report and photoboard for details of all that went on!

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School children visit Faculty of Education

Lavender Primary School pupils get learning about learning!

Mon, 24 Nov Enthusiastic Enfield pupils from Lavender Primary School have been enjoying a taste of student life at the Faculty of Education.

Thirty-one Year 6 pupils and their teachers were welcomed to the Faculty for a visit designed to think about the study of education, raise aspirations and encourage positive thinking about higher education opportunities.

The day included a Cambridge quiz, interactive sessions on education topics, hopes, dreams and careers, a tour of a Cambridge College, and the opportunity to compete in teams to create an innovative learning space to engage their peers in an unusual subject area.

Kerry McEwan, Assistant Head Teacher at Lavender Primary School, said “The day enabled children from all backgrounds to believe that university is within the reach of everyone. It was a superb day bringing higher education to life”.
Jacqui Howard, the Faculty of Education’s Schools Liaison Coordinator, who led the day, was delighted with how well the pupils engaged.
For the full report and picture please see the linked PDF.

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Ground breaking ceremony

Construction begins on the University of Cambridge Primary School Site

Thu, 20 Nov Closely linked to the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education, the Primary School will join the well-established network of partner schools which work together to provide a PGCE programme that is rated by Ofsted as outstanding.  The school will focus on exemplary teaching, high quality governance and innovative learning practice.

Construction of the Primary School began 14 November 2014, marked by a groundbreaking ceremony with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, as guest of honour.

Full report .

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Kristine Black-Hawkins - Visiting Cambridge Fellowship at the University of Canterbury, NZ

Visiting Cambridge Fellowship at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Wed, 12 Nov Kristine Black-Hawkins has recently been awarded an Erskine Visiting Cambridge Fellowship at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She will be based at the Schools of Educational
Studies & Leadership, Teacher Education and Health Sciences, from July to September 2015, and work with Head of School, Dr Missy Morton, who visited the Faculty of Education in Michaelmas 2013. They share research interests in inclusive education, and specifically with regard to inclusive pedagogy and curriculum. During her stay Kristine will have the opportunity to teach in the University, visit local schools and Government advisers, and continue her collaborative work
with Dr Morton examining how student and recently qualified teachers can be supported to develop their inclusive classroom practices.

Erskine Visiting Cambridge Fellowships are arranged through the Cambridge/Canterbury Academic Exchange Programme, which was launched in 2008 with the aim of forging academic links between the two universities.

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Switch Off Week 2014: 10-16 November, 2014

Switch Off Week 2014: 10-16 November, 2014

Fri, 07 Nov Switch Off Week is a chance for us all to switch off lights, office and laboratory equipment when not needed, making the University of Cambridge greener and reducing our £16 million energy bill. See the Display Board at Reception all week for more information.

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Pupils and digital music, sonic pi

Creating music in classrooms using code teaches 'risk-taking' in next generation

Thu, 06 Nov "The Sonic Pi: Live and Coding - The Summit", showed how a Rasperry Pi computer can be transformed into a fully customisable musical instrument, with the potential to influence the future of music education both in and out of the classroom.

During 2014, artists, educators, researchers and technologists have been collaborating on a research and development project using the Sonic Pi computer program, developed by Dr Sam Aaron (Researcher, University of Cambridge Computer Lab), to give children and young people the chance to write their own code to create digital music.

Faculty of Education's Pam Burnard, Principal Researcher on the SPL&C project, convened the Summit, held at and supported by the Cambridge Junction and the University. It was aimed at teachers, artists and researchers working in music education. Resources are being made available across the country.
Full Report.

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Peter Gronn

Faculty honours the contribution made by Professor Peter Gronn

Tue, 28 Oct Colleagues in the Faculty of Education and elsewhere in the University got together last week to honour the contribution made by Professor Peter Gronn to the Faculty's development. Peter finished his term of office as Head of Faculty at the end of September and retired at the same time from his University post as Professor of Educational Leadership.

He will be around for a year, however, as he has been charged by the University with ensuring that the new primary school on the NW Cambridge site opens in time to receive its first cohort of pupils.

Guests at the well-attended reception first joined Jacqui Howard and Philip Vale in some light-hearted joshing at Peter's expense. Then Gabrielle Cliff-Hodges talked about his invaluable support for the PGCE.

John Gray followed with a short account of Peter's illustrious career at Monash, Glasgow and finally at Cambridge as well as his numerous contributions to research on leadership and school improvement. He concluded that in Peter's hands the Faculty had continued to build its long-term reputation as a world class centre of educational research and development.

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Cora Lingling Xu

Faculty PhD student wins EERA Best Paper award

Mon, 27 Oct The European Educational Research Association gave Best Paper Award to Cora Lingling Xu for her work on Identity and Cross-border Student Mobility: The Mainland China-Hong Kong Experience and Its Inverse-directional Parallel European Implications?

Cora is a PhD candidate at the Faculty and her research interests include education inequalities and identity construction, especially in higher education in the greater China area.

Full details:

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Festival of Ideas 2014 - a variety of events from the Faculty and BIBAC Conference

Thu, 23 Oct Once again, the Faculty will be hosting a full programme of events for this year's University Festival of Ideas. We have a great variety to choose from.

In addition, a number of events from the BIBAC conference have been opened to the public, especially for the Festival.

Full details.

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Arif Naveed and teachers in Pakistan

Profile of a Faculty of Education 'Gates Cambridge Scholar'

Mon, 20 Oct Arif Naveed is a Gates Cambridge Scholar who has already had a major impact on education policy in his home country, Pakistan. At the Faculty of Education Cambridge he will go back to basics and question the assumption that education is the best way out of poverty.

Arif completed an MPhil in Educational Research in 2013 under Professor Madeleine Arnot’s supervision, and recently they published their joint research on youth, gender and citizenship in the Punjab, showing how the rural landscape is changing.

As schooling takes hold, it acts as a new social differentiator in the rural field and the growing gap between the educated and uneducated is reshaping gender relations and vice versa.

For his PhD, which is jointly supervised by Professor Arnot and Professor Anna Vignoles, Arif will extend this family-focused research longitudinally and integrate it with improved econometric modelling to assess whether education can disrupt the intergenerational transmission of poverty.

He says: “I want to reconceptualise schooling so that it is genuinely transformative for the poor and helps them realise their true potential.”
Read full article

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University of Cambridge Primary School: Open Day for prospective Parents & Carers

Thu, 16 Oct Saturday 15th November 2014, 10.00-2.00, gives an opportunity to meet the headteacher, James Biddulph, and find out more information about the school. Prospective parents and carers are invited also to discuss admissions (first intake is in September 2014). The event will be held at the school's site - Gravel Hill Farm, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge.

Building on its relationship with the world class University of Cambridge and Faculty of Education, the University of Cambridge Primary School is intended to be an inspiring learning community for children, their families, staff and academics.

Full details:

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Year 12s from across the UK get a taste of the Tripos

Year 12s from across the UK get a taste of the Tripos

Mon, 13 Oct Once again, the Faculty of Education hosted a group of Year 12 students from across the country as part of the University’s Sutton Trust Summer Schools, introducing them to the academic disciplines of education and encouraging them to apply for the undergraduate Education Tripos at Cambridge. The Sutton Trust offers free residential summer schools for Year 12 students from UK state schools, giving them a taste of student life and a chance to engage in intensive study with University experts. Many of the participants will be the first in their families to enter higher education, and the summer schools aim to equip them with the knowledge and insight to make high quality applications to top universities. The students were a pleasure to work with and we very much hope that they enjoyed the week as much as all of the staff did. Hopefully many of them will be inspired to consider Education when they apply to universities this autumn.

For more information see: Sutton Trust Summer Schools 2014.

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Alumni Festival 2014

Alumni Festival 2014

Mon, 13 Oct On Friday 26 September 2014, the Faculty of Education was pleased to participate in the University’s annual Alumni Festival, with over a thousand Cantabrigians from across the world returning to the city. The three-day festival gave alumni a chance to tap into the University's latest thinking, and we were delighted to open up the Faculty as part of the event. Our keynote lecture, 'Psychology of Education: helping children to become powerful learners', was delivered by Dr David Whitebread. It was a pleasure to host the event and we very much hope that even more alumni will be able to visit us at next year’s festival.

For more information see: Alumni Festival 2014.

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Education Across Europe - A Visual Conversation

Education Across Europe - A Visual Conversation

Wed, 08 Oct

New E-book publication co-edited by Catherine Burke

Scholars from 24 countries present images and texts reflecting on their own educational space within the European community, co-edited by Catherine Burke. The eBook was formally launched at the European Conference on Educational Research at Porto, Portugal in marking the 20th year of EERA [European Educational Research Association].

Read online at:

Download as a PDF

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In today's media: Poetry and Memory Project Survey Launch Oct 2nd

Thu, 02 Oct The Poetry and Memory survey launched today 2nd October 2014 (National Poetry Day) and has attracted lots of attention from national media.

There was a big feature on the BBC Today programme this morning.

And Debbie Pullinger filmed a piece in the Faculty library for ITV Anglia news which will go out on the 6-6.30 pm programme, and this afternoon on BBC Radio Scotland’s Culture Show.

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Welcome to the New Head of Faculty

Welcome to the New Head of Faculty

Wed, 01 Oct The Faculty welcomes Professor Geoff Hayward as the new Head of Faculty from 1 October. Geoff is Professor of Education and was formerly Head of the School of Education at the University of Leeds and Director of Research at the University of Oxford’s Department of Education.

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Introducing the LfL Fan

Introducing the LfL Fan

Wed, 01 Oct The LfL fan is an innovative hand-held resource which captures the key Leadership for Learning (LfL) principles and framework elements. The fan can be used in educational contexts everywhere, and provides an easily accessible reminder of Leadership for Learning in order to promote LfL practice. For further information on LfL go-to:

View the YouTube video

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The 'Quality Education for All' Challenge

Mon, 29 Sep 'Quality Education for All': is this a pretentious slogan, pious hope or a genuine opportunity to confront the meanings that may be carried within those four words?

The 'Quality Education for All' Challenge
Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th October 2014
Møller Centre, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. Further information.

This invitation-only seminar offers an opportunity to explore what this may mean in a policy world where 'quality' is too often a rhetorical gloss and 'for all' a huge challenge on a global scale. How to address these issues without institutional constraint or political preconception is a demanding proposition.

Bringing together four international organisations and participants with many lifetimes of experience in academia and in international policy-making offers a daunting, but potentially rich learning experience to think again; to revisit and reframe our collective intelligence; and to create space for the unimagined and channel it into a credible and powerful policy agenda.

With key note contributions from: Professor Pauline Rose , University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, former Director of Education For All Global Monitoring Report, UNESCO and Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Education Director of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) .

The event is sponsored by The Open Society Foundations.

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Kazakhstan Book cover

Educational reform & inter nationalisation: The case of school reform in Kazakhstan

Thu, 25 Sep The book, edited by David Bridges, is part of a new series published by Cambridge University Press for which Michael Evans and Colleen McLaughlin are general editors.

It includes contributions from nine Faculty staff members, namely Simon Brownhill, Olena Fimyar, Michael Fordham, David Frost, Ros McLellan, Fay Turner, Elaine Wilson, Liz Winter, Natallia Yakavets, and Nazipa Ayubayeva (PhD student), as well as 15 colleagues from Kazakhstan (one of whom, Aslan Sarinzhipov, has become Minister of Education).

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Author with book launch in Scotland

The Caribbean Poetry Project: Book launch

Tue, 23 Sep We have enjoyed two launches of our anthology, GIVE THE BALL TO THE POET, this summer.

They took place at Waterstones Glasgow in July, and Edinburgh in August. The Glasgow launch coincided with the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games. The city was already buzzing and the enthusiasm in the air was palpable.

We generated our own excitement with the dance troupe, Visual Statement, in wonderful costumes. The highlight of the evening was a reading by Kei Miller, including several poems from the anthology. Our illustrator, Jane Ray, attended the Edinburgh launch, where she signed copies of the anthology.

Read more

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Morag Styles

Professor Morag Styles retiring end of September

Wed, 17 Sep Morag Styles, Professor of Children's Poetry, is retiring on September 30, after forty years in Cambridge, first at Homerton College and then the Faculty of Education.

Morag has been the engine behind the establishment and growth of children's literature research and teaching, with undergraduate, PGCE and masters courses, numerous conferences, guest lectures, exhibitions and other activities.

She is a prominent public figure whose impact on the promotion of literature, literacy and reading in the UK cannot be overestimated.

She is an internationally renowned scholar of children's literature, especially in the field of children's poetry and visual literacy, and it is indisputably her reputation and enthusiasm that have contributed to the recognition of children's literature as a distinct profile of the Faculty.

The children's literature teaching team, students and colleagues will miss Morag, but we know that she will remain active within many areas of her interest, and we wish her good luck in all her future endeavours.

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Faculty of Education building

Alumni Festival 2014: Psychology of Education lecture here

Tue, 16 Sep For the University's Alumni Festival this year, David Whitebread, our Senior Lecturer in Psychology of Education, will talk here at the Faculty on 'Helping Children to Become Powerful Learners'.

David will explore research undertaken at Cambridge into self-regulation acquisition, the role of language and playfulness in promoting it, and the implications for early childhood education practice and policy.

The talk explores recent developmental psychology research and how it reveals important early achievements that set young children on the road to academic success and fulfilled adult lives. Full details.

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James Biddulph Appointed New Head of the University of Cambridge Primary School

James Biddulph appointed first head of the University of Cambridge Primary School

Mon, 15 Sep The University of Cambridge Primary School Trust has appointed Mr James Biddulph BA PGCE MA MEd as the school’s first Headteacher.

James completed a PGCE in the Faculty some years ago. He is currently enrolled as a PhD student, and is being supervised by Pam Burnard and Mandy Swann.

The new University of Cambridge Primary School is a three-form-entry fully inclusive primary school being established as part of the North West Cambridge Development. The first pupils will begin at the school in September 2015.

In addition to providing an inclusive and high-quality primary education for local children, the University of Cambridge Primary School will also offer unique training and research opportunities, through its close relationship with the Faculties and Departments of the University of Cambridge.

As the first Headteacher, James will play a key role in shaping the school’s character and vision.

Our curriculum intends to provide an holistic learning experience, informed by strong values which emphasise equality, compassion, courage, within a community in which everyone’s voice is welcome and valued” James said.

Further information:

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Bronze award

Faculty Environmental Award

Thu, 11 Sep In trying to raise awareness of the environmental issues at the study and workplace, the Faculty of Education has been awarded a Bronze Award by Green Impact, the University's environmental engagement programme and accreditation scheme.

Auditors commented on the Faculty’s effort:
The team did an excellent job going above and beyond the requirements of this award. Their enthusiasm and pride in what they have achieved was infectious. The commitment to teleconferencing to reduce the environmental impact of such an international institution is an example for others. Monitoring the paper consumption per person and offering alternatives such as a shared pool of tablet computers is an innovative response to paper waste.

The Environmental Officers at the Faculty will aim at achieving the next level of accreditation during this new academic year.

Green Impact Environmental Engagement Programme

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LEARNING WORLD: Curriculums broadcast today

LEARNING WORLD: Curriculums broadcast today

Fri, 05 Sep Christine Doddington appears in the report LEARNING WORLD:
, which will be broadcast today at 17.45 CET, then several times during the week-end until the following Tuesday.
It is also available on the EuroNews website.

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primary school child at talking

Why teach oracy? Sept 2nd Radio 4 'Word of Mouth' and associated article

Tue, 02 Sep Professor of Education Neil Mercer on BBC Radio 4's 'Word of Mouth' September 2nd at 4pm, argues that ‘talk’ needs tuition; state schools must teach spoken language skills for the sake of social equality.

'Our research shows that when students learn how to use talk to reason together, they become better at reasoning on their own'. Neil Mercer

The value of effective teamwork has become widely recognised in recent years. At their best, teams are excellent creative problem-solving units, demonstrating that two heads are better than one. Psychological research now encourages the view that human intelligence is distinctively collective, and that language has evolved to enable collective thinking: not only do we use language to interact, but we also use it to interthink.

Full article at:
Website: Thinking Together
BBC Radio 4 'Word of Mouth' iPlayer podcast

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New LfL Publication - Transforming education through teacher leadership

Mon, 01 Sep This book illuminates and exemplifies teacher leadership through authentic narratives. The authors include teachers themselves and those who facilitate and support them. Collectively these accounts explicate a theory of non-positional teacher leadership and its role in educational transformation. The theory is embedded in the narratives and key insights are highlighted in the editorial commentary that runs throughout.

'This is a book which deserves a wide audience. It cultivates optimism about teachers and what they can achieve in schools and their communities. It is important because at the heart of the book are teachers’ voices and stories written in an engaging and accessible way. It would be wrong to assume however that it is just a collection of stories. It carries a theory about school leadership and school improvement which is challenging'.

From the Foreword by Jo Mylles, Deputy Headteacher

David Frost is the editor and member of the Leadership for Learning group at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education. His research focuses on teacher leadership and the development of strategies to support teachers as agents of change. As a founder member of Leadership for Learning: the Cambridge Network, he is committed to democratic values in educational settings.

EARLY BIRD OFFER - £12 (save 20%)
Published Sept. 2014 - offer ends Oct. 15th 2014
Available to purchase at

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Winner of first BERA Masters Dissertation Award

Winner of first BERA Masters Dissertation Award

Thu, 28 Aug Kenichi Udagawa, a former MPhil student of Politics, Development and Democratic Education (PDDE) from the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, has won the first BERA Masters Dissertation Award for his MPhil thesis: "Creating a discursive equality: The legitimation of meritocracy in New Labour and coalition government educational discourse 2007-2013". Supervised by Phil Gardner, Kenichi completed his MPhil in July 2013 and undertook a PGCE in the Faculty. He is about to start a career as a teacher in London.

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CSCP awarded £500,000 to develop KS4 Latin

CSCP awarded £500,000 to develop KS4 Latin

Wed, 20 Aug The University of Cambridge School Classics Project has won a £500,000 DfE contract to support Latin teaching and learning at KS4. The work builds on CSCP’s own £5,000,000 investment over 10 years which has doubled the number of secondary schools teaching Latin in the UK. The initiative will involve training teachers of other subjects to teach Latin, developing short videos about Roman civilisation and producing interactive texts and commentaries on Latin Literature studied at KS4. However, CSCP warns that DfE changes to Latin GCSE are likely to undermine the entire initiative.

Read further information on the Independent Website: omeback-in-state-schools-9677092.html.

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The best stories in the world retold for modern classrooms

The best stories in the world retold for modern classrooms

Wed, 30 Jul Unique versions of some of the oldest stories in Europe have been retold for modern classrooms and released for free by the Cambridge Schools Classics Project. Two of Britain’s leading storytellers, Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton, have retold Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and Ovid’s Metamorphoses, for a modern audience. The new recordings have been piloted in primary and secondary schools across the full ability range, and are now being made available for all teachers to use. Dale McCarthy and Gracie Miller are both English Teachers at Nower Hill High School, a multi-cultural, non-selective academy in Greater London. They have been teaching War with Troy and Return From Troy with 300 year 7 students for the last four years and have had very positive responses to the audio teaching materials. Reflecting on the value of using recorded tellings of classic tales in the classroom, Gracie said "We think it's really worthwhile because they move from really brilliant listening skills into really brilliant writing skills".

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Open Days 2014 - Education Exploration!

Tue, 22 Jul On Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th July, 17,000 prospective applicants descended on Cambridge, and the Faculty were out in force to spread the word about our fantastic undergraduate Education Tripos.

With teams at information stands stationed here in the Faculty and at the Sidgwick Site in the city centre, visitors could meet staff and students, and find out more about the course, the application process and life as an Education student in Cambridge.

Presentations about the Tripos were given both at the Faculty and at the Sidgwick Site, and sample lectures were offered to give a flavour of the exceptionally diverse course.

The days were organised by the Faculty's Schools Liaison Coordinator, Jacqui Howard, with huge thanks going to staff Liz Taylor, Liz Duignan, Christine Doddington, Clementine Beauvais, Ewa Warwick and Ara Hopkins, and to students Kenichi Udagawa, Emma Zaman, Biljana Savikj and Joscha Thiele for all of their help across the two days.
Please see the attached photoboards to see what happened!

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Linda Hargreaves

Linda Hargreaves retiring in September

Mon, 21 Jul Linda Hargreaves, Reader in Classroom Learning and Pedagogy, is retiring in September.

She came to Cambridge in 2000, having previously been at Durham and Leicester universities and spent some years teaching in primary schools.

She is probably best known for her research on classroom interaction, but she has also carried some very innovative, international work on small rural schools and on teachers’ developing identities. 

Linda has been a vital member of the Psychology and Education academic group, and she has made an enormously important contribution to the Faculty’s teaching and other activities in general.

She has been a very popular and successful teacher and supervisor, and we and our students will find it hard to manage without her. We hope she will still have some involvement with the Faculty, and wish her all the best for the future.

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Excellent Review for 'Give the Ball to the Poet' - poets from the Caribbean

Wed, 16 Jul Georgie Horrell, Aisha Spencer and Morag Styles received recently a great review of their new book Give the Ball to the Poet.

It is published by the Commonwealth Education Trust and is an outcome of the Caribbean Poetry Project.

It continues to be well received by the poetry community.
Read the full review.

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Erin Spring with trophy

Winner of 2014 UK Literacy Association Student Research Prize

Wed, 16 Jul Erin Spring, a former PhD student from the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, has won the 2014 United Kingdom Literacy Association Student Research Prize for her PhD thesis: "Our Torontos are different places: A qualitative, multiple case study designed to investigate the interconnections between young adult fiction and young adult readers' constructions of place within and beyond the text".

Supervised by Gabrielle Cliff Hodges, Erin successfully completed her PhD in October 2013 and returned to Canada where she has been teaching a course on literature and the environment at Trent University, Ontario.

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Girls’ education and gender equality - Government Report and Brief published

Tue, 15 Jul The Department for International Development has published Girls’ education and gender equality as part of the DFID Education Rigorous Literature Review: Making sure children in developing countries get a good education and Improving the lives of girls and women in the world's poorest countries.

The authors of this high quality report are Elaine Unterhalter, Amy North, Cynthia Lloyd, Lebo Moletsane, Erin Murphy-Graham, Jenny Parkes, Mioko Saito and the Faculty of Education's Madeleine Arnot.

See also the Faculty's Centre for Education and International Development.

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Faculty Building

Education Tripos results - congratulations!

Tue, 08 Jul This year's Part II Education Tripos results have recently been published, and we're pleased to announce an excellent year with 16 out of 34 students achieving First Class.

This is an outstanding result and we offer congratulations to all the students and their teaching staff and supervisors.

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New Mathematics Hubs - we become a strategic partner in two successful bids

Tue, 08 Jul On 1 July the DfE announced the formation of thirty two regional Mathematics Hubs.

The Hubs will each receive a share of the £11 million national fund for this initiative. The Faculty of Education will be a partner in two of the East of England's Mathematics Hubs, one led by Comberton Village College and and the other by The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College, Bishop Stortford.

The Hubs will be involved in teacher development and research projects. The Faculty will be contributing to this by extending its offering of PPD courses for mathematics teachers and undertaking research projects as well as supporting practitioner-led research.

The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) will coordinate the work of the Hubs nationally. They explain that every hub will draw together a broad and diverse range of partner schools and education institutions to form a strategic steering group with the aim of improving maths educations across a wide area. Steven Watson and Lynne McClure will be in the strategic steering groups for both Hubs.

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Vice Chancellor opens Professor Pauline Rose's Seminar on the Education  for All Global Monitoring Report

Vice Chancellor opens Professor Pauline Rose's Seminar on the Education for All Global Monitoring Report

Tue, 01 Jul On 19 June, the Vice Chancellor gave a short speech introducing Professor Pauline Rose at a seminar on the 2013/14 Education for All Global Monitoring Report. The seminar was chaired by Dame Barbara Stocking and discussed the findings of the report, which is published annually by UNESCO. The report tracks progress in education worldwide each year and reaches a global audience including government ministers, policymakers, parliamentarians and education planners, as well as teachers, NGOs, university researchers and the media.

In his introductory speech, the Vice Chancellor said,

'This report matters. My take-home messages from it, in my own view from medicine, were very clear: if you educate, and you educate girls, you reduce maternal mortality, you reduce childhood mortality, you increase vaccination uptake, you improve everything that can happen through preventative medicine... When you do the back calculation... it is actually cheaper and more effective than building any number of hospitals.'

For further information, please see: Special Events.

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BIBAC Conference 24-26 October 2014

Tue, 01 Jul Themed 'Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Across Culture', BIBAC 2014 is a 3-day international conference to be held from the 24-26 October 2014 in Cambridge, UK.

The conference involves artists, educators, researchers, scholars and practitioners and addresses the complexities of an apparently simple question: ‘what is interdisciplinarity?’
What role does interdisciplinarity play in artistic, cultural, pedagogical and research practices?

Participants at this conference will share, exchange and co-construct how we might most effectively translate,  articulate and respond to culturally diverse communities and sites of research practice and practice-based research. We will rehearse new ideas for practice-based research  and new creativities for innovation and learning.

Further information is available via our conference page.   Online registration for the conference is now open and available via the University of Cambridge Online Store.
Discount rates are available for students and members of CIAN.

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Exciting new anthology of Caribbean poetry primarily for 11-16 year-olds

Mon, 30 Jun 'GIVE THE BALL TO THE POET' is an exciting new anthology of Caribbean poetry aimed primarily at 11- to 16-year-olds but with great appeal for all ages.

In its pages you will find many well-known and loved Caribbean poets, while also discovering lively new voices. With an emphasis on the music of Caribbean poetry as it is spoken, this collection ranges from the light-hearted and lyrical to the serious and thought- provoking. Jane Ray’s ravishing illustrations complement the poetry and bring the Caribbean to life.

Published in time for the Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, 2014*), the anthology features some outstanding poetry on sporting themes; one of several works specially commissioned for the book is a tribute to Usain Bolt by Mervyn Morris. Give the Ball to the Poet distils the essence of a vibrant range of traditions in a celebration of human struggle, endeavour and achievement.
The editors are available for comment and are Georgie Horrell, Aisha Spencer and Morag Styles.

*Glasgow Book Launch: We are launching the book at Waterstones in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow on 22 July just before the Commonwealth Games, where the poet, Kei Miller, Reader at Glasgow University will be giving a reading; and in Edinburgh to coincide with the August Book Festival where the illustrator, Jane Ray, will be present. There will be further launches in Cambridge and London.
Further book information. Contact: Caribbean Poetry Project, Sabine Edwards, Research Assistant:

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The NQT Guide to Cambridge Applications

Thu, 26 Jun The University of Cambridge Secondary PGCE Class of 2014 enjoyed a special briefing session this week on how to support their pupils to aim high in their university ambitions, delivered by Jacqui Howard, Schools Liaison Co-ordinator for the Faculty of Education.
See more.

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Arlene Holmes Henderson receives the award from Dame Mary Peters

Churchill Fellowship Award to Faculty Classics PGCE graduate

Tue, 24 Jun Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, a Classics PGCE graduate of the Faculty of Education, was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to discover ways to improve the teaching of critical literacy in UK schools.

She travelled to New Zealand and Australia for seven weeks in early 2014 to observe teachers, interview school leaders, meet policymakers and collaborate with researchers.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust funds 10 education scholarships every year and has additional awards for music education and 'preparing for headship'. Arlene said "I would thoroughly recommend the opportunity to the Faculty's students and staff".

Arelene was awarded the Churchill Medallion by Dame Mary Peters. Full report.

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Sue Swaffield and Louis Major

Leadership for Learning - Sue Swaffield and Louis Major awarded College elections

Mon, 09 Jun Sue Swaffield has been elected a Fellow at Wolfson College. Wolfson College is the most cosmopolitan college in the University of Cambridge, with postgraduate students and mature students from throughout the world.

Sue studied part-time at Wolfson for her MEd and PhD. She has also recently been appointed Adjunct Research Fellow at the Griffith Institute for Educational Research, Griffith University, Brisbane.

Louis Major, who works with Sue on the Leadership for Learning Ghana programme, has been made a College Research Associate at Wolfson College.

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Peter Gronn

How teachers can prepare themselves for headship

Mon, 02 Jun Talking in a short video, Head of the Faculty of Education, Professor Peter Gronn, outlines succinct pointers on how teachers can approach preparing for school headship.

Visit the full interview with Heather Fearfield at Broadcast Academics.

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University of Cambridge job opportunities, headteacher

New Post Advertised - Headteacher, University of Cambridge Primary School

Tue, 20 May An exciting opportunity for an innovative educational leader.
The University of Cambridge Primary School (UCPS) is the first primary-level university training school in England. The Trust (UTS Cambridge) now wishes to appoint the founding Headteacher who will be a highly motivated, experienced and outstanding primary Headteacher, with drive and a proven track record of leadership and innovation.

Role starts January 2015.
Salary: £79,081 - £85,114 (Leadership Group spine point L31 - L34)

Full details on the University of Cambridge job opportunities site.
Description of the University of Cambridge Primary School for the North West Cambridge Development.

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RSC - Educational Award 2014 Winner

Dr Keith Taber - Royal Society of Chemistry, Educational Award 2014 Winner

Fri, 09 May Dr Keith S. Taber, Reader in Science Education at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and a Senior Member of Homerton College, Cambridge has been named the Royal Society of Chemistry Education Award 2014 winner 'For extensive research that has contributed significantly to the teaching and learning of chemistry concepts.'

The Education Award, run biennially, recognises a major high level contribution to education in the chemical sciences, over a sustained period of time.

Click here to read the full article

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Illustration of Icarus and his father Daedulus

Oral Literature in the KS3 Classroom

Thu, 08 May ​​A ​practical, one-day ​workshop exploring the power of storytelling at KS3, facilitated by the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and partner schools.

For the last three years English teachers from a range of secondary schools have been piloting oral stories told by professional storytellers, Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden.

This conference will introduce delegates to the stories (all available free online) and provide an opportunity to hear from teachers in the pilot schools why they and their students from across the ability range love listening to and working with the stories of Homer and Ovid. They will share their classroom experiences and show how the stories develop speaking and listening skills and encourage discussion and debate.

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Rob Moore

Valē, Rob Moore

Fri, 02 May The Faculty has been informed that sadly Dr Rob Moore, who recently retired from his position as Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Education, died yesterday in hospital after a long period of illness. Rob joined Homerton College in 1987 as Senior Lecturer in Multi-cultural Education and Sociology of Education and in 2001 transferred to the University of Cambridge with convergence of the teaching and research activities of the then School of Education and those of Homerton College.

The funeral service for Rob Moore will be held at 12.30 on Monday 2 June 2014 at Horsham St. Faiths Crematorium, which is located on the north side of Norwich, out beyond Norwich airport.

Following the service, there will be a wake at a local pub in Norwich, The Jubilee.
Further information here.

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Richard Smith

Faculty to host prestigious RS Peters Memorial Lecture

Wed, 30 Apr The Faculty has been asked to host the second lecture in the prestigious RS Peters Memorial Lecture Series.

The date is 13 May 2014, 5-7pm, when Professor Richard Smith (University of Durham) will deliver his lecture entitled 'Unsettling knowledge: irony and education'.

Full details.

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Jan Vermunt

Jan Vermunt elected Editor-in-Chief of 'Learning and Instruction'

Tue, 29 Apr Professor Jan Vermunt has been elected Editor-in-Chief of the international scientific journal Learning and Instruction.

The journal welcomes original empirical investigations in the areas of learning, development, instruction, and teaching. It has an Impact Factor of 3.337 and ranks 2nd out of 216 in the Education and Educational Research category and 2nd out of 51 in the Educational Psychology category worldwide.

Faculty staff and doctoral students are invited to consider submitting good manuscripts to the journal and are welcome to contact Jan to discuss potential papers.

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Footballers, role models and the Hillsborough soccer disaster

Thu, 24 Apr In the wake of the 25th anniversary of Britain's worst sports disaster, Dr. Simon Brownhill has contributed to a new book written by Hillsborough survivor Adrian Tempany.

'And the Sun Shines Now: How Hillsborough and the Premier League Changed Britain' focusses on what arrived in the wake of unquestionably the most controversial tragedy in Britain's post-war history as opposed to the disaster itself.

Dr. Brownhill is reported as sharing select findings from his doctoral research into the male role model which challenge perceptions of footballers serving as positive role models for young boys - see article in The Independent.

The book is published by Faber and Faber (2014) priced £14.99 (ISBN: 9780571295111).

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How do Children Learn History?

How do Children Learn History?

Wed, 16 Apr University Senior Lecturer, Christine Counsell appeared on Adam Smith's 'How do Children Learn History?' airing on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 15 April 2014.

Christine Counsell is a leading teacher trainer and assisted with the drafting of the revised history curriculum last year.

To listen again, please visit:

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Fun at the Festival

Tue, 08 Apr The Faculty took part in the University's Science Festival on Friday 14 March 2014. During the day we welcomed 57 children aged 2 - 5 and 37 accompanying adults to the Faculty for a hands-on event called 'Making Friendshapes'. Children took part in lots of activities about shapes and patterns.

Adults toured the Psychology Laboratory, signed up for research involvement and found out about the courses offered by the Faculty.

In the evening, staff, students and members of the public filled GS4 to hear Professor Christine Howe’s talk entitled:
'When babies know so much about the physical world, why is school science so difficult?'.
Questions were in abundance and the audience were thoroughly engaged with the topic. Thank you to all staff and students who helped out with the Festival events.
Have a look at our PDF poster to see pictures of the event.

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Counselling Mind Ed website

Counselling MindEd, funded by Dept of Health, just launched in Westminster

Mon, 07 Apr This evidence based e-Learning programme contains modules authored by Carol Holliday, Tracey Fuller, Clair Lewoski and Fiona Peacock.

Counselling MindEd aims to support school and youth counsellors.

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Cambridge Secondary PGCE Intake 2013-2014

Elaine Wilson presented the Faculty’s position at recent Westminster Forum...

Fri, 04 Apr Elaine Wilson presented the Faculty’s position at the recent Westminster Forum: The future for Initial Teacher Training, teacher supply and professional development.

Around 200 delegates attended the event at the Royal Society on the 1st April.

The audience included: Members of Parliament, representatives from the National College, DFE, media, schools and other higher education providers of Initial Teacher Education.

Follow up article in the TES

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Jotter web site

Just published in the Journal of Trainee Teacher Education Research

Thu, 03 Apr The Journal of Trainee Teacher Education Research (JoTTER) is an on-line journal published by the Faculty of Education to share some of the best examples of PGCE students' research undertaken on professional placements.

The journal has just published:
"The discrepancy between pupils' self-concept and academic attainment, its variance with age and the relationship between self-concept and motivation" by Edward Gorman, one of last year's PGCE cohort.
The paper may be read at external link:

The journal contains a range of examples of classroom-based studies carried out by PGCE students on both the Early Years/Primary and the Secondary partnership PGCE courses.

As part of their preparation for entering the teaching profession, PGCE students learn to engage with, reflect on, and critique, the research literature on education, and develop the skills of undertaking small-scale classroom enquiry that allow teachers to address problems and evaluate innovations in their own classrooms. The papers published in JoTTER report enquiries undertaken in partner schools that are motivated by a reading of the literature and an identification of issues of importance to teaching and learning. The post-graduate students collect, analyse, and consider the implications of, data in the context of the schools where they are placed to work with teachers and classes to develop their professional understanding of classrooms and schools and their practical skills as new teachers.

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Faculty staff bookworm

World Book Day Faculty Celebrations

Thu, 03 Apr Thank you to all who joined in with our World Book Day celebrations at the Faculty, raising £66.78 for Booktrust and Storybook Dads.

We created a Faculty 'Bookworm' in the street, enjoyed literary themed cakes, recommended new reads, swapped books with others and shared in Storytime together.

Have a look at our PDF poster to see pictures of our activities and costumes

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Conference group and stand

Play, Learning and Narrative Skills Exhibition

Mon, 31 Mar On Wednesday 26 March, David Whitebread, Marisol Basilio and Georgina Seymour presented an exhibition stand about the Play, Learning and Narrative Skills (PLaNS) project at the annual Cambridge Enterprise 'Ideas to Reality' conference, held at the Hauser Forum on the West Cambridge Research and Development Park. This project is a collaboration between the Faculty, the Lego Foundation and three local Partnership primary schools.

The meeting was addressed by the university Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, who expressed his delight that enterprise links were now being supported within the arts and humanities in addition to the natural sciences. In his discussion with the project team, he expressed his interest in and enthusiasm for the project, and for the importance of the playful pedagogy it so clearly demonstrated.

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Book Launch: Developing Interactive Teaching and Learning Using the IWB by Sara Hennessy, Paul Warwick

Book Launch: Developing Interactive Teaching and Learning Using the IWB by Sara Hennessy, Paul Warwick

Mon, 10 Mar

Do your students tune out from the IWB? No matter how 'whizzy' you make the technology, do you have trouble engaging them? Would you like some ideas to support a more interactive approach to using the IWB, so that your students are more motivated and involved in your lessons?

The aim of this resource is to support a more interactive approach to using the IWB, especially in whole-class teaching. Research into classroom practices shows that more interactive approaches - in particular engaging pupils in dialogue and discussion - promote better learning. This resource offers practical support and examples that help develop teaching practices that are more productive for learning, focused around the use of the IWB.

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Students with camera

Educational Video Resources - Science and Plants for Schools

Mon, 10 Mar Over the last month, Mark Winterbottom, Gail Webdell and Chris Graham have been movie-making.

They've been working with Storycog productions to create educational videos to accompany SAPS' (Science and Plants for Schools) practical resources.

SAPS produce outstanding resources for secondary and primary plant science teaching. A group of sixth form students from Cambridge's Long Road Sixth Form College also took starring roles!

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Child in woodland

The advantages for children's development of play

Thu, 06 Mar David Whitebread has been invited to contribute articles and interviews to various media outlets on the topic of children's play in support of National Science and Engineering Week (March 14-23).

This event is organised by the British Science Association, and is intended to raise public awareness and understanding of science. As part of this, articles have so far appeared in three different publications, reaching rather varying communities. The first appeared in the Sunday Telegraph on the 16th February, entitled 'Want your child to be a success? Quit scheduling and let them play freely'

The second publication appeared in the February edition of 'Prima Baby & Pregnancy' magazine (available from all good newsagents, another highlight of David's academic profile!) headed 'Take a Risk', setting out the advantages for children's development of risky play. Then articles on 'The Science of Play', setting out the range of play types that humans engage in, and how these can be supported by parents playing with their children, are appearing in 5-6 regional editions of 'Families' magazine during March and April.

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Sixth formers outside Faculty of Education

Highlighting Education's multi-faceted Cambridge course

Tue, 04 Mar Sixth-formers from schools across the country were welcomed to the Faculty for a one-day visit designed to give a taste of studying at Cambridge as well as an introduction to Education as an academic discipline.

"The students threw themselves into some really tricky topics and all of the lecturers were really impressed by them".
Jacqui Howard, Schools Liaison Coordinator, Faculty of Education.

The day included sample lectures from the Education course, a tour of a Cambridge College, and the opportunity to debate controversial issues in education with students from other schools.
Full Report.

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Faculty of Education News

Invitation to the first Faculty SLTeachmeet: Unlocking Potential! Friday 7th March, 5pm - 7pm, Faculty of Education

Tue, 25 Feb A group of Senior Leadership teachers from local schools in Cambridge are organising a 'teachmeet' along with faculty staff from SUPER and LfL. This is an opportunity for all of us interested in education to take the lead, share practice, discover new ideas, network and be inspired all during the course of one CPD-fuelled evening! Anyone can get involved, share great ideas they've trialled in their schools, ask important questions or simply sign up to take part in discussions about teaching and learning. The twist with an #SLTeachMeet is that all talks will be leadership-themed. You do NOT have to be in an SLT/SMT to attend!

When: 4.30pm (for a 5pm start) - 7pm, Friday 7th March 2014. Room GS5, Donald McIntyre Building, Faculty of Education. How to reach the Faculty.

All welcome. Refreshments served. Free to attend but places are filling up fast. For more information and to sign up please visit our wiki page here:

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Pauline Rose

Welcome to Professor Pauline Rose

Mon, 24 Feb The Faculty would like to welcome Professor Pauline Rose, who takes up her position as Professor of International Education.

Professor Rose joins us from UNESCO, and will be the Faculty's Director of International Initiatives.

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Invitation to Book Launch: Reflective Teaching in Schools

Mon, 24 Feb Leadership for Learning invites you to a presentation of the new edition of Reflective Teaching in Schools (4th Edition), the definitive textbook for reflective classroom professionalism, written by Andrew Pollard in collaboration with his colleagues from the Faculty of Education: Kristine Black-Hawkins, Gabrielle Cliff Hodges, Pete Dudley, Mary James, Holly Linklater, Sue Swaffield, Mandy Swann, Fay Turner, Paul Warwick, Mark Winterbottom and Mary Anne Wolpert.

Launch: 4.30pm (for a 5pm start) - 7pm, Wednesday 5th March 2014. Room GS4, Donald McIntyre Building, Faculty of Education. How to reach the Faculty.
All welcome. Free to attend. Wine and nibbles served.
Please email to register.

Full information.

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Neil Mercer, Maria Vrikki, Paul Warwick, Jan Vermunt

Teacher learning and Lesson Study in Mathematics - new research project

Thu, 20 Feb 'Teacher learning and Lesson Study in Mathematics Higher Order Teaching and Learning'. Funded by the London Schools Excellence Fund, the Lesson Study project is concerned with raising standards attained in the new curriculum mathematics by creating a self-sustained Lesson Study community of teachers and Lead Mathematics Practitioners.

In collaboration with Camden Local Education Authority in London, the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education research team will carry out a detailed analysis of teacher talk in Lesson Study, and develop measurement instruments to identify teacher learning patterns and teacher learning outcomes.
The research team are Neil Mercer, Maria Vrikki, Paul Warwick and Jan Vermunt.

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People at Ghana Conference

Leadership for Learning Most Significant Change Ghana Project Launched

Thu, 13 Feb Sue Swaffield and Louis Major led a two-day research capacity building workshop for colleagues from the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana, funded by the Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund, with matched support from the Commonwealth Centre for Education (CCE).

They introduced the participatory monitoring and evaluation approach known as 'Most Significant Change' (MSC) technique to the thirteen participants, who will now go on to use MSC technique in partnership with a number of schools in the field. MSC was contextualised to the CCE's/UCC's Leadership for Learning (LfL) Ghana initiative established in 2009.

Sue and Louis also visited LfL schools, and held discussions with potential users of a mobile phone-based system that it is intended will support the expansion of the LfL Ghana programme. Further information...

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Sharing free resources

Tue, 11 Feb Open Educational Resources (OER) from the Faculty are available at our wiki site

The site features teaching and learning materials from a number of projects, including: ORBIT (interactive teaching in STEM, with and without technology) and OER4Schools (a professional learning programme for African teachers).

These are all OER, so we encourage you to use, share, and adapt those resources. Users can request logins to our wiki to collect and adapt existing resources.

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Desert Road

Cambridge Migration Research Network

Wed, 05 Feb The University of Cambridge is casting a spotlight on Migration: Professor Madeleine Arnot and Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe, Co-Convenors of the new Cambridge Migration Research Network, discuss the Network’s rationale and aims, and our preoccupation with the impact of migrant populations.

"Cambridge is well placed to advance our knowledge about the reasons and causes, the impacts and consequences, of moving populations within and across national boundaries" .

Immigration and migration have become symbolic of the 21st century. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), called this century the “new migration age”, a second stage of globalisation, the first being the movement of goods and capital...full article.

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Alison Peacock

Dame Alison Peacock

Tue, 04 Feb Alison Peacock, a longstanding associate and friend of the Faculty, particularly in respect of her work with the Cambridge Primary Review, and Learning without Limits project, was recently made a DBE in recognition of her services to education. This is wonderful news and the Faculty extends its congratulations to Alison.

The letter of notification, that was prepared by the Cabinet Office, announced the news saying: "Alison Peacock led The Wroxham Primary School in Hertfordshire out of special measures to Outstanding status. Her school is now a Teaching School with 67 schools within its alliance.

A passionate advocate of primary education, her publications include the book Creating Learning without Limits, which describes the transformative leadership of The Wroxham School based upon her philosophy and trust in children’s capacity to learn and grow.

She also jointly established and led the nationally influential network for the Cambridge Primary Review, across twelve centres at universities across the country."

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Empowering the Children's and Young People's Workforce

Tue, 04 Feb On Wednesday 29th January 2014 an 'innovative and accessible core textbook' for those studying on professional work-based programmes was launched at the University of Derby by the editor, Dr Simon Brownhil, a Senior Teaching Associate in the Faculty of Education.

The textbook, written in collaboration with academics at the University of Derby, is designed to enrich the initial and continuing professional development of practitioners and those training across the 0-19 sector by developing the professional knowledge, practical skills and core values needed to work effectively with children and young people.

The textbook covers a broad range of issues including conducting ethical research, work-based reflective practice, working with parents, carers and the community, and supporting children and young people with additional needs. The textbook is supported by a free companion website featuring student and instructor resources. Reviews of the book suggest that it is 'clearly written', 'engaging', 'insightful' and 'never dull'!

Empowering the Children's and Young People's Workforce, published by Routledge (David Fulton), is now available (ISBN: 978-0-415-51740-9, £21.99).

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Richard Hickman

Sir Herbert Read Award for Lifetime Achievement

Mon, 03 Feb The International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) has bestowed on Richard Hickman the Sir Herbert Read Award. The award will be presented in July at the InSEA World Congress in Melbourne.

The Sir Herbert Read Award is a lifetime achievement award for arts education in any context. It is given at each of the World Congresses in which an individual can be selected who has made significant lifetime contributions to arts education in schools and society, in his or her own country or throughout the world.

The purpose of the Sir Herbert Read Award is to acknowledge life-long contributions that have extended over a substantial period of time as a part of the career contributions that an individual has made to education through art. Previous recipients of the Sir Herbert Read Award have included: Brian Allison (1993), Elliot Eisner (1997), Ana Mae Barbosa (1999).

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Peter Mitchell

Valē, Peter Mitchell

Tue, 28 Jan Peter Mitchell, who died on 20 January, aged 85, came to work for the Department of Education in 1974. There he became responsible for Secondary PGCE training in Religious Education and subsequently also made a major contribution to the teaching of Philosophy of Education, initially on the B.Ed course and then on the B.A.

He was still teaching in the Faculty well into his seventies - and had been for many years a Fellow at Hughes Hall. More...

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University of Cambridge Training School to provide Primary Education in North West Cambridge

Mon, 27 Jan The Department for Education has today supported the application by the University of Cambridge to establish a University Training School as part of its North West Cambridge Development. The University of Cambridge Training School (UCTS) will have an explicit focus on research-based exemplary teaching and learning practice.

The first priority of the school will be to provide a high-quality primary education to all its pupils. In addition, as a University Training School, the school will be closely linked to the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Education and will join the well-established network of partner schools which work together to provide a PGCE programme that is rated by Ofsted as outstanding.

Professor Peter Gronn, Head of the Faculty of Education, said: "We are delighted with this announcement and that the UCTS will proceed..." FULL DETAILS

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Faculty of Education

Education at Cambridge Taster Day for Year 12 students

Thu, 16 Jan The Education at Cambridge Taster Day is a free event in Cambridge for academically able Year 12 students from state schools and colleges.

The day aims to provide prospective students with a taste of what life as an undergraduate Education student at the University of Cambridge would be like.

Students will experience the teaching methods used by university academics and gain an insight into the facilities available at the Faculty of Education, whilst meeting students from across the UK.

Please see the Flyer for further information and eligibility.

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Therapy with Children and Young People: Integrative Counselling in Schools and other Settings

Tue, 14 Jan In this book Colleen McLaughlin and Carol Holliday clearly articulate the approach to child therapy that they have developed over many years at the Faculty.

The book includes contributions from the current course tutors and a past student. They have drawn together the latest research; provided a solid ground in developmental theory; explored the contextual and professional issues of working in school settings and offered clear practice examples.

Faculty of Education Accredited Counselling Programme and
Cambridge Forum for Children's Emotional Well-being

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Jan Vermunt

Jan Vermunt elected Professorial Fellow at Wolfson College

Mon, 09 Dec Jan Vermunt has been elected Professorial Fellow at Wolfson College. Wolfson College is the most cosmopolitan college in the University of Cambridge, with postgraduate students and mature students from throughout the world.

The Fellowship aims to further strengthen the relationship between the Faculty of Education and Wolfson College.

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Report published by the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education

Thu, 05 Dec ACME launched its report on the professional development of teachers of mathematics on 28th November.

It sets out the priorities for the professional development of teachers of mathematics against a changing policy landscape. It makes recommendations for improving professional development in order to meet the mathematical needs of all learners.

The project was led by Jennie Pennant; Steve Watson carried out a policy analysis for the preparation of the report and Tim Rowland also contributed to the project.

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Working out our future together: Four steps towards ending global poverty

Wed, 04 Dec Working Out Our Future Together a four-part manifesto for fighting global poverty, which aims to build on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015, has been published by the Humanitarian Centre in Cambridge.

With a foreword by the Vice Chancellor, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, the report includes contributions from Professor Madeline Arnot and Dr Nidhi Singal. The guiding principles at the heart of this report are:

Poor and marginalised groups should shape development strategies;

Solutions cannot be one-size-fits all, and must be devised with complexity in mind;

Efforts should be made to ensure that development strategies are adding value for the people they seek to help;

Everyone needs to be mobilised to take action on poverty, and related global challenges.

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Donna Gerard video clip

CSCP Trainer wins prestigious award and is 'Texan with Character'

Mon, 02 Dec One of the Cambridge School Classics Project's teacher trainers, Donna Gerard, in North America, has been chosen as a CBS 'Texan with Character'.

Donna also received a Merita Award from the American Classical League earlier this year and has previously been named Teacher of the Year. CSCP and Cambridge University Press are funding the work of a number of teacher trainers in North America who are helping teachers to develop their students' reading competence in Latin.

See Donna at work in the classroom (Viewers should expect a short advertisement before the clip from CBS news runs.)

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Celebrating words and dressing up

Festival of Ideas: Success as Faculty of Education hosts a week of events

Thu, 28 Nov From Monday 28th October - Friday 1st November, the Faculty of Education hosted a week of events as part of the University's annual Festival of Ideas. Over the week, 475 people attended the events - 269 people attended the evening sessions from Mon - Thurs, and on Friday we welcomed 124 children and 82 accompanying adults into our building.

Huge numbers of people commented on how lovely the building was and how they had always wondered what went on in here. It was a wonderful opportunity to engage with the public and let them know about who we are, the huge range of study programmes and research we have happening here and the fantastic building in which we work. The events themselves received equally positive feedback, with levels of interest and interaction far beyond anticipated levels.

To find out what exactly what went on and to see the spectacular array of photos, please see our dedicated web page.

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Cambridge School Classics Project's work covered by Sunday Times

Tue, 26 Nov This week's Sunday Times featured Cambridge School Classics Project's work doubling the number of secondary schools offering Latin.

The article also touched on CSCP's use of digital technologies to democratise access to education about the ancient world.
(To read full article visitors need to pay).

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Faculty's International Visiting Scholars publish first book on Student Voice in Italian

Thu, 21 Nov Faculty of Education Visiting Scholar, Dr Valentina Grion (University of Padua, Italy) and The Jean Rudduck Visiting Scholar, Professor Alison Cook-Sather (Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania) have announced the publication of their edited book, Student voice Prospettive internazionali e pratiche emergenti in Italia

Based on contributions to the Faculty's international seminar series on Student Voice held at the Faculty over the past 3 years, the book has a foreword by Professor John Gray and a keynote chapter by Julia Flutter, and includes a paper by Professor Michael Fielding (Institute of Education, University of London).

This year's Student Voice seminar, held in June, brought together scholars, teachers, policy makers, and students from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the USA. During the seminar, participants presented works-in-progress integrating student perspectives and participation into the development of educational practices and reform.

This year's activities built on the foundation of the last two years' seminars, conceptualised to honour and extend the student voice work pioneered by the late Professor Jean Rudduck.

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Hilary Cremin and Anna Vignoles

Bye-Fellows: two Faculty academics elected

Mon, 18 Nov Hilary Cremin and Anna Vignoles have both been elected Bye-Fellows at Fitzwilliam College.

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Richard Hickman awarded Pilkington prize for outstanding quality and approach to teaching

Richard Hickman awarded Pilkington prize for outstanding quality and approach to teaching

Fri, 25 Oct Richard Hickman was one of thirteen to be honoured for the outstanding quality and approach to their teaching.

The Pilkington Prizes were initiated by Sir Alastair Pilkington, the first Chairman of the Cambridge Foundation, who believed passionately that the quality of teaching was crucial to Cambridge’s success.

This year’s recipients received their awards at a ceremony attended by Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz and Lord Watson of Richmond CBE, the University’s High Steward.

“Richard Hickman is held in the highest regard by his students, past and present, who have described him as ‘an inspirational character’ whose teaching is ‘consistently exceptional’. He draws on his unique combination of skills as an accomplished painter and educational researcher to provide engaging teaching for the PGCE course in Art and Design, and the MPhil in Arts Culture and Education.”

Full article:

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New Professor of International Education announced

Professor of International Education appointed

Thu, 24 Oct The Faculty of Education is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Pauline Rose to the Professorship of International Education. Currently, Dr Rose is stationed in Paris where she is the Director of, and lead researcher for, the UNESCO Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR). Previously, she was Reader in International Education at the University of Sussex.

Dr Rose has significant research experience in Education and International Development, with particular regard to the areas of educational inequality, gender and poverty; national and international education policies and practices for reaching the marginalised; the role of the state and non-state providers in education; and, the financing and governance of education. Her leadership role in EFA has entailed the launch of the GMR in a number of nations, in conjunction with the heads of UN agencies, national ministers of education and a range of other senior level policymakers.

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How people can use language to think creatively and productively together

Tue, 22 Oct Interthinking: putting talk to work, by Karen Littleton and Neil Mercer, has just been published by Routledge.

Written in an accessible and jargon-free style, it draws on an interdisciplinary range of research to explain how people can use language to think creatively and productively together.

Challenging purely individualistic accounts of human evolution and cognition, it provides analyses of real-life examples of collective thinking in everyday settings including workplaces, schools, studios and online interactions.

It is relevant to academic researchers, postgraduates and undergraduates on Education and Psychology courses, and to practicing teachers. It will also appeal to anyone with an interest in language, creativity and the role of psychology in everyday life.

For further details and purchasing information:
Interthinking: putting talk to work

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Book Launch: Teaching Secondary Chemistry 2nd edition by Keith Taber

Book Launch: Teaching Secondary Chemistry 2nd edition by Keith Taber

Fri, 18 Oct

This book will provide invaluable support whether you are a newly-qualified science teacher, an experience teacher of chemistry who wants to extend the range of strategies and approached used, a biologist or physicist who has to teach chemistry, or a student training to be a teacher.

For further details and purchasing information:
Teaching Secondary Chemistry 2nd edition

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Book Launch: Classroom-based Research and Evidence-based Practice 2nd Edition by Keith Taber

Book Launch: Classroom-based Research and Evidence-based Practice 2nd Edition by Keith Taber

Fri, 18 Oct

This refreshing Second Edition offers a helpful overview of educational research for those training to be teachers, or setting out on classroom-based research projects. The book illustrates the nature and logic of the research process, and supports readers in critically evaluating the strengths and limitations of published studies.

For further details and purchasing information:
Classroom-based Research and Evidence-based Practice 2nd Edition

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A whole week of Faculty events for the Festival of Ideas 2013

A whole week of Faculty events for the Festival of Ideas 2013

Fri, 18 Oct The Faculty is putting on a week of events as part of this year's Festival of Ideas, with evening talks from the teacher, author and TES behaviour guru Tom Bennett, and the Faculty's own Professors John MacBeath and Anna Vignoles, all three of whom will also sit on a panel alongside John Gray, Alison Peacock and Mary James for a 'question time' style event looking at who is really in charge of changes in educational policy and practice. The week will conclude with a family day filled with activities including music, drama, art, language, poetry and stories. The events run from Monday 28th Oct - Friday 1st Nov. More information and timings can be found on the attached flyer or from the Festival of Ideas website,

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Launch of ZAPP (Southern African Poetry Project)

Thu, 10 Oct ZAPP is a joint-project of the Centre for Commonwealth Education (University of Cambridge) and the University of the Witwaterrand, Johannesburg, (WITS) and will be officially launched at several prestigious events in South Africa next week.

Georgie Horrell and Rosslyn Hudson will represent the Cambridge team at Poetry Africa, and the Melville Poetry Festival (20 October) is hosting the inaugural ZAPP launch on 20th October in addition to the WITS ZAPP launch which will feature readings from eminent South African poets and presentations by accomplished educators. A number of up and coming South African poets will be performing.

A sister project of the Caribbean Poetry Project, ZAPP will also work with the Poetry Archive to make recordings of southern African poets and poetry available online.

Please visit and follow the project on Twitter and Facebook.

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Book Launch: Education and Schooling Myth, heresy and misconception (John MacBeath)

Book Launch: Education and Schooling Myth, heresy and misconception (John MacBeath)

Tue, 08 Oct

The French have a saying ‘plus ça change plus c’est la même chose’. The English colloquial equivalent ‘same old same old’ conveys a sense of the inevitable, a reminder that if we haven’t learned the lessons of history we are doomed to repeat them. In over half a century, what have we learned about education, about schools as places for education, about learning and teaching and the relationship between them? What have we learned about policy making and the policy process? Has the growing impact of globalisation informed or constrained radical change?

For further details and purchasing information:
Education and Schooling Myth, heresy and misconception

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Mary James

Response to DfE consultation on primary assessment and accountability

Tue, 08 Oct In today's Guardian you will find a short report of the response to the Department of Education consultation on primary assessment and accountability submitted by the reconvened UK Asessment Reform Group. Given the importance of the issues, Professor Mary James decided to reconvene this group under the auspices of BERA.

See also the full response and covering letter to Michael Gove.

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Cambridge Primary Review Trust Launched

Mon, 07 Oct On Monday 23rd September 2013 at The British Academy, London. The Cambridge Primary Review, supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and led by Professor Robin Alexander, reported in 2009 after a 4 year research project with extensive contributions from many Faculty colleagues.

The Review has now entered a new phase and has been re-launched as The Cambridge Primary Review Trust, based at the University of York. Details about the new Trust and its partnership with the world's largest learning organisation, Pearson Education, can be found on the Trust's website and in this media release.

Coverage of the Trust's launch, with Jonathon Dimbleby chairing a panel of experts discussing primary education, was featured in The Guardian and other national newspapers. A video of the event will be available shortly.

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Faculty of Education News

Launch of ASCL's Great Education Debate

Mon, 07 Oct Megan Crawford was invited to the launch of the ASCL's Great Education Debate in September, and warmly invites colleagues to come and join in.
The ASCL would be delighted for anyone to join the debate or write for the website, and there are plans to host part of the debate in the Faculty of Education later this year.

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David Whitebread - Too Much Too Soon: School Starting Age

Too Much Too Soon: School Starting Age

Fri, 04 Oct David Whitebread was a signatory to a letter signed by around 130 early childhood education experts, published in the Daily Telegraph (11 Sept 2013), and reported as their leading article. The letter advocated an extension of informal, play-based pre-school provision and a delay to the start of formal ‘schooling’ in England from 4 until the age of 7 (in line with a number of other European countries who currently have higher levels of academic achievement and child well-being).

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Faculty of Education News

Book chapter - education in Australia and New Zealand

Tue, 24 Sep Dr Simon Brownhill, a Senior Teaching Associate in the Faculty of Education, has contributed a chapter about the education system in Australia and New Zealand to a timely new book for students who wish to become practitioners with a current and global approach to practice. The chapter focusses its attention on select aspects of educational provision which contribute to the countries' high PISA (OECD) world rankings including the curriculum for under fives (New Zealand), the use of ICT (Australia) and assessment. The chapter is one of many which describes the way different countries understand and conceptualise childhood; other countries include Finland, the United States, Japan, South Africa and the Netherlands.

The chapter (Chapter 10 - pages 128 - 143) was published in Exploring Childhood in a Comparative Context: An introductory guide for students (edited by Mabel Ann Brown and Jon White) by Routledge at the end of August 2013 (ISBN: 978-0-415-69652-4, £22.99).

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Setting the Bosphorous alight?

Thu, 19 Sep Congratulations to all members of the Kazakhstan Projects research team for an impressive set of contributions to this year's European Education Research Conference. These included four individual papers and five symposia, which included: Policy transfer, translation and transferability: A Kazakhstan case, a global phenomenon and Educational reform in Kazakhstan from a school perspective. Partners from the UPenn and Nazarbayev University graduate schools of education, the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools and its Centres of Excellence joined the Faculty team on this important occasion that has helped  putting the Faculty's work in international education - and indeed that little known country, Kazakhstan - firmly on the map.

See press release, poster and flyer.

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Prof. Jan Vermunt - Faculty of Education

Book Co-edited and authored by Prof. Jan Vermunt published

Wed, 11 Sep Book Launch : "Learning Patterns in Higher Education: Dimensions and research perspectives", co-edited by Prof. Jan Vermunt, was published in August this year. It also contains three chapters which Professor Vermunt has co-authored.

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Scholarly-informed teacher education: The University of Cambridge–schools partnership

Tue, 10 Sep Elaine Wilson's case study 'Scholarly-informed teacher education: The University of Cambridge-schools partnership', has been included in the Higher Education Academy publication, 'Exploring the distinctive contribution of higher education to teacher education' edited by Lani Florian and Nataša Pantic, from the University of Edinburgh.

This publication is part of the HEA strategic project: Supporting research-informed teacher education in a changing policy environment.

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Faculty of Education News

Year 12 students get a taste of life at the Faculty on the Sutton Trust Summer Schools

Mon, 02 Sep Once again, the Faculty of Education hosted a group of Year 12 students as part of the University's Sutton Trust Summer Schools, introducing them to the academic disciplines of education and encouraging them to apply for the undergraduate Education tripos at Cambridge. The Sutton Trust offers free residential summer schools for Year 12 students from UK state schools, giving them a taste of student life and a chance to engage in intensive study with University experts. During the week the students had the opportunity to explore topics from across the undergraduate tripos, taking in philosophy, sociology, history and psychology of education. Hopefully many of the students will be inspired to consider Education when they apply to universities this autumn.

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