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Chinese Executive Leadership Academy Jinggangshan Visit

Faculty staff and Delegation

Monday 23 November
A delegation from the Chinese Executive Leadership Academy Jinggangshan (CELAJ) led by the Vice President Professor Kuang Sheng visited the Faculty of Education to discuss mutual interests in educational leadership and professional development. Dr Elaine Wilson and Dr Fay Turner provided an overview of the ongoing work on the Centres of Excellence Programme in Kazakhstan while Jane Warwick and Linda Fisher outlined the Cambridge approach to Initial Teacher Education.

CELAJ is located in the Luoxiao Mountains in the remote border region between Jiangxi and Hunan provinces, China. It specialises in leadership education and development to promote education and to keep senior government officials abreast of national and international developments.

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Where now for peace education in the twenty first century?

Report page 1

Tuesday 17 November
The Report of the Cambridge Peace Education Research Group's first International Seminar, Autumn 2015, is now online.

Where now for peace education in the twenty first century? An inter-generational group of world-leading scholars discuss...

Also available - the full Programme with abstracts and biographies of keynotes and paper presentations.

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Inspiring... Launch of the Faculty's Working Papers Series

Working papers series

Thursday 12 November
We are delighted to announce the launch of the Faculty's Working Papers Series, with the first paper from Professor Pauline Rose and Dr Rabea Malik: Can Pakistan afford quality education for all its children and young people?

You are invited to read and reply to Professor Rose via the comments box which follows the article. Please note comments are moderated.

We will be publishing papers from Faculty staff and PhD students on a regular basis, and look forward to the Series inspiring discussion about research within the Faculty.

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What happened at the Faculty's Festival of Ideas?

Faculty of Education News

Monday 9 November
This year we hosted two events as part of the University's annual Festival of Ideas. We welcomed a grand total of 284 visitors to the building and both events were enjoyed by all.
Full report and photos of the events.

Many thanks go to Siddharth Pandey for delivering a very engaging talk, the 17 volunteers who made the events such a success and to everybody who helped with the preparation and running of the events.

For more information about the Faculty's outreach work, please contact
Eve Berwin (Schools Liaison Coordinator) at

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Stimulating (Emerging) Story Writing!

Book cover

Monday 2 November
Stimulating Emerging Story Writing! Inspiring children aged 3-7 and Stimulating Story Writing! Inspiring children aged 7-11 are two new professional books that have been written by Dr. Simon Brownhill, a Senior Teaching Associate in the Faculty of Education. The books are packed full of innovative and exciting ways to help educators inspire children between the ages of 3 and 11 to want to create stories and develop their story writing skills.

Underpinned by theoretical perspectives and research findings, these two books are designed to provide busy educators with a wealth of interesting ideas and practical teaching strategies and that can be used with immediate effect in the classroom.

Published by Routledge, the books are considered to be an essential resource for trainee teachers and active professionals in the early years and primary school sectors.
Further details and purchasing information are available at: (3-7) (7-11)

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November Open Day - Centre for Children’s Literature


Monday 2 November
Come learn more about research in children’s literature, the work of the Cambridge-Homerton Research and Teaching Centre for Children’s Literature and opportunities for study, including the MPhil, MEd and PhD programmes.

With a talk from our special guest, award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Mini Grey.

2-5pm Saturday 14th November. Full poster details.

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Faculty signs MoU with Education Department of Chaoyang, Beijing

Participants in delegation

Monday 26 October
Professor Jan Vermunt, Deputy Head of Faculty, and Mr Liu Libin, Deputy Head of the Education Department of Chaoyang, Beijing, are pictured signing an MoU between the Faculty of Education and the Education Department of Chaoyang, Beijing.

Also present from Chaoyang were Mr Li jun, and Mr Lu Xueqing, Vice Presidents of the Institute of Education, Chaoyang, Beijing, and Dr Sue Brindley, Faculty PPD Co-ordinator.

The MoU signals the beginning of an exciting project on developing pedagogy in Chinese classrooms and also the development of collaborative research. The project will be co-ordinated by Professor Geoff Hayward, Head of Faculty, and Dr Sue Brindley.

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Award of Future Research Leaders ESRC Grant

 Award of Future Research Leaders ESRC Grant

Friday 23 October
In October 2015 Marisol Basilio was awarded a Future Research Leaders ESRC Grant entitled: "Early Learning Abilities Promoting Success in Education (ELAPSE): Findings from the Millennium Cohort Study and directions of a new longitudinal study". Marisol will lead this 3 years project as Principal Investigator with the support of Professor Anna Vignoles and Professor Claire Hughes as her mentors.

The aim of this proposal is to investigate the developmental mechanisms by which children's early learning skills, life conditions, and opportunities to play result in different later educational outcomes. The project looks at success in education beyond school attainment, including children's socio-emotional experiences in relation to learning and school. To address this question, Marisol will conduct secondary analyses of the longitudinal Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) data in order to distinguish children's profiles, examine developmental trajectories, and estimate models of early child development. The second aim of the project is to conduct a feasibility evaluation for a future longitudinal study of early development, with a significant emphasis on the role of self-regulation and play.

This research will inform educational policy and practices aimed at promoting children's early learning opportunities to reduce later educational disadvantage.

The Future Research Leaders scheme aims 'to enable outstanding early-career social scientists, in partnership with their host organisation, to acquire the skills set to become the future world leaders in their field'

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Sibs, schools or sorting: What drives educational inequality in East Africa?

School children in classroom

Thursday 22 October
The REAL Centre welcomes you to attend the seminar Sibs, schools and sorting: What drives educational inequality in East Africa? by Sam Jones, on Monday 9 November at 12.00 at the Faculty of Education.

Sam Jones, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Copenhagen, will present his research that identifies the unique contributions of siblings, schools and sorting effects to variation in learning outcomes. His study applies a novel technique to UWEZO test score data, covering over one million children across East Africa.

For more information, please click here or visit

RSVP to Diane at

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Watch Live today! - Launch of the PEDAL Centre - 22 October

PEDAL logo

Thursday 22 October
The Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) is launched by the University of Cambridge at 4pm BST today. This ground-breaking research institution will examine the role of playfulness in learning and development in young children.

The PEDAL Centre has been established with a £4 million donation from the LEGO Foundation, a Danish corporate foundation funded by LEGO whose aim is to use play to improve learning for children all over the world.

PEDAL acting director Dr David Whitebread said: “Play opportunities for children living in modern urban environments are increasingly curtailed, within their homes, communities and schooling. At the same time, play remains a relatively under-researched area within developmental science, with many fundamental questions still unanswered. Therefore, an invigorated research effort in this area will constitute a significant contribution to cultural understandings about the importance of play and the development, internationally, of high quality education, particularly in the area of early childhood.”

If you would like to watch the event (either live today at 4pm BST or at a later date) it can be viewed via:

We hope you will join us for this exciting event!
The PEDAL team.

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Festival of Ideas: WOW Lecture: #UpForSchool

WOW Lecture - Professor Pauline Rose

Thursday 15 October
As part of the Festival of Ideas, Professor Pauline Rose will present a WOW lecture: #UpForSchool on Tuesday 27 October from 5:30pm - 6:30pm, St John's College, Palmerston Room, St John's Street, CB2 1TP.

With the highly publicised #UpForSchool campaign and the announcement of the Sustainable Development Goals that will guide international action for the next 15 years, this session considers the key issues in the education debate and implications for future action.

To see more information and to book a place, see:

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Black History Month

Student in library

Tuesday 6 October
Last week marked the start of this year's Black History Month. To celebrate the Faculty of Education's commitment to diversity, we have been featured in an online profile on the Black History Month website's Diversity Dashboard , and will also be featured in their brochure.

The feature highlights the PGCE programmes' encouragement of applications from sections of communities that are under-represented in the teaching profession.

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The Faculty of Education at the Festival of Ideas 2015

Festival poster

Tuesday 6 October
Our Faculty has been taking part in the Festival of Ideas for a number of years and this year is no exception. We will be running two events:

A home in the hills: Indian Summers and the making of India's Little England - Thursday 29th October, 6 - 7.30pm, by Siddharth Pandey. Free of charge (no booking required).

Channel 4's recently concluded, critically acclaimed 'Indian Summers' showed the Himalayan hill station of Simla, brimming with the power politics of the Empire and the Indian National Movement.

Full details pdf.

Find your own superpower! - Friday 30th October 10.30am - 2.30pm (Free of charge, no booking required, drop-in).

Imagination and creativity are all that is required to find your own special superpower. Children are invited to play and learn with art, poetry, games and much more. Why not come dressed as your favourite superhero?

Full details pdf.

We would be delighted to see as many people as possible at this year's events, both of which look set to be hugely enjoyable.

For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering to help at either of the events, please contact Eve Berwin (Faculty Schools Liaison Coordinator) on

Festival of Ideas Video.

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R is for Rabbit

R is for Rabbit

Friday 2 October
The Cambridge Animal Alphabet series celebrates Cambridge’s connections with animals through literature, art, science and society.

"The interest in rabbits, and anthropomorphising them as characters, is perhaps rather a curious phenomenon in British culture"

Dr Zoe Jaques is a lecturer in children’s literature. Her research spans fiction for children from 1800 to the present, and in particular how children’s fantasy participates in questions of what it means to be human. Here she answers questions about rabbits in children’s fiction.

Read the full report.

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New - Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Assessment & Examinations

Student at desk

Tuesday 29 September
This month, nearly 50 students will be embarking on a new Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Assessment and Examinations, a joint offering from the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and Cambridge Assessment. The students are drawn from a range of backgrounds, including staff from UK assessment organisations including Cambridge Assessment, NCFE, NEBOSH and SQA and teachers of a variety of subjects, from across the country and Europe.

Part of the Faculty’s Practitioner Professional Development programme, the course incorporates online study and regular Saturday day schools in Cambridge.

Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment, said:'This course is a notable achievement, arising from the clear and strong support of both University organisations. I wish all the students well as they embark on the course'.

Enrolments will open soon for next year, so look at the information and the sample online taster course on the Cambridge Assessment website.

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5 steps to achieving the goal of educating every child in the world

Guardian Article Picture

Tuesday 22 September
Professor Pauline Rose and Dr Benjamin Alcott of the REAL Centre write in The Guardian on Sustainable development goals. The Sustainable development goals to be agreed by world leaders this week include a commitment to ensure that all young people have access to good quality primary and lower secondary education by 2030.

"Five steps to achieving the goal of educating every child in the world" outlines how for all young people to have a good education by 2030, we must focus on greatly improving the learning opportunities of disadvantaged children.

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Peace Education Seminar - first of its kind in Cambridge


Tuesday 22 September
The Cambridge Peace Education Research Group (CPERG) peace education seminar is the first of its kind in Cambridge. It gathers 50 peace education scholars and practitioners together in an intimate setting to foster dialogue on cutting-edge research, practice and theory for the field.

It is envisioned as an interdisciplinary, intercultural, intergenerational and transnational encounter. Participants represent all inhabited continents, including those who have come from as near as Cambridge and Bradford, UK, Northern Ireland, Austria and Cyprus to those who have come from as far as Argentina, Burundi, Costa Rica and Australia. This includes well-established, leading experts in the field as well as young emerging researchers who tackle the challenging questions of peace education in diverse contexts, including those directly affected by war and conflict.

The participants will discuss citizenship learning and values in peace education; peace, democracy and sustainability in local contexts; peace education in schools and universities; and the role of arts in promoting cultures of peace.

The aim of the week is to inspire global dialogue on the intersections between education, conflict and peace, and to promote international collaboration to push peace education research, theory and practice forward in the 21st century.

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Cambridge Schools Leadership for Learning Community

LfL Community Schools logo

Monday 14 September
LfL are delighted to be welcoming 16 Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) schools from around the world to the Faculty of Education for a launch conference this week.

Participants are travelling from Australia, Canada, Cyprus, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, UAE and the USA as well as within the UK. After this week the group will be working together remotely on the CIE professional development platform and researching together how knowledge can be created in this way.

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In Memoriam Dr. Peter John Huckstep

Peter Huckstep

Thursday 10 September
It is with sadness that we announce the death of our former colleague, Peter Huckstep.

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University of Cambridge Primary School OPENS

Faculty of Education News

Tuesday 8 September
The University of Cambridge Primary School has opened its doors today on the North West Cambridge Development, as planned, with an initial intake of pupils for Reception, Years 1 and 2.

Work on the iconic circular design of the three-form entry school started in November 2014 and has a phased completion. The first phase was completed and opened for the start of the academic year in September 2015. The second phase of the building is expected to be handed over in December 2015. When completed, the school is expected to accommodate 630 pupils from a local catchment.

The building is the first operational facility to be delivered as part of the North West Cambridge Development.

Further information.

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Year 12 Students explore our Education Tripos

12 Year 12 students at the Faculty of Education

Tuesday 25 August
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.
Read full article.

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Faculty signs MoU with the National Institute of Education, Singapore

Geoff Hayward and Tan Oon Seng

Thursday 20 August
Professor Tan Oon Seng, the Director of the National Institute of Education, Singapore, and Professor Geoff Hayward, Head of the Faculty of Education, on 13th August signed a memorandum of understanding between the two organisations.

The MoU will facilitate student and staff exchanges, and the development of a programme of collaborative research between two world leading educational organisations. Student exchanges will start in September 2016.

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Prestigious Masters Award in 2 Successive Years

Alvin Leung

Tuesday 18 August
Congratulations to Alvin Leung (Politics, Democracy and Education Programme, PDDE 2013-14) who has recently been announced as the recipient of the 2015 British Educational Research Association's Masters Dissertation Award, presented for the most outstanding thesis or dissertation produced as part of a Masters course in Education issued by a British university.

Alvin's success marks a notable distinction for our PDDE programme, with students from the course now having won this prestigious national award in two successive years.

Full report.

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IBBY International Award for PhD Student

IBBY logo

Tuesday 4 August
Xioafei Shi, second-year PhD student, has been awarded the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) UK Bursary.

It is a highly competitive and prestigious award that enables a graduate student to attend the 35th IBBY World Congress in Auckland, New Zealand, 2016. IBBY is a renowned international alliance of those interested in children’s literature across different professions. It has over seventy national sections all over the world, and the biennial World Congress is one of its largest and most famous events.

IBBY UK offers two bursaries to IBBY UK members, one of which is intended for graduate students. The overarching theme of the Congress, “The multiplicity of language, literacy and literature in the world today”, is at the very heart of Xiaofei's PhD project, which focuses on crossover picturebooks and explores how young readers are positioned in this increasingly multimodal world. At the Congress, Xiaofei will present the early findings of her project: the crosscultural adaptation and reception of Jimmy Liao’s When the Moon Forgot, which gives a glimpse into the place of local literature in a global context, and the tricky position of young readers in the world today.

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Men, Masculinities and Teaching in Early Childhood Education

Book cover

Thursday 30 July
A new book, lead edited by Dr. Simon Brownhill (a Senior Teaching Associate in the Faculty of Education), sets out to critically explore the notion of men, masculinities and teaching in early childhood education. It addresses the global pattern of gender, teaching and care where men are in the minority, and explores the notion that the greater involvement of men within teaching and associated professions has the potential to transform gender relations for future generations.

International contributors from the UK, Sweden, Japan, the USA and Indonesia raise critical questions about the construction of masculinities, the continuing reluctance of men to engage in this type of work, and the influence of political and public debates on the issue.

Published by Routledge, the Foreword has been written by Mike Younger, Director of Central Asia Projects in the Faculty of Education. Further details and purchasing information are available at:

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Two of our doctoral students receive United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) awards 2015


Monday 27 July
Debbie Pullinger and Veronica Hanke both received awards at this year’s UKLA International Conference in Nottingham.

Debbie Pullinger, a research associate at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, has won the prestigious 2015 United Kingdom Literacy Association Student Research Prize for her PhD thesis 'The hidden child: orality, textuality and children's poetry'.

Completed in 2013-14, it was supervised by Professor Morag Styles and David Whitley. Debbie is currently a full-time researcher working with David Whitley on the Poetry and Memory Project, a three-year interdisciplinary project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, investigating experiences of poetry learning, and examining the relationships between memorisation, recitation and understanding. This is the second year running that the UKLA Student Research Prize has been won by a Cambridge Faculty of Education PhD student.

Veronica Hanke, a PhD student at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, supervised by Professor Neil Mercer, was also awarded a Special Commendation for the important UKLA Wiley-Blackwell Research in Literacy Education Prize. The Special Commendation was for Veronica’s article published in 2014 in the UKLA’s journal, Literacy, 48 (3), entitled 'Guided reading: young pupils’ perspectives on classroom practice'.

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Research Capacity Building Programme

Research Capacity Building Programme

Wednesday 15 July
The recently created NIS research team spent a week at the Faculty brushing up their research methods knowledge before returning to Astana to embark on a country wide research programme. Dr Elaine Wilson worked with a team of Faculty researchers to develop the skills and knowledge of the young Kazakhstani team.

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A first - forming the Cambridge Education Alumni Group (CEAG)

Former Dept of Education and current Fac of Education

Tuesday 30 June
We are delighted to announce the formation of the Cambridge Education Alumni Group (CEAG).

This group is the first of its kind, and will bring together alumni who have graduated from the Faculty of Education in any degree and from other disciplines but who are working in the field of education.

The aim is to create a network of researchers, academics, educators and social entrepreneurs based in the UK and across the world.

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The First One Day EdD Conference

Generating Impact Through Practice-based Doctoral Research Designed for Educational Professionals

Wednesday 24 June
The Faculty is delighted to host the first EdD One-Day Conference

"Generating Impact Through Practice-based Doctoral Research Designed for Educational Professionals"

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5th Cambridge Student Voice Seminar: looking back, looking forward!

Faculty of Education

Monday 22 June
Under the leadership of Professor Alison Cook-Sather, the Jean Rudduck Visiting Scholar, Homerton College, for a 5th successive year the Faculty is hosting the Cambridge Student Voice Seminar Monday 22nd - 24th June.

Around 60 participants are attending from many countries, including Australia, Denmark, Sweden, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Holland, USA, Ireland, Greece and Spain.

Participants will take part in an interactive and collaborative programme of keynotes, presentations, workshops, ‘unconference’ sessions and networking on themes related to student voice in diverse contexts.

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Cambridge gets REAL about overcoming obstacles to global education


Monday 22 June
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz noted that the 'REAL centre builds on the Faculty of Education�s strong expertise in research of the highest quality that aims to address real problems and influence policy on the ground'.

Read full article

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Live Launch of the REAL Centre - 16th June

REAL logo

Tuesday 16 June
The launch of the REAL Centre took place at 1430 on June 16th at the McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, UK.

A video of the live stream will be made available later.

Further information will be on the REAL Centre pages:

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