LEGO Professor of Play! - Apply by 20th Jan
The University of Cambridge Primary School also has established research, professional learning and partnership projects with LEGO and PEDAL.
The LEGO Foundation chose Cambridge because of its interdisciplinary approach to play research and its expertise and credibility when communicating research to policymakers and practitioners.
Cognitive Framing and Its Theoretical Implications for Tuition Fee Policies in England
Ben Alcott's new paper has been added to the Faculty's working papers site as part of an ongoing effort to encourage the sharing of work-in-progress. Read Ben's work online now! Colleagues interested in submitting their own work should contact Sue Brindley or Lucian Stephenson.
Hilary Cremin Awarded Guest Professorship at the University of Innsbruck
Dr Cremin will be hosted by the Faculty of Political and Social Science at the beginning of February 2017, and will present a public lecture entitled: Violence in Schools: Challenges for Europe and beyond.
She will also be developing a module with the UNESCO chair of Peace Studies entitled: Using ECT Methodology with schools and young people
Faculty of Education student captains University Challenge team
Bobby completed a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, between 2014 and 2015. Since then, he has taken up a teaching post in London and has chosen to study this year for a part-time Masters in Education (MEd) at the Faculty of Education, alongside his teaching.
Our Schools Liaison Coordinator, Eve, speaks to Bobby about his experiences as a teacher and about why he chose to train with the University of Cambridge.
For more information about the Faculty's outreach work, please contact Eve Berwin at email@example.com
Making the Case for the Social Sciences – Education
Studies by both Faculty Professor Anna Vignoles and the Cambridge Primary Review Trust feature within it.
Analyses in the booklet also demonstrate the positive impacts of social science and educational research on public policy, while highlighting its benefit to society more generally.
Now published - the links between Family Background and University Success
A first of its kind involving Ukraine scholars in Cambridge
The visit is funded by the British Council Ukraine Mobility Grant within the framework of the British Council’s Internationalisation of Higher Education Programme. The purpose of the visit is to learn about the best practices in university governance, leadership, education reform and student representation. The programme of the visit will include 4 days of Faculty- and University-based meetings and workshops. The Faculty-based programme will be broadcast via the youtube channel to other Ukrainian universities. More than 30 speakers are invited to contribute to the programme. It is the first programme of its kind and scale involving Ukrainian scholars in Cambridge. Subject to further funding the programme of support for displaced Universities in Cambridge will continue.
* Displaced universities are 16 universities in Ukraine which in 2014 were relocated from the zone of military conflict in eastern Ukraine to the territory under the control of the Ukrainian government.
Our professional development with the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education
The purpose of this visit was to attend a professional development programme organised by the Education Innovation and Reform Team focused on strategies and best practices related to managing research activities and running a doctoral programme. Various Faculty of Education faculty members and administrators generously shared their time, knowledge and expertise with the NUGSE visitors.
The Faculty of Education has been involved in a support and advisory role at Nazarbayev University since the first idea of a Graduate School of Education was initiated in 2011. A three-way partnership was subsequently established, with the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education as the third party, to work on the creating of the Graduate School of Education at Nazarbayev University and to engage in joint research and to engage in joint research activity.
Congratulations to Partnership principal on recent award
Iain has been at Fulbridge for over 20 years as teacher, deputy head and headteacher. His creative and immersive approach to learning has seen the school achieve consistently high standards in progress for all groups of children, leading the school from special measures in 2003 to outstanding in 2012. We are delighted that trainees on the Primary PGCE Course here at the Faculty can experience Iain's expert leadership and the unique provision offered at Fulbridge during day visits and extended placements hosted by the school.
Background Paper - Supporting primary and secondary education for refugees: the role of international financing
Commissioned by the Malala Fund, 'Supporting primary and secondary education for refugees: the role of international financing' has been released and is available to read online.
This paper presents how the disrupted education of many children who have been forced to flee conflict and other crises to neighboring countries has meant that their education lags far behind that of their non-refugee peers. It goes on to consider in more detail the experiences of five of the ten largest refugee-hosting countries in the world, and the extent to which children and adolescents have been able to access education, with a particular focus on girls. Lastly the paper considers current trends in international development and humanitarian finance in providing education to refugee children and adolescents in the context of conflict.
Aurora Indigenous Scholars welcomed at Faculty
Many Indigenous Australians have been accepted to Oxford and/or Cambridge as a direct result of Aurora's work, and 19 out of 19 have successfully completed their postgraduate degrees (10 at Oxford and 9 at Cambridge).
Vincent Backhaus, seen here in the front row, left hand side, is the first Indigenous Australian Cambridge PhD student currently studying at the Faculty.
The purpose of the brief visit was to explore through an academic experience the ethos surrounding academic excellence that an Oxbridge program can provide. The Aurora Scholars were met by Professor Geoff Hayward (Head of Faculty), Australian expat Professor Pam Burnard, shown here with some of her international doctoral students.
Developments in STEM education - research seminar
The Faculty group, supported by some colleagues from Psychology & Education, provided two days in October 2016 of talks on research into aspects of teaching and learning of science and mathematics under the heading "Developments in STEM Education: Research informing teaching and learning in STEM subjects”.
The group were enthusiastic learners and "found the seminar … extremely beneficial" considering that they "gained numerous insights and new ideas that will assist us immensely in STEM Education teaching and learning". The group also noted "the warm and friendly manner in which we were received".
Decision time in the US
Teenage difficulties portrayed in new graphic novels
The key aims of these books are:
- to demystify counselling and psychotherapy so that it is more appealing and accessible to young people
- to destigmatise emotional and mental health problems so that young people are better able to accept help
- to encourage young people to embark upon their own healing journeys, equipped with the sense that there is a way forward
Wild about Learning’ day report 2016
On Saturday 29th October we welcomed over 150 visitors to the Faculty to discover and learn by exploring the wild, enjoying our playful learning zone and experimenting with art, movement, stories and games.
Read our report on the Wild About Learning Day.
Cambridge School Classics Project - November update
The University of Cambridge and CUP are fully behind this valuable project, which has just celebrated its 50th anniversary, and are fully committed and have all the necessary resources to develop the project and continue to create and provide high quality learning materials forward into the next 50 years.
For further information please visit the CSCP website.
Pauline Rose presents at All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All
Our PGCE alumni regularly go on to make a real difference to children's lives in their care
Working with staff members who are also Cambridge PGCE alumni, David has turned the school around and Harris Battersea is now a top school in London in the most recent progress tables published last week.
REAL Centre contributes to the case for disability-responsive education financing
Dr Nidhi Singal was part of the Steering Group appointed to work on this Report. The blog Loosening the purse strings: financing the education of children with disabilities in India highlights some of the key issues in this field.
Festival of Ideas: Wild about Learning!
The Faculty of Education has hosted an interactive and educational event for families as part of the Festival of Ideas for a number of years, and we have had wonderful feedback from visitors who have attended past events.
At this year’s event, Wild about Learning!, families will be invited to discover and learn by exploring the wild, enjoying our playful learning zone with PEDAL and experimenting with art, movement stories and games. Artists from Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination will be inviting families to join them in creating new and extraordinary maps as part of their Fantastical Cambridgeshire project.
To find out more about this year's event, please see the Wild About Learning Poster, visit wild-about-learning or email Eve Berwin at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Key date* - Sat 29 Oct (10am- 2pm on a drop-in basis)
Multilingualism Research Projects - Websites Go Live!
Two exciting multimillion pound projects in Languages involving Faculty staff have launched their websites.
The first is the University of Cambridge led MEITS project (Multilingualism Empowering Individuals Transforming Societies), where six strands across a number of language sciences disciplines and a number of UK universities come together to investigate the potential of multilingualism: http://www.meits.org/
Linda Fisher (strand lead), Michael Evans, Yongcan Liu, PDRAs Karen Forbes and Angela Gayton, and PhD student Harper Staples will work on one strand investigating the influence of multilingual identity on foreign language learning, while Jenny Gibson will work on the benefits of multilingualism for cognition. Linda Fisher is co-investigator on a parallel project with similar funding led by Oxford http://www.creativeml.ox.ac.uk/ which will investigate the creative potential of multilingualism.
Both projects are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council with the aim of reinvigorating the discipline of Modern Languages.
Nidhi Singal presents evidence on Inclusive Quality Education to Council of Europe
In her presentation, Nidhi drew on insights from research programmes underway at the REAL centre, and set out a six point agenda for action towards developing inclusive equality education systems, underpinned by a focus on Rights, Resources and Research.