School of Education and Social Work

Department of Education

Welcome to the Department of Education

The Department of Education at Sussex is a community of researchers, learners and teachers engaged fully in every aspect of education, both in the UK and internationally.

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Located within the School of Education and Social Work, the Department of Education offers an extensive programme of study for all those interested in education. See Undergraduate study, Postgraduate study and Initial Teacher Education for details of the courses we run in these areas - some of which offer distance learning opportunities.

We host three research centres:

... and co-host a fourth (with the Department of Social Work and Social Care):

You will find us to be a warm, caring community of scholars who pride ourselves on the quality of the courses we offer and of the research we undertake, and also on our commitment to - and depth of involvement with - our students, policy-makers and professionals.

Mum of two juggles work and study - and graduates end JanLisa Fitches!

Lisa Fitches, 35, juggled being a mum of two and working part-time in a pre-school while studying for an Early Years in Education MA.

“It was tricky balancing work and my Master’s degree,” says Lisa, “but my managers were very flexible.

“With my children we had a really good routine of feeding, washing and then bed and after that I would get my university work done. My eight-year-old daughter, Lily, said to me last year: ‘Mum, it’s eight o’clock now; it’s time for me to go to bed and for you to get your college books out’.”

Lisa was attracted to the Sussex course because it was split into two separate parts. “You do your early years teaching qualification alongside the Masters - it’s the only course in the country which allows you to do this. So you do one year of intense studying instead of two.”

Lisa always hoped to become a lecturer; however, studying the course at Sussex has opened up lots of new doors for her. “Now I could become a primary teacher in an academy school, a social worker or even an Ofsted inspector,” she says. “Some postgraduate degrees are so specific – but this one opens up lots of different jobs and roles.”

Read the full interview.

Jessie ReevesSecondary Music PGCE student wins BBC radio carol competition

Trainee music teacher, Jessie Reeves, won BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Carol Competition 2016Her composition was played throughout the Christmas period on Radio 3 after beating hundreds of musicians across the UK to be crowned the winner of the competition live on air on Thursday 22 December.

Radio 3 challenged non-professional composers to create music for a modern version of a medieval English poem: ‘Alleluia! A new work is come on hand’.

Jessie, 24, who began studying for a PGCE in Secondary Music in September 2016, had her piece played several times on BBC Radio 3 since making the shortlist and won the competition thanks to a public vote.

Duncan Mackrill, Jessie’s tutor, said:

"We are thrilled Jessie has won! We cover approaches to composition in the course but only in terms of teaching in the classroom - Jessie’s done this on her own. Everyone at the University of Sussex has been behind her. It’s such a memorable carol!"