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.

Sussex Education faculty to deliver new course in inclusive education in Uganda

Senior Lecturer in Education, Dr Jo Westbrook, attended an Inception Workshop funded by Sightsavers for a five-year project on 'Inclusive Education' in Uganda on 6-7 April 2016.

Jo is working with Education Teaching Fellow, Dr Jacqui Shepherd, as a consultant/researcher to support Kyambogo University, representatives from two disabled persons associations, and the Ministry of Education & Sports to develop and deliver a Certificate course in Inclusive Education/Special Educational Needs for tutors in all 54 Primary Teacher College tutors in Uganda. The team will monitor how this supports tutors in teaching inclusive education to trainees over the five year period and, in turn, evaluate its impact on how trainees - as Newly Qualified Teachers - teach inclusively in their schools and on children with disabilities and those from marginalised groups.  

Sussex Lecturer is Keynote Speaker at The European Conference on Education

Dr Linda Morrice (Senior Lecturer) and Professor Brian Hudson (Head of the School of Education and Social Work) are both Chairs of the upcoming European Conference on Education 2016, 29 June-3 July, The Jury's Inn Brighton Waterfront. Linda is also a keynote speaker presenting 'Challenging Practices: Imagining spaces of empowerment and participation'. This year’s conference theme, 'Education and Social Justice: Democratizing Education', invites us to look at the ways in which education can develop or hinder social justice, and will bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions of research and discovery in Education.

Register by 1 June 2016:
Sussex staff and students get 30% discount by using code SUS9WFB

More details: Promo: The European Conference on Education 2016 [PDF 3.72MB]

Good Teacher Training Guide ranks Sussex as best HEI Primary PGCE training provider in UK

School-based teacher training is the best way to train to be a teacher, according to the Good Teacher Training Guide 2015. The top three teacher training providers in England are school-based programmes, with the University of Sussex in third place as the top ranking HEI training provider.

The Good Teacher Training Guide ranks providers according to the entry qualifications of its trainees, the course quality – according to both Ofsted and trainee ratings – and teaching take-up, using information from those who went through training in 2013/14 and into employment last year.