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.

The Department of Education @ BERA 2017

14 members of Education faculty and three Education doctoral researchers are presenting at the British Educational Research (BERA) Annual Conference 2017 which is once again to be held at the University of Sussex from 5-7 September.

Presentation themes include the 'Sussex Research Network', the impact of research on English teachers' knowledge of reading comprehension, 'dominant discourses' in higher education, brain science, 'non-judgemental support' of researchers, young people with autisms' transition to college, career paths and patterns of maths teachers, and the reform of teacher education in England.

Presentations will take place in Fulton building. See BERA's online programme for times, dates, venues and presentation titles.

Education Teaching Fellow wins prestigious national counselling research award

Education Teaching Fellow and doctoral researcher, Tracey Fuller, is the winner of a new and prestigious national counselling research award created to aid the dissemination of research with important implications for counselling training or counselling practice. Through highlighting significant research, documenting it on video, and disseminating it online, the award aims to make research accessible and engaging to all counselling trainees and practitioners. 

See full details.

Dr Jacqui ShepherdTransitioning from Special School to Mainstream College

Childhood and Youth BA Course Leader, Dr Jacqui Shepherd, describes the experiences of young autistic people transitioning from special school to mainstream college on Network Autism as part of #WorldAutismAwarenessWeek

Her recommendations for improving the transition process include:

  • involving young people more in their own transition planning
  • paying attention to the social needs of young autistic people, specifically in relation to peer interaction
  • time management – managing unstructured time during the day and the long summer holiday periods
  • using a peer mentoring approach with autistic students starting college
  • ensuring parental involvement so that young people are supported to be interdependent.

Further research into social motivation and peer support during transition would be very beneficial as would the implementation and evaluation of specific interventions in further education colleges.  These transitions to college also need to be seen as part of the broader picture of emerging adulthood.