School of Education and Social Work

Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR)

Welcome to CTLR

MAKING CONNECTIONS

The Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR) is engaged with education in all its pedagogical and social complexity. The interests of members span local, national and international contexts and a range of formal and informal settings, running from Early Years to Higher Education and including Initial Teacher Education. 

The Centre's strapline is  Making Connections, reflecting its focus on bringing research, theory, policy and practice together with a view to promoting positive change. Consistent with this, we aim to foster the development of more holistic, contextualised  and systemic understandings of education in all its many forms.

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SPACE TO WRITE

Date: Thursday 31 January 2019
Time: 9.30am-3pm
Venue: Room 213, Fulton Building

  • Do you find it difficult to create the space, find the focus, or harness the confidence to write?
  • Do you have a project where writing as part of a supportive group might allow you to move forward or even get started?

Whatever the nature of your writing task (doctoral writing, academic article or book chapters, a Blog, or something else) and whatever your role and experience, you will benefit from joining this workshop - for all or just a part of the day - which will largely be devoted to writing together in companionable silence, but will include opportunities to discuss tasks and progress made.

Bring something to write on and something to share over lunch

Facilitators:
Tamsin Hinton-Smith
Rebecca Webb

Email Tamsin to reserve your place

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EARLY YEARS RESEARCH CONFERENCE 2019

Date: Saturday 2 February 2019
Time: 8.45am-12.30pm
Venue: University of Sussex

Recent graduates from the Early Years Education MA present their research findings.

Keynote speaker, Dr Rory McDowall Clark, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood, University of Worcester and Editor of TACTYC (Association for Professional Development in Early Years), reflects on what adults might learn from children when approaching research.

Engage in debate with presenters on the challenges and rewards of practitioner-led research.

If you have an interest in current Early Years research and are keen to develop your understandings of pedagogy and practice, this event is for you.

Register

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SEMINAR IN CELEBRATION OF LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH

Date: Monday 25 February 2019
Time: 12-1pm
Venue: tbc
Speaker: Dr Jackie Grant, Senior Teaching Fellow in Physics, University of Sussex
Title: tbc

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OPEN RESEARCH SEMINAR

Date: Tuesday 26 February 2019
Time: 4.30-6pm
Venue: tbc
Speaker: Dr Eleanor Jupp, Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Kent
Title: tbc

CTLR News

New Research Project: Supporting Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Educational Transitions

Dr Emily Danvers and Dr Tamsin Hinton-Smith have successfully received funding from the Sussex Learning Network’s ‘Innovation Fund’ to lead a project around access to higher education for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) young people. The project is a collaboration between CHEER/CTLR, Widening Participation at the University of Sussex and Friends, Families and Travellers.

GRT are a vastly under-represented group in higher education, with estimates suggesting that less than 1% of young people go on to university in the UK. A key factor to this educational trajectory is a lack of progression through compulsory schooling with GRT pupils having higher overall  and persistent absence rates than any other ethnic group in England and the lowest average attainment score at key stage four. Some of the main contributing issues cited for this education ‘achievement gap’ include experiences of racism and bullying, a lack of understanding of GRT culture by teachers, as well as cultural and historical valuing of particular forms of work. This project aims to understand and address some of these issues faced by GRT young people as they progress through their secondary education in Sussex.

The first stage of the project is the design and delivery of a ‘visualising your futures’ workshop aimed at GRT young people in Hailsham Community College. This workshop will explore pupils’ perspectives on education, specifically higher education, and what they feel some of the barriers and opportunities offered by this educational trajectory might be. We will then organise a targeted visit to a local higher education provider, facilitated by a former GRT university graduate. This represents a unique pilot for Sussex and the sector in offering an outreach initiative specifically targeting GRT learners, for which access to higher education is substantially lower than other ethnic groups. The project will conclude with a networking meeting where young people, community organisations, schools and university representatives will discuss how best GRT young people could be supported through their educational transitions. This will generate co-produced guidelines on inclusion and progression for  schools, universities and community organisations.

This Sussex Learning Network funding is part of a series of initiatives under the Office for Students’ National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) which focuses on outreach activity in local areas where higher education participation is lower than might be expected given the GCSE results of the young people who live there.

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Key Contacts

Director:
Dr Louise Gazeley, Senior Lecturer
E: l.h.gazeley@sussex.ac.uk

Research Fellow:
Sindi Gordon
E: sindi.gordon@sussex.ac.uk