Professional Development

Professional Development

The School welcomes colleagues from a wide range of partner schools to join our staff learning and development programme. The School is frequently a venue for the sharing of practice between professionals from different educational settings and between teachers and University academics, both in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham, and across the University campus. We aim to make a significant contribution to high quality teacher development in the region, in partnership with a range of primary and secondary schools, teaching school alliances and multi-academy trusts. Our unique links allow us to work across the school and HEI sectors, linking professionals from different phases in the interests of energising and exciting teachers and inspiring learners. We are committed to working with both primary and secondary newly qualified teachers (NQTs) across the City and beyond, connecting them to research and scholarship and building extensive subject and phase networks which support early career teachers and sustain them in their careers in the long term.

Rush Hour Research Series

You're invited to join the Rush Hour Research series, intended to engage teachers with current research from the University of Birmingham. We extend a warm welcome to colleagues from across the City and look forward to sharing some inspiring intellectual input along with tea, cake and networking. For more information please contact


Upcoming Events

Dr Jack Rogers: The Brain and Learning - 'Emotions, Aggression and Antisocial Behaviour’

Date: Tuesday 21st March 2017, 16:45 to 18:00

Location: University of Birmingham School, Weoley Park Road, B29 6QU 

Cost: Free

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We are pleased to welcome Dr Jack Rogers from the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham.

Following his Undergraduate degree Jack worked briefly at an inner-city school in Coventry teaching A-Level Psychology before pursuing a career in academia. He completed his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge in 2011, following which he took up a research fellowship in Oxford investigating specific language impairment and stammering. He currently works in Birmingham conducting research into behavioural and neural abnormalities associated with the development and prognosis of antisocial behaviour in children and adolescents.

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Past Events

Teaching Controversial Issues, Professor Michael Hand, Tuesday 31st January 2017

Michael Hand is Professor of Philosophy of Education in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. Michael's research interests are in the areas of moral, political, religious and philosophical education. He has published books and articles on education for patriotism, the nature and aims of religious education, the justifiability of faith schools, autonomy as an educational aim, philosophy in schools, teaching about sexuality, and controversial issues in the classroom. He is currently working on a theory of moral education.


Additional CPD Events

David Didau, What if everything you knew about education was wrong?

We're delighted to welcome award-winning educationalist David Didau to the University of Birmingham School for a talk about education. This event is for all teachers and the education community in the West Midlands to explore key issues and themes in education. After 15 years as a classroom teacher, David (@TheLearningSpy) is now a full time provocateur. He writes about the intersection of education research and classroom practice and specialises in uncovering hidden assumptions and unexamined axioms. As well as having written several popular books on education, he runs award-winning blog The Learning Spy. 

Date: Tuesday 4th April 2017, 16:45 to 18:15

Location: University of Birmingham School, Weoley Park Road, B29 6QU 

Cost: £10

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