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

Ann Evans, School University Relationship Officer 

Tuesday 4th July 2017

Professor Kalwant Bhopal -  BME students in UK higher education: inclusion and access 

16:30 Refreshments and networking

16:45 Talk and questions

18:00 End

Kalwant is Professor of Education and Social Justice and Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in Race and Education in the School of Education.

This talk will examine inequalities for students from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds. It will present recent statistics on the increase in BME students in higher education and argue that despite changes in the study body and significant advances in policy making, BME students continue to experience disadvantages in their access to, and achievement in higher education. The talk will explore future policy implications for a socially just and inclusive educational agenda. 

To book your place please sign up here. 

More dates for your diary 

Upcoming Rush Hour Research events. 

Tuesday 10th October 2017 Professor Angela Creese—Translanguaging in everyday practice. Book your place here. 

Tuesday 12th December 2017  Professor Saul Becker- 'Young Carers: children with caring responsibilities in their families - research, policy and practice'. Book your place here. 

Tuesday 6th February 2018 Professor Dave Gillborn—Race and education. Book your place here. 

Tuesday 13th March 2018 Rebecca Wood— Autism, education and inclusion in mainstream schools. Book your place here. 

Tuesday 8th May 2018 Dr Andrea Krott  - Interplay of language acquisition and language processing with general cognitive functions. Book your place here. 

Tuesday 10th July 2018  Professor Jane Martin— Carry on Comprehensive: politics, policy and practice at Holland Park School. Book your place here. 

Past Events

David Didau - What if everything you knew about education was wrong? Tuesday 4th April 2017

Dr Jack Rogers - The Brain and Learning - 'Emotions, Aggression and Antisocial Behaviour’, Tuesday 21st March 2017

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

Deborah Youdell - The biology of learning, 2016

For more information please contact Ann Evans

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