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.

University of Birmingham NQT Early Career Development Conference

Date: Saturday 11th March 2017, 09:30 to 15:30
Location: University of Birmingham School, School Hall.
Cost: £20

  • The School of Education at the University of Birmingham School is committed to building and maintaining strong links with local primary and secondary teachers and supporting them throughout their careers. 
  • Our Early Career Development Conference will bring together newly qualified teachers, early career researchers and teacher educators to network with colleagues, to engage with current research in primary and secondary education and to join discussions which re-energise and inspire you!
  • Keynote: "The importance of teaching in the 21st Century: some lessons from research". Speaker: Professor Ian Menter, Vice-President of the British Educational Research Association (BERA), Emeritus Professor of Teacher Education, Department of Education and Emeritus Fellow, Kellogg College, University of Oxford.
  • A choice of workshops throughout the day will give you the chance to find out more about recent research in your phase, your subject and in areas of broad interest.

Register your place here.

For more information, or to enquire about group bookings, please email with NQT Conference in the subject title. 

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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

Empires of Emptiness, Exhibition Launch, Wednesday 1st March 2017, 17:00 - 18:00

Details to follow soon.


Past Events

Teaching Controversial Issues, Tuesday 31st January 2017, 16:30-18:00
University of Birmingham School, School Hall

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.

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