School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

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  • A small space for big ideas

    Prof Sugata Mitra is opening the smallest School in the Cloud research lab in India this week. Prof Sugata Mitra’s latest SOLE research lab is a discreet affair, tucked away in the corner of a school playground in West Bengal.

    published on: 27 September 2016

  • The Trouble with Aid – Quantity, Institutions and Utopian Ideals

    Just over a year before Priti Patel took up the post as Secretary of State for International Development, the Coalition Government brought into law the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015. 

    published on: 22 September 2016

  • European Day of Languages Competition 2016 goes live

    Network for Languages North East and the North Leadership Centre have partnered once again with the Association for Language Learning and Routes into Languages North East to run the European Day of Languages competition for schools and further education colleges.

    published on: 21 September 2016

  • Rethinking a National Curriculum and finding space for the local

    On 14 July 2016, the Prime Minister Theresa May announced her new Cabinet, following a significant reshuffle and re-structure of Government. In this context, researchers from all over Newcastle University express their thoughts on the challenges..

    published on: 20 September 2016

  • Sugata on why we need a turnaround in our education system (in Spanish)

    and how the SOLE method fits into that (in Spanish). He's just been in Spain to help bring SOLE into schools in Madrid.

    published on: 19 September 2016

  • EVENT: CfLaT Showcase 2016

    Themes of: Social justice; Innovative research methodologies; Professional development, leadership & learning; Innovative pedagogy and curriculum; Learning spaces; Teaching and learning in HE.

    published on: 15 September 2016

  • The One Show (BBC One)

    The One Show revisits 'Granny Cloud' volunteer Jackie Barrow four years on from her trip to Pune, India.

    published on: 11 September 2016

  • The Speech Therapy Society has won an RCSLT Giving Voice Award

    EXCITING NEWS: The Speech Therapy Society has won an RCSLT Giving Voice Award for our efforts in the last academic year! 

    published on: 9 September 2016

  • From private conversations to public dialogue reflections on a European research workshop

    Picture the scene; it was a sunny August Friday afternoon on the last day of a four day European conference in Dublin. We found our session venue and we organised ourselves and our resources for our workshop.

    published on: 31 August 2016

  • Africa overlooks 'slum superstars'

    Talented children from poor families with illiterate parents are often overlooked in developing countries, as no-one believes they can be gifted – wasting a potentially enormous contribution to economic growth and development.

    published on: 25 August 2016

  • Tim Morris Award

    In 2012 CfBT Education Trust (now Education Development Trust) launched the Tim Morris Award in order to provide a one-off grant of £2,000 to a PhD/MPhil student in the field of education in a developing context.

    published on: 22 August 2016

  • EVENT: Setting a course for life chances: a new direction

    This event discusses how researchers can influence policy by considering life chances across the lifecourse.

    published on: 18 August 2016

  • Dr Alina Schartner receives prestigious award in Bangkok

    Alina Schartner has been awarded the highly prestigious James J. Bradac Prize, which is awarded biannually by the International Association of Language & Social Psychology, and recognises early career excellence in the field of language and social psychology by a scholar.

    published on: 9 August 2016

  • Festival of Learning Nomination

    ESRC Impact IAA project, SOLE and Self Advocacy for Communities of Adults with Diverse Needs has been nominated for a 2016 Festival of Learning Award.

    published on: 1 August 2016

  • Appointments

    The Applied Linguistics & Communication section are delighted to announce the appointment of three new members of staff, set to join us some time in the autumn.

    published on: 30 July 2016

  • 23rd Annual Meeting of Society for Scientific Studies of Reading (SSSR)

    I was given the excellent opportunity to present a poster at the 23rd Annual Meeting of Society for Scientific Studies of Reading (SSSR)

    published on: 29 July 2016

  • Congratulations

    Alina Schartner has been awarded the highly prestigious James J. Bradac Prize, which is awarded biannually by the International Association of Language & Social Psychology.

    published on: 27 July 2016

  • Aspiring leaders understanding their ‘selves’ and/in social contexts

    This blog post follows up my initial thoughts concerning opportunities for change in August 2015. At that time, the opportunities in question related to the forthcoming review of National Professional Qualification programmes for Middle Leadership (NPQML), Senior Leadership (NPQSL) and Headship (NPQH) in England.  

    published on: 25 July 2016

  • Learning outdoors in school grounds

    Perhaps it’s the onset of summer weather, or the fact that the school term feels different after the exams and tests are over, but whatever the reason there has been a renewed interest in learning outdoors recently, as illustrated by a recent Guardian feature. 

    published on: 22 July 2016

  • InForm Conference 2016: Working with words – Supporting understanding of discipline-specific vocabulary in IFPs

    On 16 July 2016 I attended the annual InForm conference, which took place at Durham University. InForm is a publication edited by staff from the University of Reading that provides a research forum for HE professionals working on international foundation programmes.

    published on: 20 July 2016

  • UK teacher writes in defence of 'evidence' for SOLE

    In response to your article 'Sugata Mitra - the professor with his head in the cloud'Guardian (7th June 2016)

    published on: 18 July 2016

  • Self-Reflection - LILA '16

    I did present at LILA '16 / 3rd International Linguistics and Language Studies Conference which was held at Istanbul, Turkey on JUNE 24-25, 2016.

    published on: 15 July 2016

  • Simple measures can poverty proof the school day for pupils

    A scheme to help disadvantaged pupils has been shown to increase attendance and attainment in schools.

    published on: 14 July 2016

  • ALC PhD students present their research at ‘Sociolinguistics Symposium 21’ in Murcia, Spain.

    Last June, I visited University of Murcia in Murcia, Spain to present my analysis in the conference, “Sociolinguistics Symposium 21”.

    published on: 13 July 2016

  • The EUROSOLE project - sparking creativity and discovery through Big Questions across Europe

    EUROSOLE offers a targeted response to the strategic objectives of national education systems in the UK and European level cooperation in the area of reducing and tacking early school leaving. 

    published on: 11 July 2016

  • Strong ALC presence at the 15th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology

    Applied Linguistics and Communication @ Newcastle was represented by two staff members and two PhD students at the 15th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP) which was held from 22-25 June at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok, Thailand.

    published on: 5 July 2016

  • Congratulation to PhD student Kazuki Hata

    A huge congratulation to Applied Linguistics and Communication PhD student Kazuki Hata, who has had a paper published in the internationally-renowned Journal of Pragmatics!

    published on: 30 June 2016

  • NETSP celebration event

    On Monday 27th June 2016 Newcastle University welcomed a number of successful graduates from the National Professional Qualifications. Newcastle University is one of the partners in the North East Teaching Schools Partnership (NETSP).

    published on: 29 June 2016

  • Applied Linguistics & Communication blog: Sociolinguistics Summer School 7 (SSS7)

    Sociolinguistics Summer School 7 (SSS7) at Universite Lumiere Lyon 2 in France that I attended in June 2016, turned out to be a very welcoming place for postgraduate students to showcase and share their research. 

    published on: 29 June 2016

  • EDUCATION BLOG: BREXIT – initial thoughts on effects on our schools

    Alea iacta est, the die is cast! With 5am last Friday morning it was obvious that a majority (51.9%) of the UK electorate had voted for BREXIT. 

    published on: 28 June 2016

  • Free downloadable resource: NEW CfLaT publication on teacher coaching

    Dr Rachel Lofthouse has collated her recent blog posts on professional development and leadership through teacher coaching into a new CfLaT think-pieces publication.

    published on: 27 June 2016

  • CERA-UK Conference 2016

    From 24 June to 25 June 2016, I attended an annual conference held by Institute of Education, UCL, called CERA-UK Conference 2016, and presented the draft findings of my doctoral research in Session D – Higher Educational issues. 

    published on: 25 June 2016

  • Cross Cultural Communication Online Chat

    Dr Adam Brandt, Degree Programme Director for our MA degrees in Cross Cultural Communication, will answer your questions about studying Cross Cultural Communication at Newcastle University.

    published on: 24 June 2016

  • SOLE Central News: Words of wisdom from education's top TED talk speakers

    Professor Sugata Mitra’s speech (2.3 million views) is featured among the TED talks that had the greatest impact on education

    published on: 23 June 2016

  • Education: International Perspectives Online Chat

    Dr Hanneke Jones, Degree Programme Director for our MA in Education: International Perspectives, will answer your questions about studying the degree at Newcastle University.

    published on: 21 June 2016

  • International Development and Education Online Chat

    Professor Pauline Dixon, Degree Programme Director for our MA in International Development and Education, will answer your questions about studying International Development at Newcastle University.

    published on: 20 June 2016

  • Celebrating Success - Secondary PGCE

    Not only did we celebrate their achievements on Friday, but we said goodbye this year's Secondary PGCE students. We would like to wish them all the best for the future

    published on: 20 June 2016

  • EVENT: UK-Japan Symposium on Intercultural Communication & International Universities

    ALC staff members Adam Brandt and Chris Leyland are organising an international symposium to take place here at Newcastle University in early September!

    published on: 18 June 2016

  • Education blog: The Case for a Community Curriculum Making

    Picture the scene, it is Monday afternoon and twenty 14 year olds are listening with rapt attention to a group of elderly men and women.  Some are writing furiously while others are using their mobile phones to record what is being said.  Back at school with the guidance of their teacher the students will spend the week crafting beautiful stories. The spelling and punctuation will be accurate, the presentation stunning. 

    published on: 17 June 2016

  • EVENT: The impact of poverty on education – New evidence on an old problem

    An event hosted by Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal in conjunction with Children North East and Schools North East, exploring the impact of poverty on education from a number of perspectives and launching an evaluation of the ‘Poverty Proofing the School Day’ initiative.

    published on: 16 June 2016

  • EVENT: Comparing Parent-Reported and Directly-Observed Child Language and Parenting Behaviours

    Parent-report and direct observational measures are frequently used to assess child outcomes and evaluate intervention success, although it is unclear whether these methods are interchangeable. 

    published on: 14 June 2016

  • SOLE can change a child’s world

    One of the brilliant things about SOLE is the fact that, with just an internet connection, a few computers, a bunch of children and a bit of guidance, anyone can do it. And that’s what we love about it.

    published on: 10 June 2016

  • A feature of Professor Sugata Mitra

    Discussing his concept of self-organised learning environments (SOLEs).

    published on: 7 June 2016

  • Education blog: Whole-class I-R-F: Confronting the ‘Pseudo-differentiation’ Issue

    The practice of ‘differentiation’ in a whole-class setting is an established concept and regarded as being an essential feature of effective pedagogy. As Kerry (2002, p.82) points out:

    published on: 4 June 2016

  • NETA Support Assistant

    The North East Trust for Aphasia, within the School of Education, Communication & Language Sciences, is looking for an enthusiastic person to work in the NETA Aphasia Support Centre, an initiative that allows people with aphasia and their partners to meet and attend a range of group activities.

    published on: 3 June 2016

  • Education blog: My journey to India

    The experience I had with ‘The Future of Learning’ module with Professor Mitra and Dr Stanfield instigated my enthusiasm to conduct my educational research around the Self Organised Learning Environment approach. This stimulated my visit to India as I wanted to see how the Self- Organised Learning Environment approach works in a developing country context where the availability of qualified teachers and quality education continues to be a problem

    published on: 3 June 2016

  • North Leadership Centre at Newcastle University and Siemens launch new partnership

    On Tuesday 24th May the North Leadership Centre at Newcastle University invited over 60 middle and senior managers from Siemens Power Generation to a launch event for a new bespoke leadership development programme.

    published on: 2 June 2016

  • Major Refurbishment

    Newcastle University is investing in the Speech and Language Sciences Campus Clinics with a major refurbishment that will take place over the summer.

    published on: 1 June 2016

  • EVENT: Community Curriculum

    A free event for those of you who believe in a rounded and fair education for young people in the 21st century

    published on: 27 May 2016

  • Education blog: Power to the People; Can Teacher Coaching be viewed as a form of Transformational Leadership?

    There is something both alluring and disquieting about theories which can be summed up as a catchy combination of letters and numbers. They create a hook, something which we can engage with, may recall more readily and perhaps therefore start to exploit in our busy professional lives.

    published on: 26 May 2016

  • Bringing the EU into focus

    The Herschel Building’s new learning lab held its first public event last weekend with a workshop around the theme of ‘If not for EU’ (with apologies to Bob Dylan!)

    published on: 24 May 2016

  • CfLaT Newsletter - Issues 24

    The latest issue of our CfLaT Newsletter has arrived! 

    published on: 20 May 2016

  • Education blog: An experience of a lifetime: a self-reflective journey to India

    Coming to the end of my undergraduate studies in 2015 I had an open mind about where I wanted to go. Was it into a job? Was it further studies? The truth is I didn’t know. Looking at further study I knew I had to choose a course that would challenge me because I have the habit of staying within my comfort zone. 

    published on: 18 May 2016

  • Workshop invitation: ‘If not for EU’

    The EUROSOLE project led by SOLE Central at Newcastle University in collaboration with the Workers’ Educational Association North East invite staff and students to a free workshop taking place this Saturday 21st May.

    published on: 17 May 2016

  • NETA Pedometer Challenge

    This is the second pedometer challenge after a very successful event in 2015. The aim is to promote getting fitter and healthier, while raising money for NETA and having fun with friends and colleagues. 

    published on: 16 May 2016

  • Questioning professional learning

    There are so many devilish temptations when offered an open brief for an educational blog post in May 2016.  I could try to right some policy wrongs, perhaps by offering a critique of the hastily written and ill-informed White Paper. I could propose a more lucid and coherent approach for organising teacher training because, from where I am standing, it couldn’t get much more chaotic.

    published on: 14 May 2016

  • Steve Humble with his MBE!


    published on: 13 May 2016

  • Education Blog: The Three Doctors

    According to Wikipedia ‘The Three Doctors’ is the first serial of the tenth season of Doctor Who, first broadcast from 30 December 1972 to 20 January 1973. It featured the first three Doctors which made it the first Doctor Who story in which an earlier incarnation of the Doctor returns to the show.’

    published on: 11 May 2016

  • International Partnership: Baoding Education Bureau and Newcastle University

    During the last week, Dr Anna Reid (Deputy Director of the North Leadership Centre) and René Koglbauer (Acting Head of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Director of North Leadership Centre) followed an invitation to Hebei Province to explore potential collaborations between the school and various education institutions in the Hebei Province (South of Beijing) and in Anshan (North East China).

    published on: 9 May 2016

  • Congratulations to Dr Ghada Khattab

    Research Supervisor of the Year 2016

    published on: 6 May 2016

  • Job Vacancy: Head of the School of Education, Communication & Language Sciences

    Our vision is of Newcastle as a civic university with a global reputation for academic excellence. Achieving this vision requires leadership - the ability to bring out the best in others, to promote lasting changes, and to set standards in research, teaching, and engagement that are second to none.  

    published on: 6 May 2016

  • Job Vacancy: Senior Lecturer/Lecturer/Teaching Fellow in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (2 posts)

    You will be expected to make a major contribution to teaching, scholarship, research, research supervision and administration of the Section and School. We are especially interested in applications from candidates who are able to take on a leadership role in helping us to develop our MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

    published on: 5 May 2016

  • Job Vacancy: Lecturer in Education, specialising in Research Methods

    The School of Education, Communication & Language Sciences is looking to appoint a Lecturer in Education, specialising in Research Methods. Recent strategic investment in staffing in all subject areas across the School is a contribution to meeting the school's ambitious teaching, research, impact and engagement strategy. You will be playing a key role in helping us to reach our goals.

    published on: 5 May 2016

  • Job Vacancy: Lecturer in Education (T&S)

    The School of Education, Communication & Language Sciences is looking to appoint an individual who can make a significant contribution to teaching combined academic and professional programmes, which are focused on initial and continuing teacher education. 

    published on: 4 May 2016

  • Gifted children in Africa’s urban slums are a precious and untapped resource

    We all know that it doesn’t matter whether you’re rich or poor. You can still be gifted. Opportunity is the key. Throughopportunity you can overcome difficulty and reach your full potential. But is this true in the developing world?

    published on: 4 May 2016

  • Using visual methods to help us move from researching on to researching with

    My recently completed PhD (Clark, 2015) explored my 23-year long (meandering) academic journey through participatory research. I have always been interested in how we can do research differently by working in a more co-productive way. 

    published on: 3 May 2016

  • Job Vacancy: Lecturer in Speech and Language Sciences

    The School of Education, Communication & Language Sciences is looking to appoint a Lecturer in Speech and Language Sciences. Recent strategic investment in staffing in all subject areas across the School is a contribution to meeting the school's ambitious teaching, research, impact and engagement strategy.

    published on: 2 May 2016

  • Dr Pauline Dixon comments on her gifted and talented research in Tanzania

    Featured in the ESRC magazine.

    published on: 1 May 2016

  • Self Advocacy SOLE Toolkit

    The toolkit was designed to empower adults with diverse needs to better participate in their own representation through Self Organised Learning Environments (SOLE). It is developed from the premise that adults with diverse needs shouldn’t be excluded from experimenting with and experiencing innovations in teaching and learning approaches with technology, particularly those which involve minimal intervention from teachers through self-organised learning.

    published on: 28 April 2016

  • Dr Simon Gibbs discusses his thoughts on the purpose of education

    The UK is a divided society and many current educational systems maintain inequality and rivalry. Intergroup tensions underpin international conflict. Instead of prioritising competition and achievement, should cooperation and understanding be at the heart of education?

    published on: 28 April 2016

  • Top 10 in the UK for..

    Speech and Language Sciences.

    published on: 27 April 2016

  • Who said teaching wasn't fun?

    Our Primary PGCE students enjoyed their D&T session on Friday!

    published on: 26 April 2016

  • 20 years at ECLS

    Professor David Howard awarded a certificate for 20 years at ECLS by Acting Head of School, René Koglbauer

    published on: 26 April 2016

  • The Education Endowment Foundation

    The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)  was set up in the last few years in the UK to fund randomised controlled trials of intervention to tackle the “attainment gap” – that is the gap between children with and without socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

    published on: 25 April 2016

  • A number of Job Vacancies are coming up..

    Job vacancies include Lecturer in speech and language sciences and Lecturer in Education.

    published on: 25 April 2016

  • Scholarships: Part-time courses

    The scholarships for NEW ENTRANTS to part-time courses in 2016-17 (Sept/Jan start) will be:

    published on: 23 April 2016

  • Newcastle University Speech Therapy Society’s Giving Voice Campaign (13th-15th April 2016)

    In 2010, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists started a campaign, Giving Voice, to raise awareness of the importance of Speech and Language Therapy (SLT). 2.5 million people in the UK have Speech, Language and Communication Needs, yet it is still a little-known about profession amongst the general public

    published on: 22 April 2016

  • Reflections on the Internationalisation seminar with the Pontificia Catolica Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS, 4th April 2016)

    My undergraduate degree in Spanish with French, here at Newcastle University included an element of Latin American literature and linguistics, and more recently I have come to understand this part of the world through hobbies and friendships with Latin American anthropologists in Newcastle and cultural events organised byVamos. 

    published on: 21 April 2016

  • Out Of School Activities and the Education Gap

    A report from the Out Of School Activities and the Education Gap study has been published this morning, providing evidence that after-school activities can improve children’s academic performance and social skills.

    published on: 20 April 2016

  • First Year Fest

    Are you a first year student studying at Newcastle University?

    published on: 20 April 2016

  • Disruptive thinking from an international perspective on education… in the midst of a learning journey in the UAE

    This blog is written by a Secondary PGCE and M.Ed in Practitioner Inquiry alumni whose career pathway has taken him from North East England to the United Arab Emirates.

    published on: 19 April 2016

  • NETA Pedometer Challenge 2016

    This is our second pedometer challenge after we ran a very successful event in 2015. The aim is to promote getting fitter and healthier, while raising money for NETA and having fun with friends and colleagues.

    published on: 18 April 2016

  • KGVI building as the centre point of Newcastle according to google.

    Our School really is the epicentre

    published on: 17 April 2016

  • Giving Voice Campaign

    A team from speech therapy degree are running numerous events this week. To show what it's like for people who can't talk or swallow.

    published on: 12 April 2016

  • ‘Intercultural Communication and Engineering Education’ – ALC research trip to Tokyo

    Narrowly missing the cherry blossom season, Tony Young, Alina Schartner and Adam Brandt visited the University of Tokyo in March.

    published on: 11 April 2016

  • Back to the blog SOLE inspires teenager to follow her dreams

    Gouri Ajay Chindarkar was one of the first children in India to experience SOLE, in her village in Maharashtra. Seven years later, she’s studying for a degree in Computer Engineering at Mumbai University.

    published on: 8 April 2016

  • BAAP Conference 2016 (Yiling Chen)

    Yiling Chen is an IPhD Phonetics and Phonology student who has kindly written a short account about her recent visit to BAAP.

    published on: 5 April 2016

  • How to research critical conversations in educational leadership?

    This event is being jointly organised by the BERA Leadership and Management in Education SIG, BERA Research Methodology SIG and BELMAS. This event creates a space for leadership stories to be told and leadership issues to be raised, linked to accounts of different methodological approaches used to examine such accounts.

    published on: 4 April 2016

  • NUSU Announces TEAs Shortlist

    After only announcing our schools nominees last week, the Students' Union have finally announced what academics, support staff, and supervisors have made the shortlist.

    published on: 1 April 2016

  • More news on publications by the ALC team members..

    Special issue in the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, co-edited by Tony Young and Alina Schartner 

    published on: 31 March 2016

  • There was a science question they couldn't answer - so they turned to the Internet for help..

    Some people think what happens in a SOLE is a little bit magic; they might well be right. But if you happen to drop by the Chandrakona lab lately, magic is exactly what you’ll see.

    published on: 31 March 2016

  • Seminar on the Internationalisation of higher education: perspectives from Brazil and the UK

    The seminar will be led by Sue Robson and Alina Schartner from the Teaching and Learning in HE Research Group in ECLS, and Professor Marilia Morosini and colleagues from PUCRS.

    published on: 30 March 2016

  • PhD News!

    Drum roll please..

    published on: 28 March 2016

  • New awarded funds for Dr Simon Gibbs

    Simon Gibbs has been awarded £10k and £4k

    published on: 27 March 2016

  • Dr Rachel Lofthouse has been awarded £4,000 in research funding

    The purpose of this research is to test the value of a new ‘a practice development led model for individual professional learning and institutional growth’.

    published on: 25 March 2016

  • Inspiring future community leaders through SOLE

    You’d imagine trying to get 1,000 high school students engaged in the same activity at the same time would be challenge enough. But not for Jeff McCellan: he decided to add a little extra chaos to the mix by making it a SOLE (self organised learning environment) as well.

    published on: 24 March 2016

  • From Newcastle to Sydney

    This blog is written by a Secondary PGCE Geography alumni whose career pathway has taken him from North East England to Sydney, Australia.  Here is reflects on his current work to support teachers to make sense of the puzzle in their practices and how this has its roots in his work on the Newcastle University PGCE programme.

    published on: 23 March 2016

  • Congratulate Dr Abdullah Alenezi

    We would like to congratulate Dr Abdullah Alenezi for a successful viva and PhD. His thesis was supervised by Dr Peter Sercombe so we extend our congratulations to him as well.The best of luck to Dr Alenezi in his future academic endeavours!

    published on: 21 March 2016

  • #pedagogybingo

    Let’s say you have the chance to design a University module on learning and teaching; which terms, pedagogues, theories would you include as part of the content? What would your ideal reading list look like? Would you focus on things like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, would you try to include some e-learning, or would you go as far as includinganarcho pedagogy?

    published on: 21 March 2016

  • Congratulations..

    to all ECLS colleagues being nominated for this year’s Teaching Excellence Awards by students: 

    published on: 21 March 2016

  • British Academy Rising Stars Engagement Award

    Congratulations to Pam Woolner and Helen Burns for securing this award focusing on Art and SOLE. Art and SOLE brings together Early Career Researchers and a range of Education Professionals in a developmental programme uniting art-based and technology enhanced pedagogies.

    published on: 21 March 2016

  • Presentations from Visiting Academics:

    James Law is hosting the following visitors over the coming weeks. These visitors will be presenting on their current work on interventions for children with language impairment. Please see the attached flyer for more details on the presentations. 

    published on: 17 March 2016

  • School in the Cloud: Korakati: where learning happens against the odds

    Korakati is well off any popular tourist trail: to get there you have to spend many hours on the road, take a boat up the Ganges and finally, a very bumpy van rickshaw up a dusty track passing huts, chickens and children along the way.

    published on: 17 March 2016

  • In conversation with Sugata Mitra

    Four youtube videos interviewing Dr Sugata Mitra on Educational Technology

    published on: 17 March 2016

  • Comment: Why '7' is the luckiest number

    Writing for The Conversation, Steve Humble explores the lucky number of so many people.

    published on: 15 March 2016

  • The Elephant in the Room: Can Learning Happen Anywhere or Does the Space Matter?

    North East Policy Network Event – The Elephant in the Room: Can Learning Happen Anywhere or Does the Space Matter?

    published on: 11 March 2016

  • BERA blog: Teacher peer coaching; a story of trust, agency and enablers

    This blog is a good news story in terms of teacher collaboration from The Hermitage Academy, a North-East Teaching School. The Academy has deliberately and steadily built a culture of teacher collaboration.

    published on: 10 March 2016

  • Thinking about the purpose of education

    Recently the UK Government’s Education Select Committee opened an inquiry into the purpose and quality of education in England. Evidence was invited and all 167 written contributions are now published on their website. 

    published on: 9 March 2016

  • René Koglbauer, Acting Head of School, on Curriculum changes in Languages

    While the country discusses its position within Europe and the European Union, Ofqual published its latest accreditation update.

    published on: 8 March 2016

  • ALL Connect in the North-East: Free CPD events for Language teachers in the NE region!

    A collaboration between Newcastle University (School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences), Network for Languages North-East and ALL (Association for Language Learning) NE, ALL Connect is the regional element of a CPD project for teachers of Languages in key stages 2 and 3, hosted nationally by ALL and funded by DfE.

    published on: 8 March 2016

  • April 26th 2016: Newcastle University is hosting joint BERA and BELMAS event; How to research critical conversations in educational leadership

    Newcastle University is hosting joint BERA and BELMAS event on April 26th in which we will ask the question; How to research critical conversations in educational leadership?

    published on: 4 March 2016

  • Black and white day

    Each year staff wear black and white in memory of Katy Doyle on her birthday.

    published on: 3 March 2016

  • A space for learning: developing interdisciplinary understandings to improve school premises

    Inter-disciplinary seminar and panel discussion

    published on: 27 February 2016

  • A new direction for gifted education studies?

    Research on ‘giftedness’ and ‘gifted education’ often feels like a marginalised endeavour, one which is quite rightly viewed by many as elitist.

    published on: 25 February 2016

  • ALC Research Companion

    Want to write an award-winning dissertation? Need more information about Research File 2

    published on: 22 February 2016

  • Dissertation Prize 2014/15

    Scott Windeatt giving Hanna Sliashynskaya her prize for winning the MA Applied Linguistics & TESOL Dissertation Prize 2014/15. 

    published on: 17 February 2016

  • The Evidence Based Practice Revolution is coming to a School near You

    In winding up its endowment, the Northern Rock Foundation wanted to see a legacy of benefit to the North East. One of the objectives identified was improving literacy in primary and closing the attainment gap seen for disadvantaged children. For the North East, the big issue is the amount of disadvantage, with 39% of all children eligible for free school meals, much greater than the national average. So the attainment gap is depressing the life chances of a large swathe of the region’s children.

    published on: 16 February 2016

  • ‘Teaching maths for mastery in ITE: Raise the water, raise the boats’

    In December staff from ITE providers gathered in London for the ‘Teaching Mathematics for Mastery’ conference, jointly organised by the Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET), the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT).

    published on: 15 February 2016

  • Secondary PGCE and School Direct students round up their half term with assessed presentations on their school-based experiences of using lesson study to develop subject-specific approaches for teaching thinking

    Upon first hearing of the words 'lesson' and 'study' in the same sentence, I was puzzled. I was to be studying another trainee teacher's lesson? Wasn't I supposed to be teaching lessons?

    published on: 12 February 2016

  • A new appointment in the ALC team: Dr Sandra Morales!

    Applied Linguistics & Communication are delighted to welcome Dr Sandra Morales to the team!

    published on: 4 February 2016

  • CfLaT Newsletter

    January 2016

    published on: 2 February 2016

  • PhD viva success for Aki Siegel

    We are delighted to announce that Aki Siegel (Rikkyo University) successfully passed her PhD viva last week with (very) minor corrections!

    published on: 31 January 2016

  • SOLE meets Self-Advocacy at the Workers Educational Association

    Could teaching ever be obsolete? Can we learn by looking at a Google page? These are just some of the big questions proposed over the years by Newcastle University Professor, Sugata Mitra

    published on: 25 January 2016

  • Alina Schartner: The international student experience

    The ‘international student experience’ is of increasing interest to researchers, educators and policy-makers alike. Social connectedness has been found to be key to the quality of this experience, both in terms of student wellbeing and adjustment to new academic and sociocultural environments.

    published on: 21 January 2016

  • Professor David Leat experiences media debate & wildlife in Singapore.

    In early December 2015, I travelled to Singapore for a 3 day visit to appear in a TV panel discussion on the Future of Learning, recorded by Channel NewsAsia for transmission in January.

    published on: 15 January 2016

  • ALC staff visit Thailand for workshop on internationalisation of HE

    From 6–9 January 2016, Tony Young, Steve Walsh and Alina Schartnertook part in a Researcher Links workshop on the Internationalisation of Higher Education in Bangkok, Thailand.    

    published on: 14 January 2016

  • The Future of Learning Debate

    How do we equip today’s students with the skills required by the employers of tomorrow? This is one of the big questions that one of our most senior academics debated with leaders from industry and government on Channel NewsAsia.

    published on: 13 January 2016

  • European Day of Languages Competition 2015 – The Winners

    This annual competition for schools in the North East is coordinated by the Association for Language Learning North East, Network for Languages North East, Routes into Languages North East and the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University. The competition has over the years been generously supported by Crossroads Languages and Europe Direct North East England. 

    published on: 7 January 2016

  • Steve Humble MBE

    Congratulations to Steve Humble, who has received an MBE for his services to education. 

    published on: 4 January 2016

  • Strokes of the Brush North East Trust for Aphasia (NETA) Travelling Art Show

    The NETA Travelling Art Show took an exhibition to nine venues across the North East region from June to November 2015, targeting areas where stroke disease is more prevalent.  

    published on: 21 December 2015

  • Sara Wood – winner of The 2015 Marie Butterworth Prize

    Every year we present the Marie Butterworth Prize for Excellence in Practitioner Enquiry to a student who has completed one of our M.Ed in Practitioner Enquiry programmes. 

    published on: 18 December 2015

  • Regional Kazakhstani Directors of Education in Newcastle

    published on: 12 December 2015

  • Rachel Lofthouse to host BELMAS twitter chat: 'Do coaches and mentors make successful educational leaders?'

    published on: 10 December 2015

  • Developing educational practices in Kazakhstan – learning from a study visit

    During December 2015 a fourth cohort of academic colleagues from universities across Kazakhstan undertook a study visit to Newcastle University.

    published on: 4 December 2015

  • Sophie Chalmers Summer Placement Report

    Undertaking an undergraduate research scholarship: A service evaluation of the Sure Steps to Talking questionnaire

    published on: 2 December 2015

  • Celebrating ECLS international high achieving students

    On Wednesday, 25th November 2015, Prof Dixon, Prof Seedhouse, Dr Leyland, Mr Windeatt and Dr Lin joined actinghead of school, René Koglbauer, celebrating students from the school of Education, Communication and Language Sciences.

    published on: 26 November 2015

  • New Education blog:

    Authentic Professional Learning in the school workplace. A Leadership Perspective.

    published on: 24 November 2015

  • On Assignment, ITV News

    On Tuesday night, ITV report on Alok Jha visiting Professor Mitra's School in the Cloud in Delhi where children are set problems to solve using the Internet.

    published on: 23 November 2015

  • Going beyond the information given

    During November 2015, twenty-five academic colleagues from universities across Kazakhstan undertook a study visit to Newcastle University.  The visit was hosted and facilitated by staff from ECLS and managed through the North Leadership Centre. 

    published on: 21 November 2015

  • A false hope or the way forward? Can teacher peer coaching provide an alternative development discourse to performativity?

    On Saturday 28th November Rachel Lofthouse will lead a workshop at the International Professional Development Association annual conference..

    published on: 20 November 2015

  • Making the Link - Rachel Lofthouse contributes to Optimus Education's new whitepaper

    In August 2015 Rachel Lofthouse was a contributor to panel discussion hosted by Optimus Education on evidence-based teaching.

    published on: 18 November 2015

  • Reflection from the SEND Conference

    Abi Henry, Mathematics School Direct PGCE trainee, reflects on our recent SEND Conference.

    published on: 10 November 2015

  • 20% Alumni Discount

    for Newcastle University graduates applying for the PGCE Primary and PGCE Secondary programmes.

    published on: 29 October 2015

  • EUROSOLE offers chance to 'rethink education'

    A major EU research project will look at whether putting young people in charge of their own learning could encourage them to stay in education longer.

    published on: 28 October 2015

  • Growth of private tuition tells story of mounting pressure on parents

    Remember the media interest (The Mail, TES, Guardian, BBC) a few weeks ago on our Nuffield funded research that reported a high take-up of private tuition? We now tell our own story! Please tweet! And please add a comment to the blog to start a conversation.

    published on: 21 October 2015

  • The education of the heart

    Tran talks about his work experience as a part-time Head of English at KOTO Vocational Training Center, Vietnam,

    published on: 20 October 2015

  • Behaviour Conference Reflection

    Plato said that “all learning has an emotional base” suggesting that behaviour puts a student’s feelings on display, so teachers need to know exactly what to say to enable students to process the information and get on with it.

    published on: 19 October 2015

  • Peter Sercombe research grant for project on language and perceptions

    Peter Sercombe is a recent successful co-applicant to the Bank of Sweden’s Tercentenary Foundation for a grant of around  €1.25 million..

    published on: 18 October 2015

  • It takes a village to raise a SOLE

    SOLE NYC in Harlem has got its work cut out. Simply introducing the concept of self organised learning is a challenge in most schools, but at John B. Russwurm PS 197M they will also be using it to engage particularly hard-to-reach students.

    published on: 17 October 2015

  • Call Open: Studentships in Social Sciences - North East Doctoral Training Centre (NEDTC)

    The call for ESRC North East Doctoral Training Centre (NEDTC) studentships in social sciences is now open. This is a hugely popular competition so early engagement with the School and with prospective supervisors is strongly advised. 

    published on: 15 October 2015

  • Opening up a discussion: Do coaches and mentors make successful educational leaders?

    In October 2015, I was fortunate to be able to lead a discussion session at the first ever WomenEd unconference.  WomenEd is a grassroots movement which connects existing and aspiring leaders in education.

    published on: 14 October 2015

  • Applied Linguistics Seminar Series starts again next week!

    Applied Linguistics Seminar Series lectures talks always take place on Tuesday at 4-5pm. All staff and students are welcome to attend!

    published on: 9 October 2015

  • Paul Seedhouse leads ‘Video-Enhanced Observation’ project, funded by EU

    A team of researchers, led by Paul Seedhouse, has recently been awarded €270K from the ‘Erasmus Plus KA2 Strategic Partnerships for School Education grant’. 

    published on: 8 October 2015

  • Dr Rachel Lofthouse has contributed to the SEND regional conference

    This was organised by Percy Hedley, Epinay, Sunningdale and The Dales - the four special needs Teaching Schools in the North East.

    published on: 7 November 2016

  • Education Blog: “I’ll get by with a little help from my friends”

    Learning from the past to understand the significance of opportunities for collaborative teacher learning in ITE. This blog post is drawn from part of a key note that I gave at the UCET (University Council for the Education of Teachers) Annual Conference in November 2016.

    published on: 8 November 2016

  • Education Blog: Pedagogic research methods: An analysis of the methodological traditions in the UK and Netherlands

    This study was inspired as a response to an Erasmus Mobility Grant to the Netherlands. Anecdotal conversations with colleagues there led to a discussion about the different approaches being taken in conducting pedagogical research in the UK and the Netherlands

    published on: 11 November 2016

  • Education Blog: “I’ll get by with a little help from my friends” (part 2)

    A different type of ‘safe space’; creating collaborative learning experiences for PGCE students. Over the last few months there has been considerable debate regarding the establishment of ‘safe-space’ on university campuses around the world, with the anxiety expressed that they act to shut down free speech.

    published on: 14 November 2016

  • School wasn't like this in my day - see inside Kenton School's futuristic new classrooms

    Professor Sugata Mitra from Newcastle University officially opens the new Accelerated Learning Centre at Kenton School.

    published on: 16 November 2016

  • Travelling to the UK from Kazakhstan: learning from a study visit

    During November 2016 a fifth cohort of academic colleagues from universities across Kazakhstan took part in the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education programme at Newcastle University.

    published on: 21 November 2016

  • Computers, not classes

    Professor Mitra recently opened the ninth Self Organized Learning Environment (SOLE) research lab (a tiny 15-feet cube of a room) in West Bengal.

    published on: 29 November 2016

  • Global SOLE Event

    Become part of our Biggest Ever Big Question on Martin Luther King Day 2017 (16th January 2017)

    published on: 5 January 2017

  • TEAs Shortlist 2017 Revealed!

    Congratulations to Dr Carol Moxam on being nominated for Outstanding Contribution to Pastoral Support

    published on: 31 March 2017

  • Demographics, short-term memory, and aphasia: Insights from the Aphasia Bank

    A task that is routinely used by different clinicians (speech & language therapists, psychologists, neurologists) to evaluate the ability of adults with aphasia (the language deficit often associated with stroke) to remember spoken information for a brief period of time is the so-called word-span task.

    published on: 6 April 2017

  • TED Talk Meets Global Education: Keeping Your Kid’s Head in the Clouds

    Dr. Rod Berger, Contributor at the Huffington Post sat down with Dr Sugata Mitra

    published on: 28 March 2017

  • Entrepreneurial Competences for School Leadership Teams

    Sue Robson, Rene Koglbauer, Ulrike Thomas and Anna Reid from CfLAT and North Leadership Centre, Newcastle University, led an Erasmus+ project ‘Entrepreneurial Competences for School Leadership Teams’ (2014-2016).

    published on: 18 April 2017

  • Mentoring in schools - a European blog and a new MOOC

    Rachel Lofthouse was recently invited to write a blog for European School Gateway on Improving Mentoring Practices through Collaborative Conversations

    published on: 4 May 2017

  • Spotlight on Sugata

    published on: 26 March 2018

  • Simple measures can poverty proof the school day for pupils

    published on: 15 May 2018

  • OBE for services to Speech and Language Therapy Professor James Law

    published on: 12 June 2018

  • Mental health chosen as National Education Union campaign

    Judges select mental health campaign the winner of NEU Ideas competition

    published on: 26 July 2018

  • NQTs buzzing with great ideas

    Newly Qualified Teachers find out more about campaigning Union

    published on: 26 July 2018

  • Speech and Language Society recognised for their outstanding contributions

    published on: 8 October 2018

  • Film explores the future of education

    The School in the Cloud documentary follows Newcastle University educationalist Professor Sugata Mitra on his quest to turn education on its head.

    published on: 9 October 2018