Our Sponsor: University of Brighton

The University of Brighton is the sponsor of the University of Brighton Academies Trust. Close connection with the university allows us to draw on the expertise of its education experts and external contacts – something that greatly benefits our academies and their pupils.

What is an academy sponsor?

An academy sponsor is an organisation that has received approval from the Department for Education to support a group of academies.

Sponsors work with the academies they support through an academy trust – a charitable company that runs the group of academies.

An ideal partner

The University of Brighton is a leading provider of higher education in the south east. It has 21,000 students, 2,600 staff on five campuses across Sussex and runs 500 undergraduate and postgraduate courses including teacher training, medicine, mathematics, computing, engineering and fashion.

As a civic university, its mission is to help build successful communities. It has a strong commitment to the region.

Its School of Education has been educating teachers for more than 100 years, and has an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted for all of its early years, primary and secondary teacher training.

Excellence

Staff and pupils are reaping the benefits of a maths reasoning project – developed collaboratively by our teachers and maths curriculum experts from the university’s School of Education. Lessons, planned by teachers and university lecturers, are recorded then shared, discussed and analysed across the trust.

Innovation

Pupils from The Burgess Hill Academy joined a full day event at the university’s Culinary Arts studio on the Eastbourne Campus. Working in groups, they produced a three-course meal judged by a panel, giving them a valuable insight into the hospitality industry.

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The University of Brighton project has helped me teach mathematical reasoning in a more focussed, precise way. We are concentrating on one or two reasoning behaviours at a time and carefully choose activities that are tailored towards developing and practising the skill in question. The puzzles and problems engage all children and are helping us develop that enquiring mind.

Amy Baines, Maths Subject Leader, Churchwood Primary Academy