Join our free twilight information sessions covering our BA in Children’s Development and Learning, our Foundation Degree and our new BA Education Studies, which focuses on a wide range of careers with an educational influence.

Join us for these free, informal early evening events at our London Road campus, just 15 minutes from Reading railway station.

Our undergraduate education events cover our highly regarded Early Years programmes and our new, flexible education BA with a societal and world context.

Monday 9 April 2018 16.00 – 18.00

  • BA Education Studies

– Room location TBC

Monday 9 April 2018 16.00 -18.00

  • Foundation Degree in Children’s Development & Learning
  • BA Children’s Development & Learning
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Practice with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)

Building L22, Room 102

Monday 14 May 2018 16.00 – 18.00

  • Foundation Degree in Children’s Development & Learning
  • BA Children’s Development & Learning
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Practice with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)

Building L22, Room 102


To book a place on any of these events, please complete our information evenings booking form.

Or for any further information please email us:

Free Postgraduate Initial Teacher Training events

Please do come to one of our regular twilight information meetings, covering all routes into teaching for both Primary and Secondary Postgraduate programmes, are held at the Institute of Education, RG1 5EX.

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Monday 5 March 2018 16:00 – 18:00 Primary L022-113
Monday 5 March 2018 16:00 – 18:00 Secondary L022-114
Monday 9 April 2018 16:00 – 18:00 Primary L022-113
Monday 9 April 2018 16:00 – 18:00 Secondary L022-114
Monday 14 May 2018 16:00 – 18:00 Primary L022-113
Monday 14 May 2018 16:00 – 18:00 Secondary L022-114
Monday 4 June 2018 16:00 – 18:00 Primary L022-113
Monday 4 June 2018 16:00 – 18:00 Secondary L022-114

 We look forward to welcoming you.

The University of Reading will host its fourth Early Years conference on Wednesday 7 March 2018

Following on from the Institute of Education (IoE)’s successful Early Years conferences of the last three years, we now turn our attention to ensuring change is sustainable and long lasting. This year’s Early Years Conference has as its theme, Sustaining change: enabling environments, skilled practitioners and partnership with parents.

Quick link to booking form 

Conference organiser Dr Helen Bilton said:

Dr Helen Bilton, conference organiser

“Last year’s conference saw delegates emerging feeling reinvigorated and refreshed. That is what we have planned for them this year – with a different focus.”

Previous delegates said:

“The day was thought provoking, inspiring, great resources, friendly teachers.”

“I liked the mixture of keynote speech plus workshops, and the opportunity to share ideas and network.”

“The talk was inspiring, the workshops were useful, all great ideas.”

See below for full details, including booking links. For further information, please email


PROGRAMME (Various exhibitors will be with us all day)

09.00 Refreshments, networking and welcome

09.30 Introduction

09.40 In conversation/keynote

10.45 Break

11.15 Workshops

12.30 Lunch

13.15 Workshops (as above)

14.45 Evaluation

15.00 End – but you are welcome to stay and mingle!

How do I find out more?

If you are a subscriber, you will be sent a link to the booking form and a workshop timetable in October when bookings open. Otherwise, please visit

or email for further information.

Cost, which includes refreshments and lunch

£95 online if you book and pay on-line by credit/debit card

£120 if you require an invoice









Institute of Education hosts Creative Multilingual Identities conference · Education, Language and Learning

By Dr Carol Fuller

Our identities are shaped in highly individual ways – and if you have more than one language, probably even more so! Academics, teachers, students, artists, poets and other interested parties came together on 2/3 February 2018 at Reading University’s Institute of Education  (IoE) to exchange ideas on creative multilingual identities. The IoE’s very own Professor Suzanne Graham strand leader for the Creative Language Learning section of the large-scale AHRC-funded  Creative Multilingualism  programme which the conference was part of, welcomed delegates to the first day. Suzanne introduced some splendidly varied presentations by early career researchers on topics such as translation, translanguaging (yes that’s a word,) language learning, and bilingual poetry and art. I flew the flag for the IoE with some examples of my research on how teenage German learners use metaphors  – see what I did there??

Professor Suzanne Graham introduces key note speaker Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele (Birkbeck, University of London) at the IoE-hosted Creative Multilingual Identities conference

A lively panel and audience then debated whether Modern Languages in the UK needs a new identity. No easy answers, but plenty of thought-provoking questions to think about.

On the second day, we heard about nature’s many languages, and how linguistic and biological diversity complement each other perfectly in the area of conservation. Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele  gave a highly entertaining and enlightening talk about diversity, linguistic and otherwise: culture cannot exist without it. Society needs people who don’t fit into the usual pattern.

There was not a dry eye in the house when Amerah Saleh and Bohdan Piasecki, Free Radicals’ from the Beatfreeks Collective moved the audience to tears for all the right reasons with their multilingual poetry in Arabic, Polish and English. Powerful stuff.

Next up were two hands-on workshops, which were also joined by many local teachers. Dr Anna Wolleb from Reading University’s Centre of Literacy and Multilingualism  helped delegates to explore the roles different languages have on the lives of multilingual speakers, and Carey Mayzes from the Association for Language Learning got participants to try out a new language as part of her talk on Language Futures, an initiative for primary and secondary schools to develop languages beyond the classroom.

Then Rinkoo Barpaga , an amazing storyteller and comedian, took the stage and had us all enthralled. Rinkoo is deaf and used sign language and an interpreter to communicate with the audience.

Finally, Professor Terry Lamb chaired a panel on community languages in schools. A lot of good work goes on here already which sadly does not receive much publicity, but it’s crucial that teacher education should support multilingual classrooms in the UK.

An inspiring two days passed by in a multilingual flash, but the ideas and connections made will stay with us for a long time. If you’d like to follow up on  conference contributions, have a look on the Creative Multilingualism conference page .

Heike Krüsemann is a recent IoE PhD student and current post-doctoral researcherClick here for Heike’s PhD blog


Heike Krüsemann on her PhD research (supervised by Professor Suzanne Graham, IoE) on adolescents’ motivation for language learning

Calling all UG students! Don’t miss your chance to have your say.

We want to ensure that you have everything you need to succeed in your studies and have a great time at university. That is why we take the National Student Survey (NSS) and other surveys extremely seriously – it means we can listen, understand and act on your views. 

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“Every child has a right to achieve their full potential.” IoE researcher to be key speaker at Westminster symposium examining childhood equality

Dr Carol Fuller of the IoE

“There are unfair barriers hindering some young people,” says Dr Carol Fuller of the University of Reading’s Institute of Education (IoE).

The educational sociologist suggests that in the formal atmosphere of our current schooling system, with its focus on academic performance above all else, some children can feel they are a failure and just don’t belong.

She and other academics from the field of childhood learning will present a provoking symposium in February that will look at how greater equality can be promoted through education so that both children and society can benefit. Organisers will question the long term impact of our current education system that prioritises academic performance over other important skills.

Portcullis House, Westminster which will host February’s childhood symposium

Carol and her colleagues are set to share their important – and sometimes startling – findings on childhood equality and well-being at the event, titled “Promoting Educational Equality: from the bottom to the top”.

They hope that the discussions and ideas shared during the symposium at Westminster’s Portcullis House on 27 February 2018, will help start a movement that will eventually redress social inequality in children’s educational experiences. 

Carol says:

I am very much informed by my research and the idea that every child has a right to achieve their full potential. But there unfair barriers do exist and my work looks at how resilience, confidence and self-efficacy can aid children break down those barriers. Not only is it the right of every child to achieve their full potential but this naturally has benefits for society as they become contributing adults.

“In the research I am working on with the Ufton Court Education Trust, we are scrutinising the role of outdoor residential experiences on under achieving students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. We are exploring whether these activities have an impact on the children’s educational attainment. The impetus for this research was my longstanding ambition to help children achieve and become the best they can be.”

Carol is passionate about how children’s personal achievements can not only help the youngsters themselves but also benefit society as a whole, producing more resilient, productive adults. Raising the aspiration and achievement of all children and in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds must be achieved to reach a fairer and more balanced society, she believes.

Carol’s Ufton Court research has seen the study group of children developing the confidence to speak up and participate, sometimes to a startling degree, in a way they wouldn’t have in the traditional classroom.

What is powerfully interesting is seeing how these positive effects translate back in the classroom, producing statistically significant outcomes. Persuasive anecdotal evidence is also pointing to the activities having an all-round benefit to the children’s lives outside of school too.

The Promoting Equality symposium will focus on how best to encourage much greater equality via what organisers term a “bottom up approach to education as well as a more holistic approach to learning”.

This approach can be reinforced by resilience building activities such as those Carol is exploring in her research at Ufton Court. Not only could this improve educational outcomes, but in looking forward, it could also support children’s mental well-being – an increasing area of concern – and the character traits needed to succeed both at school and in adult life.

So how do we foster the qualities that support young people in meeting life’s changing demands? What skills and knowledge will they need to succeed educationally?

This research-led event will examine these issues closely and look at the value of alternative places and spaces for learning with a particular focus on children and young people who, for differing reasons, can face a future of disadvantage and marginalisation. The symposium will draw on a range of expertise to consider how to ensure a fairer future for all children.

Reserve a place to join these important discussions by emailing

Promoting Educational Equality: from the bottom to the top

Westminster Portcullis House

Attlee Suite

27 February 2018, 2 – 4pm