Facilities and expertise in Education, Children and Teaching


As an Education student at Staffordshire University you’ll have access to a range of high-quality placements across early years settings, schools and other learning environments. You’ll have the chance to establish lifelong networks and be supported by employers within the industry.

We work with 50+ high performing early years settings and schools with the local area and in Birmingham, the Black Country, Shropshire, Manchester, Derbyshire and beyond, to give you real world experience and enable you to make informed decisions about your career direction.

And not all our teaching takes place in the classroom! Our students take part in outdoor learning in environments such as our on-campus nature reserve and Forest School. Delivered by a Forest School practitioner, the adventure sessions focus on hands-on experiences in a natural setting.

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I also enjoyed the creative element of my course. We learnt about forest schools and local parks, and we did a full activity day in the nature reserve where we did a range of activities such as building rafts with an expert.

Imogen Belicki


Education Settings

You will have the chance to train within a variety of education settings across the region, working with a range of practitioners, children, other professionals, and parents. Placements will aim to be arranged to minimise travel as much as possible.

School Settings

You will be placed within a range of different schools, working across the primary age range. You will have the opportunity to work within diverse contexts, within a variety of classrooms with experienced school-based mentors and university tutors.

Early Years Settings

You will have the opportunity to train within a variety of early years settings across the region, working with a range of practitioners, babies and young children, other professionals, and parents.


The Institute of Education enjoys a range of partnerships with organisations across the city and beyond which will give you work-based learning opportunities with volunteer and charity groups.


As a student of education at Staffordshire University, you will be taught by experts who are not only experienced in academic research, but have been there and done it! Our experts form part of the Institute of Education here at the University, and are dedicated to providing the knowledge and skills you need to thrive in your future career - dedication that placed Staffordshire University amongst the top 15 for Education Teaching Quality in the Times Good University Guide 2023.

Combine this expertise with our unique research into teaching methods and our global partnerships in countries like Italy, Portugal and Lithuania, and you have the best possible learning environment to prepare you for your career.

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Our staff

Fiona Hall

Senior Lecturer

I am passionate about education, having spent many years teaching at primary and FE level. I am now enjoying supporting the potential education workforce of the future, encouraging them to be curious, reflective and well-informed professionals.

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Dr Jim Pugh

Director - Inst. Of Ed. - Assoc Prof.

I am proud to be the Director of the Institute of Education leading an innovative group of professionals, educators, researchers and working with our creative and exciting students, partners and community.

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Amanda Tayler

Senior Lecturer

I am an early years specialist with a specific interest in our workforce. I take great pride in managing this course and educating the next generation of practitioners to lead practice and change the lives of young children. 

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Alyson Jolley


Learning is something that we all experience throughout our lives and ensuring that it’s fun and engaging is my passion. Education is not just about schooling but is about education in our communities, from our youngest citizens to our wisest.

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Dr Michael Burnitt

Senior Lecturer

Mike's research interests are focussed on the promotion of effective teaching and learning within the primary classroom and the overcoming of potential barriers. Mike is currently working on research which examines notions of respect from the pr…

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The tutor was absolutely fantastic

The tutor was absolutely fantastic and supportive – and I think what worked really well is me studying around full-time work. I had a Tuesday evening study so it worked really nicely around my Teaching Assistant role that I was doing at the time. 

It was difficult, but the support that I had off our lecturer was fantastic. They’d worked in education for a number of years so they understood how it worked.  

Marcel Phillips

BA (Hons) Education Studies

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in the UK for Quality Education

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021