Policy boosts study of childcare

September 23, 2005

Wolverhampton University seems to be benefiting from increased national interest in the education of young children and those with special needs.

It is advertising six posts in this week's Times Higher , three of which are in the School of Education. It is looking to fill new posts in early childhood studies and in special needs and inclusion studies. It is also seeking a replacement lecturer in primary school English.

Elaine Townsend, associate dean of the school, said that the early childhood and special needs and inclusion studies courses were extremely popular. She said this could be because of the Government's policy of expanding pre-school childcare as well as an increased acceptance of and compassion towards children with special needs.

"These are areas that appeal to many young school leavers as well as older people who who may wish to follow a career in education that fits with their own childcare needs," she said.

The university is about to be upgraded, by schools inspectorate Ofsted, to a category A provider of primary school initial teacher training, meaning all provision is of good quality.

The university is also advertising for a principal lecturer/head of English; curriculum director for combined awards; and a divisional leader in fine art and photography.

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