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More speakers confirmed

researchED 2013 welcomes the Department for Education’s support for the conference and its aims. More speakers and organisations have agreed to attend, and researchED is shaping up to be one of the most important educational research events in the calendar.

More to follow …


The conference continues to gather momentum, speakers and supporters. In the last week we have confirmed the support and participation of three major players: the Department of Education, the Times Educational Supplement and Sage Publications, all of whom are providing assistance in various ways. Partnering with the TES in particular enables researchED 2013 to enjoy significant media exposure and promotional assistance, and we’re proud to work with them. No body associated with the conference expects any kind of editorial or political influence, which is exactly how we intend to stay- as close to a grass roots organisation as possible.

More and more speakers have joined us, from the teaching, research and teacher leader communities: Carol Evans, Associate Professor of the University of Exeter; Chris Waugh, teacher and founder of Edutronic, who will be presenting to the conference a unique piece of educational research carried out by the online teaching community ; Peter Yeomans, of the University of Plymouth; Ruth Kennedy, ex-senior civil servant and public service innovator; Joe Kirby, also Teach First ambassador; Helen Drury, Director at Mathematics Mastery, Ark Schools; Ollie Orange, Mathematician.

The Institute of Effective Education, York University, will be delivering a set of sessions for teachers and school leaders on a variety of topics, such as How to Read Research, Perceptions of Evidence, and The Right Research for the Right Question. They’ll also be providing a stand and support on the day.

More speakers are signing up every day, and the mailing list is now running into several hundred. The Twitter account is now running at 1100. Join us at @researchED2013 for daily updates and join in the conversation. I’m investigating ways that we can ensure that the event sizzles with wireless so that everyone can keep up to date, and so we can stream the event live online. Videos of speakers will also be available on the website. Tickets should go on sale shortly.

One final thing from last week: I’ve been looking into ways to make the website more interactive. The conference is fantastic but there should be something live and ongoing that reflects the interest and passion that people obviously have for evidence-based-education. Watch this space for details about ways you can get involved in research, and how we can turn all of our conversations into action….

See you in September, and thanks for being involved.

Tom Bennett

Director, researchED 2013

The Story So Far …

All we could find was this tiny place...

All we could find was this tiny place …

researchED 2013 has been up and running for less than two weeks and already it’s developed a life of its own. The Twitter account has almost 1000 followers, the mailing list runs to several hundred, and we’ve had enquiries from America, Hong Kong and Australia about participation and attendance. The response has been astonishing.

The list of confirmed speakers and contributors so far is on our Speakers page. All of them are experts in their field or have a unique perspective on research in education and how we take it further. Some of them will be addressing the conference in keynote speeches; others will host Q&As; others will take part in panels and teaching labs.


We can now confirm that researchED 2013 will be held in Dulwich College, London, on the 7th September 2013. It has to be a Saturday so that many people can attend; often teachers are excluded from conferences in research due to their mid-week scheduling clashing with … well, having a job as a teacher. Dulwich College is a fantastic venue with great facilities and is in easily accessible location. We’re extremely grateful to the Principal of Dulwich College for his support and we are proud to be associated with the College.


We’re in talks with several sponsors, and I’m delighted to say that the TES (and TSL Education) has agreed to support researchED 2013 and has made it clear that it supports the aims of the project with no desire whatsoever to influence the agenda of the day.


Many people have already given up their time to make this event work and we’re incredibly grateful. If there’s anything you think you can do, please get in touch with us at the email address at the foot of this update. Helping on the day, marketing, design, advertising, promotional material, filming….there’s an enormous number of ways to get involved, so please do if you can.

researchED 2013 is shaping up incredibly. It’s a testimony to the sincerity and generosity of people that it’s taken shape so quickly and so well. There’s a huge appetite out there for talking about evidence-based research in education, and it would be a crime if we didn’t do something about it. My only regret is that we have to cap the numbers attending …

Our aim is to keep you posted on a weekly basis with developments in researchED: when tickets go on sale, who’s appearing, how you can get involved. We have some ideas in the pipeline that could be very exciting …

Best wishes,


Director, researchED 2013

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