researchED Phase 2: researchED Midlands

Good day.

We’re delighted to announce that the first of what is hoped to be many regional researchED conferences commences on 5th April at the John Henry Newman Catholic College, Birmingham. Sleeker and more streamlined than the September conference (i.e. smaller), the plan is to host several of these around the country in a – if you will – roadshow of research.

The line up already looks extraordinary:

  • Dr Matt O’Leary from the University of Wolverhampton, the Centre of Research and Development of lifelong Education (CRADLE)
  • Representation from the National College of Teaching and Leadership
  • The Education Endowment Fund
  • Louise Stubberfield of the Wellcome Trust
  • Daisy Christodoulou, Head of Research with ARK Academies
  • Sam Freedman, Director of Research with Teach First
  • David Weston, Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust
  • Sarah Kitchen of NatCen Social Research
  • Kris Boulton and Katie Ashford of Teach First
  • Richard Churches of CfBT
  • Michael Slavinsky of the Brilliant Club
  • Pete Yeomans
  • Tami McCrone, Research Director (Impact), NFER
  • Joe Hallgarten, RSA
  • and probably someone called Tom Bennett

As with the last conference, the emphasis will always be, “What’s the best of what we know works in classrooms?” and related questions. With representation from teachers, researchers, and intermediary bodies, we hope to bring together as many circles of influence as possible with an ultimate goal of raising standards in education, driving high quality research, and putting teachers and researchers in each others’ paths.

The response so far from the various communities has been edifying, and a huge number of people have volunteered to give their time to make this work. If you still want to contribute, or assist in some way, do let us know and we’ll see what we can do. It’s been an honour to be part of something that is such a grass roots movement, and frankly, the best CPD I’ve ever had, even including the ones that used sugar paper.

Tickets will go on sale this weekend on the Eventbrite website; costs will be as low as possible, and only ever just high enough to make the event possible. Follow us on Twitter for the announcement. There will be a much more limited number of tickets this time around to reflect the smaller conference, so do book early to avoid disappointment and the inevitable shame of facing your partners and telling them sadly that, “You didn’t get a ticket”. We cannot be held responsible for the domestic conflicts that could ensue.

I hope to see you there,

Tom Bennett

ResearchED 2014