Research School Y&H Regional Conference

24 May 2017

“Teachers and school leaders now have access to a significant and growing body of academic research with the potential to make a real difference in the classroom. But we know that research on its own is not enough; applying the findings to the classroom is a real challenge. No-one is better placed to support schools in doing this than teachers themselves.”

Sir Kevan Collins, CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation

School leaders and teachers face challenging times. Every resource and every decision proves vital to ensure that we give our students the best education possible. Though there are real threats faced by school budget limitations, as well as teacher recruitment and retention issues, there are also real opportunities to improve our schools and best support teachers in the classroom.

On Wednesday the 24th of May, at the Learning Development Centre in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, we are hosting a regional conference that will focus on the use of research evidence in schools, working together with North Lincolnshire County Council, Huntington Research School, and the Research School Network – led by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE). The event will feature national renowned educational figures:

  • Sir Kevan Collins, CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation
  • Professor Kate Cain, Professor of Language and Literacy in the Department of Psychology at Lancaster University,
  • Dr Joni Holmes, Senior Scientist at the Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge
  • John Tomsett, Headteacher of Huntington School, York, author of ‘This Much I Know about Love Over Fear: Creating a Culture of Truly Great Teaching
  • Alex Quigley, Director of Huntington Research School, author of ‘The Confident Teacher’
  • Jane Elsworth, Assistant Director of Huntington Research School
  • James Richardson, Senior Analyst at the Education Endowment Foundation
  • James Siddle, Headteacher of St Margaret’s CE Primary School, Withern and Head of Kyra Research School.

The day is orientated around developing three key, interrelated themes.

  1. To develop a wider understanding of the complex interplay between the findings of academic research, its dissemination and the development of ‘impactful’ practice in schools.
  1. To develop a greater understanding of how to lead the way in the use of evidence-based practice. How to share what is know about putting research into practice, and how to support schools/practitioners to make better use of evidence to inform teaching and learning so that they really make a difference in the classroom.
  2. In both North Lincolnshire and the York region, the development of reading comprehension and the influence of working memory (amongst other cognitive influences) on attainment in reading is a major focus for both school leaders and practitioners (including the clear links with spelling, grammar, vocabulary, writing and maths). This crucial aspect of teaching and learning will be addressed in more detail with particular reference to the most recent, innovative research.

If you want to find out more about the work of the EEF, using the evidence-based tools and resources being shared by the growing Research School network, as well as becoming involved in the Research School network, then do book your place. We are inviting school leaders and teachers from North Lincolnshire, but also from the Yorkshire and Humber region, and beyond.

To book your place you can sign up here: CONFERENCE SIGN UP.


Posted on 22 February 2017
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