What’s On » Evidence-Informed Education


Our key challenge: is evidence-informed education available to all professionals who want and/or need to engage with it?

Our festival sessions will look at policy, practice and practicalities to see how more than lip-service is being paid to this critical underpinning for the educational experience of our young people and the professional lives of those who serve them. We’ve got some of the strongest advocates from the region and beyond to share their visions, practice and the impact that this key facet of our system can have.

We’ve listed just some of our great contributors below with more to come, we’re also delighted that the Chartered College of Teaching, Research SEND, Yorkshire Research Schools and the Teacher Development Trust are working with us by curating sessions for this theme.

Friday Sessions Focus
Bron Maxwell, Deputy Head, Centre for Development and Research in Education, Sheffield Institute of Education
Jane Elsworth, Research Lead, Huntingdon Research School
Alex Quigley, Researcher, Education Endowment
Philippa Cordingly, CEO, CUREE
Julie Nelson, Senior Research Manager, NFER

Panel – What has being evidence-informed ever done for schools and other education settings?

Presentations from panel members will provide a stimulus for festivalgoer discussion and debate on three key questions – What does evidence-informed practice look like? To what extent is evidence-informed practice happening in schools and other education settings? Does engaging in evidence-informed practice matter?

Cat Scutt, Director of Education and Research, Chartered College of Teaching
Owen Carter, Co-Founder, Impact Ed
Julie Nelson, Senior Research Manager, NFER
Kike Agunbiade, Programme Director, Researchers in Schools

Panel – Developing school-led research

Our distinguished panel will be discussing the issues which can provide an effective environment for school based research to thrive.

Alicia Shaw, Research Schools Facilitator, Institute for Effective Education (Notre Dame High School Sheffield and Hallam Teaching School Alliance) Small-scale evaluations: a better way of sharing best practice?
Bethan Hindley School Programme Leader Teacher Development Trust Implementing Lesson Study
Owen Carter Co-Founder and Managing Director ImpactEd Evaluating and improving impact: working out what works where
Alex Quigley Senior Associate Education Endowment Foundation Mobilising Metacognition
Dr Martin Glynn Lecturer in Criminology Birmingham City University Data Verbalization (including book launch) in criminal justice, public health and educational settings
Maria Cunningham Network Development Leader Teacher Development Trust developing better teachers: diagnosing and removing barriers
Saturday Sessions Focus

Alex Beauchamp, Lead Practitioner and CPD Expert Adviser, Hunter’s Bar Junior School

Michael Watson, Headteacher, Hunter’s Bar Junior School

An evidence-informed approach to transforming teacher development
Sally Hill CPD Project Manager Twinkl Educational Publishing One Step At A Time (New approaches to CPD)
Jonathan Park Twinkl NewsRoom Product Owner Twinkl How to Teach Current Affairs