Posted on 26 September 2011
The conference “Empowering educators with evidence” aims to improve education for all children by promoting the use of evidence in education policy and practice.
Through events such as this conference, the Institute for Effective Education is ensuring that education research, including our own findings, is made more accessible to teachers
Professor Bette Chambers, Director of the IEE
Through presentations on literacy, numeracy, technology, science and child wellbeing, delegates will explore how academic studies about what works in schools can be made easily accessible to busy teachers.
Keynote speakers include Baroness Estelle Morris, former Secretary of State for the Department for Education and Skills, Richard Bartholomew, Chief Research Officer, Children, Young People and Families Directorate, Department for Education, and Michael Little, Director of the Social Research Unit.
The event, which is held in the Berrick Saul Building from 30 September to 1 October, is hosted by the University’s Institute for Effective Education (IEE). The IEE develops and evaluates programmes and practices for early childhood, primary and secondary education, focusing particularly on literacy, numeracy and science.
Professor Bette Chambers, Director of the IEE, said: “Now, more than ever, schools are under pressure to produce better results in core skills with declining resources. In this inaugural IEE conference we will explore how evidence – using what works – can help.
“The types of questions we will be focussing on include how do we translate academic studies into practical applications for busy teachers and how do educators facing a difficult problem in a school use the insights from research?”
The conference has attracted policy makers and practitioners in education, in particular head teachers and members of senior leadership teams, local authority staff working in policy or school improvement, managers of children’s services and curriculum consultants.
Also delivering key speeches at the conference will be Graham Allen, MP for Nottingham North and author of Early Intervention: The Next Steps, Sir John Holman, Senior Fellow for Education at the Wellcome Trust and David Andrews, Dean of the School of Education Johns Hopkins University.
Professor Chambers said: “We know that many children do not reach their potential in school, and this is particularly true of those from underprivileged backgrounds. Through events such as this conference, the Institute for Effective Education is ensuring that education research, including our own findings, is made more accessible to teachers.”