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Teachers’ union leader and Shadow Education Secretary to speak at York conference

Posted on 19 March 2014

Two high-profile figures from the world of education will deliver keynote speeches at the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) Conference at the University of York this week.

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Dr Mary Bousted, General Secretary of the teachers' union, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), will address the conference on Thursday, 20 March, while Tristram Hunt, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, will deliver his keynote speech on Friday, 21 March.

The third IEE conference, aimed at policy makers, practitioners and consultants, will focus on the theme ‘delivering evidence across the system’, with the two day event combining presentations from keynote speakers with practical sessions.

Mary Bousted, a member of York’s Department of Education from 1991 to 1997, will discuss the role of the profession in coupling evidence to practice, and the opportunities and challenges this presents in the current policy environment.

Tristram Hunt will talk about how researchers, policy makers, and practitioners can work together to ensure research evidence is used across the education system.

A third keynote speaker, Professor Peter Tymms, Director of iPIPS (an international study on primary school children) in the School of Education, Durham University will discuss the best way of using the findings from the increasing number of randomised controlled trials in education.

York’s Institute for Effective Education works closely with schools, policy makers, and other researchers to share knowledge and build support for evidence-based education in policy and practice.

It is working to establish what works in learning and teaching — and why, by conducting rigorous evaluations of education programmes and practices. Its research mainly focuses on literacy, numeracy, and science in the UK and overseas, but also includes early childhood education, parenting, widening participation, and the effective use of technology.

Professor Bette Chambers, Director of the IEE, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Mary Bousted, Tristram Hunt and Peter Tymms to this year’s event as our keynote speakers. We look forward to hearing how practitioners, policy makers and researchers are helping get evidence used in schools.

“IEE’s aim is to improve education for all children, by researching "what works" in teaching and learning, and by promoting the use of evidence in education policy and practice. This year’s theme of ‘delivering evidence across the system’ is one which we believe is vital in ensuring that all children, especially those from underprivileged backgrounds, reach their full potential.”

Baroness Estelle Morris, Chair of the IEE’s Executive Group, said: “We are on the crest of a wave for evidence-based education in the UK. Increasing amounts of research evidence are being produced, and both policy makers and practitioners are keen to use the evidence to help them make wise decisions.”

The IEE Conference 2014, ‘Delivering evidence across the system’, will take place on Thursday 20 March and Friday 21 March 2014 at theBerrick Saul Building, University of York. For further details visit, phone 01904 328166 or contact

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