researchED is proud to announce our first event dealing specifically with maths and sciences in education. We’ve teamed up with Oxford University Press to build a day for everyone involved in these two key areas.
researchED was started in 2013 in response to what I saw as a real hunger in the teaching profession for greater access to better research in their field. Recent years had seen some poor research find traction in classrooms, while better, more careful work was sometimes ignored. There were many reasons for this, but from my own experiences it was clear that teachers were often far from involved in the research conversation. At the same time, there were few obvious avenues for discourse between the generators and the consumers of research – and sometimes, this broadly binary relationship was, itself, the problem.
So, researchED was born, as a one day conference, which became so successful that it became a project and now, apparently, practically a movement. Last year we held 13 conferences and events in 12 months, on three continents. The unique blend of teachers, academics, and everyone in-between made it a powerful and unusual blend of ideas and voices, and the grass roots nature of the project was shown by the way speakers and volunteers gave their time and services for free, so that entry costs were as low as possible and everyone could afford to attend. These conferences don’t promise the answers to your every research question: rather they promise to help you start finding ways to begin to answer it for yourself.
In November 2015 we held our first subject specific conference: researchED English and Literature, in Swindon. It sold out, and we’re now proud to say that Maths and Science will be the focus of our event on June the 11th at the University of Oxford. How we teach, and how we teach maths, science, and psychology in particular, will be the theme. What are the best methods? What content is most useful? How do we begin to make students literate in these fields, at any age? These questions, and other controversies, will be addressed in a day of key notes, debates and panels from some of the UK’s top speakers and experts in this field. Not just from academia, but classroom teachers and leaders, and other intermediaries.
Come join us at the magnificent Andrew Wiles Building, home of the University of Oxford’s Mathematical Institute, for a multi-strand event, where you build the day that best suits your interests and needs. One attendee described researchED days as: ‘the best CPD in the UK they’ve had in 20 years’. We hope you agree.
Right now we’re finalising our list of participants, but you can pre-order tickets and stay up-to-date with the latest confirmed session and speaker details here.
I hope to see you there.
Tom Bennett is the Director and founder of researchED. Since 2008 he has been writing for the TES and is the author of four books on teacher-training, behaviour management and educational research. Tom currently advises the DfE on behaviour and ITT.