The story so far:
researchED 2013 has been up and running for less than two weeks and already, it’s developed a life of its own. The Twitter account has almost 1000 followers, the mailing list runs to several hundred, and we’ve had enquiries from America, Hong Kong and Australia about participation and attendance. The response has been astonishing.
Here are the confirmed speakers and contributors so far:
- Ben Goldacre, physician, writer and scourge of bad science
- Sam Freedman, Director of research, Teach First, and formerly adviser to Michael Gove
- Dr Rebecca Allen, from the Institute of Education
- Professor Daniel T Willingham (sending an exclusive video contribution), psychologist, University of Virginia, author of ‘Why don’t kids like school?’
- Professor Robert Coe, Durham University, director of CEM
- Dr Carol Davenport, Professional Development Leader, National Science Learning Centre
- Laura McInerney, Fulbright scholar at the University of Missouri, writer for LKMCo
- Emily Perry, Secondary Professional Development Leader, NSLC
- Brian Lightman, General Secretary of the ASCL
- Chris Husbands, Director of the Institute of Education
- Daisy Christodoulou, Managing Director of the Curriculum Centre
- Mary Whitehouse, Project Director for York Science, York University
- Amanda Spielman, Chair of OfQual
- John Tomsett, Head Teacher and member of the Headteachers’ Round Table
- Tom Sherrington, Head Teacher and member of the Headteachers’ Round Table
- David Weston, Director of the Teacher Development Trust
- Tom Bennett, Teacher, trainer, writer, Director of researched 2013
All of them are experts in their field or have a unique perspective on research in education and how we take it further. Some of them will be addressing the conference in keynote speeches; others will host Q&As; others will take part in panels and teaching labs.
Venue: We can now confirm that researchED 2013 will be held in Dulwich College, London, on the 7th September 2013. It has to be a Saturday so that many people can attend; often teachers are excluded from conferences in research due to their mid-week scheduling clashing with…well, having a job as a teacher. Dulwich College is a fantastic venue with great facilities and an easily accessible location. We’re extremely grateful to the Principal of Dulwich College for his support and proud to be associated with the College.
Sponsorship: We’re in talks with several sponsors, and I’m delighted to say that the TES has agreed to support researchED 2013 and has made it clear that it supports the aims of the project with no desire whatsoever to influence the agenda of the day.
Support: Many people have already given up their time to make this event work and we’re incredibly grateful. If there’s anything you think you can do, please get in touch with us at the email address at the foot of this update. Helping on the day, marketing, design, advertising, promotional material, filming….there’s an enormous number of ways to get involved, so please do if you can.
researchED 2013 is shaping up incredibly. It’s a testimony to the sincerity and generosity of people that it’s taken shape so quickly, so well. There’s a huge appetite out there for talking about evidence-based research in education, and it would be a crime if we didn’t do something about it. My only regret is that we have to cap the numbers attending…
Our aim is to keep you posted on a weekly basis with developments in researchED: when tickets go on sale, who’s appearing, how you can get involved. We have some ideas in the pipeline that could be very exciting……