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 conference 2008
 
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  Monday 24th November
 

 

Plenary presenters | Programme at a glance | Choice of opening plenaries | Breakout sessions 1 | Breakout sessions 2 | Breakout sessions 3 | Breakout sessions 4 | Research Café | Interactive Zone | Book celebrations | Exhibitors | Download Programme

The Schools, 14-19 & Further Education day offered the opportunity to engage with major new challenges facing education for children and young people. How should the profession respond?

The day was a mixture of plenary sessions, exhibitions, a research cafe and interactive zone and workshops run by the partner organisations. The day was co-organised by the National Teacher Research Panel (NTRP) and the Learning and Skills Improvement Service

Please see below or download the conference flyer for more details on the content of the day.

Plenary presenters:

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Programme (at a glance)

9.30  Coffee (Mountbatten Lounge)
10:15 -11.10 Parallel plenaries
Welcome addresses (Mountbatten Room)
Welcome Workshop (St James's Suite)

11:20 -12:10 Breakout sessions 1
12:20 -13:10 Breakout sessions 2
13:10 - 13.50: Lunch (Mountbatten Lounge)
14:00 - 14:50 Breakout sessions 3
15:00 - 15:50 Breakout sessions 4
16:00 Closing Keynotes
16:45  Close

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Choice of opening plenaries

The day started with a choice of plenary sessions offering delegates two different ways to engage with the themes of the event.

One option was to attend the introductory plenary (Mountbatten Room) with keynote speeches framing the event from Roger McClure (Chief Executive of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS)), Barry Sheerman, MP (Chair of the Select Committee for Children, Schools and Families), Jill Martin (Chair of the National Teacher Research Panel (NTRP)) and Andrew Pollard, (Director, TLRP).

The other option was to make a contribution to an interactive opening plenary session (St James's Suite) hosted by the National Teacher Research Panel and facilitated by Philippa Cordingley (Professional Adviser to NTRP). The focus of this session was to explore data from analysis and synthesis of teachers’ own research questions and consider together the ways in which this could and should inform the education research agenda and teacher research funding. 

 

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Breakout sessions 1 (rooms tbc): 11:20-12:10

The Engaged Learner Mary James & Ruth Leitch (TLRP) (Mountbatten Room)
Pupils learn best when they are committed. Pupil consultation, assessment for learning and activities to promote positive learner identities need to be integrated into curriculum to enhance agency and autonomy.

Innovative Teaching Strategies Carol McGuiness & Pete Dudley (TLRP)  (Henry Moore Room)
Explicit teaching strategies for study lessons, group work, thinking skills, learning how to learn, etc, increase learner awareness of learning processes and can produce significant improvements in outcomes.

Technology Enhanced Learning Lydia Plowman & Ros Sutherland (TLRP) (Rutherford Room)
Enhancing learning with technology depends crucially on how it is used. The session illustrates how teachers can design their own approaches to using ICT and thus improve learning outcomes.

Understanding Literacies Roz Ivanic &Terezinha Nunes (TLRP) (Abbey Room)
Learning literacy is learning to read and write for meaning. TLRP's message, illustrated by early spelling and young adult learning, is that engagement and outcomes are rooted in greater awareness of language and meaningful social practices.

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Promoting strategies for increasing pupils' engagement with learning. Colin Hill & Graeme Napier (Robert Burns Room)
Find out about two TLA projects that show how teachers have made effective use of research evidence to improve classroom practice . Sponsored by the GTC Teacher Learning Academy.

Implementing the “Letters and Sounds Programme” in the Primary School and Improving writing through a creative approach Joan Rainford, Kate Miller & Jenny Hindley (Wordsworth Room)
Two studies are presented about the implementation of a whole-school approach to phonics/creative steps to raising attainment in writing. Sponsored by National Strategies.

Enhancing learning and raising achievement in mathematics in the classroom Sarah Callendar, Mark Richards & Fran Wilson (Wesley Room)
Find out how teacher inquiry projects changed and enhanced teaching and learning in the maths classroom. Sponsored by the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics

Narrowing the Gaps: Gender Agenda Geoff Barton & Gill King (ShelleyRoom)
Find out about projects aimed at improving the performance of underachieving secondary students and the use of cursive writing to raise attainment in writing for boys as well as girls. Sponsored by the DCSF Gender Agenda programme.

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Breakout sessions 2 (rooms tbc): 12:10 -13:10

Teacher Learning in Schools and FE Ian Menter & Martin Jephcote (Mountbatten Room)
Committed and resilient teachers are more effective in enhancing students’ overall learning.  Teachers should be enabled to undertake reflective, collaborative inquiries to develop their own evidence-informed professionalism.

Scientific and Mathematical Understanding John Leach & Celia Hoyles. (Henry Moore Room )
Effective teaching must focus on conceptual and meaningful understanding.  This is illustrated in the teaching of fractions, in GCSE Science, in mathematical understanding for HE and in the techno-mathematical challenges of workplaces.

Transforming Learning and Teaching in FE David James & Frank Coffield (Rutherford Room)
Policy goals such as improving outcomes in FE and meeting learner needs have not always been realised on the ground, and research on policy and learning cultures has illuminated why and how this happens as well as suggesting positive ways forward.

Informal Learning and Inclusion Martin Hughes & Alan Dyson (Abbey Room)
New learning builds on experiences from across learners’ lives.  This is illustrated though home-school knowledge exchange, innovative school development and life-course analysis of culturally meaningful learning. 

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Can we change pupils’ perceptions of creativity in Science and Mathematics? Riffat Wall & Jane Tancred (Wordsworth Room)
Learn about The Da Vinci project’s exploration of pupils’ perceptions of creativity across the curriculum. Classroom teachers & practitioners investigate the effect of creativity on
learning. Sponsored by CapeUK.

Interactive ICT and Collaboration for Learning in Further Education Debbie Rushbridge, Gill Sollenberger & Karen Morgan (Wesley Room)
Hear about the findings of 3 practitioner research projects designed to raise the quality of education and training in the learning and skills sector. Sponsored by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) (formed from the merger of QIA and CEL)

Working with evidence based CPD materials in schools to improve pupil learning (primary) Kirsty Bisborough, Louise Hawes, Lindsey Dixon & Colin Isham (Robert Burns Room)
Discover how CUREE and Shelthorpe Primary School, Leicester developed, trialed and evaluated evidence based CPD materials to tackle improvements in speaking and listening, problem-solving skills and inclusivity. Part of the TDA Effective CPD Practices project. Sponsored by the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE)

Narrowing the Gaps: Gender Agenda Kate Sida-Nicholls, Anne Hudson & Wahid Zaman (Shelley Room)
Find out about projects to improve boys’ independent A level study skills and to develop students as researchers to give underachieving girls a voice. Sponsored by the DCSF
.

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Breakout sessions 3 (rooms tbc): 14:00 - 14:50

The Engaged Learner Mary James & Ruth Leitch (TLRP) (Mountbatten Room)
Pupils learn best when they are committed. Pupil consultation, assessment for learning and activities to promote positive learner identities need to be integrated into curriculum to enhance agency and autonomy.

Innovative Teaching Strategies Carol McGuiness & Pete Dudley (TLRP)  (Henry Moore Room)
Explicit teaching strategies for study lessons, group work, thinking skills, learning how to learn, etc, increase learner awareness of learning processes and can produce significant improvements in outcomes.

Technology Enhanced Learning Lydia Plowman & Ros Sutherland (TLRP) (Rutherford Room)
Enhancing learning with technology depends crucially on how it is used. The session illustrates how teachers can design their own approaches to using ICT and thus improve learning outcomes.

Understanding Literacies Roz Ivanic &Terezinha Nunes (TLRP) (Abbey Room)
Learning literacy is learning to read and write for meaning. TLRP's message, illustrated by early spelling and young adult learning, is that engagement and outcomes are rooted in greater awareness of language and meaningful social practices.

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Innovating in the Primary Curriculum Chris Potter, Jackie McGuiness, Judy Matthiae and Gaynor Gaynor (Wordsworth Room)
Join practitioners in 3 primary schools who have been developing and researching the curriculum by involving children in planning their own learning, adopting creative approaches to the curriculum and improving transition. Sponsored by QCA

Narrowing the Gaps – Gender Agenda Eamonn Farrer, Tony Pryke & colleagues (Shelley Room)
Find out about projects on assertive mentoring to conquer‘laddishness’ and using a school network to enhance student voice to improve student achievement. Sponsored by the DCFS Gender Agenda programme.

Improving teaching and learning through ICT Brian Lockwood & Eleanor Burkett (Shelley Room)
Find out about practitioners’ involvement in the ICT Test Bed project and student evaluations of a Learning Platform. Sponsored by Becta.

Working with evidence based CPD materials in schools to improve pupil learning (secondary) Geoff Browne & Andy Price (Robert Burns Room)
Find out how secondary teachers at the Anglo European school in Essex used research evidence to investigate peer assessment activities and explore the impact of effective questioning. Sponsored by the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE)

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Breakout sessions 4 (rooms tbc): (15:00 -15:50)

Teacher Learning in Schools and FE Ian Menter & Martin Jephcote (Mountbatten Room)
Committed and resilient teachers are more effective in enhancing students’ overall learning.  Teachers should be enabled to undertake reflective, collaborative inquiries to develop their own evidence-informed professionalism.

Scientific and Mathematical Understanding John Leach & Celia Hoyles. (Henry Moore Room )
Effective teaching must focus on conceptual and meaningful understanding.  This is illustrated in the teaching of fractions, in GCSE Science, in mathematical understanding for HE and in the techno-mathematical challenges of workplaces.

Transforming Learning and Teaching in FE David James & Frank Coffield (Rutherford Room)
Policy goals such as improving outcomes in FE and meeting learner needs have not always been realised on the ground, and research on policy and learning cultures has illuminated why and how this happens as well as suggesting positive ways forward.

Informal Learning and Inclusion Martin Hughes & Alan Dyson (Abbey Room)
New learning builds on experiences from across learners’ lives.  This is illustrated though home-school knowledge exchange, innovative school development and life-course analysis of culturally meaningful learning. 

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The enquiring school: using action research to enhance key stage 1 pupils' speaking and listening Marrie Webster, Marilyn Cook & Graham Handscomb (Wesley Room)
Find out how a school can become research engaged. Teachers investigated the impact of rhyme and rhythm on the development of speaking and listening skills. Sponsored by Essex LA’s Forum for Learning and Research Enquiry (FLARE.)

Using pupil voice to enhance teaching and learning David Burnett & Sue Attard (Wordworth Room)
Discover how a practitioner researcher used learning logs to explore the views of Exceptionally Able secondary school students on learning and how a primary school based study used Philosophy for Children as a springboard for pupil voice that led to action research into teaching and learning. Sponsored by Southend LA.

Excellence in school leadership workshop Andy Coleman, Derek Peaple & Neil Birch (Robert Burns Room)
Hear more from 2 headteachers about their leadership research on solution-focused school improvement and collaborative approaches to personalisation as part of the NCSL Research Associates Programme. Find out how you can get involved. Sponsored by the National College for School Leadership (NCSL)

Managing Gender Difference Issues in Technology and Beyond Natalie Griffiths & Robin Bevan (Shelley Room)
This workshop highlights strategies that can be employed to overcome gender difference issues in the Design and Technology workshop, also applicable to other practical teaching environments. Research undertaken included the use of filmed lessons for review and analysis. (Sponsored by the National Teacher Research Panel (NTRP).

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Research Café

The research café was a flexible space for table activities and discussions allowing delegates to engage to a greater or lesser extent for as long as they wish.

Research café timetable

The area included:

  • planned but informal discussions of and introductions to key research resources
  • drop-in surgeries
  • question and answer opportunities with presenters
  • a research networks mapping activity

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Interactive Zone

Interactive Zone timetable

The interactive zone gave delegates the chance to try out engaging learning tools and resources based on high quality research evidence. Designed and field tested as a way of sparking fun, evidence-rich learning conversations, the resources were designed to help you use research evidence to tackle real world problems.

There were lots of topics to work with: e.g. AFL, parental involvement, G&T, the quality of talk, behaviour for learning and mentoring and coaching. Delegates could also spend some time meeting a “living book” to find out about how people in different roles go about using everyday research or participate in Practitioners’ Question Time.

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Book celebrations

TLRP’s publishing partner Routledge hosted a special exhibition area to showcase the books produced since the start of TLRP.

Exhibitors (confirmed)

ATL JISC
Becta LSIS (formerly QIA)
BERA National Strategies
CAPE UK NCETM
Continuum NCSL
CUREE NTRP
DCSF NUT
Escalate QCA
GTC S Routledge
GTC W TDA
GTC E TLRP

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