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CTSN Research Conference 2018
Developing teaching and learning: 
creating a research-informed school

CTSN in association with the Chartered College of Teaching
06 Jul 2021, 16:00 – 08 Jul 2021, 18:30
Online via Zoom

The event opens at 3.45pm with its 'Research Market Place'


This is an informal session where delegates can browse stall primarily about research project in schools. Tom Sherrington will be selling his most recent book, The Learning Rainforest for £10 on the evening. Or you can buy a copy now

This will be followed by two workshop sessions


Delegates can per-book one or two workshops (depending on availability). The workshops include:

Sleep and Screen Use in Children, Does It Matter? What does research tell us? With Dr Alasdair Parker, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Addenbrooke's Hospital and the University of Cambridge.


Investing in our relational capital: Recruitment, retention and wellbeing of teachers with Dr Rob Loe.Relational Schools Foundation (RSF) was commissioned last year to carry out a five-year longitudinal research programme, exploring the impact of a trainee teacher’s social and professional relationships on their success as a trainee and thereafter as a teacher. Foundation Director, Dr Rob Loe will explore the interim findings a year in.


Engaging with evidence through EEF and Research Schools with Andy Samways.The Research Schools Network provides all those working in education the opportunity to share, generate and bring to life evidence of 'what works' in schools to improve teaching and learning. This workshop will introduce the work of our Research School, signposting to a wide range of freely available, actionable evidence-based resource and outlining how you can get involved for the maximum benefit of the pupils you teach, your own practice and that of the staff you work with.


Building Capacity for R&D – making it work in practice with Karen Spence-Thomas, University College. We know that engaging in and with research can positively benefit professional practice and outcomes for students. But we also know it can be a real challenge in practical terms. Drawing on examples from UCL IOE’s work with schools, this workshop will explore how to build the capacity of senior and teacher leaders to create a real culture for learning through research engagement. 


Transformative practice: embedding new ideas in your teaching with Robin Griffiths, Institute of Physics.  So you engage with the research, you follow the Twitterati, you elbow fellow staff out of the way to get to TES or SchoolsWeek, but how does all this research find a n enduring place in your practice?  How can what you learn effect meaningful change in how you teach? Get ready to own your CPD!


Building dialogue teaching & learning with technology: ideas and evidence from micro-blogging research at SWCHS, with Paul Warwick and Vic Cook, University of Cambridge. With some practical experience of the micro-blogging tool ‘Talkwall’ available through a market place stall, this complementary session looks at the research evidence - gained from working with SWCHS and other schools in the UK and Norway – that suggests how to make the most of this technology in your classroom.


How the Chartered College can help you engage with research with Cat Scutt and Martin Lee, the Chartered College of Teaching. 


How hard can it be to embed ‘soft’ skills in the secondary curriculum? With Sarah Dignasse, Uttlesford 14-19 Consortium and Graham Oxborrow, SWCHS.The workshop will explore mechanisms to embed employability skills within the secondary curriculum. Sarah is Essex Co-ordinator of the Employability for Life Charter (EFLC), awarded to students for evidencing the skills required by employers in today’s competitive labour market and will outline how the award has been developed in partnership with employers and education providers to ensure that young people can enhance their skills to support their future transition into work. SWCHS is working with Enabling Education and Form the Future to develop research-based competencies to enable employability skills to be overtly delivered and recognised within the curriculum; the workshop will share initial approaches as we work towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks!


Leading CPD: lessons learned from our 100% rated IOP residential with Robin Griffiths, Institute of Physics.   The IOP ran a residential training course on how to lead CPD sessions.  Drawing on 10 years of experience, our field team led sessions in what they do when their audience is not children but other teachers.  What did we learn?  What would we change?


Embedding Research into a school culture: Reflections on our journey to making school CPD more research informed with Polly Lankester, Saffron Walden County High School 


Poorly Crows and Elephant Poo - Bringing Phonics Alive with Beci McCaughran, Katherine Semar Schools.The workshop will reflect on the success of a local DfE funded Phonics Partnership in raising attainment in phonics and early reading.  We will look at the development models used and consider the best ways to affect change and empower young readers and writers.  


Memory and Mastery - Supporting Student Revision with Kavita Sogi. How do we help improve memory and the retention of information? This workshop will look at:

  • Simple theoretical foundations of memory and retention.

  • Practical revision strategies that can be used both inside and outside of the classroom, to support teachers and students through the demands and pressures of linear style examinations.

​NB this workshop is an hour. 

The final part of the evening - the Discussion Panel - begins at 5.45pm

A panel consist of:

  • Caroline Derbyshire  – CEO, Headteacher board

  • Cat Scutt – Chartered College

  • Rob Loe – Relational Schools

  • Steve Mastin – Inspiration Trust

  • Andy Samways – Samuel Ward Research School

  • Tom Sherrington  – Educational Consultant

  • Karen Spence-Thomas – IOE

will debate 'Creating a research-informed school'. 

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