An early morning on Saturday 7th September, saw five members of South West Teaching School Alliance (SWTSA), Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance (DTSA) and Exeter Consortium & Teaching School Alliance (ECTSA) take the long trip to London to attend the researchED National Conference 2019 at Chobham Academy in Newham.
This annual event aims to bring the brightest minds in education together for a day of inspiring seminars, lectures and talks. For the 2019 edition, over 100 speakers, including Paul Kirschner, Tom Bennett and Daisy Christodolou, delivered sessions to over 1500 delegates throughout the course of the day.
Paul Kirschner explored five research giants and how we must build upon their hard-earned discoveries to design and deliver the best learning experiences for the students of today. Tom Bennett looked at behaviour lessons from the best UK schools, outlining the most effective strategies that schools can utilise in order to create safe, calm and nurturing environments. Meanwhile, Daisy Christodolou delivered a session around education technology, looking at how it has often failed to deliver and how it can succeed in the future.
With more than 100 sessions to choose from throughout the day, there was something for everyone, ranging from myths about education in Finland to advice on helping new teachers flourish.
As the event came to an end, those who attended were left to reflect on an informative day, ready to apply what they’d learnt to their respective classrooms.
From the perspective of SWTSA, DTSA and ECTSA, the day allowed us to understand the latest developments in educational research, but for those who missed out on the event - fear not. Some of the speakers may feature at our grand Summer Conference in 2020 … watch this space!