Teach | Research | Innovate - Kyra Research School Conference 2017

Friday February 3rd 2017 – Doors open at 8:30am
The Epic Centre

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Teach | Research | Innovate - Kyra Research School Conference 2017

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For practitioners and leaders in early years, primary, secondary and special settings

Teach - changing children's lives through development of practice

Research - engaging with and sharing "what works"

Innovate - inspiring a culture, embracing evidence, making a difference 

...join the network.

The day includes:

  • Keynote speaker Professor Steve Higgins, University of Durham, co-author of Sutton Trust/EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit
  • Range of interactive workshops
  • Discussion
  • Networking
  • A chance to learn more about the Research School offer 

Workshop Choices

Workshop A - Effective Classroom Talk by David Reedy

David Reedy is General Secretary and Immediate Past President of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) and Co-Director of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust (CPRT).  Until 2014 he was Principal Adviser for primary schools in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. His most recent publications are Guiding Readers: A handbook for teaching reading comprehension to 7-11 year olds (2016 UCL/IoE Press, with Wayne Tennant, Nikki Gamble and Angela Hobsbaum), Teaching Grammar Effectively in Key Stage 1 ( 2016 UKLA, with Eve Bearne and Rebecca Kennedy), and contributions to Teaching English Creatively (2nd Edition, 2015, Routledge, ed. Teresa Cremin)

Outline of workshop:

  • Consider research findings which indicate  what is meant by effective talk, including dialogic teaching;
  • discuss examples of classroom discourse and identify key practical features that lead to deeper learning;
  • consider the understandings that we need to develop when preparing for how we talk with pupils; rich contexts, authentic questions, responding to the content of children’s answers, and building learning conversations.

Workshop B - Evidence in practice for busy middle leaders by Jane Elsworth & Stephen Foreman

Jane Elsworthan experienced Geography teacher, Subject Leader and Assistant Headteacher. Since September 2016, Jane has been Assistant Director of Huntington Research School.

Stephen ForemanCurrently the Research-lead for the Huntington Research School and an experienced middle leader. Stephen has several years’ Senior Leadership experience and is working on developing ‘teacher inquiry’ at a whole school level. 

Outline of workshop:

  • An introduction to supporting busy middle-leaders to be evidence informed and effective
  • Evidence-informed metacognition and memory techniques
  • Growth Mindset by stealth
  • A case study of disciplined enquiry

Workshop C - Improving pupil outcomes using disciplined innovation by James Siddle

James Siddle is head teacher of St Margaret’s CE Primary School and head of Kyra Research School. James’ work on digital feedback was part of the National College’s ‘Closing the Gap’ project and featured one of the first school led randomised control trials. This work is now being developed in an efficacy trial with 60 schools funded by the Education Endowment Foundation.

Outline of workshop:

  • The presentation will explore a three year journey using research and collaboration to development innovative approaches to improve pupils’ outcomes in English and maths.
  • Explore the motivations and development of research based practice from developmental stage through to an EEF funded efficacy trial.

Workshop D - Self-Regulation Strategy Development: A case study of research in a secondary school by Laura McQuade

Laura has been a Geography teacher for 15 years and is currently Assistant Head of Humanities at Haven High Academy in Boston. She works with the Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Alliance on research and development projects around the county, with a particular interest in the coast area. She is also studying for a Doctorate in Education looking at how teachers self-perceptions and the current neoliberal policy technologies in Education can impact on teacher wellbeing.

Outline of workshop:

  • Outline of SRSD project – conception, aims and objectives
  • Trial of SRSD technique
  • Outline of results and conclusions of project
  • Impact of being involved in research on teachers
  • Analysis of action research in schools
  • Consideration of how action research can be used in delegates contexts
  • Next steps


Workshop E -  The Pen Green Paradigm: Practitioner research in the Early Years by Felicity Norton

Felicity is Deputy Head of Pen Green Integrated Centre with lead responsibility for Pen Green Research Training and Development Base and Pen Green Teaching School. Felicity currently leads on both the BA (Hons) in Integrated working with Children and Families in the Early Years and the MA in Integrated working with Children and Families in the Early Years.

Felicity has achieved a MA Degree in Integrated Education, The further education teachers certificate, BA Hons in Health and Community Studies and a BTEC National Diploma in Early Childhood studies. She has studied Infant Psychotherapy and has a specialist interest in Psychotherapy and group dynamics.

Outline of workshop:

  • Overview of the Pen Green Paradigm
  • Learn about the special qualities which make Pen Green distinctive
  • Perspective on both family policy and early years practice 

  • Reviewing the Research Element and its relationship with training

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Starts: Friday, February 3rd 2017 at 9:00am
Doors open: 8:30am
Ends: Friday, February 3rd 2017 at 3:30pm

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Timezone: Europe/London
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The Epic Centre
Lincolnshire Showground

United Kingdom

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The Epic Centre is located four miles North of Lincoln, from the A46 Lincoln by-pass. The main entrance to the Showground is at Gate1, immediately off the A15.

  • 20 minutes to the A1
  • 15 minutes by road to Lincoln Central Train Station, with a 25 minute train journey to the East Coast Main Line at Newark North Gate Station, or 30 minutes by road from Lincolnshire Showground to Newark. The train journey from Newark to London Kings Cross is less than 90 minutes
  • 15 minutes from Lincoln Central Bus Station
  • The Showground is serviced by bus 103, Lincoln – Scunthorpe

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