Last week saw teachers, researchers and those of us interested in research in schools get together at London Connected Learning Centre in Clapham to look at the role of research in primary schools, run by the grassroots movement ‘ResearchEd‘.
It was a fast paced event of short presentations from people at various stages of the research journey. With such interesting insights being shared, and knowing time would get the better of me before I managed to write them up after the event, I got back to the live blogging after a few months hiatus.
Here are my write ups of the four main talks. They range from the insights from Carl Hendrick’s developing role as research lead at Wellington College, to Jon Brunskill’s take on engaging with research early in a teaching career, via Kate Atkins’ whole school take on research in a large primary school and Matt Walker’s run down of NFER resources for research engaged schools.
It was a fascinating event, and there seems to be a really healthy mix of ambition and pragmatism in the growing movement for research engaged schools. In an area that has sometimes in the past been depicted as being ‘top down’ and disconnected, these were four very authentic and empowerd takes on the role of research in the education of children.