Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the fifth national researchEd conference. It was the biggest event yet and the scale and quality of the speakers was really superb. It really was a privilege to attend, speak and connect with so many teachers and researchers.
I really enjoyed hearing from the formidable Stephen Gorard on edu research, Martin Galway on grammar and writing, Martin Robinson on ‘growth mindset’ (I disagreed with a fair few of Martin’s points, but it is good to be challenged!), as well as Amanda Spielman’s talk on the welcome changes she is leading at OFSTED.
My talk entitled, ‘50,000 Small Solutions to the Big Problem of the New Curriculum‘, was a forty minute whistle-stop tour of the academic demands of the new curriculum – at pretty much every phase. My argument, if our students do not have a wealth of words, then they simply won’t access the academic curriculum of school. We need to recalibrate our teaching and better help children to crack the academic code.
You can see the recording of the presentation here:
Here is the PPT from the session:
A big thank you to Tom Bennett, Helene Galdin-O’Shea, Alex Weatherall and all of the helpers who brought the event into being. We should not take for granted how a hugely busy cadre of teachers and supporters offer their effort and time over for their teacher colleagues for a national event like this.