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Professional development costs schools in the UK over £1 billion per year. However, the Institute of Teaching states that not enough schools are engaging with evidence informed research even though it is readily available to schools. According to a report published by the Education Endowment Fund, The Attainment Gap (2017), professional development that leads to improved teaching standards is one of the key drivers to closing the attainment gap.
In 2017, the Department for Education released the report, Evidence-Informed Teaching: an Evaluation of Progress in England, which assesses three areas; a schools access to research evidence, their engagement with research and the use of research throughout the school. The Chartered College of Teaching used this report to inform their guidance, released in 2017, with the aim of helping schools and teachings engage with evidence. In an effort to ensure schools are engaging with research Ofsted have updated their Education Inspection Framework to ensure they are able to effectively evaluate schools that have implemented research-informed practices.
According to a report published by the Education Policy Institute in 2018, ‘The Teacher Labour Market in England: Shortages, Subject Expertise and Incentives’, up to 40% of teachers are leaving the profession within 5 years of qualifying, so it is increasingly important to reduce teacher workloads. It is vital that schools are engaging with research that could help teachers do their jobs more efficiently and therefore help create a better work-life balance.
It is imperative that the Education sector as a whole fully understands the transformational impact that evidence informed practice can have on teaching standards and attainment levels. Furthermore, as a result of this it is vital that schools and senior leadership teams have clear strategies in place to deliver evidence-informed teaching that has a positive impact on teacher’s CPD and school standards.
This one day forum presents attendees with an opportunity to examine how evidence informed teaching is an essential method for improving teaching standards and closing the attainment gap. Attendees will also hear case studies discussing how research can reduce teacher workload, improve teaching practices and deliver improved attainment for pupils.
Key speakers include:
• Professor Daniel Muijs, Head of Research, Ofsted
• Mike Coldwell, Head of Centre for Development and Research in Education, Sheffield Hallam University
• Lisa-Maria Muller, Director of Education and Research, Chartered College of Teaching.
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