The researchED National Conference is one of the biggest education events of the year, and this year Miss Colquhoun and Mr Macpherson spoke at this year’s conference, held at Parliament Hill School in London, covering themes developed in their recently published books on teaching practice with John Catt Educational.
Miss Colquhoun shared: “I was honoured to have joined a wide range of speakers, researchers, academics, writers, policy makers and importantly, teachers at this year’s National researchED conference. Joining leading thinkers, creating a space for discussion and exploration of what really works, drives up the standard of what we do and ultimately helps us provide our students with the most effective, evidence-informed instruction, and quality experiences, so they may be all they can be/reach their full potential.”
Mr Macpherson added: “It’s best to think of researchED as a movement of people working in education who are really passionate about driving up standards. For far too long, teachers have been encouraged to follow practices that have no basis in education research. By engaging with research evidence we can improve what we do in the classroom, and that is hugely beneficial to our pupils. It’s a great event to come away from with new ideas and a different way of seeing things.”
Since being founded by Tom Bennett in 2013, researchED has spread around the world with the purpose of supporting teachers by sharing learning from education research. The national conference is attended by 2,000 teachers from across the UK, as well as leading policy makers, journalists, academics and politicians.
Last November, Robert Gordon’s College hosted researchED Scotland for the first time, and this has helped develop links with leading commentators in education policy and research. Being an evidence-informed school with an emphasis on being up to date with our teaching practice is hugely important, and is included in the College Improvement Plan. Building stronger links with researchED will continue to create new professional learning opportunities for RGC staff and help us to be one of the UK’s leading schools on teaching and learning.
You can follow the event at the researchED National Conference on X (Twitter) by using the hashtag #rED23 and following the account @researchED1.