CTSN Research Conference

Posted on: 11th January 2019

CTSN Research Conference

3rd July 4pm - 6.30pm


The Teacher as the decisive element - The secret to effective teacher development

The CTSN Research and Development conference 2019 will explore the evidence base and professional debates around how to enable teachers to take ownership of their professional development to enable great learning for the pupils in their care.

The various conference facilitators will explore the culture, processes and steps that teachers and school leaders should take to ensure a continued culture of learning and development in schools. 

Conference facilitators will seek to promote collaboration between research-creators and research- users in collaboration with teachers, school leaders, The Research Schools Network and The Chartered College of Teaching.


Sessions will explore: 

  • The Teacher as a professional
  • The Teacher as the decisive element in addressing attainment gaps in their classroom
  • The Teacher as the specialist – the importance of the continued development of specialist knowledge 
  • The Teacher as researcher - engaging with the wider research base 


Conference facilitators

Prof Becky Allen – Author of Teacher Tap – (An alternative prescription for addressing the attainment gap and The Teacher addressing the gaps in their classroom)

Karen Spence-Thomas – UCL, Institute of Education (The Teacher as Researcher using the evidence base)

Cat Scutt – Director of Education and Research Charter College of Teaching and Stephen Munday President of Charter College and Executive Principal of Comberton Village College and chief executive of The Cam Academy Trust in Cambridgeshire (The teacher as a developing professional – engaging with The Chartered College of Teaching)

Claire- Louise West – Executive Primary Headteacher of Cordwalles, Pine Ridge and Lorraine Schools- part of GLF Multi Academy Trust (The need to value the diversity and autonomy of each school) 

Dr Fiona Maine – Faculty of Education- Cambridge DIALLS (Dialogue and Argumentation for cultural Literacy Learning in Schools)

John- Mark Winstanley – Primary PGCSE Deputy Course Manager at Faculty of Education. (EAL)

Will Hussey – Author of The Art of Being Brilliant (Mental Health Student well -being)

Kay Blayney – Cambridge Early Years Teaching School Alliance (Early Years) 

Joe Ogborn – Noise Solution (Music Therapy)


School based research projects

SIFF project on effective MFL primary and secondary transition – Katherine Monument, Swavesey Village College

Too often, we teach students what to think but not how to think. - How to disseminate and embed The Education Endowment Foundation recommendations on metacognition and self- regulated learning into a whole school CPD programme – Elizabeth Taylor, Jo Plumb, Rebecca Gale, Cambourne Village College and Catherine Davies, Saffron Walden County High 

iNEAR research project – Sarah Noble, Abbey Colleg

Lessons to be learnt from science education research into assessment for learning: considering the ideas of the science learner – Dan Crittenden, Saffron Walden County High 

Closing the Vocabulary Gap using explicit etymology instruction - Caroline Goddard and Lauren Coates, Saffron Walden County High

WHAT’S THE TRICK TO MAKING IT STICK? Supporting low-attaining students with the retention of knowledge across linear GCSE courses -Pilotingthe Knowledge Organiser as a pedagogical tool  – Amy Whitehouse Saffron Walden County High 

How coaching can transform your school - developing and embedding a coaching culture From humble beginnings to Coach Mark Gold – Our reflections on our journey of developing coaching as an effective CPD/ CPLD tool for all staff  – Katie Naylor Saffron Walden County High 

Metacognition: EEF Meta cognition and self-learning report  – Rob James, The Ramsey Academy

Engaging with the evidence base for post 16 Education  – Michael Murray, Hills Road Sixth Form College 


Information Marketplace

How do we know it works? – Leading Change  - UCL, IoE joint project with CTSN

Barrington Books

Schools Library Association

Art of being Brilliant

Chartered College of Teaching

Maths Hub 

Science Learning Partnership