The Perse School

The Institute for Effective Education Inaugural Conference

3 Oct 2011

Dr Kate Nickson, from The Perse Chemistry and Biology departments, was invited to give a section of the key note speech at the inaugural conference of the Institute for Effective Education, ‘Empowering Educators with Evidence’.

Sir John Holman, Senior Fellow for Education at the Wellcome Trust, gave the key note speech entitled “Evidence in Education: Some Lessons from Practical Policymaking”. He was following the development of the many iterations of the Science National Curriculum and looking towards the next one. He invited Dr Nickson to give a section of the talk on the problems caused in science classrooms by the National Curriculum. This was an exciting conference, which drew together educators and researchers, creating dialogue about how research can be used to improve teaching and learning. At present there is a wide gulf between educational research and the implementation of findings in schools. The Institute for Effective Education is seeking to help bridge this gap. It was a motivating conference to attend at a time when teachers from The Perse are becoming involved in educational research.

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