What role do school networks play in effective knowledge mobilisation?

Date of press release: 
18th February 2014

The London Leadership Strategy (LLS) and the Coalition for Evidence-based Education (CEBE) have joined forces to host an innovative Knowledge Mobilisation across School Networks conference, hosted by the Greater London Authority at City Hall on the 19th February, with support from Whole Education, Challenge Partners and the Teacher Development Trust.

The conference, being co-hosted by Anita Kerwin-Nye, consultant in education and charity collaboration and Jonathan Sharples, Senior Researcher at the EEF, on Secondment from the Institute of Effective Education, will consider how research and evidence can be moved through the system using school-to-school networks.

The conference will explore how the growing number of school networks can help teachers use research evidence to improve outcomes for children and young people.

Anita Kerwin-Nye, co-hosting this event through her work at London Leadership Strategy, says: “Millions of pounds are spent each year on research into ‘what works’ in education. It is essential that we help teachers access evidence in a format that supports their everyday practice and that complements their professional judgment and experience. School networks – led as most are by serving heads and teachers – are an ideal way to move research knowledge into practice.

We are hugely thankful to the Greater London Authority for hosting this conference. The Mayor’s Office and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) are paving the way to future success by funding essential work into the area of knowledge mobilisation. Our event partners Whole Education, Challenge Partners, London Leadership Strategy and the Teacher Development Trust are all highly regarded in their work on school-to-school support and excel in helping teachers access the best in evidence.

“We are delighted that the London Leadership Strategy has been awarded a grant to help the Greater London Authority share learning from the Mayor’s London Schools Excellence Fund to schools in the capital and beyond. Nearly 100 projects working with over 800 schools are developing and testing approaches to improve outcomes and the learning from these projects will have an impact on an even greater number of children and young people”

Jonathan Sharples, a lead in the area of evidence based policy and practice, says: “Creating an effective evidence system in education requires coordinated efforts from a wide range of stakeholders - researchers, practitioners, policy makers and intermediaries - all working in unison. Nevertheless, whilst collaboration is important, is it imperative that teaching professionals drive these developments. In this respect, school networks are uniquely placed to disseminate research knowledge and support its use in informing professional practice”.

The conference has attracted a range of individuals and organisations interested in evidence-based practice and policy in education including teachers, school leaders, education researchers and organisations seeking to share evidence in the school system.

Alongside Anita Kerwin-Nye and Jonathan Sharples, speakers include Cathy Howe, NHS Knowledge Mobilisation Fellow on learning from the NHS and John Tomsett, Headteacher at Huntington School in York, member of the Headteacher's roundtable and lead of the Ebor Teaching School Alliance.

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Notes to editors

About the Knowledge Mobilisation conference

  • The conference is taking place on the 19th February 2014 at City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA from 10am-1pm.
  • The conference has been organised by the London Leadership Strategy (LLS) in partnership with the Coalition for Evidence Based Education (CEBE).
  • The event is hosted by the Greater London Authority, which is supporting a range of activities around school to school support and innovation in education. This includes the £24m London Schools Excellence Fund and the Gold Club, which have been set by the Mayor to raise standards in teaching for all pupils.
  • For more information go to http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/young-people
  • A number of school improvement bodies and networks are supporting the conference including Challenge Partners, Whole Education and the Teacher Development Trust.
  • For more information about the agenda for the conference, visit http://londonleadershipstrategy.com/events/cebe-event-19th-feb-2014
  • The event twitter hashtag is #edevidence
  • Follow Anita Kerwin-Nye on twitter www.twitter.com/anitakntweets
  • Anita is LLS’s Managing Director and works closely with schools and third sector partners.

About London Leadership Strategy

The London Leadership Strategy is the not for profit successor organisation, led by London Headteachers, which is keeping alive the spirit and mission of London Challenge.

Run by Heads and School Leaders, LLS have an extensive network of school improvement reaching across all London Boroughs as well as offering support in specific projects and partnerships across England.

For further information, visit www.londonleadershipstrategy.com
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About Coalition for Evidence- based Education

The Coalition for Evidence-based Education (CEBE) is an alliance of researchers, policy makers and practitioners who are interested in improving the way research evidence is accessed, and used, across the sector.

CEBE aims to provide a platform to share ideas, set up new collaborative projects, host events and promote independent activity that is taking place across partner organisations.

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