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BERA-LERN Educational Research Masterclass


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This event will be a research masterclass consisting of four papers drawing on educational research conducted within local authorities and beyond.  The aim will be to share with delegates a range of research papers and research methods to help them explore ways to become more research active and research engaged in their day jobs.  

The role of local authorities in education has been under pressure from central government for many years and particularly since 2010, with the down-sizing of school improvement services, the increased fragmentation of the educational system, including the introduction of free schools and the mass academisation of the maintained school sector.  While London remains preeminent in terms of educational outcomes, not all young people enjoy equality of outcomes and marginalised groups still present a significant challenge to those of us committed to all children fulfilling their educational potential.  The capacity in local authorities to work with their schools, as a critical friend is being eroded in an increasingly fragmented system where responsibility and control is being evermore exercised from the centre of government and through academy chains and trusts, some of which appear to have raised questions about aspects of their governance structures.  Alongside the diminished responsibility of local authorities, the role of school governors appears to be reduced in terms of their capacity to support and challenge schools, particularly within academy schools and chains of schools. 

13.00 Registration & Networking lunch
13.30 Chair’s welcome
Sean Hayes
13.35 Opening comments
Gerry Czerniawski
13.50 Longitudinal data on attainment and the challenge for one LA
Carl Parsons – University of Greenwich
14.30 The effect of changing assessment frameworks on London’s educational success; continuous improvement or fragile gains?
Sean Hayes – Hounslow Council
15.10 Break
15.20 Larger academy chains appear to be re-inventing Local Authority structures: Which aspects are missing and why? (A case study)
Birendra Singh – Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment at University College London
16.10 How is governor support for school performance data analysis changing in the new education landscape?
Rob Atkins – Surrey Council
16.30 Q&A
16.55 Concluding remarks
Sean Hayes
17.00 Completion of evaluation forms
17.05 Conference ends

This event is free for all delegates, however you must register online.
It is supported by London Education Research Network


BERA offer a limited amount of bursaries for BERA Student Members only.

  • Bursaries are available for BERA Student Members to the value of £75 towards travel.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email with a 250 word statement on why you want to attend this event and why you need the financial assistance. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA.