Developments in educational research and school improvement

The conference will feature keynote speakers but its main aim is to attract a range of papers from researchers and practitioners. Research is especially welcome from participants at an early stage in their development, including both Masters and doctoral students.

There will also be a workshop for local teachers offering them the chance to consider recent relevant research on the place of grammar in the teaching of writing.

Call for papers            

This conference welcomes papers that address  recent developments in educational research that relate to English in Education but also other relevant and related areas of interest such as Language, Literature, Media Education, Pedagogy and Research methodology. 

‘English’ is a very broad subject, being both a mother tongue but also a second language for many who study it.  As a subject it also has many perspectives about its importance, seen by some emancipatory and democratic, by others as dominating with associations to a colonial history.  The conference welcomes papers that discuss any aspects of English, language in general, mother tongue, second language and related areas.  It also welcomes discussions of research methodology that might be of value in researching the subject and its future and so we are also interested in all aspects of educational research that address the broad themes of and educational improvement. 

Papers that address issues in teacher education and interdisciplinary aspects of research are also welcome. We are especially interested to offer opportunities to teacher researchers, Masters and PhD students. Papers will be grouped into sessions with 3 or 4 papers that have some common theme or topic.

The call for papers will be open until November 23rd.

Each proposal should provide:

  • a title, up to 25 words
  • a 250 word abstract [excluding references]
  • and 5 key words

All proposals will be peer reviewed and decisions communicated by November 27th.  However papers will be accepted within 2 days of receipt if peer review is positive, ensuring that participants can register in good time.  Please email Professor Andy Goodwyn at to submit your abstract or discuss your proposal.

Draft programme

12.00 Registrations and light lunch
12.30 Researching the place of grammar in the English classroom – challenges and possibilities
Professor Debra Myhill, Exeter University
13.15 Paper sessions 1
14:15 Break
14.30 Paper sessions 2
15.30 Keynote
16.30 Workshop for teachers on Grammar and English
led by Professor Debra Myhill
17.55 Completion of evaluation forms
18.00 Close of event


The BERA Early Career Researcher Network offers a limited amount of bursaries to the value of £75 towards travel for BERA Student Members only.

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.


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