Tom Bennett has been teaching in the East End of London for thirteen years. Currently he is the Director and founder of researchED, a grass-roots, teacher-led project that aims to make teachers research-literate and pseudo-science proof. Since 2013 researchED has grown from a tweet to an international conference movement that so far has spanned three continents and six countries.
In 2009 he was made a Teacher Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University. From 2008-2016 he wrote a weekly column for the TES and TES online, and is the author of four books on teacher-training, behaviour management and educational research. In 2015 he was long listed for the GEMS Global Teacher Prize, and in that year was listed as one of the Huffington Post’s ‘Top Ten Global Educational Bloggers’
He recently chaired the Behaviour Management Group for the UK Department of Education(DfE) and is currently their Independent Behaviour Advisor. He coaches teachers and schools internationally in all aspects of behaviour management and research integration.
In his previous life he ran night clubs in London’s Soho, which provided an obvious training ground in classroom management and pastoral care.
Hélène Galdin-O’Shea has been a teacher for 20 years, primarily of English and Media. Hélène is Director of Teaching School and Research Advocate, with a focus on ITE and CPDL. She believes that much is to be gained from adopting an evidence-informed approach to Teaching & Learning and school improvement. She is always in awe of the generosity of teachers to share their practice and their willingness to learn from one another, and she is keen to do anything to facilitate that.
Hélène is interested in promoting cross-institution collaboration as part of professional development, in supporting teachers who, tired of top-down and often poorly-informed initiatives in schools, have rightly decided to reclaim their professionalism learning. Ultimately, she is keen to help in promoting and developing ways for educational professionals to share the best evidence available.