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researchED Pretoria 2018

15th September 2018 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

We’re delighted to announce our first researchED in Africa, landing in Pretoria this September.

We believe that education is poised for a revolution- one based on evidence and research, not dogma and orthodoxy. New discoveries in how we learn, and a greater emphasis on being evidence informed has the potential to transform the education and life chances of students everywhere, particularly the least advantaged. But it won’t happen by itself.

For the last four years researchED has been growing as a vehicle that brings together voices from the margins of education, from academia, from research, from classrooms and staffroom, into an ocean of conversation, challenge and new ideas. From Sydney to New York and everywhere in between, days of powerful thinking, discussion and sharing have been taking place, joined together by social media. And now at last it’s arrived in South Africa. We hope you can come join us, whether you teach, lead schools, write policy or run an organisation. Everyone is welcome. Prepare for 100 ideas in a day.


Confirmed speakers so far:

Tom Bennett, Founder of researchED and UK government advisor on school behaviour: Lessons from the best schools in the UK and abroad- what do teachers and leaders need to do to make real behavioural change?

Mbulelo Nguta, education reformer and a co-founder of the Institute for Education Reforms: Evidence-based and quality-oriented education reforms

Sam Freedman, CEO, Ark Education Partnerships Group: How can government policy be more evidence informed?

Doreen Nabayo, Lessons from Africa’s first EdTech Incubator. A call to get more evidence-driven educators involved in designing EdTech solutions.

Jamie Martin, Founder, Injini – Africa’s first edtech incubator. Ex UK Dept Education Special Adviser: Why we should be frustrated by the evidence free fads & fashions dominating Africa

Jon Molver, Education Director, Ark South Africa

S’onqoba Maseko, WEF Global Shaper Alumnus

Lester Lalla, Deputy Headmaster at St Stithians Boys’ Prep: Understanding by Design (based on the work of Grant Wiggins)

Margot Long, Deputy Head at St John’s Preparatory School: The benefits and pitfalls of Action Research

Professor Nicola Kleyn, dean of the Gordon Institute of Business Science: What business looks for in graduates.

Dr Ian Moll, senior lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg: Neuroscience and myths in education

Tim Jarvis, teacher, Michaelhouse School, KwaZulu-Natal: ‘Divide and Conquer’ – What the evidence says about single gendered education

Bruce Collins, English teacher at St Alban’s College in Pretoria: how shame cultures in schools limit teachers and students from being their best

Martin Robinson, author of Trivium: The Importance of the Knowledge Rich Curriculum

Adam Thorpe, Curriculum Manager at Ark Teacher Training

Dr Pedro De Bruyckere, Educational scientist, teacher & researcher: What are the biggest myths in education? How do we avoid them?

Gugu Nonjinge, Afrobarometer Communications Coordinator for Southern Africa
Moira Gundu, Learning Commons Coordinator, St Albans College
Sam Rametse, Program Manager, Zenex Foundation 


All session are run on a first come, first served basis. Lunch and refreshments are included in the price. Limited parking available- please get in touch to book.


Sam Rametse

Evidence based approach in education interventions

Jonathan Molver

This session looks at how Instructional leadership development - specifically a focus on deliberate practice and active learning - in Principals can impact the quality of teaching and learner outcomes.

Dr. Ian Moll


S’onqoba Maseko

The Future We’re Preparing Learners For... Are WE even ready?

Moira Gundu

The complicit role of knowledge sharing in innovating education

John Walker

Principles of phonic instruction: research-based strategies that all teachers should know

Tim Jarvis

Divide and Conquer - What the evidence says about single-gender education

Lester Lalla

In pursuit of good design

Pedro De Bruyckere

Urban Myths about Learning and Education & The Ingredients for Great Teaching

Doreen Nabaho

Beyond the edtech hype - lessons from Africa's first edtech incubator

Jamie Martin

Why most EdTech makes no positive impact on education in Africa, and how we we can use evidence to fix that

Margot Long

Harnessing the power of action research in schools

Bruce Collins

Growing Learning Organisations: Challenging Shame Cultures in Schools

Mbulelo Nguta

Evidence-based and quality-oriented education reforms

Tom Bennett

Behaviour lessons from the best UK schools

Sam Freedman

Permanent revolution? Lessons from the English school reforms
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15th September 2018
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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St Alban’s College
110 Clearwater Rd, Lynnwood Glen, Pretoria, 0081, South Africa South Africa