Caroline Creaby

Deputy Headteacher, Sandringham School

Dr Ruth Dann

Lecturer in Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, University College London, Institute of Education


Leading research engagement in education – a practical guide to changing practice in your school

Are you persuaded by the merits of evidence informed practice but don’t know where to start? This session will provide delegates with a really useful guide to making the first steps toward sustainable evidence informed practice in their schools. The session leaders will take delegates through the recommendations from recently published guidance written by teachers and researchers. Delegates will leave with a copy of the guidance and a clearer understanding of realistic expectations, how to prepare, practical approaches to leadership and an array of sources of support.


Dr Caroline Creaby is a Deputy Headteacher and Research School Director at Sandringham School, an outstanding comprehensive secondary school in Hertfordshire. Caroline has worked in schools for twelve years teaching economics and business and leading on areas including the curriculum, sixth form, CPD and teaching and learning. Since 2013, Caroline has led on her school’s engagement with research which has included working with the Institute for Effective Education leading Evidence for the Frontline, a national service connecting teachers and researchers. From September 2017, Sandringham School will join the Research Schools Network leading evidence engagement in the south east region.

Dr Ruth Dann completed a PhD at Southampton University, taught in primary education and lectured at Keele University and Manchester Metropolitan University before coming to University College London, Institute of Education. She is in the Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment. Her current teaching and research interests relate to formative assessment, particularly pupils’ own role in and understanding of assessment. Additionally, she has research interests into the ways in which looked-after and adopted children can be better supported in the primary classroom. She was recently currently co-investigator on a funded research project with Keele University, on Raising Achievement in Key Stage one in Stoke-on-Trent. She is chair of governors of a primary school which is Ofsted rated outstanding. She is an editorial board member of the international journal Education 3-13 and she has peer reviewed for a number of journals.