Education policy must be evidence-led

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Chris Beverley has welcomed the news that an education conference is taking place in Yorkshire regarding the need to make sure that education policies are based on research evidence of what works in the classroom.

Dr Mary Bousted, General Secretary of the teachers’ union, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), is due to address the conference at York University tomorrow (Thursday 20 March), and  Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt, will speak at the conference on Friday.

In addition, Professor Peter Tymms, Director of iPIPS (an international study on primary school children) in the School of Education, Durham University will outline the best way to use the findings from the increasing number of randomised controlled trials in education.

Chris said; “the education of our young people is of paramount importance to the future of our country and there needs to be far more done to ensure that teaching methods are evidence-based and proven to provide the best outcomes for our young people.

“Political dogma should not play any role whatsoever in our education system and the way to ensure that it does not is to make sure that education policy is evidence-led.”