Dr Richard Churches

Lead Adviser - Education Reform and Evidence Based Practice

Education Development Trust

Dr Richard Churches is Lead Adviser for Education Reform and Evidence-Based Practice at Education Development Trust. He has led many major large-scale government policy initiatives in England and across the world. He is the author of ‘Teacher-Led Research’ and ‘Neuroscience for Teachers’ (with Eleanor Dommett and Ian Devonshire).


Future Leaders

26 February 2020 | 13:30 - 14:30 | Teacher-Led Randomised Controlled Trials - Unleashing Teacher Global Voice and Agency

There is a democratic deficit in education research. For too long the research agenda has been dominated by people who no longer practice or never practiced as teachers. This is changing. Teachers around the world are taking control of the education research agenda, conducting ‘clinical’ trials paralleling those conducted by doctors and surgeons. From Global Teacher Prize nominee trials through to collaborations with neuroscientists and a Department for Education project exploring workload reduction in England, Richard will give delegates the opportunity to learn about the types of trials teachers have been conducting across the world as part of this global revolution. His talk will also outline the potential for teachers to collaborate on big data analyses to help understand what works, with which children, in what context and how technology could facilitate this.


27 February 2020 | 13:45 - 13:55 | Translating Neuroscience Evidence Into Classroom Practice – Challenges and Possibilities

Classrooms are not laboratories, yet neither are hospital wards. By drawing on the processes used by their cousins in medicine and healthcare teachers can, and are, beginning to translate evidence from the biology of learning into powerful classroom practice. With continued effort education may well be able to use neuroscience in the same way that medicine uses biology and architecture uses physics, enhancing the status of the teaching profession and outcomes for learners.