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).


Wellbeing Space

14 November 2021 | 10:30 - 10:50 | English | Reducing teacher workload in England using the Department for Education workload reduction toolkit

Schools across England collaborated to design experimental and quasi-experimental studies looking at the effect of a wide range of teacher workload reduction strategies on pupil attainment, teacher wellbeing and teacher time. The school workload reduction toolkit is a set of practical resources for school leaders and teachers that aim to help reduce workload in a wide range of areas. The Department for Education first published the toolkit in July 2018. It was produced by school leaders, teachers and other sector experts; together with the Department for Education, drawing on successful workload reduction strategies undertaken by schools. In this session you will learn about the toolkit and how it had positive effects on teacher wellbeing, as well as how reducing workload in key areas (such as planning and marking) was associated with improved pupil progress.


Skills Development Training

15 November 2021 | 16:30 - 16:50 | English | Assessing the potential to teach, lessons from an education assessment center

In this presentation, Richard will explain how an applied psychology assessment center has been used to assess teacher trainees’ potential prior to entering teacher training. The presentation will also report on findings from an ongoing longitudinal study into the assessment center’s ability to predict later classroom performance. Richard will also suggest ways that schools and others involved in teacher recruitment and selection could improve their processes, in order to find the best candidates for their school or programme.

Global Learning

16 November 2021 | 11:40 - 12:00 | English | Applying evidence from neuroscience and psychology in the classroom - challenges and opportunities

The science of learning and its associated evidence has the potential to transform the way we think about learning and teaching.  However, there are challenges in translating neuroscience and psychology evidence into the classroom and the need to arrive at an appropriate bridge between the laboratory and teaching.  In the presentation, Richard Churches, author of the book Neuroscience for Teachers (with Eleanor Dommett and Ian Devonshire) will help teachers and other education professional navigate the challenges and signpost delegates to the best bets for inclusion in teacher training and school-level professional development.