The Teaching & Learning Summit: Our speakers

We’ve been fortunate to attract some of the best speakers in the evidence-informed education world. We’re currently working on an all-star line-up for the 2025 Teaching & Learning Summit. In the meantime, here’s who we’ve heard from in previous editions…

Dr. Kulvarn Atwa

Dr. Kulvarn Atwa

Dr. Kulvarn Atwal is Head Learning Leader at two London schools, and is the author of The Thinking Teacher and The Thinking School. In 2016, Kulvarn completed his Professional Doctorate in Education, his thesis investigating the factors that impact upon teacher engagement in professional learning activities. His conceptual framework included a model designed for school leaders to implement to maximise teachers’ formal and informal learning opportunities.

Follow Kulvarn at @thinkingschool2.

Craig Barton

Craig Barton

Craig Barton is the Head of Education at Eedi, with 15 years of experience as a teacher. He is the author of the best-selling books How I wish I’d taught maths and Reflect, Expect, Check, Explain, the host of the Mr Barton Maths podcast and the Tips for Teachers podcast, and the creator of websites such as mrbartonmaths.com.

Follow Craig at @mrbartonmaths

Prof. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Prof. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Sarah-Jayne is Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge and leader of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group. Her group’s research focuses on the development of social cognition and decision making in the human adolescent brain, and adolescent mental health.

Follow Sarah-Jayne at @sjblakemore

Bradley Busch

Bradley Busch

Bradley is one of the leading experts on how psychological research can help teachers and students improve how they learn, think and perform. A director of InnerDrive, he is also the co-author of Teaching & Learning Illuminated: The Big Ideas, Illustrated and The Science of Learning: 99 Studies That Every Teacher Needs to Know.

Follow Bradley @BradleyKBusch

Philippa Cordingley

Philippa Cordingley

Philippa Cordingley, Chief Executive of CUREE is a renowned expert in Continuing Professional Development and Learning (CPDL) and the use of research for school improvement. She is a member of OECD’s Expert Group for Country reviews of ITE, a trustee of Big Education, the School 21 MAT and CPDL Charity and chairs the COT/ASCL/NAHT Research Advisory Group.

Follow Philippa at @PhilippaCcuree

Sarah Cottinghatt

Sarah Cottinghatt

Sarah Cottinghatt is an Associate Dean at Ambition Institute, a national educational charity helping schools tackle educational disadvantage through teacher and school leader training. A former English teacher, she now works as a teacher educator supporting schools with their professional development. Sarah recently completed an MA in Educational Neuroscience and blogs at overpractised.com.

Follow Sarah at @SCottinghatt

Lucy Crehan

Lucy Crehan

Lucy is an international education consultant, having travelled around the world’s “top performing” education systems and advised foreign governments on education reform at the Education Development Trust. She has authored two books including Cleverlands: The Secrets Behind the Success of the World’s Education Superpowers, and is now working on her third.

Follow Lucy at @lucy_crehan

Sam Freedman

Sam Freedman

Sam was a Senior Policy Advisor to the DfE from 2010 to 2013, before spending five years as an Executive Director at Teach First and three years as CEO of Education Partnerships Group, an international development charity supporting education reform in a number of sub-Saharan African countries. He is a columnist at Prospect and TES, and has written on education and other policy issues for the New Statesman, the Evening Standard, House magazine and other publications.

Follow Sam at @Samfr.

Jim Heal

Jim Heal

Jim Heal works at Deans for Impact, a national nonprofit helping to infuse Cognitive Science principles into teacher training. Prior to that, he was Director of Practice at Harvard’s Research Schools International initiative. He completed his initial teacher training at King’s College London and spent over a decade as an English teacher, Principal, and Specialist Leader in Education. Jim is also co-author of How Teaching Happens: Seminal Works in Teaching and Teacher Effectiveness and What They Mean in Practice.

Follow Jim at @HealJim

Dr. Carl Hendrick

Dr. Carl Hendrick

Dr Carl Hendrick is co-author of How Learning Happens and How Teaching Happens. He holds a PhD in education from King’s College London and has taught for several years in both the state and independent sectors. He currently works at the Academica University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam where his focus is on bridging the gap between research and practice.

Follow Carl at @C_Hendrick

Dr. Iro Konstantinou

Dr. Iro Konstantinou

Iro is the Head of Research and Impact at the Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning. She is also a research fellow at BrainCanDo, is the manager of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership initiatives, and edits the Eton Journal for Research and Innovation in Education.

Follow Iro @IroKonstantinou

 

Priya Lakhani OBE

Priya Lakhani OBE

Priya Lakhani OBE is the Founder CEO of CENTURY Tech, the award-winning education technology company that develops AI-powered learning tools. Priya was named Business Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009 and has received several awards for her work at CENTURY. She sits on the UK government’s AI Council and is a co-founder of the Institute for Ethical AI in Education, and was awarded an OBE in 2014.

Follow Priya at @priyalakhani

Doug Lemov

Doug Lemov

Doug is the author of international bestseller Teach Like a Champion (now in its 3.0 version) and The Coach’s Guide to Teaching. A former teacher and principal, he helped found Uncommon Schools, a network of high performing schools in under-served communities.

Follow Doug at @Doug_Lemov

Prof. Bill Lucas

Prof. Bill Lucas

Professor Bill Lucas is Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester. A prolific writer, speaker and education reformer, he is co-author of books including Educating Ruby: what our children really need to learn and Creative Thinking in Schools: a leadership playbook, as well as co-founder of the school leadership coalition Rethinking Assessment.

Follow Bill @LucasLearn

Peps McCrea

Peps McCrea

An award-winning teacher educator, designer and author, Peps is Director of Education at Steplab and author of the High Impact Teaching series. Peps has three Masters degrees, Fellowships from the Young Academy and University of Brighton, and lots of distracting tattoos.

Follow Peps at @PepsMccrea

Mary Myatt

Mary Myatt

Mary is an education adviser, writer and speaker, and curates Myatt & Co where she works with colleagues to develop thoughtful work on the curriculum and wider school improvement. Drawing on her work with pupils, teachers and leaders, she writes and speaks about learning, leadership and the curriculum.

Follow Mary at @MaryMyatt

Jonnie Noakes

Jonnie Noakes

Jonnie is Director of Teaching and Learning at Eton and the Director of The Tony Little CIRL. An expert in character education, he is also a director of Neuroscience for Education and an editorial board member of the Chartered College of Teaching’s journal Impact.

Follow Jonnie @JonnieNoakes

Jade Pearce

Jade Pearce

Jade Pearce is a Director of Programmes for the GAT Institute, leading trust-wide professional development. With twelve years’ experience teaching Economics and Business, she is passionate about evidence-informed practice. She is the author of What Every Teacher Needs To Know, and regularly writes for education media.

Follow Jade on Twitter at @PearceMrs

Cat Scutt MBE

Cat Scutt MBE

Cat Scutt MBE is the Director of Education & Research at the Chartered College of Teaching, leading their work around teacher development both online and face-to-face, including the Chartered Teacher programme. A former English teacher, she is also a Doctoral Researcher at UCL Institute of education, and has an MBE for services to education.

Follow Cat at @CatScutt

Lekha Sharma

Lekha Sharma

Lekha Sharma is the author of Curriculum to Classroom and Building Culture. She is School Improvement Lead (Curriculum and Assessment) for Avanti Schools Trust as well as a Postgraduate student at the University of Oxford studying Learning and Teaching.

Follow Lekha at @teacherfeature2

Amarbeer Singh Gill

Amarbeer Singh Gill

Amarbeer, more commonly known as Singh, is the author of Strengthening the Student Toolbox ‘In Action’ and the popular blog Unpacking Education. He works as a teacher educator for Ambition Institute, runs a charity in his hometown and has spoken at a variety educational conferences.

Follow Singh @SinghAmarbeerG

Sonia Thompson

Sonia Thompson

Sonia Thompson is a Headteacher at St Matthew’s CE Teaching/Research School, and is the author of An Ethic of Excellence: In Action. Sonia is passionate about evidence-based practice and has placed metacognition and self-regulation approaches at the heart of the school. She has run an OU/UKLA Teachers’ Reading Group for four years and is an advisor for the OU/UKLA Research Rich Pedagogies website.

Follow Sonia at @son1bun

John Tomsett

John Tomsett

John Tomsett is a renowned school leader supporting schools to improve the quality of Teaching and Learning. He has 33 years of teaching experience, with 18 years as a headteacher. He led Huntington School in York, one of the country’s leading Research Schools, for 14 years. He is also a consultant on school leadership with a focus on curriculum development.

Follow John at @johntomsett

Edward Watson

Edward Watson

Edward Watson is the founder of InnerDrive. He graduated Oxford University and served 7 years in the Army. After an MBA at London Business School, he worked as a strategic management consultant. In 2006, he founded InnerDrive and has since designed and delivered student workshops and CPD for hundreds of schools. He is co-author of Teaching & Learning Illuminated and The Science of Learning.

Follow Edward at @Inner_Drive

David Weston

David Weston

David Weston is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, Chair of the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group and, alongside Bridget Clay, author of Unleashing Great Teaching: the secrets to the most effective teacher development. David taught Maths and Physics for ten years and is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. David speaks and writes frequently for the education sector and national media on teaching, teacher development and LGBT issues.

Follow David at @informed_edu

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