The Teaching & Learning Summit:
Our 2021 Speakers

Bradley Busch



Bradley Busch is a chartered psychologist at InnerDrive. He is one of the leading experts on how psychological research can best help students and teachers improve how they think, learn and perform. Along with Edward Watson, he is the author of best-selling education books Release Your Inner Drive and The Science of Learning: 77 studies that every teacher should know. Outside of education, he works with Premiership and international footballers as well as helping members of Team GB win medals at London 2012 and Rio 2016. Follow Bradley at @Inner_Drive

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 the subject of teaching, teacher development and LGBT issues. Follow David at @informed_edu

Edward Watson



Edward Watson is the founder of InnerDrive, a mental skills company that helps students and teachers improve how they think, learn and perform. 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. Along with Bradley Busch, he is the author of Release Your Inner Drive and The Science of Learning. Follow Edward at @Inner_Drive

Iro Konstantinou



Dr Iro Konstantinou is a Research Associate at the Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning at Eton College and edits the Eton Journal for Research and Innovation in Education. She oversees the Leadership Institute, develops Higher Education (HE) modules in research methods, researches interventions to improve wellbeing in student transition to HE for Pearson and is the manager of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership initiatives. Iro is also conducting research into character skills for the workplace and beyond and how to foster them within HE. She is a research fellow at BrainCanDo. Follow Iro at @IroKonstantinou

Jade Pearce



Jade Pearce has been teaching Economics and Business for twelve years. She is an Assistant Headteacher leading on Teaching and Learning and CPD. She is an Evidence Lead in Education with Staffordshire Research School and a member of the Education Endowment Foundation Expert Voices Group. She is a primary school governor and regularly writes for education media. Follow Jade at @PearceMrs

Jonnie Noakes



Jonnie Noakes is Director of Teaching and Learning at Eton and the Director of The Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning. He is an expert in character education. As an English teacher, he has led departments at Eton and at the London Academy of Excellence and published fourteen texts on contemporary novels for A-Level and undergraduate level. He is a governor or trustee of several state and independent schools, a director of BrainCanDo, an editorial board member of the Chartered College of Teaching’s journal Impact, and a member of the global research committee of the International Boys’ School Coalition. Follow Jonnie at @JonnieNoakes

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. At the DfE, Sam was closely involved with the development of key policies including the pupil premium, teaching schools, the expansion academies/free schools and the creation of the Education Endowment Foundation. He has written on education and other policy issues for the New Statesman, the Evening Standard, House magazine and other publications. Follow Sam at @Samfr.

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. For Ipswich Opportunity Area she leads two projects providing executive coaching to school leaders and training over 100 mentors of new and recently qualified teachers. 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

Lekha Sharma



Lekha Sharma is the Author of “Curriculum to Classroom” (John Catt), an Evidence Lead in Education for the Greenshaw Research School, a Postgraduate student at the University of Oxford studying Learning and Teaching and an experienced Vice Principal leading on Quality of Education. Follow Lekha at @teacherfeature2

John Tomsett



John Tomsett is Headteacher at Huntington School and Research School, York, writes the blog “This much I know…” and co-founded the Headteachers’ Roundtable Think Tank. He wrote “This much I know about Love over Fear: growing truly great teaching” and “This much I know about Mind Over Matter: Improving mental health in our schools”. His latest book, “Putting Staff First: A Blueprint to revitalise our schools” is co-authored with Jonny Uttley, CEO of The Education Alliance Trust. Follow John at @johntomsett

Kulvarn Atwal



Dr. Kulvarn Atwal is Head Teacher at Highlands Primary School (recognised by London mayor, Sadiq Khan as one of the highest performing primary schools in London for pupil progress in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020) and Interim Head Teacher at Uphall Primary School, as well as a passionate advocate of teacher engagement in research. In 2016, Kulvarn completed his Professional Doctorate in Education, and his thesis investigated the factors that impact upon teacher engagement in professional learning activities. His conceptual framework included a model designed for school leaders to implement in schools to maximise teachers’ formal and informal learning opportunities. He has just published his first book, “The Thinking School – Developing a Dynamic Learning Community”. Follow Kulvarn at at @thinkingschool2.

Bill Lucas



Bill Lucas is Professor of Learning and Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester. Bill has many national and international advisory roles including with PISA’s Creative Thinking Test, the State of Victoria in Australia, Arts Council England, the Church of England, the THIS Institute at Cambridge University and CIRL. Bill is a prolific author and his latest book is Zest for Learning: Developing curious learners who relish real-world challenges.

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