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Key Note Speakers

We are excited to announce this year's keynote speakers are Richard Smith (Centre for Applied Linguistics) and Roxanne Connelly (Department of Sociology).

Richard Smith’s work has focused on the history of language teaching and on innovation in teaching and learning. He will be speaking on 'Teacher-research for Difficult Circumstances'


In this talk I shall make some general points and raise some questions, including self-critical ones, about impact and influence ('making a difference') with reference to the history of spread of ideas on English language teaching (see but also, mainly, in relation to my recent work developing and supporting 'appropriate' ways of doing teacher-research in relatively difficult circumstances (large, under-resourced classrooms in countries including Chile, Cameroon, India and Nepal) (see


Roxanne Connelly's work has focused on the sociology of education and use of quantitative methods. She will be speaking on 'Unpacking the Marginalised Mainstream in the Study of Educational Inequalities'


The idea of the ‘marginalised mainstream’ or the ‘missing middle’ is gaining increasing traction amongst academics and policy makers. Brown (1987) colourfully describes this group of young people as ordinary pupils who neither leave their names engraved on the school honours board, nor gouge them into the tops of their desks. In this presentation I will collate findings from three of my recent papers on this issue, which have analysed large scale social survey and administrative data. In line with the theme of the conference ‘making a difference’, this presentation will also emphasise the process of developing and testing several middle-range theories to produce policy relevant research.


Guest Plenary Panel

This year there will be several academics attending. They will be viewing presentations, offering feedback and taking part in the end plenary panel, answering questions and reflecting on 'Making a Difference'. We are delighted to announce that the following staff will participate:

Alison Taysum (University of Leicester)
International research collaborations and partnerships; improving effective educational leadership; evidence informed innovations.

Richard Smith (University of Warwick)
History of language teaching; innovation in language teaching and learning.

Roxanne Connelly (University of Warwick)
Social Stratification; sociology of education and use of quantitative methods.

Michael Hammond (University of Warwick)
Technology and social research.

Elisabeth Arweck (University of Warwick)
Principal Research Fellow, Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (WRERU).

Emma Williams (University of Warwick)
Philosophy, education and the development of "thinking" in schools.

Rachel King (University of Warwick)
Warwick Arts Centre, creative learning, drama pedagogy and devising performance.

Presentation Themes

This year we have grouped presentations into three broad themes, to enable varied presentation strands and discussion. The three themes are:


Research exploring cultural, social, political. policy, spiritual, leadership and inclusion contexts, issues and factors.


Research exploring language, linguistic, cultural and cognitive related phenomena.

Teaching and Learning

Research exploring practices and phenomena related to teaching, learning, schooling, further and higher education.


8.45-9.30 Registration and Uploading Presentations

9.30-10.15 Welcoming Address; Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard Smith (Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick)

10.15- 12.00 Presentations (Morning Session)

12.15-13.00 Poster Presentations and Lunch

13.00-13.30 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Roxanne Connelly (Department of Sociology, University of Warwick)

13.30-14.30 Presentations (Afternoon Session)

14.30-15.00 Tea/Coffee Break

15.00-15.30 Themed Round-Table Discussions Chaired by Guests

15.30- 16.30 Staff Panel Question and Answers, Conference Plenary and Feedback

(PDF Document) Presentations Schedule

(PDF Document) Conference Agenda