Institute of Education


New IOE research centre aims to improve children’s lives through pedagogy

7 December 2018

A new UCL Institute of Education (IOE) research centre seeking to bring together researchers, educators and policy makers to improve children’s lives through pedagogy has launched today (Friday 7) at the British Library.

Young child with teacher

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy, established by the IOE and the Helen Hamlyn Trust, aims to connect parents, carers, teachers, researchers and policy makers to focus on driving practice-based research to help children realise their full potential. 

The centre examines pedagogy for children from birth to 11 years of age, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

The inaugural conference will see world-leading researchers deliver talks on new visions for inspirational pedagogy and will be attended by representatives from the UK government, Save the Children, the Education Policy Institute, the Chartered College of Teaching and the British Education Research Association (BERA). 

Talks will explore education policies and practices from around the world that are designed to address socioeconomic disadvantages, reasons why some children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds succeed against the odds while others do not, how pedagogy that lays music and the arts as its base can lead to success, and the benefits that can come from placing children’s independent thought at the heart of teaching.

Professor Dominic Wyse (IOE), Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre, said: “Pedagogy is the single most important part of education in the twenty-first century.  Yet pedagogy, an answer to improving children’s life changes, has been neglected by successive governments in England for at least 30 years. Today represents the beginning of new thinking about pedagogy, and how to change children’s lives for the better.”

Professor Becky Francis, Director of the IOE, said: “We are very proud that the IOE is hosting this new centre, which significantly extends our work in the fields of early years and primary education. I would like to note our debt of gratitude to the centre’s funder, the Helen Hamlyn Trust, and to thank all those who have helped to shape the centre’s vision.  We want the centre to help practitioners identify and themselves build rigorous research findings through which to shape their practice, and we want to bring that evidence to bear on policy too."

Follow updates from the conference on Twitter with #visions4pedagogy.

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