New Executive Director Appointed To Improve Education Practice

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The National Institute of Teaching has appointed its first executive director of research and best practice to help “build a bridge between evidence and education practice”. Calum Davey, a member of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Evaluation Advisory Group, previously worked for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, focusing on evaluations of complex interventions in health, disability inclusion and education.

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Mr Davey is set to lead the National Institute of Teaching (NIoT), overseeing all “school-led” research and best practice aspects across the institute. He said: “I am delighted to be joining NIoT at such an exciting time in its development.

 

The institute has a crucial role in supporting the government’s ambition to make England the best place in the world to learn. I look forward to working with colleagues across NIoT and beyond to realise that ambition.”

 

NIoT chief executive Dame Alison Peacock added: “Calum will be a tremendous asset to us as we enter our next growth phase. His experience and expertise will be invaluable as we build bridges between evidence and education practice, ensuring every teacher has access to the latest research and best practices.”

 

The appointment comes after the government called on Ofsted to work with you on how best to support school-led improvement in their annual report.

 

The two organisations will now work together to create a “research and development pathway” for schools, including new school-based research programmes and resources.

 

Ministers also want NIoT to support the EEF in expanding its “randomised controlled trials” programme, which is seen as the gold standard in evidence-based policymaking.

 

The institute will also work with the Department for Education (DfE) on a new research and development strategy, which will be published later this year. This will build on the work of the recently formed Research Advisory Group, which Sir Kevan Collins chairs.

 

Speaking about the appointment, schools minister Nick Gibb said: “We want every teacher to have access to the latest research and best practice so they can continue to improve their classrooms and help raise standards in education.

 

“Calum Davey’s appointment will help us achieve this by overseeing all ‘school-led’ research and best practice aspects across the institute, working with the Education Endowment Foundation and Ofsted to ensure that schools have everything they need to drive up standards.”

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The post is part of a series of senior appointments made by NIoT since it was established in 2017. Other recent recruits include chief operating officer Sarah Dixon, who joined the Department for Education, and head of external affairs Lucy Powell, previously a Labour MP.

 

The National Institute of Teaching is a government-funded body that aims to improve the quality of teaching in England. It was established in 2017 in response to the Nuffield Review of 14-19 education and training recommendations.

 

The institute has a £40 million annual budget and is based in Coventry. It is overseen by a board of trustees, which includes representatives from the education sector, business and academia.

 

The institute’s work is organised around four themes: improving the quality of teaching, supporting teachers’ professional development, developing new approaches to teacher education, and building a bridge between evidence and education practice.

 

Calum Davey (pictured) is set to lead the National Institute of Teaching (NIoT) in overseeing all “school-led” research and best practice aspects across the institute. He said: “I am delighted to be joining NIoT at such an exciting time in its development.

 

The institute has a crucial role in supporting the government’s ambition to make England the best place in the world to learn. I look forward to working with colleagues across NIoT and beyond to realise that ambition.”

 

NIoT chief executive Dame Alison Peacock added: “Calum will be a tremendous asset to us as we enter our next growth phase. His experience and expertise will be invaluable as we build bridges between evidence and education practice, ensuring every teacher has access to the latest research and best practices.”

 

The appointment comes after the government called on Ofsted to work with NIoT on how best to support school-led improvement in their annual report.

 

The two organisations will now work together to create a “research and development pathway” for schools, including new school-based research programmes and resources.

 

Ministers also want NIoT to support the EEF in expanding its “randomised controlled trials” programme, which is seen as the gold standard in evidence-based policymaking.

 

The institute will also work with the Department for Education (DfE) on a new research and development strategy, which will be published later this year. This will build on the work of the recently formed Research Advisory Group, which Sir Kevan Collins chairs.

 

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