5th October saw the much-anticipated arrival of ResearchED to Irish shores. Thanks to a packed programme and the wonderful setting of St. Columba’s College the day more than lived up to expectations as teachers were challenged to, as my colleague Margaret Kent puts it, interrogate not just official policy but our own practice in the classroom. As with all ResearchED conferences, hard choices needed to be made when it came to picking which talks to attend. From Dianne Murphy on literacy to Conor Murphy on film to Sandrine Pac-Kenny on MFL to Leona Forde on her school’s approach to CPD, each talk was a research-informed treat, with complementary bookends provided by the legends that are Daisy Christodoulou and Carl Hendrick. Tom Bennett and Julian Girdham can be very proud of what is hopefully the first of many Irish ResearchEDs. I was honoured – and quite terrified – to present on the day and am beyond grateful for all the kind words and much-needed support I received, including from senior management of my own school and from the #edchatie regulars whom it was great to finally meet in person.
As promised, slides from presentation are here. RDKate Barry