Here at Evidence Based Education, we believe in a long-term, sustained and manageable approach to integrating research evidence at all levels of education. The first step is to spread the word.
By working with us, you can connect your conference, event or CPD session right to the heart of evidence in education, whether it be in policy, research or practice.
Stuart Kime is a qualified teacher and former school leader, researcher and policy advisor. He undertook doctoral research work on evaluating teaching quality with Prof. Rob Coe and Prof. Steve Higgins at Durham University, for which he won the Prize for Outstanding Postgraduate Studies. As one of the co-authors of the Education Endowment Foundation’s DIY Evaluation Guide and Assessing and Monitoring Pupil Progress Guide, Stuart continues to work with the EEF on a number of projects; he focuses on maintaining high methodological standards while encouraging the degree of pragmatism necessary for engaging teachers and school leaders in appropriate interpretation and use of research.
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Sinéad Flinders is Head of Research Engagement at Evidence Based Education with primary responsibility for delivery of the Research Support Partnership programme. She completed her BSc in Psychology at Newcastle University in 2003, and worked in forensic and clinical settings, before returning to study to gain her PGCE in 2010 from The University of Sunderland and MA in Research Methods in Education from Durham University the following year. Prior to working at EBE Sinéad worked with typically marginalised groups, and remains passionate about enhancing the life chances of disadvantaged groups, young parents, survivors of domestic violence and women prisoners through education.
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Matt McGinlay is CEM Training Manager at Evidence Based Education. His primary role is organising and carrying out the majority of our training on the CEM suite of assessments in schools across the UK and worldwide. Matt holds a BSc in Biology with German from the University of St. Andrews. During his studies, he spent a year teaching English at a school in Germany. He completed his PGCE at Durham University before teaching science in schools in the north-east of England. He is also currently studying for a Masters in Education.
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Ourania Maria Ventista is Head of Assessment at Evidence Based Education and a Doctoral Researcher at the School of Education at Durham University. Ourania holds a Bachelor (first) in Primary Education and an MSc in Educational Assessment. She is the author of academic articles and book reviews. She has researched on different areas of education and presented her work at research conferences in England and abroad. She is a reviewer for the academic journal ‘Review of Education: An International Journal of Major Studies in Education (BERA)’. Ourania mentors undergraduate students at Josephine Butler College (Durham University) and she is responsible for organising the scholarly activities for the postgraduate students of the college.
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Jack Deverson is Managing Director at Evidence Based Education and, as well as training on CEM data, has the primary responsibility for making sure the business runs efficiently and smoothly. A true polymath, Jack is equally comfortable standing on stage and singing (which he was asked to do in the middle of a talk recently at a north-eastern school…) as slacklining or speaking Chinese. Having graduated from Newcastle University with a First Class degree in Chinese, German and Dutch, he founded the business along with Stuart Kime in June 2015, and has been failing repeatedly in many fields ever since – but that’s how we learn, after all…!
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When we ask, in our post-event survey, how likely participants are to recommend Evidence Based Education on a scale of 1 – 10, the average response is 8.7 (updated July 2017).
Below, you can read some more specific feedback from participants.
“I felt I learned a lot. In hindsight I had very little understanding of the theory behind my II, and this session really helped clarify the need to be able to evaluate impact. It also taught me to question why we do things at school – not just to accept ‘because we always have’!”
We consider ourselves very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Stuart and the EBE team; they have the rare combination of incredible knowledge in their field, and excellent presentation skills.
Evidence Based Education is an ideal candidate to support school improvement: be it supporting school leaders to undertake ‘best bet’ interventions, or to help teachers improve their pedagogy and impact by accessing the best of educational research.
Evidence Based Education’s training was absolutely brilliant, quickly disarming a partially sceptical audience with great humour and then explaining everything with exceptional clarity.
The team at Evidence Based Education is adaptable and can, very quickly, tweak the brief as requirements develop. Their ability to work closely with colleagues is exceptional; they have a deep understanding of the life of a teacher.
“Brilliant speakers; both were very passionate about their subject and knew what they were talking about. Made me really think about an area I have always struggled in: how to measure impact.”
Our staff, both in Nairobi and Mombasa, have been particularly appreciative of EBE’s style, knowledge, ease in dealing with tricky questions, and their firmness in supporting the Governors in evidence-based teaching and learning.