100 years of education trials: no significant difference?

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Monday 23 September 2019, 02:00pm - 06:30pm

Location Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street London EC1Y 8LX

About the event:

To mark the centenary of the first recorded randomised controlled trial (RCT) in education, the Royal Statistical Society and NFER are bringing together leading figures in the field of education research to address the key challenges faced by education trials today. This forum invites you to celebrate the contribution trials have made to understand what works in education, and to consider how they can have more impact in advancing practice and improving outcomes for learners.



Welcome address
Carole Willis, Chief Executive at NFER
The history and future of randomised controlled trials in education
Professor Carole Torgerson FAcSS, Professor of Education at Durham University
TBC – A recent systematic review of education RCTs
Professor Paul Connolly, Queen’s University Belfast
Are rigorous educational trials producing useful evidence?
Dr Hugues Lortie-Forgues, Lecturer at University of York
Reflections on 8 years of commissioning education trials: What could we do different?
Camilla Nevill, Head of Evaluation at EEF
English Education RCTs in 2019 – how far have we come?
Dr Ben Styles, Head of Trials Unit at NFER
‘Unzipping’ the EEF toolkit: RCTs and the role of meta-analysis
Professor Steve Higgins, Professor of Education at Durham University
RCTs: what do they mean for teachers and school leaders?
Alex Quigley, National Content Manager at EEF and former teacher
Panel: Improving the quality of education RCTs
Professor Sheila Bird OBE (MRC Biostatistics Unit), Josh Hillman (Nuffield Foundation), Professor Jeremy Hodgen (UCL Institute of Education), and Dr Riikka Hofmann (University of Cambridge)

Registration alongside tea and coffee available from 1.30 pm


This event will be followed by a drinks reception from 6.30pm - 7.30pm


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The event will be recorded and will be preceded by a methodology workshop in the morning (click here)

Organiser Name Tom King (RSS) and Ben Styles (NFER)

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Organising Group(s) Royal Statistical Society, RSS Social Statistics Section and National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)





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