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Past conferences and events

June 2021 - Children's Agency and the Curriculum Conference

To what extent can young children express their own views and make independent choices in their education?


This event was held virtually on Friday 18th June 2021. It was attended by over 200 delegates both from the UK and from overseas.

The event was hosted by the team at the

Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11), UCL Institute of Education, under the leadership of Professor Dominic Wyse. It was a partnership event in association with the Education Learning Trust and the Association for the Study of Primary Education.

The event included keynote talks and practical workshops from experts in education research, practice, and policy, as well as the voices of children themselves.

Please feel free to download from the links below the key note talks beginning with an exclusive interview with Lady Helen Hamlyn:

Click on the above logo to watch video presentations from the keynote speakers on the day. Alternatively click on the pictures of the presenters



In conversation with Lady Helen Hamlyn at the HHCP Conference 2021.

Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy 0-11 Years



Pupil Voice and Agency – Learning Without Limits (Dame Professor Alison Peacock)

Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy 0-11 Years


Available here: https://youtu.be/G00Zfluvy6I


Play in the time of pandemic: children’s agency and lost learning (Professor Sue Rogers)

Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy 0-11 Years

Available here: https://youtu.be/OMvR8CeqgKs



Children’s Agency and Learning Environments – Lorenzo Manera (Reggio Emilia)

Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy 0-11 Years

Dr Lorenzo Manera’s talk on children’s agency and learning environments, with wonderful pictures and examples of pre-schools in Italy

Available here: https://youtu.be/EljXnolSxbo



Not Mixed, All: Enhancing the Agency of Mixed-Race Children – Rachel C Boyle

Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy 0-11 Years

Available here: https://youtu.be/_roebDt38Sc



March 2021 conference

Monday 1 – Friday 5 March 2021
LondonEd kicks off next week!
Our dedicated LondonEd website is now live!
Here you can find the agenda for next week, our speaker biographies and a welcome from Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.
We have over 40 presenters from 30 organisations speaking on a range of topics relating to tackling inequalities in the education system.
We will be releasing our speaker’s pre-recorded presentations throughout this week for you to watch in advance of the live panel discussions.
Our live panel discussions will take place every day. We will hear from our expert academics and practitioners. The Zoom links for each day can be found on our LondonEd website and are also linked in the agenda attached.  
Got a question for any of our panellists? Join the conversation and submit a question – we look forward to seeing you next week!

January 2020 conference

A research conference for London schools – part sponsored by ASPE 2019

Friday 5th July 2019 at City Hall, London

Hosted by the Mayor of London

London is one of the most innovative and forward thinking places to be educated in the country and this conference will celebrate the strength and power of the teacher research movement across the city. Teacher researchers will showcase their research findings about pedagogical questions using a range of research methodologies. Leading academic researchers will showcase their findings and open up a dialogue about the implications for practice in schools.

Conference flyer

Developing Research Models in Primary Schools – techniques and findings

Successful Conferences and Events held and initiated by ASPE - 2016

Bredbury Hall and Country Club, Bredbury, Stockport, Greater Manchester
Friday 14 July – 9.15 am – 3.30 pm
Fee: £50

Main speakers and workshop leaders: Dr Linda Hammersley Fletcher – MMU;
Dr Ruth Dann – Institute of Education, UCL, with Research and Development Leaders working in participating primary schools.

Target Audience: School leaders and those involved in researching best practice in schools

Note: This local initiative involving the Empower Teaching School Alliance and local Stockport primary schools has been funded by ASPE.

Conference flyer (.pdf)

Booking form (.docx)

Building Research into Primary Schools

Manchester Metropolitan University
June 9 2016

This event at Manchester Metropolitan University (Crewe Site) on 9th June, will be led by Dr Ruth Dann on the theme of “Building Research into Primary Schools”. The seminar will be based on research methods undertaken and findings from local primary schools. It will be of interest to practitioners wishing to engage in their own school-based research.

For more information and details on how to book see the BRiPS conference flyer (pdf).

Poverty, Inequality and Educational Attainment: What difference does local collaboration make?

Keele Hall, Staffordshire
July 7 2016

This event will be led by Professor Farzana Shain and local headteachers, and is based on local research into school improvement in challenging Staffordshire primary schools. The topic will be: ‘Poverty, Inequality and Educational Attainment: What difference does local collaboration make?’Leading speakers will include Dr. Chrissie Rogers, from Aston University. Tristram Hunt, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, has agreed to open the conference and will address the issues faced in raising attainment in inner city areas. Further speakers are to be confirmed.

Conference flyer (PDF)

Comprehension Connections

University of Nottingham
September 22 2016

This event will be led by Professor Gill Johnson on the theme of ‘Reading Comprehension’ – with leading keynote speakers, including Professor David Wray. Further speakers are to be confirmed.

Conference Programme (PDF)

Visit the University of Nottingham website to book your place today!

Primary Assessment & Accountability

Primary Assessment & Accountability

Radisson Blu, Durham
July 10 2015

Conference programme (PDF)
Download the report (PDF)

Creativity in the Primary Curriculum

Open University, London
June 19 2015
Explored both teaching creatively and teaching for creativity in the primary phase both within and beyond the classroom.Download the report (PDF)

Teaching English, Language and Literacy in the Primary Curriculum

UCL Institute of Education, University College London, London
March 9 2015
Download the programme (PDF)
Download the poster (PDF)

Teacher Education and the Primary Curriculum

University of Manchester
July 2 2014

This event explored the changing landscape of Teacher Education – University-School collaborations

Download the report (PDF)

Just Think!

Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Spring 2014

ASPE has been involved in piloting a new style of conference, working closely with a group of thirty schools in Stevenage

Download the full report (PDF)

ASPE Seminar Series

Summer 2014

ASPE has made a major investment to support and develop a seminar series on aspects of the primary curriculum. The seminars will be led by major academics and will be held in locations around England over a two-year period starting in Summer 2014.

Download further information about the seminar series 2014/15 (PDF)