The Future of Professional Learning in Wales

Posted on 9 May 2016
The Future of Professional Learning in Wales

The Wales Journal of Education with the support of the British Education Research Association and in partnership with The University of Wales Press, are delighted to announce that the we will be holding a one-day conference at the Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University on 25 May, 2016 on The Future of Professional Learning in Wales: Research Informed Policy and Practice.

Keynote speakers will be Professor's David James and Mark Hadfield from Cardiff University and Professor Andy Goodwin from CUREE. There will also be contributions from teacher- researchers, the Education Workforce Council for Wales and Welsh Government.


Arrival and refreshments

Welcome from Wales Journal of Education and the British Educational Research Association

Andy Goodwyn, CUREE: Practising what we preach: research that demonstrates how truly effective professional learning benefits both teachers and pupils.
Mark Hadfield, Cardiff University: Supporting beginning Teachers in Wales: Insights from the Masters in Educational Practice
Followed by questions and discussion


Professor David James, Cardiff University: Why professional identity is pivotal to quality - the case of Further Education
Followed by questions and discussion


13.15- 14.15 
Contributions from teacher/professional researchers

Contributions from Hayden Llewellyn and Bethan Stacey from the Education Workforce Council and Helen Arthur from the Welsh Government.

Places are free but we require attendees to register for the event so that we can make appropriate catering arrangements.

For further information, and to reserve your place, please contact Tegan Waites at the Wales Centre for Equity in Education -


Speaker Biographies

Professor Andy Goodwyn is Director of Research at CUREE and until recently Head of The Institute of Education at The University of Reading where he remains a Professor.  After 12 years teaching English in schools he moved to work in teacher education and research.  His research focuses on first language education, the importance of digital technologies and on the concept of teacher expertise. He has worked with teachers on their professional development for over 25 years and led a number of Masters programmes in the UK and abroad.  He has published extensively including single authored and edited books, contributed to many scholarly journals and given lectures and presentations around the world.  He is on the editorial board of numerous journals.  He is currently President of The International Federation for the Teaching of English and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Mark Hadfield is Professor of Education at Cardiff University with a background in researching professional development and leadership. He has a strong commitment to participatory research and collaborative learning and has worked internationally in supporting the development of schools networks. Mark was the previous Director of the Masters in Educational Practice and was central to its design and implementation, and is currently evaluating its impact. His most recent book is, Practice Leadership in the Early Years: Becoming, Being and Developing as a Leader (2015). His work on the use of video technology within educational research can be accessed at

David James is Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University and Director of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre. He is Chair of the Executive Editors of the British Journal of Sociology of Education and elected member of BERA Council. His research covers curriculum, learning and assessment in schools, FE and HE and the relationship between educational policy/practice and social inequality. He has been responsible for many research projects and evaluations, including co-directing two ESRC-funded projects. He is the co-author of a recent report for the Welsh Government entitled Fostering High Quality Vocational Further Education in Wales. More of his work can be seen on

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