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Talking up teaching in Tokyo

Bedford College Cauldwell Street Campus

The Bedford College Group is a well-known name in further educational circles for leading the way in continuing professional development for staff.

It is also a recognised centre for research into advancing Teaching and Learning across the board.

In 2017 Advanced Practitioner Sam Jones was named the Convenor of the British Educational Research Association.

In 2018 Sam won a Times Educational Supplement (TES) award for her work around The Bedford College Research Network.

Bedford College Kevin Norley

Most recently at the 2019 World Education Research Association (WERA) conference recently in Gakushuin University, Tokyo, Kevin Norley, lecturer in adult English and maths, presented a paper.

“The conference provided the opportunity to mix with 1,300+ delegates from over 60 countries and to listen to some thought-provoking keynote speeches from the likes of Andy Hargreaves, Stephen Ball, Ingrid Gogolin and Tan Oon-Seng.

I was proud to be there representing The Bedford College Group and the UK,” said Kevin.

In addition, Kevin presented a paper entitled ‘Mentoring teacher trainees of mathematics for ESL learners in post-compulsory education’ at the Korean Association of Multicultural Education  (KAME) in Seoul, South Korea, in late May 2019.  The paper has been published in the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education.  One of the keynote speakers at the conference was James A Banks, who is regarded as the ‘father of multicultural education.’

For more information about the FE Research Network run by Sam Jones and colleagues at The Bedford College Group email

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