First keynote speakers confirmed

Posted on 12 December 2019

Lisa Whitworth from Sidmouth College and Emma Sutherland from Nesta are the first confirmed keynote speakers for the second IEE Innovation Evaluation conference, Learning from school-led innovation projects: how to run them, what worked, what next, has now been confirmed. Lisa will be speaking about running an innovation project and her experience of being able to take this innovation further, scaling up to a larger trial, while Emma will discuss scale-up from a funders perspective, sharing why Nesta are interested in school-led projects and the criteria they use when selecting projects to fund.

Sidmouth College were awarded an IEE Innovation Evaluation Grant to evaluate a pilot of a six-week life skills course called ‘My Big Life’. The innovation uses cognitive behaviour therapy principles to help pupils with low attendance and engagement with school life to develop resilience and coping strategies, so that they feel settled in the classroom, are able to attend lessons, and improve their school attendance. Sidmouth College have since been awarded funding from NESTA to expand the programme to at least 14 more schools across the South West, and to further evaluate the impact of the My Big Life in different contexts.

The conference, which takes place on Thursday 23 January 2020, in Birmingham, will look at ways of developing, and evaluating, innovations and change projects in schools. In a series of afternoon workshops and discussions, delegates will also have an opportunity to hear from other IEE Innovation Evaluation projects. In these sessions, delegates will be able to find out more about the issues that schools have developed innovations to the address, the challenges and successes of running an innovation evaluation project, as well as findings from the evaluations of these projects.

To find out more, and to book a place, visit the conference webpage.