Annual Postgraduate Education Conference


30 Years: Education Reform 1988-2018

Event Details

Date: 26 October 2018

Time: 10am – 4pm

Location: The Hive, Worcester


Our 2018 Conference:

The annual Postgraduate Education Conference at the University of Worcester provides an opportunity for postgraduates and practitioners engaged in educational research to come together, in a friendly and supportive environment, to discuss their developing work. The conference provides a particularly useful platform for PhD students to explore and discuss their developing research projects and share ideas. Discussants from the School of Education at the University of Worcester will be available throughout the day to offer supportive feedback to those giving papers.

2018 marks thirty years since the 1988 Education Reform Act was passed, which had a far-reaching effects on the English education landscape. In recognition of the impact of this historic education legislation, the 2018 Postgraduate Education Conference at the University of Worcester will have a broad theme of education reform within past 30 years.

Topics could include (but are not limited to):

  • Curriculum and Assessment
  • Parental engagement
  • School Autonomy
  • History of Education Reform
  • Leadership and Management
  • Education Policy
  • Teacher and Pupil Identity
  • Development and Change in Higher Education


We are extremely pleased to have two confirmed speakers, who will be reflecting on the last 30 years of education reform and research from both academic and professional perspectives.

Professor Pamela Sammons

Professor Pamela Sammons is Professor of Education in the Department of Education, University of Oxford. She has an interest in school effectiveness and has co-ordinated many studies focused on both primary and secondary schools and their impacts on pupils. She has particular expertise in mixed methods research. Professor Sammons recently contributed to BERA's report on the proposed Reception Baseline test, A Baseline Without Basis. 

Natasha Rancins

Ms Rancins is Headteacher at Woodrush High School, a Converter Academy school in Wythall, Worcestershire. Woodrush High School received an 'Outstanding' Ofsted report in its last inspection in 2013. 

Alongside these keynote speakers, discussants from the University of Worcester will also be present. Discussants include:

Professor Alison Kington
Professor Maggi Savin-Baden