Primary Research Conference

29th Jun 2010, 9:00am - 3:30pm

Edge Hill University

Creativity, Change and Innovation

Our third annual Primary Research Conference follows on from last year’s successful event and explores aspects of practitioner based research and practice in Primary Classrooms / Initial Teacher Training. This year’s conference, free of charge, takes place on Tuesday 29th June and focuses on creativity, change and innovation. It will provide a forum for considering innovative practice and contemporary educational initiatives in Primary Education. 

Who should attend?

  • Primary Teachers and Head Teachers
  • School Mentors
  • Lecturers, tutors and students from Further and Higher Education
  • Local Authority Advisory Staff

Keynote Speaker

Peter Dixon is a freelance lecturer, having been a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education for many years. He speaks passionately and charismatically on the importance of children developing their own creative thoughts without the trappings of adult directed activities. Peter will present a range of practical ideas from teachers, parents and students for use in day to day teaching.  

An established writer of educational books which have received national acclaim for their forthright and lucid approach towards establishing good practice, Peter has also written a range of children’s poetry. Such is his inspiration, that Razorlight drummer, Andy Burrows, has released an acoustic album ‘The Colour of my Dreams’ which is a collection of songs based on Peter’s poems. 


The aims of the conference are to:

  • Provide an opportunity for practitioners to critically reflect on practice;
  • Develop a shared research culture within the Edge Hill Partnership;
  • Explore practical approaches to developing creative and innovative learning environments, in Primary Classrooms and in Initial Teacher Training;
  • Draw on action research and theory to help us develop a shared understanding of the impact of curriculum change and innovation in Primary Classrooms and Initial Teacher Training.

Seminars and Workshops

Throughout the day, there will be a selection of workshops and seminars for which you will be invited to sign up on arrival. These will be facilitated by teachers, trainees and tutors. The workshops and seminars will be clustered around particular themes such as:

  • Developments in Primary Mathematics;
  • Creative and innovative approaches to learning and teaching in English;
  • Enhancing the trainee and mentor experience;
  • Technologies for learning, teaching and assessment;
  • Curriculum enhancement, music, MFL;
  • Teacher Identity;
  • Small scale research studies.

Book Your Place

To reserve a free place, please email Lindsay Morgan at with your name, organisation, address, telephone number, email address, the number of places required and any special dietary requirements.