At the start of the event, RBS and RiRS participants were invited to host informal discussions of their research projects, while the vibrancy of their conversations was captured by Graphic Illustrator Katherine Foyle. The research related to a variety of areas, including literacy & numeracy, inclusion, leading learning, wellbeing, ICT and supporting teachers’ learning.
Formally welcoming all participants and guests, Michelle Keane, Chair of the Teaching Council said:
“As Chairperson of the Council I would like to thank and congratulate all who participated in the Celebration of Research event. It is a pleasure to be here and chat to so many participants. The warmth and enthusiasm in the room is palpable. The time given to the programmes by those involved, as well as being active practitioners, is what makes the research ‘from the ground up’ so valuable to our profession. Go raibh míle maith agaibh do gach duine.”
Commending all the researchers Dr Lynn Ramsey, Director of the Teaching Council said:
“For me, the value of research is in the transformational impact that it has on the lives of children and young people, and that impact is evident in the stories you are sharing this evening. Your ongoing commitment to your professional learning goes to the heart of what it is to be a professional, and is so commendable and inspiring. I thank each and every one of you for what you do on a daily basis.”
Following a celebratory dinner, Seán O’Neill, Chair of the Council’s Education Committee welcomed Dr Liam Guilfoyle Senior Lecturer, Department of Education, University of Oxford, to share his insights on the importance of practitioners engaging in and with research. He also shared his reflections on the RiRS based on his review of the first round of the scheme last year.
Speaking about the Research Support Framework, Dr Guilfoyle said:
“I am so impressed by the wide spectrum of experiences, research relationships and project types that are being presented here tonight. With particular regard to the Researchers in Residence Scheme, what is evident is the potential for this to be transformative. The model of engagement, whereby teachers and researchers in residence work together in collaboration with benefits for teachers, pupils, schools, and the researchers in residence themselves, is admirable, and I am delighted to be in a position to support it this evening.”