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Join us for a virtual panel discussion focusing on the interplay between research and education policy. In this event researchers at different career stages and policymakers will showcase examples of research projects that have successfully informed and influenced education policy in the UK.



Our invited speakers will discuss:

  • Why and how educational researchers can engage with policy
  • Examples of successful collaborations between educational researchers and policy makers
  • How can both parties ensure that these collaborations operate effectively?
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks for researchers and policymakers, of working together?


Panellists include:

  • Kathy Sylva, Honorary Research Fellow (Department of Education). She carries out research studies on early childhood education, and has particular expertise in the effects of early education and care on children’s longitudinal development. She has been Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education and Advisor to the House of Lords on ‘Affordable Childcare’. She is currently a member of Ofsted’s Pedagogy Forum advising on the national inspection framework.
  • Ian Thompson, Associate Professor of English Education and Director of the PGCE course (Department of Education). He is currently co-PI on the £2.55 million ESRC funded project Excluded Lives: The Political Economies of School Exclusion and their Consequences.
  • Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Senior Research Fellow in Classics Education (Faculty of Classics). She holds a Research and Public Policy Partnership with the Curriculum Policy team (Humanities and Languages) at the Department for Education where she provides specialist advice on ancient and modern languages education. She is a TORCH Knowledge Exchange Fellow and one of the University’s Policy Leaders. Arlene is an expert academic advisor to two All-Party Parliamentary Groups.
  • Naomi Eisenstadt, Honorary Research Fellow (Department of Education). She has served as the director of the Social Exclusion Task Force at the Cabinet Office and was the first Director of Sure Start. She currently is the Chair of the Northamptonshire Integrated Care System (ICS) and also undertakes a variety of board roles for voluntary and public sectors, such as advisor on poverty, inequality and children’s services.


The panel discussion will be moderated by Olga Ioannidou, Postdoctoral Research Officer (Department of Education).


This activity arises from activities funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund through the Oxford Policy Engagement Network (OPEN) Leaders Scheme.

The department’s Centre for Educational Assessment is delighted to host the official launch of the PISA 21 Mathematics Framework in Oxford.

About the event

Andreas Schleicher joins education experts from RTI International, Oxford University’s Centre for Educational Assessment, Department of Education, University of Oxford and Amazon Web Services in a panel discussion on October 14 from 3:00 to 4:30pm BST to launch the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2021 Mathematics Frameworks. The public event will be held at Somerville College in Oxford, UK and will be live streamed globally.

The mathematics framework was built by a team of global mathematics experts over the past 18 months and will define the theoretical underpinnings of the PISA mathematics assessment. PISA is an international assessment conducted by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that assesses what 15-year-olds need to know to be prepared for the future. The panel will discuss PISA in 2021, mathematics education in a global economy, and the importance of developing frameworks to guide assessments in the context of mathematics.

If you are unable to attend the event but would like to follow it live online you will be able to view it here.

Panel participants

Andreas Schleicher, OECD, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills

Jason Hill, Senior Research Analyst, RTI International (moderator)

Jenni Ingram, Department of Education, University of Oxford, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

Lucy Dasgupta, John Mason School, Mathematics Teacher

Laurie Miles, Senior Director, SAS Software

Introduction and closure remarks by Therese N Hopfenbeck, Director and Associate Professor, Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment


In 2019, the University of Oxford’s Department of Education celebrates the 100th year since the passing of a statute creating what was known in 1919 as the University Department for the Training of Teachers. To celebrate our centenary a year-long series of activities will be delivered to address some of the department’s top initiatives for 2019, answer some of the big questions facing education today and to reveal the advancements the department has made to the study of and research in the field of education. Join us as we mark our 100th year and discover more about our anniversary here.

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