IPDA conference

The 2015 IPDA International Conference took place on 27-28 November 2015 at Aston University with the theme ‘Professional Learning for Performance’.

The theme aimed to address with the following questions amongst others:

  • How can the governance of education through data best serve professional learners and the children and students they teach?
  • What is the impact of league tables and ranking systems on decision making in education and how does this influence our concepts of professional learning and development?
  • Do quality assurance and evaluation systems enhance or inhibit professional learning?

The conference format is highly interactive and discursive. Keynote presentations are designed to be provocative of thought and action. Facilitation supports planning for action in the workplace. We look forward to welcoming your participation and engagement.


Keynote speakers

Students’ Learning and Assessment Practices: Complementary or Contradictory?
Professor Paul Black, Kings College London

Professional Development of Early Years Educators: Achieving Systematic, Sustainable and Transformative Change… From What, to What? (download presentation)
Dr Jane Waters (University of Wales, Trinity St David), Dr Jane Payler (University of Winchester)

Learning Cultures for ‘Performance’ in Emerging Education Systems
Dr Balwant Singh and Manpreet Kaur (Partap College of Education Ludhiana) Professor Ken Jones (University of Wales, Trinity St David), Dr Margery McMahon (University of Glasgow)

Delegate comments

“November 2015 was my first IPDA conference even though I have worked in HE for 16 years. I wasn’t disappointed. I work in a Faculty of Health and Social Care currently as Principal Lecturer Learning and Teaching leading on E learning. I have also been a Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography and Research Methods. I was persuaded to attend the conference by my EdD Supervisor. The focus of my dissertation is looking at factors that influence academics use of technology enabled learning in their pedagogic practice and how they go about developing themselves.

“The programme included Key Note speakers, workshops and presentation of pedagogical research; plenty to keep me interested for a couple of days. One of the real benefits of this event was the diversity of participants from across the whole spectrum of education; early years, compulsory and tertiary education (HE and FE), as well as international attendees.  As a consequence a wide range of topics, pedagogical issues, research and practice were discussed.  Many of the challenges we face, irrespective of discipline area or field of education, appeared similar.  The richness of the discussions was enhanced, in my opinion, by the range of perspectives from the different sectors of education as participants drew on their diverse experiences and insights. Because of the mixture of delegates from across the sectors of education I felt qualified and supported to contribute too, as I was able to translate much of what was discussed to HE and the field of Health and Social Care.

“The conference was big enough to enable diverse networking, but retained the atmosphere and approach of a less formal and altogether cosier event. I was made to feel very welcome.  It left me thinking I should have been before now!”

Barbara Wilford, Teeside University

“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at the IPDA conference.  I had the opportunity to hear from a range of people in different contexts about professional development matters in their own countries and met people from Slovakia, Wales, Ireland and India, amongst others.  As both a teacher and a postgraduate student it was a valuable opportunity to meet a range of people from different universities and colleges, and those with an interest in research.  My own research was very closely aligned with the ideals of IPDA, being action research – the purpose of which is to implement positive change within an organisation, improve practice and enable professional development. The opportunity to discuss my research with a very diverse range of people from different contexts was invaluable and it was very interesting to gain different perspectives and / or hear about others’ experiences with similar themes.  Everyone was so friendly and keen to hear about my experiences, which put me at ease and made me feel very welcome!  I would love to attend again in the future.”

Lorna Anderson, Research Student

Photo gallery

Below is a selection of images from the 2015 annual conference. Come back soon for more images and videos.