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Durham University

Durham University Evidence Centre for Education (DECE)

ESRC Festival 2019

Do Teachers Matter? Why Do We Care?

This year's ESRC Festival of Social Sciences event took place on Saturday 2nd November at Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham from 10am to 2.30pm.

It is widely acknowledged that teachers play an important part in the development and wellbeing of our children. But, do we need teachers at all? If yes, then what should we look for in a teacher? How can we improve the quality of our teachers, and what difference do teachers make to children’s outcomes?

The debate got the participants thinking more broadly about the purpose of education in general and teachers more specifically. The day included talks and a question and answer session.


ESRC Festival of Social Science, Durham University

ESRC Festival of Social Science, Durham University

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The Festival of Social Science is an annual event in celebration of social science hosted in a number of venues across the country. The aim of this event is to host open discussions that will engage the public and stakeholders in a debate about educational issues, which have important implications for policy and practice. This year Durham hosted the event to look at the issue of teacher recruitment and retention and whether teachers and schools in general can make a difference to children's learning and wider outcomes.