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Back in 2001, Professor Robin Alexander of Cambridge University coined the term ‘dialogic teaching’ for his approach to enhancing children’s engagement and learning through high-quality classroom talk, which he then developed and refined by working with teachers in London, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. In 2014-17, its successful large-scale trial by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), in Birmingham, Bradford and Leeds, provided conclusive evidence that dialogic teaching significantly improves pupil learning outcomes across the curriculum. To date, it is one of only 17 out of the 190 EEF trials to have achieved such positive results.

Robin Alexander has now published A Dialogic Teaching Companion (Routledge 2020), which builds on this work, reviews the latest evidence about the vital relationship between talking, thinking, learning and teaching, and provides a revised and expanded version of his dialogic teaching framework.

In this webinar Robin Alexander will be joined by Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College, to discuss these issues and the added challenge of sustaining high-quality talk in the context of Covid-19, in a presentation entitled Dialogic Teaching Revisited – more important now than ever?

The webinar will explore:

  • Why, at this time, is high quality classroom talk so important for children and society?
  • What are its essential ingredients?
  • What’s new about the latest version of dialogic teaching?
  • What does the Education Endowment Foundation evidence show?
  • What is it about dialogic teaching that makes the difference?
  • How might schools build dialogic teaching into their development planning?

Participants will have the opportunity for Q & A towards the end of the webinar.

About Professor Robin Alexander

Professor Robin Alexander’s long career began with teaching in schools. Since then he has held senior posts in universities in Britain and overseas, worked with thousands of trainee and serving teachers and school leaders, researched and published extensively on many aspects of education, advised several governments, directed national enquiries like the Cambridge Primary Review, and received international awards for his work.

Suggested reading

A Dialogic Teaching Companion (2020)

The Education Endowment Foundation Dialogic Teaching Project

Oracy All-Party Parliamentary Group

Robin Alexander’s website

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Event date
November 26, 2020
Event time
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Event location
Event organiser
Chartered College of Teaching