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Light on Ed Research Network. Inaugural Learning Exchange (LEX)

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Liverpool Hope University

Eden Building, Arbour Room

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Centre for Personalised Education in Partnership with the Childhood Research Forum and Phoenix Education

Light on Ed Research Network. Inaugural Learning Exchange (LEX)

Saturday 28th April 2018

Eden Building. Arbour Room, Liverpool Hope University. Hope Park, Liverpool L169JD

Times: 1030-1630

The Centre for Personalised Education the Childhood Research Forum (Liverpool Hope University and Phoenix Education Trust welcome you an inaugural Learning Exchange (LEX) to launch the Light on Ed Research Network.

Facebook Group: Light on Ed Research Group

Twitter: #LightonEd

Part of the Big Education Conversation

This research network aims to be something a little different, being inclusive of academia but by no means exclusive to it. Light on Ed seeks to develop a multi-level network of researchers originating from schools, colleges, universities, other organisations along with independent researchers and scholars. It seeks to be open, supportive and focussed on accessible and creative communication with mixed audiences and constituencies. The focus of the network is to shed a critical lens on our mainstream learning systems and look forward to an educational landscape where the learner is put back centre stage. In the process it will shed light on alternative educational settings and projects in addition to radical innovations from within mainstream. The network will serve as a resource for resource questions and as a ‘dating agency’ for researchers and potential research projects. Light on Ed will establish a range of platforms for dissemination including websites, social media, forums, journal, digital and hard book publishing assisting with the visibility and archiving of this kind of research. The network will contribute to and emphasise developing informed grassroots narratives and understandings.

Join us at this inaugural LEX. We have a diverse line up and interesting themes running throughout the day. Come along and listen, question, contribute, talk, network and enjoy!


Dr Harriet Pattison

Harriet Lectures in the Early Childhood Department at Liverpool Hope University and co-ordinates the Childhood Research Forum along with Dr Zoi Nikiforidou. She a trustee and a director of the Centre for Personalised Education. She has researched home educated children learning to read and is fascinated by the philosophy of educational alternatives.

Peter Humphreys

Peter is Chair, of the Centre for Personalised Education. Peter spent 25 years as a primary teacher, 10 years as Headteacher going on to work as an educational consultant covering roles in local authority advisory service, the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) and Futurelab. He is a visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University in teacher education.


Dr Clare Lawrence (Keynote)

Clare is Senior Lecturer in Teacher Development at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, where she is the English Secondary lead with a special interest in autism education. For the last fifteen years Clare has been working with parents, schools, universities and autism experts to explore practical solutions on how to make school make more sense for children with autism and how to help promote understanding of what having this fascinating condition might be like. Clare's PhD thesis was on finding ways to bridge the gulf in autism expectation and aspiration between parents and schools, specifically through sharing the education of the child between home and school with flexischooling. Clare has two children. Her son has autism. https://www.clarelawrenceautism.com/

Dr Ian Cunningham (Keynote)

Ian Cunningham has published six books and over 120 articles and papers in areas such as education, learning, leadership and organisational change. He chairs the Governing Body of Self Managed Learning College in Brighton. His most recent academic post has been as Visiting Professor in Organisational Learning at Kodolányi János University of Applied Science, Székesfehérvár, Hungary. Other previous academic posts include visiting professor positions in education at the University of Utah, Middlesex University and the Technical Teacher Training Institute, Bhopal. He was Chief Executive of Roffey Park Management Institute from 1987 to 1993.He chairs Strategic Developments International Ltd. In the latter capacity he has acted as a learning consultant to most of the world’s largest international companies as well as to the National Health Service, Government departments and local authorities. His current clients include Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (developing senior coaches) and St George’s, University of London (developing senior leaders). He is also running a Self Managed Learning programme for school heads


(Biog details tbc)

Michael Gilsenan.

Michael has been involved in the field of Youth and Community work for 30 years as a practitioner and, for the last 13 years as an academic. The focus of his work has always been, with groups and individuals, to draw out learning from informal environments. The work often took place in open access youth centres and on the streets (known as detached youth work) and led to many community-oriented initiatives (community cafes, skate park provision, involvement in local councils, community art projects etc.). Michael has three grown up children, one of whom had a self-educated childhood. He is currently a doctoral student at Liverpool Hope University working on a collaborative research approach exploring unplanned, incidental and spontaneous learning.

Fiona Beavan

Fiona is a lecturer in Further Education, home educator and trustee/director of the Centre for Personalised Education. Fiona is in the throes of doctoral research into Investigating mother’s experiences and perceptions of flexible education and educational alternatives within mainstream school. Mum to eleven lovely children. Fiona has an MA in Early Childhood and is director/ founder of charity Joshua's Boxes. Facebook Groups - Centre for Personalised Education.

Fe Mukwamba-Sendall

Fe is a PhD Student/ Researcher/ Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University. Her research is focussed on Local authority education officer’s perceptions of Elective Home Education (EHE): how this impinges on both their professional practice and their professional relationships with home educators. Consideration of: officers understanding of the relevant legislation and guidance pertaining to EHE; how officer’s perception of welfare and safeguarding concerns in respect of the home educated child arise and the effect on their practice; officers understanding of the nature and practice of EHE. Consideration of how EHE families perceive the role of the officers and their practices as it affects them.

Dr Babs Anderson

Babs is a Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies at Liverpool Hope University. She was awarded four Best Practice Research Scholarships whilst teaching in a Primary School. Research interests include Young children’s learning, Student learning in HE, Well-being, Threshold concepts and Problem-based learning. Publications include a chapter on using the creative arts for collaboration within an edited book, 'Creativity in the Classroom: Case Studies in using the arts in teaching and learning in Higher Education' and an article ‘Researching the role of dialogue, writing and critical reflection in unlearning for students with professional backgrounds’.

Dr Tania Watson

Tania Watson has recently completed a doctorate at Newcastle University and puts forward a Culpability Model of Disability to explain the on-going accountability levelled toward children and families for the manifestations of behavioural disability. Tania's research interests are disability accountability and its incongruence with the tenets of anti-discrimination legislation. Tania is mother to eleven children and has extensive maternal experience of Autistic Spectrum Disorders. She is currently seeking to expand her doctoral research by exploring further the familial impact of behavioural disability and disability accountability against a backdrop of neoliberal idealism which continues to demonise rather than support those facing familial crises.

Kate Roberts

Kate Roberts is an MA student in Creative Practices in Education at the University of Chester, having worked in the education, arts and business sectors for 25 years as a drama practitioner, teacher, facilitator, and mentor. Kate, through her research into creativity and alternative education provision, has developed a versatile pedagogical structure – The PEC (Positive Effective Communication) Framework. The PEC Framework, developed out of experimenting with combining process drama techniques and self-managed learning approaches, can be adapted to the unique, individual requirements of groups, organizations, and businesses.

Wendy Charles-Warner

Wendy is a trustee / director of the Centre for Personalised Education. Wendy is retired from a career in civil law and has been advising on Home Education law and practise for around 34 years. She has provided training to Local Authorities on the law and practise of Home Education and their duties in that regard, for the past 8 years. During this time, she has given both oral and written witness evidence to the Welsh Assembly Government, its Ministers and Members, together with UK Members of Parliament, on the subject of Home Education. Wendy has acted as an advisor on Home Education law and practice to NGOs in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Poland and Ireland. Wendy has undertaken research in the field of home education, particularly in the area of separating fact from myth and in the creeping control of childhood by the state.

Alice Khimasia

Alice Khimasia, Propagator of Unschooling, TEDx Speaker, Informal Educational Researcher & Blogger. "The Spaces Between Us: An Experimental Collaborative of Autonomous Learners"

Sharon Jones

Sharon is currently doing a PhD in sociology of education looking at social class and educational experiences and how this has impacted/mirrored into adulthood (her focus is on the lower sections of the working class). In addition to the theoretical part Sharon has a practical component that uses an arts-based intervention which she designed and tested myself. The point to this intervention is to provide a platform for my participants to engage in critical thinking to offer the opportunity of promoting upward social mobility.

Learning Exchange Format

After the introduction to the LightonEd Research Network the format for this inaugural LEX will comprise morning and afternoon sessions initiated by two keynotes to the conference followed by a carousel of research presentations / group discussions / Q&A with table groups. The LEX will end with a closing discussion / feedback / next steps.

PROGRAMME (Provisional)

1000-1030 Arrival, registration, refreshments, networking, Educational Heretics Press bookstall

1030 –1045 Welcome, Domestics, The Network. Dr Harriet Pattison / Peter Humphreys

1045-1130 Keynote 1. Dr Clare Lawrence. Flexischooling and Autism

1130-1230 Research Carousel 1.

1130-1215 (45 mins) Presentations to table groups followed by discussion

  1. * Indra Kaye. Title to be confirmed.

  2. * Michael Gilsenan. Unplanned, Incidental and Spontaneous Learning: a collaborative exploration.

  3. * Dr Tania Watson. Disability and challenging behaviour in schools; the need for a Culpability Model of Disability.

  4. * Sharon Jones. Title to be confirmed. Social class and educational experiences.

1215-1230 Researchers briefly share table discussions to whole event

1230-1315 Lunch, refreshments, networking, Educational Heretics Press bookstall

1315-1345 Keynote 2. Dr Ian Cunningham. Title to be confirmed. Why research on alternatives is ignored; what should be the focus of research; what research modes are desirable.

1345-1445 Research Carousel 2.

1345-1430 (45 mins) Presentations to table groups followed by discussion

  1. * Fe Mukwumba-Sendall. Local authority education officer’s perceptions of Elective Home Education (EHE).

  2. * Dr Babs Anderson. Title to be confirmed

  3. * Fiona Beavan. Mother’s experiences and perceptions of flexible education and educational alternatives within mainstream school.

  4. * Kate Roberts. Process Drama and Self-Managed Learning: A Pedagogical Fusion.

1430-1445 Researchers briefly share table discussions to whole event

1445-1505 Break, refreshments, Educational Heretics Press bookstall

1505-1535 Threads and Themes. Dr Harriet Pattison / Peter Humphreys / Danny Whitehouse.

1535-1605 Open Forum Event participants can briefly share any research they’re involved with or know of. Also, opportunity for educational projects and innovations to share research needs. Pre-booked inputs....

  • Alice Khimasia. The Spaces Between Us: An Experimental Collaborative of Autonomous Learners.

  • Wendy Charles-Warner. Child of the Parent or Child of the State?

1605-1630 Closing discussion / feedback / next steps – network / publications / archive etc Dr Harriet Pattison / Peter Humphreys / Danny Whitehouse

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  • 50 -72 Inclusive of academics, teachers, other educators, students, parents from the mainstream and alternatives and interested citizens. Rather than talking in closed silos we seek to network these constituencies. Learning with and from each other creating a shared dialogue, mutual respect and understanding. Listen, question, contribute, network, enjoy!



  • The Eden Arbour Room is a bright, airy space.
  • The venue is disability accessible with gentle ramps from the outside.
  • There are disabled toilet facilities

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Refreshments and Food.

  • We try to keep costs to a minimum. Participants can bring their own lunchtime food and refreshments into the Eden Arbour Room.
  • Drinks (tea/coffee/water/ juice etc.) will be available throughout the event and on arrival, lunchtime and at the end of the programme.


  • All participants will need a learning badge (collect on arrival) to move in / out and around the building. Please return these at the end of the day.


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  • Current Centre for Personalised Education paid up members: FREE
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  • Yes, but please inform the organiser.

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