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External Engagement Networks

Sheffield Institute of Education staff lead a diverse array of networks which engage with practitioners, leaders, researchers and policy makers outside the university. 

Research Engaged Practice Network

  • for practitioners to share their research and enquiry with other practitioners and Sheffield Institute of Education researchers and make links for future research and enquiry
  • for researchers from Sheffield Institute of Education and from our partner schools and organisations to share their research findings and engage in developing collaborative research, enquiry and development projects with practitioners
  • to support capacity building for practitioner-led research
Network Leads: Josephine Booth and Joelle Halliday

For more information, visit the REPN website

Effective Flexible Working Practitioner Network

In partnership with South Yorkshire Futures, the Effective Flexible Working Practitioner Network provides an opportunity for school senior leaders and colleagues in education interested in alternative working patterns to network and share expertise around flexible working.

Network Lead: Suzanne Brown

For more information, contact Suzanne Brown

Disability Research Forum

The Disability Research Forum (DRF) fosters informal networks of disability scholars by providing researchers with opportunities to present their work in a friendly and encouraging environment. It has become the platform for a virtual network of disability scholars, researchers, disabled people and disability activists from around the world, providing a friendly space, through online events and seminars, for Disability Studies scholars of all stages in their academic studies or career to share their ideas in a supportive and accessible environment.

Network Leads: Stephanie Hannam Swain and Rebecca Mallett

For more information, visit the Disability Research Forum website

Early Years and Primary Literacy Network

The Sheffield Hallam University, Early Years and Primary Literacy Network is a supportive professional network that nurtures and promotes the expertise of those interested in early years and primary literacy teaching. It aims to develop a teacher research community that will support teachers' engagement with literacy research from a range of sources. This network enables teachers and English subject leaders within Sheffield and the surrounding regions to engage with research, share their own practice, and build supportive networks to enhance literacy provision in schools. We welcome Early Career Teachers, early years and primary teachers, English specialists, and existing or aspiring English subject leaders to join the network and collaborate in the development of research informed practice.

Network Leads: Laurel Smith

For more information, contact Laurel Smith

Multimodality in Education Network

The Multimodality in Education Research Network is open to all researchers and teachers with an interest in multimodality in education. The purpose of the network is to develop existing international and national relationships with organisations, special interest groups and networks researching multimodality and digital literacies. Our aim is to foster innovation in multimodality theory and methodology. We hold seminars and presentations, sharing research, initiating international dialogues and support collaborative research.

Network Lead: Roberta Taylor

For more information, visit Multimodality in Education Network website

Early Years and Childhood Research Centre Professional Development Network

The EYCRC Professional Development Network aims to support high quality early years practice through regular online CPD events, hosted by SIoE staff and early years experts from the South Yorkshire region and beyond.  We hope that the network supports and motivates early years practitioners working in the maintained and PVI sector and provide a forum for our staff and external partners to share good practice and the latest research findings.  We welcome everyone with an interest in early years practice and pedagogy.

Network Lead: Fufy Demissie

For more information, contact Fufy Demissie

Co-Productive Partnerships Network

The Co-Productive Partnerships Network is an inclusive space for parents/carers of disabled children and those categorised as having Special Educational Needs (with and without a formal diagnosis) and practitioners in public services to learn from and with each other. We hope that the network will generate fruitful and positive engagement into what attendees understand co-production means to all of us and look forward to generating and strengthening ideas about how we can all come together to find productive ways of working and better futures.

Network Leads: Katarzyna Fleming in Collaboration with Antonios Ktenidis of Sheffield University

For more information, contact Katarzyna Fleming

Post-16 Initial Teacher Educators’ Network

The Post-16 Initial Teacher Educators’ Network offers a space for providers of post-16 and Further Education initial teacher education to share resources and expertise. We are particularly interested in supporting new teachers to develop their pedagogical content knowledge.

Network Lead: Sarah Boodt

For more information, contact Sarah Boodt

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