Tom Bennett has been teaching full time in the East End of London for ten years. Currently he is the director and founder of researchED, a grass-roots, teacher-led project that aims to make teachers research-literate and pseudo-science proof.
In 2009 he was made teacher-fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University. Since 2008, he has been writing for the TES and TES online, and is the author of four books on teacher-training, behaviour management and educational research.
researchED has grown quickly from the kitchen table to a national programme of conferences and online discussions. In 2015, researchED will launch in New York and Sydney, as well as further around the UK. In his previous life, Tom ran night clubs in Soho, which provided an obvious training ground in classroom management and pastoral care.
Why are we afraid to judge?
"Five debates a day sounds a bit daunting beforehand, but I really loved it. The speakers are so knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen topic, and the amount of time dedicated to questions from the audience was great as it really brought in alternative views."
Exeter University student