The Research Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLaT) at Newcastle University aims to work, wherever possible, in partnership with practitioners, charities and policy makers to develop understanding of learning in order to improve the quality of education.
It has acknowledged expertise in a number of areas, but especially in the application and development of innovative pedagogies, such as learning to learn and thinking skills approaches, in the use of informtion and communications technologies and researching classroom interaction and discourse. Furthermore it has significant specialism in extended schools, professional learning and the design of school buildings/learning environments.
From both a philosophical and practical standpoint the centre is committed to meaningful and sustainable innovation in the curriculum, fabric and leadership of schools and other educational institutions (including universities) so that learners have better life chances. CfLaT plays a significant role in Newcastle University’s engagement agenda, which seeks to connect university teaching and research to the region’s economy, society and culture.
Professor David Leat, is the Director of the Research Centre and has led the independent evaluation of the Open Futures programme. His team have been instrumental in the development of Open Futures through their formative evaluations and expert guidance. Professor Leat’s experience in the area of thinking skills and enquiry continues to feed the Open Futures programme and he has made some excellent presentations at Open Futures conferences.