Senior Research Officer, UCL Institute of Education
Brenda Taggart’s background is in primary education (children age 5 – 11 years) having been a teacher, deputy/acting Headteacher and initial and in-service teacher trainer. She has worked extensively in the field of educational research for almost 20 years with a focus on social equity. She has conducted research for both the UK governmental and non-governmental bodies exploring the impact of educational initiatives. Brenda is particularly well known for her work in researching the benefits of early years education. She is the Principal Investigator/Research Co-ordinator for the Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project, a longitudinal study (1997 – 2014) funded by the UK’s Department for Education. She works with policy makers and practitioners on issue of quality and effective pedagogy. Brenda is a much sought after speaker as she is able to make complex research findings accessible to a range of audiences.
Author and Journalist with The Sunday Times
Co-founder, Webber Phillips & Former President & Deputy Chair, John Lewis Partnership Council
Former Ambassador, Political Expert & Historian
Former CEO of Urdd Gobaith Cymru
Assembly Member and Cabinet Secretary for Education, Welsh Government
Journalist & Life Peer