Members of the E.G. West Centre are always happy to speak about the impact of their research and the implications for public policy both in the UK and across the developing world.  Recent awards, publications, articles and blogs are listed below together with a list of recent articles, reports and TV programmes which refer to our work.  The international reserach impact of the E.G. West Centre is formally recognised by Newcastle University.  Please forward any requests or questions to


Radio and TV

In the BBC’s 2012 Reith Lectures, Nail Ferguson referred to the important research being carried out by Professor Tooley and the E.G. West Centre:

“Perhaps the most remarkable case of all is India. There, as James Tooley has shown, the best hope of a decent education in the slums of cities like Hyderabad comes from private schools like the imaginatively named Royal Grammar School, Little Nightingale’s High School or Firdaus Flowers Convent School. Tooley and his researchers have found similar small-scale private school movements in parts of Africa too”. BBC Radio 4/World Service (10 July 2012),

BBC News Hard Talk: Sir Michael Barber – Chief Education Advisor, Pearson PLC (14th August 2012).

Sir Michael Barber has advised governments around the world about education. He’s now working for the international company Pearson. It recently announced it would invest millions in private schools for the world’s poorest families, including Omega Schools in Ghana.

Talks, speeches and presentations

  • Pauline Dixon, Private schooling to overcome poverty, South Africa, September 11th 2013
  • Sugata Mitra, Disruptive Education 2013, EDEN, Oslo, June 14th 2013
  • James Tooley, Private For Profit Schools for the Poor, Association of Private Enterprise Education, April 16 2013
  • James Tooley, Keynote, Atlas International Education Forum April 5th 2013
  • Sugata Mitra, Inspire Innovate: LeadIT, CreateIT, EngageIT ICT Conference, 10th April 2013
  • Sugata Mitra, The Future of Learning, British Council, Kolkata, India, 5th April 2013
  • Sugata Mitra, TED 2013 invited talk, Long Beach, CA, USA, 3 March 2013
  • Sugata Mitra, Jnana Probodhini conference, closing keynote, Pune, India, 9 Feb 2013
  • Sugata Mitra, UCAS, Keynote, Nottingham, UK, 5 Feb 2013
  • Sugata Mitra, Dutch Teachers Conference, Keynote, London, UK, 29 Jan 2013
  • Sugata Mitra, TedX talk, Kharagpur, India, 19 Jan 2013
  • Sugata Mitra, International School, keynote, Geneva, Switzerland, 12 Jan 2013
  • Sugata Mitra, Guardian Activate, keynote Delhi, India, 21 Dec 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, University keynote Antwerp, Belgium, 13 Dec 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Autodesk University event, keynote Las Vegas, USA, 27 Nov 2012
  • James Tooley, Frugal Innovation in Education: The case of chains of low-cost private schools, Barcelona, UNESCO, Nov 26th 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote Rio, Brazil, 24 Nov 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, The Sackler Lecture: The Future of Learning, November 6th 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, V&A event, London, UK, 6 Nov 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at STEM Learning Conference, San Diego, USA, 15 Oct 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at Pearson Event, Colonia, Uruguay, 7 Oct 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at EAIE 2012, Dublin, Ireland, 13 Sep 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote Address, EAIE Conference 2012, Dublin, September 11th 2012
  • James Tooley,  Mont Pelerin Society, Prague, Talk on low cost private education, 6th September 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote, Rivers School, Cambridge, MA, USA, 6 Sep 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at Leslie University, Cambridge, MA, USA, 5 Sep 2012
  • James Tooley, Mont Pelerin Society, Prague, talk on low cost private education, 5th September 2012
  • James Tooley, BBC Radio 4, Invited Panelist, Debate on the Role of the State in Education, 4th September 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at Berwick Academy, Dover, Maine, USA, 29 Aug 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at Guidford, CT, USA, 27 Aug 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Consultation Billund, Denmark, 9 Aug 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Invited talk, Haystack Deer Isle, Maine, USA, 12 Jul 2012
  • James Tooley, Dublin, Invited Keynote speaker, SABIS Directors’ Conference, 7th July, 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote Washington DC, USA, 26 June 2012
  • James Tooley, Invited Speaker, Privatised education: the future for the developing world, Education Festival, London, 23rd June 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynotes and school visits in several cities, Argentina, 14 Jun 2012
  • James Tooley, Invited Speaker,  House of Commons, Inter-Party Parliamentary Meeting, 12th June, 2012.
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at Gateshead event, Gateshead, UK, 28 May 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at E Learning Africa, Benin, 25 May 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at Baltimore, USA, 10 May 2012
  • James Tooley, Invited Keynote Speaker, , Proprietorial Schools Conference, London, 28th April 2012
  • Pauline Dixon: Invited Keynote Speaker. Education conference, Panama, 26th April 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at Bratislava, Slovenia, 22 April 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at LEGO conference Billund, Denmark, 17 April 2012
  • Pauline Dixon: Invited Keynote Speaker. World Literacy Summit, Oxford, 2nd April 2nd 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Invited lecture at UNESCO Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 15 Mar 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Invited lecture at Litfest, Bath, UK, 11 Mar 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at 21st Century Education Conference, Hong Kong, China, 21 Feb 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at Teachers Conference, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 11 Feb 2012
  • James Tooley, Zurich, UBS, invited keynote speaker, 8th February 2012
  • James Tooley, Zurich, Optimus Foundation, invited speaker, 9th February 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at London International Schools Association, London, UK, 20 Jan 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at British Council event Bombay and Vadodara, India, 8 Jan 2012


Academic articles

Articles & blogs

.Articles & blogs that refer to our work