THE TEACHER Teacher Training Agency met for the first time under new chairman Clive Booth this week, with a new remit. Education secretary David Blunkett called on the agency to clamp down on educational research that was not applied. "Research has historically not been closely related to the improvement of classroom practice. This must change," he said. New board members include John Gray, director of research at Homerton College, and Peter Knight, vice chancellor of the University of Central England.