Below are some useful R&D links for schools and teachers who are looking to access educational research and get involved in research and enquiry:


Research portal & resources for using evidence

British Educational Research Association (BERA) includes a range of resources including Insights and Briefings  of recent research publications and BERA ethical guidelines for educational research.

Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE) offers robust reviews of research-proven educational programs.

Best Evidence Synthesis (BES) Programme from the New Zealand Department of Education provides a useful range of research summaries and exemplars for practitioners.

Building Evidence into Education: Watch Dr Ben Goldacre set out how teachers in England have the chance to make teaching a truly evidence-based profession.

Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE) provides publications and resources for schools and teachers, including free resources and subscription based professional support.

Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is is an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, which shares evidence through the Teaching and Learning Toolkit and Early Years Toolkit, as well as a range of other resources, including the DIY Evaluation Guide.

The Institute of Education's EPPI-Centre provides a library of systematic reviews of educational research.

Google Scholar has a useful alerts service so that schools can keep up to date with the latest publications in a specified field.

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) provides access to HE research publications and summaries.

The University of York's Institute for Effective Education provides rigorous evaluations of education programmes and practice.

The Key contains useful resources for school leaders and school governors, offering access to five free articles and subscription for further resources.

Lesson Study offers resources for conducting your own lesson study projects, developed by a group of education professionals with extensive experience of running lesson study projects in the UK.

Mentoring and Coaching Framework: national framework and resources for mentoring and coaching, developed as part of the DfES's CPD strategy.

MESH Guides offer summaries and sources of educational research to support educators' professional judgement.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership provides research reports and resources for schools and system leaders through its research and development network.

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) website provides research summaries, reports and publications, with a special area dedicated to research-in-schools, which offers a range of products and services to help schools engage with research and in enquiry. These include free on-line resources and self-review tool, 'how to' guides available at a small cost, as well as costed research mark and tailored CPD programmes.

National Educational Research Forum offers archived evidence bulletins, available up to Summer 2006.

Professional Learning Communities offers source materials for leaders of professional learning.

R&D Kitbag contains useful guidance and pro-forma documents that can be used to help set up and run R&D projects in your schoola.  It was developed collaboratively for the National College by a group teaching schools in 2012.

Reflective Teaching offers a handbook and resources for developing evidence-informed practice and enquiry techniques from former TLRP director Andrew Pollard.

The Teacher Development Trust is an independent charity, founded by teachers, which offers a range of resources including the GoodCPDGuide, a free national database of high-quality professional development resources for teachers.

Teaching and Learning Academy provides a range of learning opportunities through a professional development framework for all staff working in schools and colleges at every career stage.

The Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) was the UK’s largest ever educational research programme, which ran from 1999 to 2009 and coordinated some 700 researchers in over 100 projects.

TLRP Practitioner Applications: Materials suggesting ways of applying research insights in practical classroom settings - produced by CUREE, drawing on TLRP projects and other research findings.

UK Educational Evidence Portal (EEP) is a portal for evidence in education and children’s services, which includes a mini-guide to using evidence.


Networks, alliances and people involved in R&D

Alliance for Useful Evidence: an open-access network of more than 2,000 individuals from across government, universities, charities, business and local authorities in the UK and internationally.

Collaboration Action Research Network (CARN) is an international network of researchers and practitioners which aims to encourage and support action research projects at different levels (personal, local, national and international).

Coalition for Evidence-based Education (CEBE): an alliance of researchers, policy makers, and practitioners who share an interest in reforming tway research evidence is used in policy and practice.

Evidence-Based Teachers Network: for teachers interested in using evidence-based methods in their school and classroom.

Jean McNiff offers a place for learning, sharing and creating new knowledge through action research.

Method Space: an online network for the community of researchers, including students and teachers, engaged in research, which includes a useful forum to ask questions about research methods.

MirandaNet is a professional organisation of 1,000 educators in 80 countries, who offer a wide range of free publications to share their experience and expertise in educational innovation using digital technologies.

The National Teacher Enquiry Network is a collaborative partnership of schools and colleges focused on innovation an.d improvement through highly effective and evidence-based staff professional development and learning.

The National Teacher Research Panel provides an expert teacher perspective on research priorities and works to promote teaching as a research and evidence informed profession.  Its website includes a useful set of materials on how to use research in CPD and professional learning activities.

ResearchED provides useful resources and runs popular events for teachers, including a series of conferences for research leads.

The Teaching School Council is an elected group of headteachers representing Teaching Schools nationally.  The TSC Network includes a range of projects and work strands being supported by the TSC, including an R&D workstrand and R&D case studies.