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Finding and accessing research

Throughout this course we have made reference to several pieces of research, but where do you go to find research which is relevant to the classroom and how do you decide whether the research is good quality or not?

We’ve highlighted some sources of research which are accessible and collated by experts specifically for teachers:

Best Evidence In Brief

Best Evidence in Brief is free fortnightly eNewsletter produced by the Institute for Effective Education at University of York and and the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University in the US. One of the most useful things about this round up is that it focuses on stories which have practical implications for schools, and tries to include only high quality research. There is also a searchable database to support schools in using evidence-based practice.

The Learning Scientists

The Learning Scientists are cognitive psychological scientists interested in research on education. You can subscribe their weekly science of learning blog aimed at teachers. Recent blogs include:

Join the conversation

ResearchEd is a global movement which aims to give teachers and school leaders a voice in discussions about education. There are regular events where teachers meet and share their own action research, and a termly magazine which provokes debate surrounding research, evidence and best practice.

Blogs provide useful ideas, like this one by Tom Sherrington.


The Chartered College of Teaching produces a termly peer-reviewed journal, Impact, which supports discussion around using evidence within the classroom, and enables teachers to share and reflect on their own use of research. Each issue features a range of original research articles and is themed around a critical topic for practitioners, with a guest editor who is a specialist in the field. A recent edition is all about the Science of Learning, with some superb articles.

Education Endowment Foundation

EEF research themes and Toolkit provides a rich picture of the developing evidence base on how to improve the attainment and wider outcomes of children and young people.


Where do you go to find relevant research? What resources are particularly valuable to you and why?

We look forward to your suggestions and adding them to this list for future runs of this course.

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