For students studying for a University of Worcester PGCE at a partner organisation
Quick start guide: PDF
Welcome to the University of Worcester. As a student studying a University of Worcester approved PGCE you have access to our print resources in The Hive (Worcester's joint public and academic library) plus a set of electronic resources (eresources) relevant to Education. Key texts should be provided by the organisation where you are studying. Your starting point for accessing the eresources provided by the University of Worcester should always be this webpage. You'll be given a University username and password which will give you access to the eresources listed further down the page.
Please watch this introductory video to get started, which shows you how to log in and access eresources. Further information and web links are available below.
You are very welcome to visit the University to use the books, print journals, computers, photocopiers and study spaces available in The Hive, our joint University and public library. See our visit us pages for opening hours and more information. The majority of the books are held on Level 3, including fiction and non-fiction, PCs and study spaces. See this link for a map of Level 3.
To search for books in The Hive and other Worcestershire libraries, visit the catalogue at https://capitadiscovery.co.uk/worcs/.
If you are visiting The Hive, visit our registered with partners page to find out more about services and what you can borrow. Partner PGCE students can borrow up to 12 three-week loan items and up to 3 two-week loan (high demand) items at any time. High demand items are identifiable by the blue sticker on the cover.
If you need to find resources for your studies, get ICT support or find recommended reading, we can help.
Find us online and keep up to date with Library Services:
There is further information for students learning at a distance on our website. Inter-library requests (for books or other resources not available from your partner organisation or the University of Worcester) may be available from local public libraries. If you wish to use a university library near where you live, please contact them directly. Reference access is usually offered.
If you are visiting the University of Worcester, plan your day using the University's mobile app. It offers maps, tours, images, videos and news from the University of Worcester.
The University recommends the Cite Them Right Harvard style (10th edition) to the majority of its students. See our referencing page for more information. Support for referencing is available from Academic Liaison Librarians and the website Cite Them Right Online. Partner PGCE students can access this website using their University of Worcester login details. It offers information on the 'how and why' of referencing, tips on avoiding plagiarism, and lots of examples of how to reference sources.
To access any of the eresources below, you will need your University of Worcester login details, which are provided at the start of your course. Please read this guide which tells you more about what you'll find within these resources.
Library Search, the library's search engine for the majority of online resources, is available at library.worc.ac.uk/resources/library-search. This will find and provide access to all resources listed below, with the exception of Google Scholar, British Education Index and ERIC. However, not everything you find in Library Search (or Google Scholar) will be available to you, even if it states 'Full Text Online'. Your specific log in details will allow access to ebooks, journals and newspaper articles held in those resources listed below.
Below the following list of subscription resources, in the Websites and news section, you'll find a tabbed box offering latest news updates and recommended websites, as well as instructional videos for your eresources from Library Services. Don't miss it!
Click this link for a customised Google Search. This searches only selected websites for education-related Government and statistical information.
National Curriculum and EYFS:
Department for Education (2013) The National Curriculum in England: Key Stages 1 and 2 framework document. Available at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum (Accessed: 13 December 2016). (Subject programmes of study are also available on this webpage.)
Department for Education (2014) The National Curriculum in England: Key Stages 3 and 4 framework document. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-secondary-curriculum (Accessed: 13 December 2016). (Subject programmes of study are also available on this webpage.)
Department for Education (2014) Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--2 (Accessed: 13 December 2016).
Government policy and guidance:
Department for Children, Schools and Families (2008) Letters and sounds: principles and practice of high quality phonics - phase one teaching programme. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/letters-and-sounds-principles-and-practice-of-high-quality-phonics-phase-one-teaching-programme (Accessed: 13 December 2016).
Department for Education and Department of Health (2015) Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25 (Accessed: 13 December 2016).
Department for Education (2016) Educational excellence everywhere (Cm 9230). Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/educational-excellence-everywhere (Accessed: 13 December 2016).
Department for Education (2015) The prevent duty: departmental advice for schools and childcare providers. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protecting-children-from-radicalisation-the-prevent-duty (Accessed: 13 December 2016).
Department for Education (2011) Teachers' Standards. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teachers-standards (Accessed: 7 August 2017).
Department for Education and Standards and Testing Agency (2014) Teaching phonics: information for schools. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/phonics (Accessed: 13 December 2016). (This page contains links to individual documents which should be referenced separately.)
NAHT et al. (2016) Professional standards for teaching assistants. Available at: http://www.naht.org.uk/welcome/news-and-media/key-topics/staff-management/professional-standards-for-teaching-assistants-published/ (Accessed: 13 December 2016). (Please read our FAQ about the background to this source.)
Rose, J. (2009) Independent review of the primary curriculum: final report. Available at: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130401151715/https:/www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationDetail/Page1/DCSF-00499-2009 (Accessed: 7 August 2017).
Rose, J. (2008) Independent review of the primary curriculum: interim report. Available at: http://www.educationengland.org.uk/documents/pdfs/2008-IRPC-interim-report.pdf (Accessed: 7 August 2017).
Rose, J. (2006) Independent review of the teaching of early reading. Final report. Available at: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/5551/2/report.pdf (Accessed 7 August 2017).
Standards and Testing Agency (2016) The Rochford Review: final report. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rochford-review-final-report (Accessed: 13 December 2016).
Education is a shifting field heavily impacted by changes in the political landscape, so keep up to date with current policy changes and research. These news feeds cover a variety of education disciplines, including primary, secondary, early childhood and higher education.
Let the latest news come to you!
Department for Education: Children and Young People
The NFER Blog (National Foundation for Educational Research)
The Guardian Education (Visit the website for links to HE Network and Teacher Network)
BBC Education news
Education Scotland (the national body in Scotland for supporting quality and improvement in teaching and learning)
The Internet may be the only place you'll find key Government papers as well as research papers from organisations like TACTYC (the Association for Professional Development in Early Years) and NFER. We've also set up a customised Google search dedicated to research-relevant websites.
BERA (2011) Ethical Guidelines for Educational Research. Available at: www.bera.ac.uk/researchers-resources/publications/bera-ethical-guidelines-for-educational-research-2011
Chartered College of Teaching : an 'independent chartered organisation for the teaching profession' which succeeds the College of Teachers. Materials from the Cambridge Primary Review (CPR/CPRT) have been archived and are available via the Chartered College of Teaching (membership required).
Education Endowment Foundation (EEF): evidence-informed decision making for teachers. Take a look at the school themes and toolkits, and their news blog. Email alerts available!
EPPI-Centre: systematic reviews and evidence to inform policy and professional practice. Useful for anyone undertaking a systematic literature review and wants to see how its done.
To support you with the practical side of learning to teach, we have an extensive collection of teaching resources for all subjects near the children’s library in The Hive: the Teaching Collection. If you are close enough to make use of this collection, please do visit! Here you'll find everything from sensory blocks, flashcards and Roman helmets, to big books, storysacks and textbooks. We have a webpage dedicated to the Teaching Collection, which offers inspiration for your lesson planning and research.
Click this link for a customised Google Search. This searches selected websites for teaching ideas and classroom resources.
Children's literature inspiration: