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Research databases

Research databases are large collections of journal articles and other academic papers. Some cover lots of subjects (Academic Search Complete and publisher packages such as Wiley or SAGE), and others are more specialist (for example, PsycInfo for psychology or Emerald for leadership and management). Many are included within Library Search but some are not (British Education Index and ERIC being notable examples). 

Are you undertaking a Systematic Review methodology or 'systematic literature review'? Recommended databases include British Education Index, ERIC, Web of Science, Academic Search Complete and ProQuest (Education Database - use the 'choose databases' tab to select those you wish to search).

Subject-related and specific journals

Our Browzine collection offers a great visual way to browse journals in your area, build your own bookshelves, save links to articles, and explore special issues and articles in press. Here is a link to the journals categorised under Education.

There are a few journals and publications which might not be available through Library Search or research databases, including the following:

Subject association memberships and subject-specific journals

We may not have a subject or professional association membership for all curriculum areas because they do not always offer suitable subscription packages to libraries. We prioritise access to resources for all students and staff and preferably off-campus as well as on-campus. However, you may wish to investigate whether you can subscribe as a student or teacher member individually. The Council for Subject Associations directory may be useful.

The University subscribes to many other journals which are relevant to other school subjects, and if the subscription is online these will appear in Library Search results and on the our journal A-Z and Browzine e.g. trainees focusing on art will find the International Journal of Art and Design Education of particular value.

Specific journal titles not available in Library Search

Curriculum and policy

The University of Bristol's Education Policy and Research Service (EPRS) provide the latest summaries of policy, research, reports and statistics related to education and teaching. Staff and students are encouraged to ask for details on how to access summaries and toolkits from the EPRS.

Some key references in Harvard style

Department for Education (2013) The national curriculum in England: key stages 1 and 2 framework document. Available at: (Accessed: 8 August 2022).

Department for Education (2014) The national curriculum in England: Key stages 3 and 4 framework document. Available at: (Accessed: 8 September 2022).

Department for Education (2023) Early years foundation stage statutory framework for group and school-based providers. Available at:
statutory_framework_for_group_and_school_based_providers.pdf (Accessed: 25 January 2024).

Department for Education (2023) Early years foundation stage statutory framework for childminders. Available at:
statutory_framework_for_childminders.pdf (Accessed: 25 January 2024).

Department for Education (2011) Teachers' Standards. Available at: (Accessed: 6 March 2024).

The ITTECF (see below) replaces the initial teacher training core content framework (CCF) and the early career framework (ECF) from September 2025. 

Department for Education (2024) Initial teacher training and early career framework. Available at: (Accessed: 4 March 2024). 

Websites for Government and education policy

Exam board subject listings

Qualifications and specifications, including Business

Statistics and legislation

Historical documents and archives

Research and organisations

These organisations and independent bodies conduct and share research, which informs educational policy and practice.

Evidence and research

British Educational Research Association (BERA) focuses on the advancing of knowledge in education and sustains an educational research community. The BERA Blog and the Ethical Guidelines for Educational Research may be of particular interest to students.

Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is “dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement”. The charity does this by summarising, sharing and generating research-informed evidence on what works for teachers and leaders.

EPPI-Centre develops methods for and conducts systematic reviews in social policy. A range of technical reports and summaries are available on the website.

National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) offers news, opinion, and research for schools and policy-makers.

National Institute of Teaching "will boost the quality of teaching and school leadership by carrying out research, applying the insights to its professional development programmes, and sharing findings with the sector. Our programmes are designed by teachers and leaders who understand the joys and pressures of school life. We work in collaboration with schools across the country, ensuring that our findings benefit all schools, teachers and leaders."

Sutton Trust "champions social mobility through programmes, research and policy influence". Lots of research here related to cost of living, school funding, mental health, access to education and more.

TACTYC - the Association for Professional Development in Early Years - provides research, news, papers and reflections for practitioners through their website, and also their journal, Early Years.


Other organisations and charities

Advance HE has a knowledge hub of resources on topics and themes across higher education.

Chartered College of Teaching works to support teachers and connect them within a research-informed community. Keep up to date through their news and blogs page. Free student membership is available to those on teacher training courses, including those on School Direct and Teach First, plus "those studying in full-time education for a degree in education or on a postgraduate programme related to education". One benefit of membership is access to Impact, a termly publication with articles and information connecting research to classroom practice.

House of Commons Library produces research and provides an impartial information service to MPs and their staff. Find the latest research, briefings and data tools here. 

Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA) is a charity that provides advice, support and training to parents, carers and professionals who work with children with SEND.

Optimus Knowledge Centres provides some videos and resources relevant to four areas, including leadership, SEN and safeguarding. Please email Ask a librarian for details on how to log in, but please be aware that we do not subscribe to all resources on the website.

Social Care Online is a database from the Social Care Institute of Excellence, including resources relevant to social care and social work.

TED Talks (Education) shares videos and discussions from experts and researchers “exploring the latest thinking on how to build a better school”.

Current awareness and news

News and summaries

Blogs, podcasts and video

  • BERA Blog shares research-informed comment and opinion on educational issues. This blog has an editorial team who approve posts prior to publication. Selected articles on a topic may later be reproduced in an issue of BERA Bites.
  • NFER Blog offers comment and analysis on educational research.
  • Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an on-demand TV recording service and includes most major UK channels, including BBC, Channel 4 and Sky channels. Record programmes to watch back and create your own playlist. Log in with your university details.
  • Kanopy is a streaming service, providing access to films, documentaries and more on Education and Early Childhood.
  • Explore the University of Oxford's podcasts from the Department of Education and others.
  • The Educators (BBC) offers podcasts involving influential thinkers, researchers and teachers (2014-2015).

Email alert services

Classroom and teaching ideas

The Hive and research collections

  • The Teaching Collection in The Hive is full of resources you can use in the classroom. Please visit and explore what we have. You can borrow many of the kits, books and folders - just ask the library team. It is situated at one end of a huge children's library, which offers  picture books, children's fiction and non-fiction, books for parents and carers, early readers, board books and more. We are in the process of transforming the Teaching Collection and the space - you'll now find less shelving and more seating, and our new picturebook boxes on wheels - sit down, have a browse and see what you can find! 
  • Join in with the exciting activities, exhibitions and events taking place throughout the year in The Hive. 
  • Library Services also has a number of special collections available to view by appointment, including education research, children's literature and childhood.

Websites and resources for educators

Books and reading
Mental health and wellbeing
  • Mentally Healthy Schools "is a free website for UK primary and secondary schools and further education settings, offering school staff information, advice and practical resources to better understand and promote pupils’ mental health and wellbeing."
  • Ambitious about Autism provide information and support, including a toolkit aimed at secondary school pupils, parents and teachers, Autistic and OK. The toolkit "empowers autistic pupils to take control of their mental health and wellbeing".
  • The Young Minds website shares resources for schools and teachers to support children's mental wellbeing.
  • Mindfulness in Schools Project is a registered charity offering a range of courses and resources to promote mindfulness in children aged 3-18. There are some free resources available too.
  • BBC Children in Need Mindfulness Hub offers some activities and resources to use with children.
  • A critical view of mindfulness in schools from Wellcome.
  • British Science Association - "We develop science engagement programmes for audiences underrepresented in, and underserved by, science". In 2024, the BSA launched an early years (3-5) CREST resource, 'Earth and beyond'!
  • CREST Awards - "CREST is a scheme that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers". Includes a resource library.
Computing and programming
  • The international charity ActionAid offers teaching resources for download.
  • Christian Aid offers educational teaching resources for schools.
  • Digital Theatre Plus is a performing arts resource, offering live performances and educational resources. University of Worcester student and staff login required. 
  • Google Translate can be used to translate not just text but images, documents and websites. The Help pages provide step-by-step instructions.
  • NCB resources for schools - the National Children's Bureau shares resources to support the wellbeing of children.
  • RE:Quest offers resources for RE teachers and students to "explore the Christian faith".
  • Teaching Ideas and Twinkl both offer resources, games and activities across many subjects. 



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