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2020 School of Education subject guide



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You can access hundreds of useful journals through Library Search and recommended databases. However there are some journals which might  not be available through the usual routes.

Design and Technology Education: An International Journal
This open access journal is relevant to Design and Technology Education at all levels.

Good Autism Practice
This is a journal from the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD), which focuses on practical support for children and adults with autistic spectrum conditions. It is not covered in Library Search results, so don't miss it!

Historical Association Student Zone
A range of practical resources. Please email askalibrarian for details.

International Journal of Social Pedagogy
A peer reviewed, Open Access journal: "Social pedagogy has been defined as education in its broadest sense which includes all aspects of social, philosophical, and pedagogical dimensions. Through the journal we seek to make a substantial contribution to the international discourse on social pedagogy, and its evolution in the UK." The IJSP collaborates with the Social Pedagogy Professional Association.

The subject association for English as an additional language (EAL) provides access to journals online. Please email askalibrarian for details on how you can register.

Nursery World
This magazine is published fortnightly and focuses on policy, news and practical ideas for early education and childcare practitioners. Our subscription offers selected content from Nursery World. You can find additional content on the Nursery World website.

NZ international research in early childhood education journal (NZIRECE)
NZ and international research and theory relating to young children (0-8 years). Please  email for details. 

UCL Press journals
Links to open access journals including Race Equality Teaching (ceased publication 2016), History Education Research Journal and International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning.

Department for Education

Curriculum and qualifications: detailed information

Policy papers and consultations search for Department of Education

Schools, colleges and children's services:
Search for Government policy and national curriculum documents, including:

  • Department for Education (2013) The national curriculum in England: key stages 1 and 2 framework document. Available at: (Accessed: 29 March 2022).
  • Department for Education (2014) The national curriculum in England: Key Stages 1 and 2 framework document. Available at: (Accessed: 29 March 2022).

Statutory Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage

  • Department for Education (2021) Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage. Available at: (Accessed: 29 March 2022). 

Education Policy Institute
EPI conduct research and analysis to inform the public, Government and decision-makers.

The Ofsted website offers news, surveys and thematic reports, as well as school inspection reports.

Institute for Government
Think tank working to make Government more effective - research, analysis, commentary and discussion to address challenges and bring about change. Registered Charity - see About Us
You can use this website to find and reference Acts of Parliament.

Research and statistics search relevant to Department of Education
You can also explore national and regional level data using the education statistics service from the Government.

UK Parliamentary material search
Publications and records of parliamentary business, classified by staff of the House of Commons Library.

Education in England
This website is full of original source material relating to schools and education, and includes a useful timeline of events, policies and reports.

Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA)
This is a digital archive of reports, guidance, research and speeches from Government and other relevant education bodies.

UK Government web archive
This archive of Government webpages also includes videos, tweets and images dating back to 1996.

Nuffield Foundation
A short history of curriculum development at the Nuffield Foundation (2017)

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

The British Educational Research Association 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.

Chartered College of Teaching
The College works to support teachers and connect them within a research-informed community. Keep up to date through their news and blogs page.

Education Endowment Foundation
The 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.

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

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

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

The website of the National Foundation for Educational Research is a rich source of news, opinion, and research for schools and policy-makers.

Optimus Knowledge Centres
The website provides some videos and resources relevant to four areas, including leadership, SEN and safeguarding. Please email askalibrarian 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
A database from the Social Care Institute of Excellence, including resources relevant to social care and social work.

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.

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

There are many databases, websites and resources which you could use to learn about and keep up to date with educational research and evidence. The good news is you can set up alerts and make use of personalised features to make this news and research come to you.

News and summaries

This is an excellent resource for news, research and statistics relevant to children and young people, their families, and their education, welfare, and health. If you are looking for something specific, you can ask the Childlink team.

Document Summary Service
Monthly digests and summaries of key reports and research, provided by the University of Bristol’s School of Education. Email askalibrarian for details of how you can access these.

Times Higher Education (THE)
The latest HE news and university rankings.

TES Magazine
Access TES Magazine through their website (email askalibrarian for login details). TES is also available via ProQuest from 2008 to present, with a 3 month delay.


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.

Comment and analysis on educational research.


Email alert services

Childlink weekly update

NFER email alerts
Sign up for regular e-newsletters and updates, including NFER Digest, Assessment Digest and  blog notifications.

EEF news alerts
Sign up for Education Endowment Foundation’s regular updates by email.

Journal TOCs
Use the Journal Table of Contents to set up alerts for your favourite academic journals, and get an email when a new issue is published.

Another alerting service you can use to be notified when new issues of relevant journals are published. To create an alert, select University of Worcester from the list of organisations.

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. 

Here are a number of useful websites and online resources for those working with children in educational settings:

ActionAid teaching resources
School resources available for download from the international charity, ActionAid.

Resources, research and awards to get children reading.

Books for Keeps
Independent children's book magazine, offering hundreds of reviews and interviews with authors and illustrators.

Chicken House Schools Hub
A set of schemes and resources to go with some of the Chicken House publications (KS2/3).

Christian Aid
Educational teaching resources for schools.

CLPE Teaching Resources
Early Years and Primary language, vocabulary, reading and writing resources, including Power of Reading and Power of Pictures.

Computers Unplugged
Computer science without a computer - free teaching materials using games, puzzles and movement.

Computer Programming - Khan Academy
Online courses and materials on programming, webpages and more.

Computing at School - Teaching Resources

Digital Theatre Plus
Performing arts resource, including live performances and educational resources. University of Worcester student and staff login required.

Family Diversities Reading Resource
An excellent annotated bibliography of books which support teachers in exploring diverse family experiences, from Bishop Grosseteste University. You will find the books in the library's Teaching Collection, including this box set. More recommended children's books and lists available on the Bishop Grosseteste website.

IXL maths and English resources

Love My Books
Free resource for parents, carers and practitioners. Find children's books for different ages and topics, with suggested activities, like this one. Newsletter sign up available.

NRICH mathematics resources

National Children's Bureau NCB resources for schools

Videos, podcasts and more from expert mathematicians on a range of topics.

RE teaching resources.

Teaching Ideas




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