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You can access hundreds of useful journals through Library Search, or the recommended databases on this page. Here are some additional journals from organisations and subject associations which might be useful for trainee teachers and practitioners. Email askalibrarian for advice about how to access these.

New for 2021: NZ international research in early childhood education journal (NZIRECE)
"The New Zealand-International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal (NZIRECE) is a fully peer-reviewed academic journal.  The NZIRECE publishes NZ and international research and theory relating to young children (0 - 8 yrs), that has relevance to New Zealand. "Early childhood education" in the journal title is defined as encompassing children's care, health, development and learning (provided in diverse settings and by a range of people including parents and teachers)."

It isn't available through Library Search in the usual way, so students and staff please email if you need the login details. Academic staff at the University of Worcester have published in this journal, and you'll find it on some of your resource lists, so it is worth exploring.

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.

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

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.

International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning
(Appears to be unavailable May 2021.) This is an open access, international journal focusing on research and debates in development education, global learning and global citizenship.

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.

The majority of journals we subscribe to are available online, but there are a few titles which are only available in The Hive in hard copy. These include journals from the Mathematical Association (MA) (subscription cancelled from 2021), Historical Association (HA), and the Institute of Physics (IoP). However, the Historical Association does provide a practical set of resources in their Student Zone which you can access. Please email askalibrarian for details.

Schools, colleges and children's services:
Search for Government policy and national curriculum documents (see our referencing examples).

Statutory Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage (revised framework valid from 1 September 2021)

Curriculum and qualifications: detailed information

Department for Education

Policy papers and consultations search for Department of Education

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.
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.

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.



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:

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).

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. You will find the books in the library's Teaching Collection, including this box set (not available for borrowing). 

Power of Pictures : this CLPE project offers a range of ideas for using picturebooks to develop children's critical thinking skills, and creativity in art and writing.

Teaching Ideas : free activities and resources for the classroom.

Twinkl :  more classroom and homeschooling resources, some of which require a premium or school account login to download. 



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