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Partner PGCE & Walsall College CMDA

Students on University of Worcester approved PGCE courses and the CMDA at Walsall College have access to a set of eresources plus print resources in The Hive. Key texts should be provided by the organisation where you are studying.

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University eresources

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. Your username will be similar to user1_PS.  Please contact ICT if you need to reset your password or recover your account.  A short introductory video about accessing and using the resources is available below (transcript here) ; or click here for a longer Powerpoint introduction.


Ebooks Username format

Dawson Era ebooks

Search for ebooks here.

Journal articles  

Academic Search Complete  EBSCO

A multi-disciplinary database which includes more than 550 full-text education journals from multiple publishers. Academic Search Complete is a good place to start looking for journal articles.  Use the 'Choose databases' option within Academic Search Complete to cross search one or more of the other EBSCO databases at the same time as you search Academic Search Complete.


British Education Index  EBSCO

Key indexing service for education with a strong UK focus and a thesaurus to enable more systematic searching.


Business Source Complete  EBSCO

Business Source Complete covers all disciplines of business including marketing, management, accounting and finance.  With an additional 1468 active full-text journals and magazines, it is the big brother to the Business Source Elite database which is available to CMDA learners via Walsall College.

Business Source Complete Getting Started Guide    Business Source Basic Searching Tutorial 



Sponsored by the US Department of Education, ERIC contains over 1.5 million records of journal articles, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, theses and books.


Proquest Central

A multidisciplinary database with over 1,000 journal titles from a variety of publishers.  Important note: not all features within Proquest Central are available with a your login.  Click here for more information, including information on how to download articles.


SAGE Journals Online:

Journals published by Sage from all disciplines including about 80 education related titles; and over 100 titles relating to management and organisational studies.


Wiley Online Library

Journals published by Wiley from all disciplines. 




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Study skills support

Our study skills pages include guides to finding and evaluating information, referencing and plagiarism.  Cite Them Right Online will get you started with referencing and show you how to reference a wide range of sources.


Subject specific support

For help finding subject-specific resources, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for Education.


Library enquiries

Contact askalibrarian for any eresource access or general library enquiries.


ICT enquiries

Phone 01905 857500 for University of Worcester network account enquiries. 



Information for staff

Information on working with students on Partner PGCE courses, including service level agreements, are available on our working with partnership courses page.


Other resources


Government resources

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Press releases, policy papers and Government documents, including Green and White Papers.


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Original source material, reports and documents, and a timeline of events since 600AD. 

Example reference: Department of Education and Science (1975) A language for life. (The Bullock Report). London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019). 

gov dot uk logo for statistics information STATISTICS: published and upcoming official statistics in England and Wales. Focus your search by policy area, department or date.
gov dot uk logo for policy information POLICY: Press releases, news stories and research related to areas of policy. Focus your search by policy area or department.
gov dot uk logo for Ofsted information OFSTED: surveys and thematic reports for schools, focusing on specific issues and aspects, some of which may fall outside the inspection framework. For Ofsted (and other Government) publications, see this link. Most Ofsted reports can be referenced using a 'webpage' format as per your Harvard guide.

If you need to reference a school's inspection report, first you may want to check with your tutors about whether the school needs to be anonymised in your work. If you need to keep a report or any other source anonymous, you may instead use an Appendix. See this FAQ for details. 

Google logo for legislation and government custom search Google custom search for selected webpages related to Government and legislation.

Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA)


Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA) from UCL (Institute of Education): "a digital archive of documents published electronically by government and other relevant bodies in the areas of education, training, children and families."

Example reference: Rose, J. (2006) Independent review of the teaching of early reading. Final report. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019).

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The National Archives - UK Government web archive: videos, tweets and websites dating from 1996 to present. 

legislation dot gov dot uk logo Legislation including Acts of Parliament. To learn how to reference these, see this link. Acts of Parliament are a bit unusual - you don't need to cite an author, only the Act title and year in your writing. 

Referencing advice          

Examples of in-text citations:

The Primary National Curriculum provides the framework for teachers in schools (Department for Education, 2013). 

The Department for Education (2017) recently updated the statutory framework for EYFS. 

Reference List

Department for Education (2013) The National Curriculum in England: Key Stages 1 and 2 framework document. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019).

Department for Education (2017) Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019).


Other useful references:

Department for Children, Schools and Families (2008) Letters and sounds: principles and practice of high quality phonics - phase one teaching programme. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019).

Department for Education (2011) Teachers' Standards. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019).

Department for Education (2014) The National Curriculum in England: Key Stages 3 and 4 framework document. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019). 

Department for Education (2015) The prevent duty: departmental advice for schools and childcare providers. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019).

Department for Education and Department of Health (2015) Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019).

HM Government (2011) Prevent Strategy (Cm 8092). Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019).

Munro, E. (2011) The Munro review of child protection: final report. A child-centred system (Cm 8062). Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019).

National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) et al. (2016) Professional standards for teaching assistants. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019). 

Websites for research

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 (National Foundation for Educational Research). We've also set up a customised Google search dedicated to research-relevant websites. 

BERA (2018) Ethical Guidelines for Educational Research. 4th edn. Available at: (Accessed: 16 April 2019).

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. 

Mendeley : consider using reference management software like Mendeley to discover, store and organise the literature you find, read and cite. Includes the Harvard Cite Them Right style.

NFER : National Foundation for Educational Research.  Publications, research, news and blogs.  

PRISMA : "Transparent reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses". Offers an excellent checklist and flowchart for those carrying out a systematic review of the literature on a topic. 

TACTYC : Early Childhood professional association. See their Reflections papers and Occasional Papers for topical research, study and debate.

TED Talks (Education) : "These TED Talks explore the latest thinking - from teachers, parents, kids - on how to build a better school."

Education news

Education is a shifting field heavily impacted by changes in the political landscape, so keep up to date with current policy changes and research here. 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

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BBC: Education news

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The Guardian : Education news (Visit the website for links to the HE Network and Teacher Network)

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Inspiration for teaching

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. 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:

Are you a member of UW staff hoping to order resources for the library, or simply need some ideas? Please see our visual list of bookmarks for publishers and suppliers.

Other websites: