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Guide to Library Services: Partner PGCE

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. 

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Using The Hive

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

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. Reserve items using your library card number as your username, and your library account PIN as your password. Any problems, please email


We can help

If you need to find resources for your studies, get ICT support or find recommended reading, we can help.

  • Study skills support: Library Services' study skills pages include guides to finding and evaluating information, referencing and plagiarism.
  • Subject-specific library support: For help finding subject-specific resources, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarians for Education: Jennifer Dumbelton ( or Sarah Purcell (
  • Resource Lists: you can access a range of resource lists for various modules and courses at You can search by course or module name, or module code (e.g. PSEC3002). To find out if your organisation is using lists held on the Resource List system, please check with your tutors.
  • Library enquiries: The Hive provides a face-to-face and online enquiry service called askalibrarian: (also available via text message: 01902 504126). The Academic Liaison Librarian team are all available via askalibrarian, including the subject librarians for Education. Use this service if you need help with finding information, support in using the library services or need advice about your library account. The general telephone number for The Hive is 01905 822866. 
  • ICT enquiries: phone 01905 857500 for University of Worcester network account enquiries. 
  • Library Services Partnerships Manager: Ann Craig is responsible for co-ordinating our services for students and staff at partner organisations ( 

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Further information

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.


Referencing support

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. 


eresources: academic books, journals and research

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 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!

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Websites and news

Use the tabs below to see news feeds related to education, useful Government websites and documents, research websites and teaching resources.


Government resources

Click this link for a customised Google Search. This searches only selected websites for education-related Government and statistical information.

Top websites:

  • Department for Education : press releases, policy papers and Government documents, including Green and White Papers.
  • Education in England : original source material, major reports and documents, including a timeline of events since 600AD.
  • statistics release calendar : published and upcoming official statistics in England and Wales. Focus your search using the options on the left.
  • For policy papers and updates on various areas - including curriculum, SEND, academies and childcare - see this page on the website. 
  • Ofsted survey and thematic reports for schools : a focus on specific issues and aspects, some of which may fall outside the inspection framework. You may also find this link useful for finding Ofsted publications; there is a list of documents and a search box. 


National Curriculum, EYFS and essential documents

Department for Education (2011) Teachers' Standards. Available at: (Accessed: 24 May 2017).

Department for Education (2013) The National Curriculum in England: Key Stages 1 and 2 framework document. Available at: (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: (Accessed: 13 December 2016). (Subject programmes of study are also available on this webpage.)

Department for Education (2017) Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Available at: (Accessed: 23 October 2017). [The EYFS document was published in 2014, and last updated in March 2017, with these updates coming into effect in April 2017.]

National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) et al. (2016) Professional standards for teaching assistants. Available at: (Accessed: 13 December 2016). (Please read our FAQ about the background to this source.)


Ofsted reports

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 other resources anonymous, you may instead wish to use an Appendix. See this FAQ for details. 

Most Ofsted reports can be referenced using a 'webpage' format as per your Harvard guide: 

Ofsted (YYYY) Document title. Available at: URL (Accessed: day month year).


Phonics and reading

Department for Children, Schools and Families (2008) Letters and sounds: principles and practice of high quality phonics - phase one teaching programme. Available at: (Accessed: 13 December 2016).

Department for Education and Standards and Testing Agency (2014) Teaching phonics: information for schools. Available at: (Accessed: 13 December 2016). (This page contains links to individual documents which should be referenced separately.)

Department of Education and Science (1975) A language for life. (The Bullock Report). London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. Available at: (Accessed: 24 May 2017). 

Rose, J. (2006) Independent review of the teaching of early reading. Final report. Available at: (Accessed: 25 April 2017).



Department for Education and Department of Health (2015) Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years. Available at: (Accessed: 13 December 2016).

Griggs, J. and Bussard, L. (2017) Study of Early Education and Development (SEED): meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities in the early years. Available at: (Accessed: 29 March 2017). 

Standards and Testing Agency (2016) The Rochford Review: final report. Available at: (Accessed: 13 December 2016).


Early Years

Department for Education (2017) Early years workforce strategy. Available at: (Accessed: 29 March 2017).

Research papers related to SEED (Study of Early Education and Development) found here


Prevent and safeguarding

Department for Education (2015) The prevent duty: departmental advice for schools and childcare providers. Available at: (Accessed: 13 December 2016). [For the full reference for the Prevent Strategy consultation document, see Green and White Papers, below.]

Munro, E. (2011) The Munro review of child protection: final report. A child-centred system (Cm 8062). Available at: (Accessed: 25 April 2017).


Green Papers and White Papers (consultation documents, sometimes known as 'policy papers' or 'command papers' on the Department for Education publications website.) See this FAQ for definitions. 

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (2016) Higher education: success as a knowledge economy - white paper (Cm 9258). Available at: (Accessed: 2 November 2017).

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (2015) Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice - green paper (Cm 9141). Available at: (Accessed: 2 November 2017). 

Department for Education (2016) Educational excellence everywhere (Cm 9230). Available at: (Accessed: 13 December 2016). 

HM Government (2011) Prevent Strategy (Cm 8092). Available at: (Accessed: 6 November 2017).


Other popular / frequently asked about reports

Rose, J. (2009) Independent review of the primary curriculum: final report. Available at: (Accessed: 25 April 2017).

Rose, J. (2008) Independent review of the primary curriculum: interim report. Available at: (Accessed: 25 April 2017).

Steer, A. (2009) Learning Behaviour: Lessons Learned: A review of behaviour standards and practices in our schools. Available at: (Accessed: 23 October 2017)

Latest 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. These news feeds cover a variety of education disciplines, including primary, secondary, early childhood and higher education.

Let the latest news come to you!

  • National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) : sign up for regular email newsletters for the latest research and news in Education
  • Young Minds : sign up to their free monthly newsletter for news and legislation related to young people's mental health and well-being
  • TES and THE : for news, resources and job vacancies. Lexis Library also holds articles from national and regional newspapers, including the TES. Log in, click 'Accept', and then you can search all UK newspapers (or select specific ones) using search terms. 
  • Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) : regular blog posts and email alerts available. Evidence-informed practice in Education. 

Department for Education: Children and Young People

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The NFER Blog (National Foundation for Educational Research)

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

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BBC Education news

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Education Scotland (the national body in Scotland for supporting quality and improvement in teaching and learning)

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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. We've also set up a customised Google search dedicated to research-relevant websites. 

BERA (2011) Ethical Guidelines for Educational Research. Available at:

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.

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

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. 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:

Other websites:



Library Services videos from our YouTube channel:

'How to' guides for eresources:

EBSCO databases: Academic Search Complete, British Education Index and ERIC

Dawson Era ebooks


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Information for staff

Information for staff including the service level agreement for collaborative courses, details of access to online resources and support for using Resource Lists are available on our Working with partnership courses page via the 'Partner PGCE' tab.