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Where can teachers and educators locate existing research?

Open access unless otherwise indicated. An ever-growing list.


BES (Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis)

The New Zealand Ministry of Education’s best evidence synthesis iterations draw together, explain and illustrate through vignette and case, bodies of evidence about what works to improve education outcomes, and what can make a bigger difference for the education of all our children and young people.


Bristol Document Summary Service

Available to Chartered College of Teaching members

In an information and data driven age, and with the huge increase in education policy and guidance, the service was born out of a need for a one stop source providing timely, relevant and condensed overviews of key educational documents. Each month, access 2 page expert summaries of key pieces of research and policy from DfE, Ofsted and key research bodies such as Sutton Trust and NfER.


Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications

An Open Access journal that publishes new empirical and theoretical work covering all areas of Cognition, with a special emphasis on use-inspired basic research: fundamental and theoretically relevant research that grows from hypotheses about real-world problems.



CUREE’s core purpose is to translate large scale and technical research findings and resources into materials teachers and policy makers can use in their day-to-day work. They search regularly and comprehensively to find the most useful research, and constantly gather and use evidence about effective learning processes to inform and enhance teaching and learning.


Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. DOAJ is independent. All funding is via donations, 40% of which comes from sponsors and 60% from members and publisher members.


Discovery (UCL)

UCL’s open access repository, showcasing and providing access to UCL research publications.


EBSCO Research Database

Available to Chartered College of Teaching members

Membership of the Chartered College includes access to an education research database providing full-text access to over 2,000 journal titles and ebooks, covering international publications across a range of themes and subject areas.


Education Development Trust

Every year, Sutton Trust co-ordinate a programme of research projects designed to support their aim of transforming lives by improving education around the world. To extend their reach, they partner with like-minded organisations such as Save the Children, UNICEF or the British Council.


Education Endowment Foundation

The EEF supports teachers and leaders by providing free, independent and evidence-based resources – summaries and practical tools – designed to improve practice and boost learning. As well as reviews and guidance reports, it provides a Teaching and Learning ‘Toolkit’ and an Early Years Toolkit which summarise the results of trials in education.


Education and Training Foundation: Research Portal

A site for educators working in Post-16 settings to help with engaging with and using research to develop professional practice. They state that all practitioners are encouraged to develop their judgement about what works in their practice to ensure the best outcomes for all learners – research is key to this process.

ERIC (Institute of Education Sciences)

This database can be filtered by country, education level and other fields. There’s a ‘full text article available’ tick box so you can just look for open access articles on a subject you’re interested in.


Frontiers in Education

The aim of Frontiers in Education is to provide an international, scholarly forum for discussion of research-based approaches to education – particularly to PreK-16 education that leads to the flourishing of all human beings. Articles are intended to provide the entire education community with new understanding and offer insights informed by sound theoretical frameworks and evidence-based inquiry.


Google Scholar

Google but for scholarly and academic content.



Available to Chartered College of Teaching members with some open access content

This termly print and online journal, Impact, connects research findings to classroom practice, with a focus on the interests and voices of teachers and educators. It supports the teaching community by promoting discussion around evidence within the classroom, and enabling teachers to share and reflect on their own use of research.


Institute for Effective Education

The IEE are an independent charity working to improve education for all children by promoting the use of evidence in education policy and practice. They support (along with the EEF) the research schools network; produce ‘Best Evidence in Brief’ a free fortnightly e-newsletter focusing on stories with practical implications for schools and policy makers; provide the Evidence 4 Impact evidence summaries database; and the Evidence for the Frontline (E4F) support service for schools.


International Journal of STEM Education

The International Journal of STEM Education is a multidisciplinary journal in subject-content education that focuses on the study of teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It is being established as a brand new, forward looking journal in the field of education. As a peer-reviewed journal, it is positioned to promote research and educational development in the rapidly evolving field of STEM education around the world.



NfER’s mission is to generate evidence and insights that can be used to improve outcomes for future generations everywhere, and to support positive change across education systems. Search and access the full range of NFER publications from research reports to practitioner guides and consultation responses.


Research Bites

These bitesize summaries of existing research are produced by the Research Schools Network and make research more accessible and easily digestible for busy teachers.


Research Schools Network

The Research Schools Network aims to create a network of schools that will support the use of evidence to improve teaching practice. Access events, newsletters, and blogs from each of the research schools in England.


Sage Open

SAGE Open is a peer-reviewed, “Gold” open access journal from SAGE that publishes original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. Articles may span the full spectrum of the social and behavioural sciences and the humanities.


Sara’s List of Ed Resources

This list is curated by Sara Hjelm and contains all kinds of interesting research papers and evidence-informed articles and blogs on a range of teaching practice. Use the translate button on the right to translate it into English.


Sutton Trust

The Sutton Trust work to raise aspirations of young people from low and middle income backgrounds and to increase their chances of accessing top universities and the professions. They do this by delivering programmes, evidence-based research, and influencing public policy.


Taylor & Francis (open access)

Taylor & Francis publish high quality, rigorously peer-reviewed open access (OA) research across all disciplines and host a searchable database of these journals.


Useful bits and pieces for evidence-informed teaching

Adam Boxer has developed this useful, curated list of resources on a variety of areas of teaching practice. The links are to things he has found interesting for his own practice and have helped him to develop as a teacher. It is a work in progress and is updated.


What Works Clearinghouse

This USA-based organisation is similar in aims and approach to the EEF. They aim to build a central and trusted source of scientific evidence on education programs, products, practices, and policies.


Wiley online library

Access over 1600 journals, 200+ reference works, and 21,000 online books.

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