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There are many initiatives and Centres offering useful information about practitioners and evidence. Links to a growing number of them are brought together here. They are grouped into: 

  • digests of research written for practitioners
  • summaries of recent research
  • networks, projects and schemes

Digests of research written for practitioners

A number of organisations select important studies of relevance to practice and write about the research in an accessible way, sometimes bringing out implications for practice.

This site, part of the standards site of the Department for Schools Children and Families offers easy access to essential research findings for teachers, governors, parents and all those who support them in the education of school age students. Its aim is to help make sure that practice and policy in schools, and at a regional and national level, are informed by good and up-to-date evidence. It provides accessible digests of research based on articles from research journals bearing the needs of practitioners in mind. 


Research for Teachers is a series of summaries of research topics, provided by the General Teaching Council for England which are of direct interest to teachers. A team from the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (Curee) appraises, selects and summarises one or more published research studies and presents teacher case studies to illustrate the findings. Research is selected that

  • illuminates the complex tasks involved in teaching
  • enables teachers to see the links with their own pupils and practice
  • provides detailed information about teaching and learning processes in classrooms

Practical research for education is a bi-annual journal for practitioners produce by the National Foundation for Educational Research. Articles show how the results of up-to-date research have practical implications for teaching and learning, school management and policy. Each issue features at least one article dedicated to primary, secondary and special school readers and an interview with a leading researcher.


The practitioner section of the TLRP website contains several kinds of publication written with practitioners in mind.  Research findings have been trialled by practitioners and are 'ready for action' in everyday work. A Practitioner Applications section provides practical examples for school teachers to put to immediate use in classrooms and User Summaries give concise accounts of projects.

Summaries of recent research 

Summaries help the busy person keep abreast of research and decide which studies to look at in depth. Some sources are given below.

A newsletter is produced by the Chief Adviser on School Standards Unit at the Department for Children, Schools and Families, intended to help keep policy and field staff, practitioners, teacher educators and others with an interest in education up to date with recently published research and opportunities to get involved in research.   To be added to the circulation list email  The latest newsletter can be viewed online at


TLRP is a very large programme of research and each project within it produces a concise Research Briefing which sums up the major findings in an illustrated four page document.

Networks, projects and schemes 

There is a wide range of networks and schemes that engage practitioners with and in research. The sample below is expected to grow as readers send in recommendations. It is organised into:

  • Using evidence
  • Practitioner research
  • Collaborative research

Please email us if you have information about others

Using Evidence

The General Teaching Council for England offers an online version of its document using research in your school and your teaching, based on evidence generated by its project 'Investigating the research engaged school'. It provides detailed information and case studies on issues such as Research engagement as effective CPD; developing research questions linked to school improvement; planning and managing your research project; using other people's research.

  •  Curee - centre for the use of research and evidence in education

    CUREE is a company whose mission centres on promoting the use of evidence by building bridges between academic research and professional practice. It supports practice-driven action research, develops tools for Continuing Professional Development (CPD), leadership and teaching and learning. Its produces technical reports, lively articles and activities, tools and multi media resources designed to be used in practical contexts by teachers.


The Intute Virtual Training Suite is a free, interactive tutorial to improve your Internet skills, written by qualified tutors, lecturers and librarians from across the UK and funded by JISC. It advises on how to search effectively and suggests which sites are worth exploring.

Practitioner research

The Practitioner Research Scheme at the Centre for Excellence in Leadership funded practitioners to undertake research on leadership. Although the scheme ended in 2008, information about it and its publications is available here.

  •  Adult literacy and numeracy

    The Practitioner Research Initiative at the National D&R Centre for adult literacy and numeracy ran from 2003 - 2006 and produced many publications. Information is available here.

    Research and Practice in Adult Literacy (RaPAL) is an independent network of learners, teachers, managers and researchers in adult basic education focussing on the role of literacy in adult life. It is supported by membership subscription and any individual or institution may join. Further information is available here.


The National Teacher Research Panel is an independent group of practising teachers who work to ensure that research in education takes account of the teacher perspective and to increase the number of teachers engaged in and with the full spectrum of research activity.


The National Foundation for Educational Research investigated the Research-engaged School as a two-year research and development programme involving 15 schools in five English LEAs. It set out to work with schools to use research for school improvement and to provide practical guidance to others wishing to work in this way. Useful links and resources are provided for teachers carrying out research.

Collaborative research

The Development & Research Network brings together researchers and developers from schools, colleges, universities and organisations in the public and voluntary sectors. Set up by the National Educational Research Forum, its members are exploring ways of combining research with development on both the large and small scale. For examples of D&R projects and documents about the approach click here.

  •  Learning and Skills Research Network

    The Learning and Skills Research Network brings together people involved in producing and making use of research in the learning and skills sector and higher education and provides a welcoming atmosphere for those new to research. It is based in the regions of England and in Northern Ireland.


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