Education - Recommended Sources

Audio Visual Resources

This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 1998 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. You can create playlists and clips to embed in presentations, as well as putting in requests for recording. Look out for all the useful documentaries. (Not available to anyone outside the UK.)

Teachers TV provides access to over 3,500 globally-acclaimed instructional videos produced by the UK's Department of Education to train and develop teachers' skills through demonstrations and commentary by teachers, administrators, and other educational experts

Key Starters for Essays and Dissertations

The Campbell library produced by the Campbell Collaboration, is a collection of systematic reviews relating to the effects of social interventions in areas such as crime, social welfare, education and international development.

Look at the systematic reviews for your subject or view resources such as policy documents.

A variety of reference works, including dictionaries, which tutors may well prefer to Wikipedia, and it even tells you how to set out a reference to what you find. Try out the 'Mind Map' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work (use the arrow next to Basic Search to get to it).

Read authoritative, peer-reviewed, regularly updated entries written by experts covering education across the world. Topics include education and society, curriculum and pedagogy, educational theories and philosophies, education, gender and sexualities, educational administration and leadership, research and assessment methods and much more.

Over 240 unlimited access in-depth guides to current and classic research across a range of subject areas. If you can't access something via this site, put the book title into the Portsmouth catalogue instead as we have previously bought some titles via Ebook Central.

Access the full text of books about quantitative and qualitative research methods and many more social science research topics.

Specialist e-resources

• BullyingUK 

News, resources and support on dealing with bullying in schools

The UK Government department responsible for education and children’s services


An online archive of documents published by the UK Government and related bodies made freely available by the Institute of Education, University of London

Detailed information allowing you to compare education across 33 countries in Europe from pre-primary through to adult education.

Helpful resources for UK teachers compiled by The Guardian newspaper (includes job ads)

Links to the full text of important documents on the development and provision of education in the UK, including major reports from the 1920s onwards and Acts of Parliament from 1825 onwards

Britain's leading independent social research institute. Research covers all areas of social policy. Reports are produced in the following areas: Equality & Diversity, Children, Schools & Families, Health & Wellbeing, Social Inclusion, Crime & Justice, Income & Work and Social & Political Attitudes

This page contains links to the English National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage

The UK’s largest independent provider of research, assessment and information services for education, training and children’s services


The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills which inspects education providers and services which care for children and young people in the UK

Statistics on many aspects of education from early years upwards. Scroll to the bottom of the screen to see the list of statistics available.

The Sutton Trust aims to improve social mobility in the UK through evidence-based programmes, research and policy advocacy. This site contains information about combating educational inequality from early years through to university level.

The minimum requirements for teachers’ practice and conduct

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