Leading research engagement in education

The Coalition for Evidence-based Education (CEBE) has published guidance to help teachers, co-ordinators, support staff and leaders in education organisations who want to make more effective use of research evidence. It draws on recent evidence about the process of engaging with research and makes suggestions about some of the resources available to help.

The publication includes examples from schools and colleges, and offers guidance on:

  • Reasonable expectations
  • Preparing for research engagement
  • Phases of development
  • Leading research engagement across an organisation
  • Sources of evidence and support

Source: Leading research engagement in education: guidance for organisational change (March 2017), The Coalition for Evidence-based Education (CEBE) project team.

Evidence, evidence, evidence

In a recent speech, and an article in The Times, Shadow Education Secretary, Stephen Twigg MP, has outlined his commitment to “evidence, evidence, evidence”.

He proposes the creation of an “Office for Educational Improvement, independent of ministers, along the lines of the Office for Budgetary Responsibility that was set up by this Government.”

Mentioning the Coalition for Evidence-based Education (CEBE), he notes that “Teachers rarely have time to look at research and academics don’t always see the relevance of their work to the classroom so I will look at how we can work with organisations such as [CEBE].”

CEBE is an alliance of researchers, policy makers, and practitioners who share an interest in reforming the way research evidence is used in policy and practice.

Source: Evidence, not dogma: a smart way to raise education standards (2012), Labour