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Evidence-informed education: taking stock, looking ahead

The purpose of this CEBE workshop, held at the Wellcome Trust last November, was to exchange thinking about the direction for evidence-informed education in the next few years, by reflecting on the past. The future role of CEBE in facilitating collaboration was also considered, again in relation to its previous work.

Leading Research Engagement In Education

On April 4th 2017, the Coalition for Evidence Based Education (CEBE) launched its newest publication, Leading Research Engagement in Education, at UCL’s Institute of Education.

Making good use of research has the potential to improve education provision. Teachers are increasingly expected to use research to improve their practice but there is little guidance available on the process by which a school can become research-engaged.

Evidence for the Frontline starts work

The CEBE project Evidence for the Frontline has got off to a flying start, led by Sandringham School and the Institute for Effective Education and supported by the EEF. During the summer term, 12 developer schools worked together to design a specification for an online platform to connect teachers with researchers. The site was launched in September with the 12 developer schools, plus an additional 20 pilot schools. Schools have been drawn from across the country, and include primary, secondary, middle, all-through and special schools.

Education Media Centre celebrates second anniversary

The Education Media Centre celebrates is second anniversary this month. Designed and created by CEBE, this Centre continues to link journalists with research evidence on key issues arising in the news. Having helped set it up, Sue Littlemore has moved on to a post as adviser to a Vice Chancellor and has been replaced as Chief Executive by Fran Abrams. Widely known for her File on Four radio broadcasts, Fran has also been heavily involved in mediating academic research to the public via the internet.

Evidence for the Frontline receives EEF support

Work begins in earnest this spring to promote the use of research-based evidence more effectively in schools, following the agreement of the Education Endowment Foundation to support the work of Evidence for the Frontline.

Education Media Centre breaks new ground

The Education Media Centre, which was created by CEBE, has taken further steps to improve the quality of news reporting on the education with the launch of a series of free regional events for education researchers and press officers.

More than 40 education academics and press officers from universities in the North, including Sheffield, Durham and York, attended the first event on March 12th at Durham University. They were given insights into working with news media and how education research is covered in the news, and had the opportunity to explore issues including:

NFER joins the secretariat of the Coalition for Evidence-based Education

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), one of the UK’s leading independent research organisations, has become a partner in the Coalition for Evidence-based Education (CEBE), working with the Institute for Effective Education to provide CEBE’s secretariat. CEBE is an alliance of researchers, policymakers and practitioners who are interested in improving the way research evidence is accessed and used across the sector. Its aim is to provide a platform to share ideas, set up new collaborative projects and host events.

The Literacy Octopus reaches out to help primary schools

A major new initiative will help teachers improve pupils’ Key Stage 2 literacy through the exploration of a range of evidence-based approaches based on the latest research findings.

Update on EMC impact

The Education Media Centre (EMC) continues to strengthen vital links between journalists and the research community in order to ensure fairer and impartial reporting of educational developments and policy reform.

Should government have a role in choreographing an evidence system in education?

Central government has a vital role to play in ensuring that the education system makes full use of rigorous and robust research evidence wherever possible.