Research Links Library

Here you will find links to important research reports:

Overcoming Disadvantage

A Tale of two classrooms - "Harnessing what works in eliminating educational disadvantage". This report from DEMOS examines the realities of educational disadvantage and its lifelong effects.  It looks at the role of highly effective teachers in raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit;  An accessible summary of educational research which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.


"What makes great teaching - a review of the underpinning research" suggests that there are six components to great teaching and proposes the use of more "formative" methods to assess the quality of teaching.

"Three greats for a self-improving school system – pedagogy, professional development and leadership”. This is a research report on what makes great pedagogy, the importance of collaborative research across schools and how CPD and its leadership can make a difference.

“A Balanced Approach to Literacy Development in the Early Years” by the National Educational Psychological Service.

This link takes you to a good introductory report - Getting Started with Metacognition.


“School Leadership and Student Outcomes: Identifying What Works and Why” by Professor Viviane M. J. Robinson; a meta-analysis of different aspects of school leadership

“Freedom to lead: a study of outstanding primary schools in England” (NCTL). Ash Grove is in this one!


“Evaluation of Every Child a Reader” (DfE 2011); a 2011 research report about the effectiveness of ECAR

WWC Review of the Report “Evaluation of the i3 Scale-up of Reading Recovery Year One Report, 2011–12”; an American study into the effectiveness of scaling up Reading Recovery

Teaching Assistants

“Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants”; a research report from March 2015 from the EEF on making effective use of Teaching Assistants

Other Useful Links

British Educational Research Association view page
BERA site about research in schools: view page  
Northern Rocks - A major Educational event in the North view page  
and  @NRocks2015
ResearchEd view page
and @researchED1
National Foundation for Educational Research "In the News" view page
National Foundation for Educational Research "On the Web" view page
John Hattie's "Visible Learning" site view page
University of York Institute of Effective Education view page
EEF Document on Randomised Control Trials view page