BERA is a member-led charity that exists to encourage educational research and its application for the improvement of practice and the public benefit

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Promoting educational research

We believe that the development of a world-class education system depends on high quality educational research but this is field where policy decisions are often driven by ideology rather than robust evidence.

BERA draws on the findings of the best independent and critical studies to evaluate current polices and practices, to generate fresh thinking and to bring a humanising influence to bear on proposals for reform.

Researchers' resources

BERA produces a range of publications and other materials aimed at supporting the work of all those who are active in the field of educational research.

This includes our four highly regarded peer-reviewed journals, our influential ethical guidelines and charter for research staff, a series of research methods text books for those beginning their research careers, and a range of topic-specific web-only documents.

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Bera News

  • Papers from BERA-RSA Inquiry published Oxford Review of Education

    As part of the Inquiry we ran in 2013-14 on Research and Teacher Education, we comissioned seven background papers examining the evidence base. These have now been gathered together and updated in a special issue of the Oxford Review of Education. The original papers can be found on our website as... Read More
  • New Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

    Many congratulations to both Prof. Becky Francis and Prof. David James who have had the honour of Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences conferred. Both were nominated by BERA through our appointment process and join 31 other Fellows announced this week. ... Read More
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