BCF-BERA Routledge Curriculum Journal Prize

This prize, awarded annually, acknowledges the importance of collaborative work between schools and universities to support and encourage excellence in curriculum development in schools and colleges.

It is a legacy of the British Curriculum Foundation, which was fully incorporated into BERA in 2013 but remains as the British Curriculum Forum (BCF).  BCF builds upon the work of Lawrence Stenhouse, one of its founders over 40 years ago, to promote the study of theoretical and practical aspects of the curriculum and enable practitioners to engage in and with research through participation in innovative collaborations.

Submissions should reflect a genuine partnership approach between teachers working in schools or colleges and university academics and be focused on an aspect of curriculum development. Particular attention should be paid to providing evidence of the following features:

  • the rationale for the collaboration and the role of the partners in curriculum development
  • the aspect of curriculum development that was the focus of the work and the contribution it made to teaching and learning in the school(s) or college(s)
  • how the outcomes of the joint work on curriculum development are being disseminated
  • the impact of participating in curriculum development on the partners and on plans for future collaborative activity

Submissions relate to work in curriculum development undertaken within the previous 12 months.

Prize details:

  • A prize of £2,000, normally shared amongst the collaborators. 

  • The opportunity to have a summary of their research published in summary in Research Intelligence or the BERA Blog. 

  • The winning submissions may also be considered for a fuller publication in a 
subsequent issue of The Curriculum Journal.


The 2016 Award was won by Becky Taylor and Becky Francis for their work Best Practice in Mixed Attainment Grouping. This work was also featured in one of the keynote symposia at our conference in Leeds.

Also highly commended by the judges was Curiouser and Curiouser: Developing an Enquiry-led Curriculum led by Deborah Myers.