Subject – Education key resources

Education Subject Resources

Below you’ll find a list of some of the essential resources for Education. You can access all of these resources and more via the Library website.   This is not an exhaustive list of all databases but highlights major sources.  Click on each title to learn more about its content and strengths.
Remember to log in to Library Search first with your University user id and password for full access.

Key Education Databases

Education Research Complete  includes all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing.    It also covers areas of curriculum instruction as well as administration, policy, funding, and related social issues.

Fully searchable via Library Search and the full text is directly available.
It contains the full text of over 1,300 journals and 2,500 education related conference papers and access to over 500 ebooks.
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The British Education Index provides information on research, policy and practice in education and training in the UK. Strengths include aspects of educational policy and administration, evaluation and assessment, technology and special educational needs.
It covers all aspects of education from preschool to higher education. Sources include education and training journals, mostly published in the UK, although some international literature is included.

Fully searchable via Library Search, but direct access to full text may come from other subscribed content.
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ERIC (Education Resource Information Centre)  provides access to education literature and resources and is sponsored by the US Department of Education.

It provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. The database contains more than 1.3 million items including journal articles, books, technical reports, research, policy and conference papers, and grey literature.  It links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966.

Fully searchable via Library Search, but direct access to full text may come from the ERIC external database or other subscribed content.
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Education Abstracts (HW Wilson)  provides indexing and abstracts for more than 680 periodicals and yearbooks, dating as far back as 1983.
Books on education published after 1995 are also indexed.
Coverage includes adult education, continuing education, literacy standards, multicultural/ethnic education, teaching methods and much more.

Fully searchable via Library Search, but direct access to full text may come from other subscribed content.
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Educational Administration Abstracts includes records covering areas related to educational administration, including educational leadership, educational management, educational research, and other key areas.

The index contains more than 190,000 records dating back to 1966.  Coverage includes important sources within the discipline, such as: Educational Administration Quarterly, Review of Higher Education, Journal of Educational Administration.

Fully searchable via Library Search, but direct access to full text may come from other subscribed content.
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Additional Resources

Child Development & Adolescent Studies, produced by NISC, is today’s source for references to the current and historical literature related to growth and development of children through the age of 21.
Book reviews and abstracts from hundreds of journals and a bibliography of thousands of technical reports, books, book chapters, theses and dissertations covering biomedical and social sciences worldwide are indexed. More than 342,000 records are included with over 10,000 new records added each year.

Fully searchable via Library Search, but direct access to full text may come from other subscribed content.
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Large full text psychology database offering full text coverage for nearly 400 journals and covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry and psychology, mental processes, counselling, and observational and experimental methods.

Fully searchable via Library Search, but direct access to full text may come from other subscribed content.
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Global NewsStream provides access to national and regional UK newspapersPlus access to international newspaper titles such as The New York Times and the The Bangkok Post.

Major educational stories are often covered in more detail by The Times Educational Supplement (TES) than by the UK national press.  Together with The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES), it provides a comprehensive picture of Britain’s education system, from primary to higher.

Access to the full text of Times Educational Supplement and  Times Higher Educational Supplement (THES) is included from Jan 2008 to the present day.  However, there is a 6 month embargo period for the latest full text material and so print copies of both newspapers are kept at St Peters library.

To search these specifically Select Newsstream from the database A-Z listing.  Click on ‘Publications’ above the search box, search the publications listing and click to search within these sources.

If you would like to learn some tips and tricks for searching in Newsstream, have a look at this guide on getting started.

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Box of Broadcasts (BoB)Person wearing headphones watching video content on a laptop is an on-demand TV & Radio streaming service for education and research. It contains over 2 million broadcasts from over 65 free-to-air channels including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, BBC Parliament and more.  You can find a complete list of channels here .

What could I use BoB for?

BoB offers transcripts for television programmes, which is great for in depth keyword searching of Education policy debated in Parliament.  It is also great for enhancing your subject knowledge as well as using in presentations and microteaches on campus.

Some examples include:

New to BoB? Check out this BoB tutorial for help on getting started, making playlists & clips, how to embed videos on Canvas and more.

Futher professional bodies, websites and teaching resources


Education policy, legislation and curriculum change on a regular basis.

Stay informed of the latest changes from the Department for Education and links to the current National Curriculum.

TES / THES and Guardian Education are also useful sources of current debate in Education.


Department for Education (DfE)  DfE also have Youtube, Twitter and Facebook accounts which can also provide useful updates.

Department for Education Policies

Department for Education publications   (searchable listing of all publications)


Links to specific policies (see the policies link above for the full listing)

Access to Higher Education policy

Further Education and Training policy

School and college qualifications and curriculum policy

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) policy

Teaching and school leadership policy


School Curriculum
DfE site for The national curriculum, early years, key stages 1 to 5, GCSEs and AS and A levels, tests, exams and assessments.

(search online via their websites or use Newsstream newspaper database)

Guardian Education

Times Education Supplement (TES)

Times Higher Education Supplement (THES)


The Office for National Statistics   UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics.  Together with the DfE they produce a wide range of educational and sociological statistics.

Department for Education Statistics

There are a number of useful websites, social media outlets and education blogs that will be beneficial for your studies. Below are a handful of our favourites, with many used and recommended by your lecturers.

There is a selection of open access websites that offer free lesson plans and ideas for teaching and some you may need to subscribe to.


BBC Bitesize  (Primary and Secondary resources available in variety of subjects)

British Council  (resources from a worldwide perspective covering all subjects in Primary and Secondary)

Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

English Teaching Resources (Secondary English teaching resources)

Historic England (images and online resources for Education)

Historical Association (online resources for Primary and Secondary)

Magical Maths (resources & articles)

Institute of Mathematics:  Maths resources & further sites

Mr P’s ICT blog (uses ipads & other tech to enhance learning)

Nrich: Enriching Mathematics   (Primary and Secondary resources)

The National Archives  (resources to support with History & Culture)

OpenStax:  (Free textbooks in Science, Maths and Social Sciences)

Primary Resources (resources and downloadable materials for all areas of Primary)

Resourceaholic  (Blog and resources for teaching secondary school mathematics)

Teaching Ideas and Resources ( free classroom activity ideas, downloadable resources for Primary)

Teachit English (free resources from KS3 to GCSE and ALevel)

Teachit Geography (free resources from KS3 to GCSE and ALevel)

Teachit History (free resources from KS3 to GCSE and ALevel)

Teachit Languages (free resources from KS3 to GCSE and ALevel for Spanish, French and German)

Teachit Maths (free resources from KS3 to GCSE and ALevel)

Teachit Primary (free resources for Primary)

Teachit Science (free resources from KS3 to GCSE and ALevel)

TES  (paid for resources for EY, Primary and Secondary)

Twinkl (free and paid for Lesson packs, planning, assessment, display materials, story book ideas, topic-based activities for Primary and Secondary)

The Whiteboard Blog   using Science and Technology in the classroom