Some of the research on this page is school based, some is college based. In general Professor Hattie who is the world expert on this matter has found that if a strategy works in schools it will work about as well in colleges and vice versa, with suitable adaption of course. So don’t be put off research in sectors other than your own too easily.

What does research tell us about what works? Some links…..

Professor Marzano’s summaries of research are exceptionally useful and readable, download the pdf on this link . The Theory based meta analysis on the same page is much more detailed and harder work to read.

ERIC is the largest collection of short papers summarising educational research available on the internet. Just type the topic you want information on into the search box:

This is another easy to use searchable resource bank:

The What Works Clearinghouse is an excellent source of research summaries, which they carry out with some rigour:

Research reviews into FE issues can be found at:

LSDA publications are often very useful summaries of good practice, for example those by Paul Martinez summarise what Action Research and other research has told us about what works in colleges:

If you want to find out how other colleges have raised retention or achievement there is a key word searchable database of excellent case studies at, choose delveopment projects:

A good introduction to the ideas of evidence based practice can be found at:

The NERF bulletin is worth reading:

Some useful academic research reviews are included here:

Search the research:

General interest:

Professor John Hattie’s webiste has many interesting papers, follow the links on the left of his pages:

Cambridge Regional College has made a lot of use of Geoff’s materials