International knowledge accumulation

Important synoptic reviews of cumulative evidence on teaching and learning include:

Globally influential work drawing on development in Austalia, Canada, Singapore and Finland is:

An attempt to summarise the implications deriving from what is known about learning from across the world is:

Two synopses of quantitative research, encouragingly consonant in general with the results of qualitative research and teacher experience, are:

For more specialist insights, the handbook below indicates the range of scientific disciplines engaging with new contemporary understanding of teaching and learning, and the nature of their contributions.

The insights from international research are also played out in particular ways in relation to learners of different ages, and thus for each sector of education.  Among the most significant recent review studies are:

This book summarises the first large scale multi-level longitudinal study of young children’s development and underpinned a significant expansion in early years provision in the UK.

The CPR was funded in 2006 by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to evaluate the current state of primary education by combining ‘retrospective evidence with prospective vision’. The final report, based on extensive research, drew together over 30 interim reports.  Its website is can be found at:

In 2003, the Nuffield Foundation funded a major Review of every aspect of 14-19 provision to be led by Richard Pring. The final Report was supported by a wide range of research papers, and these remain available on its website (

 This Inquiry was set up in 2007 by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, and informed by over 250 evidence submissions. The Report is ‘nested’ in 30 supplementary papers published on The primary focus is on adult learning but the crucial continuity with early childhood and schooling is drawn out.

The Office for Science’s Foresight Programme advises the Government on how to achieve the best possible mental development for everyone. This Report considered factors which could affect ‘learning through life’ in future decades. The report is on