Links to related websites
The following may be of interest to readers of this site:
Professor Alexander was one of the 'three wise men' who wrote Curriculum Organisation and Classroom Practice in Primary Schools in 1992. More recently, he led the Cambridge Primary Review (link below).
An award-winning freelance journalist and broadcaster, Mike Baker wrote for The Guardian and broadcast regularly on BBC Radios 4 and 5. He died in 2012 but his website is still available. You'll find a tribute to him on the Cambridge Primary Review website (see below) and an obituary by Sue Littlemore (The Guardian) here.
British and Foreign School Society Archive
Held at Brunel University, the Archive of the British and Foreign School Society (BFSS) is probably the most important collection in the world on 19th Century elementary education and teacher training.
British History Online
Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, British History Online contains some of the core sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.
British Schools Museum
Housed in a 19th century school building in Hitchin, the museum welcomes visitors (including school parties) and provides outreach services.
Brunel University London
The online catalogue of Brunel's Archives includes many historic education documents.
Cambridge Primary Review Trust
The Cambridge Primary Review, led by Professor Robin Alexander, was the first major examination of primary education in England since Plowden. Its final report was published in 2010. The Trust, which coordinated the work of a number of regional networks, is now closed, but its website and resources remain available.
Campaign for Secular Education
CSE campaigns against faith schools and argues that religion - and especially indoctrination - should be kept out of schools.
Campaign for State Education
CASE campaigns for an education system that is fair to all children, young people and their parents, and which has the resources to provide excellent quality.
A website established by Dr Terry Wrigley, Visiting Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University, to support school change based on principles of social justice, and to encourage more enjoyable and successful learning.
Campaigns for a comprehensive secondary school system in England with fair admissions criteria to all publicly funded schools.
Curriculum and qualifications
This government website contains information provided by Ofqual, the DfE and the Standards and Testing Agency.
Department for Education
The government department responsible for schools (previously known as the Department for Children, Schools and Families).
The Evidence-Based Teachers Network
EBTN is an independent network of teachers who wish to use evidence-based methods in classrooms and training. Mike Bell maintains the website and arranges mailings.
Published by Symposium Journals three times a year, Forum has been campaigning for comprehensive education since 1958. And now, the complete archive of back numbers is freely available online - a wonderful resource.
History of Education Society
Founded in 1967, the society aims to promote the study and teaching of the history of education and to encourage and support research.
International Centre for Historical Research in Education
Based at the University of London Institute of Education, the ICHRE was launched in July 2014. It welcomes applications from potential MA or research students and enquiries from visiting academics and other possible partners.
Learning Without Limits
An ongoing project dedicated to developing approaches to teaching and learning that do not rely on determinist beliefs about ability.
Local Schools Network
Founded by Fiona Millar, Francis Gilbert, Melissa Benn and Henry Stewart, the LSN seeks to promote local state schools and to correct the myths and lies that are spread about them.
London School Board
The London School Board was the first London-wide popularly elected body. This is a useful resource covering the period 1870 to 1904.
National Association for Primary Education
NAPE aims to promote the education of children from birth to thirteen. It has more than 200,000 members including parents, teachers, school governors, inspectors and education officers.
National Education Trust
'Shaping Ideas ... Shaping Lives'. Articles by leading education thinkers - Robin Alexander, Michael Armstrong, Diane Hofkins, Bill Laar, Colin Richards and many more.
National Secular Society
Founded in 1866, the NSS campaigns for separation of state and religion and for an end to 'faith schools' funded by the taxpayer. See also Exploring Secularism, an archive of educational resources from the NSS.
The government agency responsible for the inspection of schools and a range of other services for children and young people, and learners of all ages.
'Other Education looks at education differently. Our work enables and enhances movement of education towards the democratic, the autonomous and the socially just. How this is done is, with us, open. We are open to be different ...'
Formed by a network of educational researchers, Reclaiming Schools aims to promote a more hopeful vision of education and a more humane and enlightened approach based on values of democracy and social justice.
Fifty years after Leila Berg's 1968 book Risinghill: Death of a Comprehensive School was published, the Risinghill Research Group has produced two books which can be downloaded free: Risinghill Revisited: The Killing of a Comprehensive School and Risinghill Revisited: The Waste Clay.
Roger Titcombe: Learning Matters
The blog of retired head and education researcher Roger Titcombe, in which he argues that things have gone wrong in schools and shows how they might be put right.
Schooling and the Great War
Created to mark the Great War Centenary Commemorations 2014-2019, this website examines the impact of the Great War on schools and the pupils and teachers who inhabited them. Their stories depict 'the myriad faces of war'.
Socialist Education Association
The only educational organisation affiliated to the Labour Party, the SEA campaigns for a non-selective education service which develops the full potential of each individual. Its current President is Professor Richard Pring.
Technical and Vocational Education
Richard Evans' invaluable website includes his own detailed history of technical and vocational education, and articles discussing the current importance of the subject.
The Victorian School
Based in Minehead, Somerset, this project offers resources and school visits for those (especially at Key Stages 1 and 2) studying Victorian history and schooling.
And finally, two sites about England's other great public service - the National Health Service:
Geoffrey Rivett's site is a comprehensive review of the history of the NHS.
Socialist Health Association
The SHA aims to promote health and well-being through the application of socialist principles, and campaigns to protect the NHS as a public service.