Education: useful websites

This page lists useful, free internet resources for education. See databases for education for a list of key online sources purchased by the University to help you find information in this subject.

Key sites

Guides and tutorials

  • Internet for Education
    One of a series of tutorials written for the Intute Virtual Training Suite. This tutorial aims to improve Internet information skills, knowledge of key Internet sites, Internet search skills and critical thinking skills. The links basket option provides a useful listing of sites relevant to education. Another tutorial is available for Computer science and informatics.

  • Evaluating websites: a guide
    Hints on assessing the reliability of information you find on the Internet.

  • The web
    A brief guide to finding information which includes links to the main search engines.

General education-related sites

  • Academic Info - Education
    One of a series of subject information gateways forming part of Academic Info, a directory of Internet resources tailored to a higher education audience. Each subject guide is an annotated listing of the best general Internet sites in the field, as well as a gateway to more advanced research tools. Includes links to online publications, language and study aids, reference materials, database archives, virtual libraries, tutorials, as well as other educational materials. Compiled in the United States.

  • Institute of Education Gateways and Portals
    Some useful links to online resources relevant to Education available on the Internet.

  • Teachfind
    A search engine for teaching resources and professional development materials.

Statistics for education

Organisations and institutions

  • Autism Data
    The National Autistic Society's free online database of published materials on autism.

  • BBC Learning Zone class clips
    A collection of BBC video clips for use in the classroom - browse by school level, subject and topic.

  • BBC Teachers
    A collection of resources for teachers including lesson plans, worksheets, audio and video clips, news and tools.

  • Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (CILT)
    The national centre of expertise on language teaching. Aims to collect and disseminate information on all aspects of modern languages and the teaching of modern languages.

  • Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE)
    Offers free online access to some of its publications. Also provides links to other organisations concerned with inclusion as well as statistical information on inclusive education.

  • EUScreen
    Thousands of free TV clips from the 1920s to the present in languages including French, German and English. Of interest to teachers of history and modern languages.

  • Institute of Education Mediasite, University of Reading
    The Institute of Education at the University of Reading makes available recordings of presentations from academics in the department and visiting lecturers. These are only available to University of Reading users.

  • Institute of Education (IOE), University of London
    Leading centre for educational research in the UK.

  • National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN)
    Links provided to other useful sites, information on news and events, full text of press releases.

  • National College for Teaching & Leadership
    Supports continuing professional and leadership development, and school improvement. The agency was formed from the merger of the National College for School Leadership and the Teaching Agency in April 2013.

  • National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)
    An independent educational research institution.

  • NIACE, the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (England and Wales)
    An independent charity that aims to encourage all adults to engage in learning of all kinds. Provides publications, research, advocacy and support for adult learners.

  • National STEM Centre
    The National STEM Centre is building the largest collection of resources for teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the UK. Alongside contemporary resource materials including print, multimedia, and practical resources, is a growing archive collection, which showcases several decades of curriculum development. Many of these resources are freely available online from the National STEM Centre E-Library.

  • Ofsted
    The Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) is officially the Office of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in England. This site provides summaries of recent inspections.

  • Signature
    UK body promoting excellence in communication with deaf and deafblind people. (Formerly Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People). Offers nationally recognised qualifications, including in deaf awareness and British Sign Language (BSL). Buy publications from their shop or register for their online BSL homework service to practice and test yourself in BSL. The first unit and online dictionary is free.

  • Teacher's TV
    In-classroom instructional videos developed for training and developing teachers, covering a wide range of subjects. Many videos have accompanying synchronised transcripts, which are downloadable.

Please note: our site descriptions are based on information available on the site described at the time it was evaluated.

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