Research and Information

Research and Information

The NUT has a long tradition of working with education researchers, and making sure that its policies and campaigns are informed by rigorous research.

provide short summaries of evidence on key issues.

is a series of pieces by guest authors published on the NUT’s website on a twice termly basis that reflects the Union’s commitment to fostering debate on education issues.

Featured research

Ability Grouping in the Early Years and Key Stage
In 2017 the ATL section of the National Education Union commissioned Alice Bradbury and Guy Roberts-Holmes to investigate the extent to which ability groups were used in the earliest years of primary school, the impact on staff and pupils and the drivers of this practice. Read more

Visible and invisible barriers: the impact of racism on BME teachers
A Curriculum for All?This NUT-commissioned report represents the findings of a survey and in-depth focus groups looking at the experiences of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BME) teachers in England. The research, which was conducted by the Runnymede Trust, reveals that discrimination based on race is one of the more significant and deep-rooted factors that affect the experience of teaching and career progression for BME teachers.

A Curriculum for All?
A Curriculum for All?This research undertaken by King's College London on the effects of the Key Stage 4 changes, is based on responses from 1800 NUT members. It shows that curriculum opportunities are narrowing, teacher workloads are increasing and the excessive pressure of exams is taking its toll on young people’s wellbeing and mental health.

The Mismeasurement of Learning
The Mismeasurement of LearningThe Mismeasurement of Learning is a collection of short essays presenting the evidence and the arguments around curriculum and assessment in primary education. Brought together by Reclaiming Schools and the NUT, essay authors include practising teachers alongside academics and experts in child development and education.

Baseline Assessment
“They are children… not robots, not machines”: The Introduction of Reception Baseline Assessment

baselineThe NUT and ATL commissioned Dr Alice Bradbury to conduct independent research into baseline assessment in 2015. The research showed that teachers and school leaders have serious doubts as to the accuracy of the assessment and its use in measuring progress. Baseline Assessment led to ‘stopping teaching’ and was not seen as helping teachers get to know pupils better.

This research report and the campaign surrounding it played an important role in the Government’s abandonment of Baseline Assessment.

Exam factories
Exam Factories? The impact of accountability measures on children and young people is the report of independent research commissioned by the National Union of Teachers and conducted by Professor Merryn Hutchings. To read a summary and obtain copies of the report, please click here.


Reclaiming Schools
The Reclaiming Schools network supports campaigns for progressive and socially responsible education. Order free copies of the booklet ‘Reclaiming schools: The evidence and the arguments’. For regular updates, see and @reclaimschools.

Lessons from Finland… and how we might apply them in Britain

Finland is widely recognised as having one of the best education systems in the world. It is consistently ranked at or close to the top in the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) tables and other international education league tables, a fact which has made it a focus for educationalists all over the world who want to study the secrets of its success.