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Learned academies call for educational research body

An independent body should be created to evaluate the state of research into education in the UK, a report commissioned by the Royal Society and the British Academy has proposed.

The Office for Educational Research would aim to identify gaps in the research base, providing government with evidence for policymaking, and address regional disparities to ensure educational research activity is spread throughout the UK, says the report, produced by a working group led by Alan Wilson, the former chief executive of the Alan Turing Institute.

Such a body would bring together UK Research and Innovation, charities funding education research, the chief scientific advisers of the four nations’ government education departments, as well as representatives of learned societies, umbrella organisations for teachers, and employer and skills bodies.  

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