The Department for Education is set to fund a new peer-reviewed British education journal – and to open up access to other academic work.
An independent journal is one of the white paper proposals to “spread cutting-edge research in an accessible format for teachers”.
The College of Teaching, which received a £5m pledge from the government last week, is also set to offer its members access to current journals, similar to Scottish arrangements.
The General Teaching Council for Scotland funds a scheme allowing members to access more than 1,700 journals at a cost to the council of just 29p per teacher.
Schools Week has previously highlighted the equivalent scheme in England could cost
Claire Dockar, chair of the College of Teaching, said this week that teacher demand meant access to journals would form a “key part” of college plans.
But Loic Menzies, director of think-tank LKMco, said he would be “surprised” if the new journal could compete with the best blogs – “given that they make research evidence accessible in bite-sized chunks, which are far better suited to busy teachers”.
Publishers turned down a proposal for a similar open-access British education journal in 1998 from former Institute of Education director Chris Husbands because they said it was not commercially viable.