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Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST)

The best teaching draws on the best evidence.

Despite increasing calls for evidence-based practice in classrooms, science teachers’ lives are so busy that it is hard for them to access and effectively implement the best principles emerging from education research.

Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST) is a new collection of FREE research evidence-informed resources for effective teaching of difficult ideas, embedded formative assessment and adaptive lesson planning in 11-14 (KS3) science.

Research evidence-informed progression toolkits for key concepts in science provide:

• appropriately-sequenced learning steps

• diagnostic questions that provide evidence of learning and common misunderstandings

response activities that promote metacognition and encourage conceptual progression.

The resources are being developed by the Unviersity of York Science Education Group in collaboration with science teachers, with generous support from the Salters’ Institute.  We are providing free, online access to the resources to support science teaching.

What's BEST?

Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST) aims to build a bridge between research in science education and teaching in school science lessons, by developing resources that draw on robust research findings.

The Education Endowment Foundation’s 2018 guidance report Improving Secondary Science cites Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST) as a good source of diagnostic questions and activities that promote metacognitive talk and dialogue.




We’ve published over 500 diagnostic questions and response activities already, and we will be adding more on a monthly basis throughout 2019.

The resources are being developed based on careful consideration of the best available research evidence.

Sign me up for BEST email updates or follow @BestEvSciTeach on Twitter to find out when new topics have been made available.

Project Team

July 2017

Judith Bennett
Project Director

july 2017

Jeremy Airey

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Lynda Dunlop

PF for BEST team

Peter Fairhurst

Helen Harden

July 2017

Alistair Moore

July 2017

Joanna MacDonald
Project Administrator
Tel: +44 (0) 1904 322601


July 2017