Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST)

Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST) is a new collection of high-quality research-informed teaching and learning resources, focused initially on science at ages 11-14.  It is being developed by science education researchers and curriculum development experts at the University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG) working with teachers in schools.

The BEST approach draws on the best available research evidence to provide resources for best practice in: 

    • effective teaching of difficult ideas
    • increasing student engagement
    • purposeful practical work
    • embedded, diagnostic formative assessment. 

Thanks to generous support from the Salters’ Institute and in collaboration with STEM Learning we will be providing FREE access to the Best Evidence Science Teaching resources via the STEM Learning website from February 2018

What's BEST?

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

There are many research studies conducted in science education, but comparatively few take their research findings and translate them into activities that teachers can use in everyday teaching in the classroom.




Get involved!

We will be developing BEST materials and trialling them in schools throughout 2018 and 2019. The project will be much stronger, and the materials much better, with you involved!

We need science teachers to agree to receive free copies of draft resources to trial in the classroom. All we ask in return is that you provide use with some feedback on your use of the resources. 

If you would like to find out more about BEST or would like to express interest in participating in our trials, please email:

Project Team

July 2017

Judith Bennett
Project Director

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Jeremy Airey

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Lynda Dunlop

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Alistair Moore

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Mary Whitehouse

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


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