British Education Research Tool in Education

Giving teachers, students and all educators easy-access to education research, policy and comment online.

The British Educational Research Tool integrating Engagement (BERTiE) is a platform being developed by the School of Education at Bath Spa in light of government priorities regarding professional development identified in both the DfE consultation ‘A World Class Teaching Profession’ (March 2015) and the government education white paper ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’ (March 2016).

We have responded to this call to support teachers’ practice and enhance their knowledge by building this online platform which allows easy access to evidence-based education research and facilitates opportunities for knowledge transfer afforded by online and mobile technologies.

Find out more about BERTiE

How does it work?

BERTiE is a web-crawler that works much like Google in that it searches the web. What makes BERTiE different to most web-crawlers is that it is built to only search pre-defined websites that have been curated through academic moderation.

What are the benefits of BERTiE?

Current and future teachers and students will benefit from having access to education research, policy and informed comment while being confident that their search results have assured academic rigour that has been guaranteed through the curation process.

It is also packaged into a very easy-to-use interface that is accessible anywhere with access to the internet - including desktops, laptops and all mobile devices.

Where are we with BERTiE?

The School of Education deployed BERTiE during 2016/17 as a research tool for the next cohort of trainee teachers to enrich their experience and embed research in their work with students across schools, colleges and universities.

How can I find out more?

To find out more, contact the BERTiE team at bertie@bathspa.ac.uk

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