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The British Educational Research Association (BERA) was founded in 1974 and now has over 1000 full members and, through its Associated Societies, is in contact with at least 1000 other people engaging in educational research. Annual conference is held in autumn. 

The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) is made up of six main Directorates: Corporate Services, Evidence and Practice, Lifelong Learning, National Grid for Learning (NGfL) Content, NGfL Infrastructure, and Schools.

The British Educational Management and Administration Society seeks to advance the practice, teaching and study of educational management, administration and leadership in the United Kingdom, and to contribute to international developments in these areas.

The Centre for Economic Performance is an interdisciplinary research centre at the London School for of Economics Research Laboratory. It was established by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in 1990 and is now one of the leading economic research groups in Europe.

CERUK is a database sponsored by NFER, DfES and the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating (EPPI) Centre at the Institute of Education (University of London) that seeks to include all recently completed and ongoing research in the United Kingdom, from large sponsored programmes to individual projects. Information is gathered annually from all institutions where research is undertaken. This includes universities, colleges and research organisations and consultancies, other specialised institutes and government agencies.

The National Educational Research Forum is an independent organisation. Its remit is to provide strategic direction for educational research nationally and to raise the quality, profile and impact of educational research. Its key objective is to develop a national framework, within which a coherent and relevant research programme in education can develop.

The National Foundation for Educational Research is an independent body undertaking research and development projects in all sectors of the public education system. The NFER hosts the CERUK database.

The National College for School Leadership intends to draw upon national and international research, as well as practitionersí knowledge, to create a strong evidence base about successful school leadership.

The Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) aims to promote educational research in Scotland by encouraging an active community of educational researchers and building strong links with educational practitioners, policy makers, research funders and other educational and research associations.

The Universities Council for the Education of Teachers acts as a national forum for the discussion of matters relating to the education of teachers and to the study of education in the university sector and contributes to the formulation of policy in these fields.

The University Forum for HRD  - an international association of Universities, Practitioner - Researchers and learning oriented organisations who seek top create, develop and inform leading edge global HRD theories and practices by promoting professionally-focused qualifications, co-operative research initiatives and consultancy interventions.

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Source: Cedefop - National Research Report United Kingdom (details see Bibliography)
Editor: Sabine Manning  © WIFO