BES (Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis)


This publication page provides access to the Ministry of Education Best Evidence Synthesis Iteration (BES publications).

For more information visit the BES Home page.

Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis Programme/Hei Kete Raukura

 The New Zealand Ministry of Education's best evidence synthesis iterations draw together, explain and illustrate through vignette and case, bodies of evidence about what works to improve education outcomes, and what can make a bigger difference for the education of all our children and young people. The BESs are intended to be a catalyst for systemic improvement and sustainable development in education.



 BES/ Hei Kete Raukura A3 Overview

A quick introduction to the use of BES/Hei Kete Raukura for educational improvement.




 BES Exemplars for Quality Teaching

The BES exemplars focus on how to make a much bigger difference in education. The BES exemplars highlight the potential for disciplined innovation to accelerate systemic improvement in areas of need in schooling.

These resources have been produced as part of the 2nd iteration BES Quality Teaching for Diverse Students in Schooling He Ako Reikura, He Ākonga Rerekura (Te Katoa) Hei Kete Reikura (BES). The exemplars have been developed in consultation with teachers and principals. They explain high impact pedagogies and provide a range of tools to support the use of this evidence for improvement.

 Cases from the BESs

These cases describe actual examples of professional practice and analyse the findings. These cases support educators to grasp the big ideas behind effective practice at the same time as they provide vivid insight into their application.

Building on the work of researchers and educators, the cases are trustworthy resources for professional learning. 

 Summaries of BESs

The International Academy of Education summaries are based on the key findings of the:

  • Teacher Professional Learning and Development Best Evidence Synthesis
  • Effective Pedagogy in Mathematics Pāngarau Best Evidence Synthesis
  • Effective Pedagogy in Social Sciences/Tikanga ā iwi



 The Best Evidence Syntheses

School Leadership and Student Outcomes- He Kura Rangatira Best Evidence Synthesis
by V. Robinson, M. Hohepa, and C. Lloyd

(Available online and in hardcopy. Orders from

Effective Pedagogy in the Social Sciences- Tikanga ā iwi Best Evidence Synthesis
 by G. Aitken and C. Sinnema

(Available online and in hardcopy. Orders from

Teacher Professional Learning and Development
 by H. Timperley et al.

(Available online and in hardcopy. Orders from

Effective Pedagogy in Mathematics/Pāngarau Best Evidence Synthesis
 by G. Anthony and M. Walshaw

(Available online and in hardcopy. Orders from

Professional Development in Early Childhood Settings
 by L. Mitchell and P. Cubey

(Available online only) 

Community and Family Influences on Children's Achievement
 by F, J and C. Biddulph

(Available online only) 

Quality Teaching: Early Foundations
 by S. Farquhar

(Available online only) 

Quality Teaching for Diverse Students in Schooling
 by A. Alton-Lee

(Available online only) 

Other publications

See our publications and papers page for more publications

Check out the research behind the BESs for research articles referred to in any BES

For information on Te Kotahitanga in BES, see the Teacher Professional Learning and Development Best Evidence Synthesis. In particular, Case 7 Establish culturally responsive relationships with students to reduce educational disparities and raise achievement or view a presentation by Dr. Adrienne Alton-Lee on Te Kotahitanga.

Contact BES

If you have any questions about BES, please contact us at:

Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis Programme
Ministry of Education
PO Box 1666
Thorndon, Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Phone: +64 4 463-1542


All teachers and people involved in education in New Zealand can order copies of the four most recent BESs directly from: or visit Down the Back of the Chair

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