BESs and BES Cases


The main outputs of the Iterative BES Programme are Best Evidence Synthesis Iterations (BESs). Each BES is available on this page.

BES Cases from recent syntheses are user-friendly resources to support focussed professional learning.

The A3 Overview qives a quick introduction to BES/Hei Kete Raukura.

BES/Hei Kete Raukura A3 Overview

Kia nui ake te whaihua ki ngā hua whai uara mō ngā ākonga rerekura (katoa) i ngā kura: He Tirohanga o ngā kitenga o He Kete Raukura.

Making a bigger difference to valued outcomes for diverse (all) learners in schooling: Overview of Best Evidence Synthesis (BES) findings. 

A quick introduction to the use of BES/Hei Kete Raukura for educational improvement (PDF, 2.7MB).

This Overview (1 page - two A3 sides for landscape print) has been developed in response to requests from teachers.


Cases from the Best Evidence Syntheses

These cases describe actual examples of professional practice and analyse the findings. They support educators to grasp the big ideas behind effective practice, and provide vivid insight into their application.

Building on the work of researchers and educators that has been shown to make a difference, the cases are trustworthy resources for professional learning.

The Best Evidence Syntheses

 Effective Pedagogy in Mathematics/Pangarau, click this link to view this page.  School Leadership and Student Outcomes/He Kura Rangatira, link to this page. Teacher Professional Learning and Development, link to this page. Effective Pedagogy in Social Sciences, link to this page. Image Map

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

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

Teacher Professional Learning and Development Best Evidence Synthesis
by H. Timperley et al.

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

Other BESs:

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

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

Quality Teaching: Early Foundations
by S. Farquhar

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

See also the BES Exemplars- Ngā Tauira.

They were produced as part of the second iteration of Quality Teaching for Diverse Students in Schooling He Ako Reikura (Te Katoa) Hei Kete Raukura .

The contexts of the cases will never exactly match your own; nevertheless, you will find that every case contains thought-provoking material that can inform inquiry, and knowledge-building for improved practice.

BES Related pages

Contact BES

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

Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis Programme
Ministry of Education

P O 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