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 | He Kete Raukura A3 Overview

BES |Hei Kete Raukura A3 Overview

The BES | Hei Kete Raukura A3 Overview provides a quick introduction to the use of BES | Hei Kete Raukura for educational improvement.


BES Exemplars for Quality Teaching (Education Counts website) opens in new window. 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.

BES Cases (Education Counts website) opens in new window. BES Cases

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.

BES Summaries BES Summaries

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 [Available in English and Te Reo Māori]

The Best Evidence Syntheses

Bes Evidence Synthesis Covers

School Leadership and Student Outcomes: Best Evidence Synthesis
Authors: V. Robinson, M. Hohepa and C. Lloyd
[Available Online and in Hardcopy]

Effective Pedagogy in the Social Sciences | Tikanga ā iwi: BES
Authors: G. Aitken and C. Sinnema
[Available Online and in Hardcopy]

Teacher Professional Learning and Development: Best Evidence Synthesis
Authors: H. Timperley et al.
[Available Online and in Hardcopy]

Effective Pedagogy in Mathematics | Pāngarau: Best Evidence Synthesis
Authors: G. Anthony and M. Walshaw
[Available Online and in Hardcopy]


Other BESs

Professional Development in Early Childhood Settings: Best Evidence Synthesis
Authors: L. Mitchell and P. Cubey
[Available Online Only]

Community and Family Influences on Children's Achievement in New Zealand
Authors: F., J. and C. Biddulph
[Available Online Only]

Quality Teaching: Early Foundations: Best Evidence Synthesis
Author: S. Farquhar
[Available Online Only]

Other Publications

For more publications and papers visit our Evidence Explained page and read about the use of evidence for educational improvement.

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.

BES Related pages


Best Evidence Synthesis (BES)
For more information visit BES on Education Counts, or email the: Best Evidence Mailbox.


Hard copies of the Best Evidence Syntheses are still available for New Zealand educators. Place your order here:
Orders@TheChair Mailbox