Research skills

This thread contains resources to help students develop their research and independent learning skills. You can add more resources by pressing 'reply'.


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National Foundation for Educational Research - Online Resources for Research Skills

Methods of research: These free online guides will help both teachers and pupils get started. Covering definitions, benefits and limitations of different methods, you will get a good introduction to running your own research. Including ethics and data security, how to choose your research method, and how to present your findings.


Health and Safety Practical Skills - Guidance from CLEAPPS

CLEAPSS (Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Equipment) is an advisory service providing support in science and technology for a consortium of local authorities and their schools.

CLEAPSS covers:

- health and safety including model risk assessments,
- chemicals, living organisms, equipment,
- sources of resources,
- laboratory design, facilities and fittings,
- technicians and their jobs,
- D&T facilities and fittings.

Student Safety Sheets on a huge range of topics can be found here (free access no log in required).

Guide for teachers about risk assessment in practical science, PS90, can be found here – to access this one you will need to be a member of CLEAPSS (virtually all schools are!).


This collection of 10 activities is designed to support students in developing the key skills they need to carry out a successful EPQ.  The activities use examples from the IntoBiology website (, and so are broadly focused on science and social sciences. However, the majority of skills developed (writing a bibliography, avoiding plagiarism) will be of relevance to students planning an EPQ with a humanities focus. The resource forms a set of templates for skills development activities that can be adapted by teachers for a range of purposes. They can, for example, be used alongside a Level 3 science course to improve students’ study skills.