TLRP was an historic opportunity for UK educational research. It aimed to contribute new knowledge for the improvement of learning – but it also aspired to improve the quality of educational research itself. Synoptically, its findings are described here.
TLRP provided an opportunity for UK educational researchers to regroup after the critiques of the mid-1990s. Contemporary educational research is generally well received and we believe that the research community is justified in being more confident in facing the future. Even allowing for political selectivity, there is greater respect for evidence. TLRP both benefited from such developments and contributed to them.
The Programme has passed on the educational baton. We hope that these who follow will benefit from a climate in which educational research is seen as an important contributor to high quality policy making and professional practice in an open, democratic society.