Strategic Forum for Research in Education
SFRE was initiated by TLRP towards the end of its funding period in recognition of the need for UK and national strategic planning in education research. This had been the ambition of NERF in the late 1990s and was a function which was partially provided by the TLRP Steering Committee.
The example of OECD CERI assessments of national ‘knowledge management systems’ suggested how a process of self-review could be constructed within the UK. The main partners in the forum were ESRC and BERA, with financial support from CfBT and DCSF. The TLRP Director was nominated to chair SFRE.
The first meeting took place in Harrogate in October 2008, the second in Reading June 2009 and a final meeting in Edinburgh in March 2010. A final report is to be published in the summer of 2010. An excellent range of stakeholders from across the UK was attracted to SFRE and there were indications of tangible developments within each country as a result of these deliberations.
The SFRE website is at: www.sfre.ac.uk.