OCR produces our own teaching and learning resources in-house to support our qualifications, but we also want to showcase the best resources produced by external authors and publishers. We want educators to have access to a wide range of different styles and types of resource to support their students’ learning.
Endorsed resources are resources that have undergone a stringent quality check by an independent reviewer. If the resources meet the quality criteria they will be listed on the OCR website. In addition, endorsed resources will earn the right to bear the OCR endorsement logo, along with a statement about their endorsement.
Any publisher can submit their resources for endorsement, and both publisher partners and non-partners go through exactly the same process. We charge a fee for this because it is an administratively intensive process and we arrange for the resource to be reviewed by a paid external, independent reviewer.
This information below explains the different types of endorsement and how we work with publishers.
OCR will endorse textbooks, ebooks and digital resources that are primarily designed to support the teaching and learning of an OCR specification.There are different categories of endorsement status, depending on the type of resource and the extent to which it covers the specification.
OCR will not endorse resources that focus primarily on revision or assessment preparation.
Texts and ebooks which substantively support an OCR specification at unit/component/module level or above may be eligible for endorsement. This type of resource will bear the OCR logo with the statement: An OCR endorsed textbook.
Texts and ebooks which support at least one entire topic of an OCR specification at topic level or above may be eligible for endorsement. This type of resource will bear the OCR logo with the statement: An OCR endorsed supplementary resource.
Digital resources which support at least one entire topic of an OCR specification at topic level or above may be eligible for endorsement. As digital resources can vary greatly in terms of depth and coverage, the endorsement focuses on the relevance of the resource as a teaching and learning tool, concentrating on its functionality rather than content. This type of resource will bear the OCR logo with the statement: An OCR endorsed teaching and learning tool.
To begin the process of submitting a resource for endorsement, please download the respective submission form.
If there are endorsed resources available to support an OCR qualification, they will appear on the qualification page under the heading, External resources – Endorsed by OCR.
For many of its qualifications, particularly GCSEs, AS and A Levels, OCR appoints a publisher partner. These are mainly major educational publishers and are usually selected by open tender. We do this to ensure that teachers have at least one good textbook/set of resources available to them for first teaching.
Publisher partners work closely with our subject specialists and have access to the new specifications that they support during their development. They do not, however, get any preferential treatment when it comes to the endorsement of their resources.
On some occasions we do establish commercial relationships with publishers, where we pay for the development of a resource. This is usually where it is not financially viable for the publishers to invest in production of these resources themselves, or where they provide some technical expertise that OCR does not have itself.
Resources that are suggested to us by teachers but may not fit the criteria of the endorsement process may be reviewed by OCR and if found suitable, will be listed on the relevant qualification page under the heading, External resources - Recommended by teachers.
You can use our online form to suggest or recommend resources. We do not charge any fees for this level of review, but these resources do not earn the right to display the OCR logo.