Educational organisations provide an approach to developing a whole school assessment that supports each and every learner
A new resource - Refocusing Assessment - has been jointly published by three educational organisations.
Press release | Access the resource
Retaining teachers in Wales - what do we know?
Jack Worth and Jennifer Garry discuss statistics relating to teacher recruitment and retention in Wales.
Executive headship – practical guidance for leadership teams
A new practical guide for schools on Executive Headship has been published today by NFER and Leadership Matters, based on research conducted by NFER, Ambition School Leadership and the National Governors’ Association.
No academic benefit to attending partially selective schoolsAnalysis by NFER compares the results of pupils at partially selective schools with comparable pupils at similar, non-selective schools.
Press release | Research report
Life as an NFER apprentice
For National Apprenticeship Week 2017, our apprentice Harminder Hundal discusses her experience juggling various roles at NFER.
Welsh government consultation on workforce data collection: NFER response
NFER response to the Welsh government consultation on proposed changes to the collection of individual-level information on the school workforce in Wales.
Response to consultation
NFER undertaking major new analysis to improve understanding of teacher retention and workforce turnover
Major education research grant from the Nuffield Foundation is funding a new research project on teacher retention.
Edge Foundation and NFER launch online tool to support schools and colleges in their engagement with employers
A free, interactive online tool for senior leaders and teachers in schools and colleges has been launched by the Edge Foundation in partnership with NFER.
NFER Tests Suite 2 shortlisted for Education Resources Award 2017
The tests have been shortlisted for the category ‘Primary Resource or Equipment – Tools for leadership, management and assessment including ICT’.
Conclusions of the Education Committee’s report on multi-academy trusts (MATs) echo key points from NFER’s submission
Report on MATs, published on Tuesday 28 February 2017, picked up on some key points from NFER’s submission to the Committee’s inquiry in April 2016.
NFER welcomes Education Select Committee report
Foundation reaction to report on the recruitment and retention of teachers published on Tuesday 21 February 2017.News release
Could teacher retention be improving?The Education Select Committee has released a report arguing that the Government should place greater emphasis on improving teacher retention. Here’s why NFER agrees also.Blog post
Schools that work for everyone: Tackling disadvantageJoana Andrade’s third post on schools that work for everyone explores the term ‘disadvantage’.Blog post
New report on evidence-based policy-making in education
Eurydice Unit at NFER provides information on the picture in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for new European Commission report.
News release | Research report
Are secondary schools making enough progress in closing the attainment gap?Research Director Caroline Sharp says secondary schools have a long way to go in closing the attainment gap in state-funded schools.Blog post
The use of R&D in schools inches forwardAn analysis of responses from practitioners in teaching schools found that they would welcome support from the research community in addressing challenges faced in delivering research and development.Blog post
NFER is the national centre to deliver PISA 2018 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
NFER commissioned to form the National Centre for the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2018 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
News release | More on PISA 2018
NFER gives evidence to Education Committee on primary assessment
18 January 2017: Research Director Catherine Kirkup gives evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee following NFER's written submission on primary assessment in October 2016.
Response to consultation
Call for research evidence to be made more accessible to practitionersOne of a number of findings that emerged from an analysis of 83 teaching schools and a comparison group of 80 outstanding schools.News release | Research report
Hot topics from 2016Karen Wespieser, Head of Impact takes a look back at the top NFER reports and blogs of 2016.Blog post
Schools that work for everyone: Response to DfE consultation On the 12 December 2016, NFER submitted its response to the Department for Education’s consultation 'Schools that work for everyone'. We have produced a summary of our online submission.Response to consultation
Is mathematics education in England working for everyone? NFER analysis of the PISA performance of disadvantaged pupilsThis report analyses new data from PISA and TIMSS 2015 looking at the impact of disadvantage on pupils in England from an international perspective.Press release | Research report
Schools that work for everyone: What is disadvantage?In the first of a three-part series, our new blog on schools that work for everyone asks ‘what is disadvantage?Blog post
If we build it, they may not come: implementing effective education programs and policyIn a guest blog for the World Bank, Ben Durbin writes about lessons to keep in mind while delivering developmental education programs.Blog post
A Tale of Eight Regions: Part 1 - A snapshot of the evolving school system across the Regional Schools Commissioner areasNew research published today explores the evolving schools’ landscape since Regional Schools Commissioners were introduced in 2014. Among other features, it examines how regions have changed in terms of the number of academies and free schools across the RSCs’ areas.Press release | Research report
TIMSS 2015 in Northern Ireland: Mathematics and Science
This report looks at pupil achievement in mathematics and science for 9 – 10 year olds in Northern Ireland. The IEA’s Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) takes place every four years.
Press release|Research report
NFER ANNOUNCEMENT: The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation Impact Assessment: Year 3 London callings Providing for the future: Providers views on apprenticeship reform Evaluation of In Harmony: Final Report TIMSS and PISA results: Seeing past the headlines English Baccalaureate: still much to do.. Key Data on Music education hubs Putting staff engagement at the heart of school leadership Is evidence good for absolutely nothing? Developing spelling tests: what’s so hard about that? NFER welcomes Ofqual confirmation of first National Reference Test in 2017 Teacher Voice Omnibus Results November 2015 Roundtable discussion on new executive headteachers research Executive headteachers: what's in a name? What are we to make of the latest school workforce statistics?
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The third evaluation report on the SpringBoard Bursary Foundation provides evidence of a range of positive impacts on disadvantaged pupils in independent and state boarding schools.
New NFER analysis finds that London faces the greatest challenges in recruiting and retaining teachers.
Research finds that apprenticeship providers' remain uncertain about much of the detail of the government’s reform plans.
Press release | Research Report
This final report presents findings from across a range of data sources. It includes the analysis of outcomes for children in 11 In Harmony schools and a matched sample of comparison schools.
In a guest blog for the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Ben Durbin encourages us to look beyond headlines that focus on country-wide rankings post the upcoming publication of major international surveys.
Lucy Ellis looks at the latest GCSE results to assess what progress has been made towards achieving the Government’s previously stated aim that 90% of pupils should be entered for the EBacc.
This report for Arts Council England provides analysis of secondary data collected by the Music Education Hubs Survey designed and administered by Arts Council England in October 2015.
Guest blogger David Weston, Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, discusses how school leaders can keep staff engaged.
Ben Durbin reflects on the importance of evidence in education from the What Works Global Summit 2016.
Building a useful and appropriate spelling test requires assessment expertise and experience.
The first test will be taken by 18,000 students in February and March 2017.
News release | About the National Reference Test | Information for schools
The DfE submitted questions to Teacher Voice on a range of key policy areas including statutory assessment, careers and apprenticeships and alternative provision.
Research report | Teacher Voice
Experts from across the education sector met to explore the findings of new research on the role of executive headteachers.
Research finds number of executive headteachers rapidly increasing even though their remit and responsibilities are largely undefined.
Press release | Research report | Blog post
Jack Worth discusses the implications of this latest set of statistics.
The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation Impact Assessment: Year 3
Providing for the future: Providers views on apprenticeship reform
Evaluation of In Harmony: Final Report
TIMSS and PISA results: Seeing past the headlines
English Baccalaureate: still much to do..
Key Data on Music education hubs
Putting staff engagement at the heart of school leadership
Is evidence good for absolutely nothing?
Developing spelling tests: what’s so hard about that?
NFER welcomes Ofqual confirmation of first National Reference Test in 2017
Teacher Voice Omnibus Results November 2015
Roundtable discussion on new executive headteachers research
Executive headteachers: what's in a name?
What are we to make of the latest school workforce statistics?