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Keeping Your Head: NFER Analysis of Headteacher Retention
New research published today shows that headteacher retention rates have fallen since 2012, giving cause for concern.
Press release | Research report

NFER appoints new Chair of Board of Trustees
NFER is delighted to announce the appointment of Lorna Cocking as Chair of the NFER Board of Trustees.
Press release

A tale of eight regions Part 2: Challenge and Support Across the Regional School Commissioner Areas
New analysis reveals dramatic differences in the challenges facing Regional Schools Commissioners.
Press release | Research report

Evidence for the Frontline
NFER evaluated the pilot of Evidence for the Frontline (E4F) (2015–2016) – an online brokerage service which supports more effective use of research evidence by schools.
Research report

Inaugural NFER sponsored E-Assessment Research Award goes to University of Wolverhampton
Award acknowledged the contribution made by an individual or team for innovative research that has, or has the potential to have, a significant impact on e-assessment.
News release

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 | Blog post | 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.
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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.
News release

No academic benefit to attending partially selective schools
Analysis 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.
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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.
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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.
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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’.
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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.
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NFER welcomes Education Select Committee report
Foundation reaction to report on the recruitment and retention of teachers published on Tuesday 21 February 2017.
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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.
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Schools that work for everyone: Tackling disadvantage
Joana Andrade’s third post on schools that work for everyone explores the term ‘disadvantage’.
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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.
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The use of R&D in schools inches forward
An 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 practitioners
One 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 2016
Karen 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 pupils
This 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

PISA 2015 briefing papers
NFER has published two briefing papers on the PISA 2015 results:
Key insights from PISA 2015 (UK nations) and Key insights from PISA 2015 (Scotland)

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?
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If we build it, they may not come: implementing effective education programs and policy
In 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 areas
New 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 briefing papers
NFER has published two briefing papers on the TIMSS 2015 results:
Twenty Years of TIMSS in EnglandandKey insights from TIMSS 2015 in Northern Ireland.

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

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The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation Impact Assessment: Year 3
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.
Research Report

London callings
New NFER analysis finds that London faces the greatest challenges in recruiting and retaining teachers.
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Providing for the future: Providers views on apprenticeship reform
Research finds that apprenticeship providers' remain uncertain about much of the detail of the government’s reform plans.
Press release | Research Report

Evaluation of In Harmony: Final 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.
Research Report

TIMSS and PISA results: Seeing past the headlines
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.
Blog post

English Baccalaureate: still much to do..
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.
Blog post

Key Data on Music education hubs
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.
Research Report

Putting staff engagement at the heart of school leadership
Guest blogger David Weston, Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, discusses how school leaders can keep staff engaged.
Blog post

Is evidence good for absolutely nothing?
Ben Durbin reflects on the importance of evidence in education from the What Works Global Summit 2016.
Blog post

NFER analysis of teacher retention
Keeping teachers engaged is key to teacher retention according to new research.
Research report
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Developing spelling tests: what’s so hard about that?
Building a useful and appropriate spelling test requires assessment expertise and experience.
Blog post

NFER welcomes Ofqual confirmation of first National Reference Test in 2017
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

Teacher Voice Omnibus Results November 2015
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

Roundtable discussion on new executive headteachers research
Experts from across the education sector met to explore the findings of new research on the role of executive headteachers.
News release

Executive headteachers: what's in a name?
Research finds number of executive headteachers rapidly increasing even though their remit and responsibilities are largely undefined.
Press release | Research report
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What are we to make of the latest school workforce statistics?
Jack Worth discusses the implications of this latest set of statistics.
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