Research Manager, Centre for Assessment – Mathematics

Salary in the range: Circa £35,000 depending upon qualifications and experience.

Based in our Slough Office

About the role of Research Manager

Joining the Centre for Assessment team you will manage a number of different assessment projects including the National Reference Test mathematic project. You will have project responsibility including team management, time and budget monitoring.

Assessment is a key part of NFER’s work and the Centre for Assessment is the largest centre in the Research Department. Members of the Centre work on a variety of projects at any one time, from developing tests that will be used to measure national standards to writing materials to support teacher assessment. We also undertake research in assessment and develop products that help schools to monitor pupil attainment and progress in their schools.

The opportunity for training in a range of research and assessment skills will be provided.

Key responsibilities of this post are:

About you

With a degree or equivalent in mathematics and a strong interest in education and excellent writing skills, you will ideally have a background in Primary or Secondary teaching in the UK. You’ll also be able to demonstrate a flexible range of research skills; experience of educational and/or social research is desirable.

Strong organisational skills and a very high level of attention to detail are essential requirements.

About the NFER

NFER makes a difference to learners of all ages by helping improve practice and understanding. The Centre for Assessment is involved in all aspects of assessment, from the development of high stakes tests for the monitoring of national standards to creating assessment and curriculum resources for teachers to use to track progress in their classrooms. The Centre also carries out assessment-related research as well as producing guidance for schools on curriculum and assessment policy.

NFER is a registered charity and an equal opportunity employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community. We have a pleasant office environment and beautiful surroundings, 30 days paid leave per year, over and above Bank holidays and additional discretionary days, good support for staff development and generous pension arrangements.

To Apply

Applications should be made using the Foundation’s standard application form and returned to: or by post to The HR Department, NFER, The Mere, Upton Park, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 2DQ.

Completed applications should be submitted by 9am Monday 26th March

Interviews will be taking place Thursday 5th April

Applicants for this post should note that it is exempt from the ‘Rehabilitation of Offenders Act’ and will need to provide a satisfactory DBS Certificate; further details of NFER’s Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checking procedure are in the attached Further Particulars for this post.

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