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Blazing a trail for research-engaged primary schools

25 March 2014

The Rofft School in Wrexham has become the first primary school in the UK to receive the NFER Research Mark in recognition of excellence in enquiry-based practice.

The school secured its award thanks to a research project facilitated by NFER’s Enquiring Schools programme, which looked at extending and enriching children’s vocabulary through a variety of strategies including the use of mobile technologies.

Presenting staff with their NFER Research Mark last week, Gareth Mills, Head of Learning and Innovation for Futurelab at NFER, said: “A visitor to Rofft could not fail to be impressed with the quality of learning of both staff and students. Enquiry is at the heart of the curriculum for children and at the heart the professional development programme for teachers.”

Headteacher Geraint Morris said: “Since 2010 we have been a ‘sector-leading’ school in Wales but we never become complacent. We are constantly evolving and reviewing where we are going next and the Enquiring Schools programme is one very important way for us to keep evolving as a team of professionals.”

Further reading

Inspired by Rofft’s example? Visit our Research in Schools web pages, where you will find details about how to apply for the NFER Research Mark along with information about the Enquiring Schools programme and a host of free and low-cost resources to support your school’s research-engaged journey.