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2016

Free Webinar: Age-related expectation outcomes - A tool for assessment, teaching and learning
Wednesday 7 December, 4pm

In this 30 minute webinar, NFER Researcher Elizabeth Pope focused on the age-related expectation outcomes produced when using NFER’s summer set of tests in maths and reading.
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PISA and TIMSS uncovered: seeing past the headlines - SSAT National Conference 2016
Friday 1 December, The ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA

In this seminar at the annual SSAT National Conference, NFER Research Manager Rebecca Wheater discussed findings from the recent TIMSS and forthcoming PISA test results.
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The principles of a reliable assessment: What makes a good assessment? - South Lincolnshire Learning Partnership Assessment Conference
Friday 18 November, 11:45am, Greetham Valley Golf Club, Oakham LE15 7SN
NFER researcher Lucy Ellis answered the question ‘What elements make for an effective and reliable assessment?’ by outlining the principles of good assessment, enabling you to choose a reliable and robust assessment to measure pupil progress effectively.
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Free Webinar: The benefits and advantages of standardised and age-standardised scores
Wednesday 23 November, 4pm

In this 30 minute webinar, NFER Researcher from the Centre for Assessment, Oliver Stacey, will present on the subject of standardised scores and age-standardised scores.
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Taunton Teaching Alliance Inspiring Leadership presentation
Wednesday 9 November, 4 - 6pm, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8PD

Senior Research Manager Shona MacLeod will present what recent research found about how more effective schools are supporting the attainment of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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UCET Annual Conference
Tuesday 8 November, Hilton Birmingham Metropole, The NEC Birmingham, Pendigo Way, B40 1PP

NFER Chief Executive Carole Willis gave a keynote address to the Annual Conference of the Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers.
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Free NFER webinar - The principles of a reliable assessment: What makes a good assessment?
Thursday 13 October, 3:30pm
In this 45 minute webinar, specifically for primary schools, Researcher, Katherine Fowler, from NFER's Centre for Assessment, answered the question: ‘What elements make for an effective and reliable assessment?’
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Reforming careers advice and guidance in England
Thursday 13 October 2016, Westminster Employment Forum, Central London
Senior Research Manager Tami McCrone spoke on options for schools to improve the quality of their careers provision at this seminar.
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Effectively Using Phonics to Increase Attainment and Improve Learning
27 September 2016, Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London, W1W 6JJ
Senior Research Manager Matt Walker presented on NFER’s recent evaluation of the Phonics Screening Check for the Department for Education.
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researchED 2016
Saturday 10 September 2016, Capital City Academy, Willesden, NW10 3ST
Senior Research Managers Karen Wespieser and Matt Walker had a session each at this year's National Conference covering the latest insights and expertise on teacher retention and school research engagement.
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London Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training 2016
Thursday 21 July 2016, BIS Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5ND
Senior Research Manager Tami McCrone and Quantitative Researcher Dr Susie Bamford discussed their research on how employers can best work with schools to support young people’s successful transitions from education into a career.

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researchED York
Saturday 9 July, Huntingdon School, Huntingdon Road, York, Y032 9WT
Senior Research Manager Matt Walker discussed NFER’s suite of products and services to assist schools wishing to engage with research and enquiry.

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Primary Schools: The Challenge of Academisation
28 June 2016, Liverpool Hope University
As increasing numbers of primary schools consider becoming academies, Research Manager Jack Worth presented newly published research comparing the performance of primary academies and maintained schools.
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Free Webinar: ‘How Research engaged is your teaching school alliance?’
Tuesday 14 June, 3.45pm
In this 45 minute free webinar, NFER's Head of Enquiring Schools Gareth Mills shared knowledge on why and how engaging with research has helped schools.

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Leadership Conference Day 2: The Latest Changes in Education
Monday 23 May 2016, London
Research Director Caroline Sharp presented our latest research on how more effective schools are supporting disadvantaged pupils to achieve in the classroom.
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Using STEM research conference
Friday 20 May 2016, National STEM Learning Centre, University of York, YO10 5DD
Senior Research Manager Matt Walker co-presented with James Simpson, Assistant Headteacher at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School about what it means to be a research-engaged school.
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The future of technical and professional education: joining the dots
Thursday 12 May, Pearson, 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL
This workshop facilitated the sharing of knowledge and explore the challenges associated with research and practice in the areas of technical and professional education, in the light of current developments. It was organised by the Learning and Skills Research Network (LSRN), a network of researchers and practitioners working in Further Education. NFER provides organisational support for the two annual workshops run by LSRN, and Senior Research Manager Tami McCrone sits on the LSRN National Planning Group.

COBIS Annual Conference
7-9 May 2016, InterContinental London – The O2, Waterview Drive, London, SE10 0TW
NFER exhibited our range of products and services for international schools at the annual conference of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) in London. NFER is a Supporting Member of COBIS.
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Meeting of CEBE - How To Be A Research Engaged School/College Working Group
Wednesday 20 April 2016, SSAT, Central House, 142 Central St, London, EC1V 8AR
Senior Research Manager Matt Walker chaired a CEBE workshop at which a mixed group of researchers, academics and practitioners shared and discussed a range of projects and activities designed to support research engagement in schools and colleges. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the pre-conditions required at an institutional level for effective engagement with research with a view to setting up a collaborative project or network.

NFER's international voice in education
Julie Nelson joined international experts to participate in a two-day meeting in Washington DC, focusing on the use of research evidence in public services.
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Education Show 2016
Thursday 17 - Saturday 19 March 2016, NEC Birmingham
NFER exhibited our range of products and services for schools at this exhibition.
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National Pupil Premium & Ofsted – Ensuring Successful Outcomes Conference
Friday 11 March 2016, NEC, Birmingham
Research Director Caroline Sharp gave the keynote address on our recent study for the Department for Education on how the pupil premium has been used in schools to raise the performance of disadvantaged students.

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AoC Annual College HE Conference
Thursday 3 March, Hotel Russell, London
David Sims and Tami McCrone lead a workshop on their recent review of Technical Education for the Association of Colleges.
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East Sussex Heads and Principals Conference
Thursday 3 March 2016, Wellshurst, East Sussex
Research Director Caroline Sharp presented our latest research on how more effective schools are supporting disadvantaged pupils to achieve in the classroom.
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School choice, educational opportunity and equity Conference
Thursday 28 January 2016, 4:10pm, Westminster
NFER Chief Executive Carole Willis chaired a panel discussion at this conference on the possibilities for developing parent–facing accountability measures in schools.
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AoC Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference
Tuesday 19 January 2016, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, WC1N IHT, London
Senior Research Manager Tami McCrone presented on our recent review of technical education, which outlines the characteristics of vocational and technical education and provides insights into what makes good vocational and technical teaching and learning.
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ICSEI Conference 2016
Thursday 7 - Friday 8 January 2016, University of Glasgow
NFER researchers were involved in two sessions at this conference. Research Director Caroline Sharp and Senior Research Manager Shona MacLeod discussed their recent study for the Department for Education on how more effective schools have successfully raised the performance of disadvantaged students, including the role of the pupil premium.Dr Julie Nelson co-chaired a roundtable discussion with Professor Carol Campbell of the University of Toronto on the role of research evidence in informing schools’ approaches and the opportunities for collaboration between teachers and researchers.  
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