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Photocopying and making tea: How important is work experience?
Anneka Dawson on the importance of securing meaningful work experience, and the difficulties involved
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‘Technical’, ‘vocational’, ‘professional’ education: what’s in a name?
Tami McCrone tackles the problems in defining the characteristics of effective technical, vocational and professional education. 
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NFER Teacher Voice Omnibus Survey: questions for the DfE - June 2015
The DfE submitted questions to Teacher Voice that covered subjects including the new national curriculum, mental health support and provision, pupil behaviour and bullying and school leadership.
Research summary

Evaluation of STEMNET 2011-15
NFER evaluation of STEMNET's operations and impact focused on the STEM Ambassadors Programme, the STEM Clubs Programme, and Schools' STEM Advisory Network.
Research summary

Flipped learning - new models of mathematics learning
Study undertaken by NFER and NESTA reveals the benefits and challenges of adopting a flipped learning approach
Research report | Practitioner guide and materials for schools

NFER Enquiring Schools programme
Enquiring Schools helps Oasis Innovation TSA school leaders learn about research and enquiry for school improvement.
Case study

NFER's vision for 2020
NFER’s vision for 2020 was the focus of a new booklet, published to coincide with the NFER Annual Reception.
News release

A Review of Technical Education
Rapid literature review for AoC identifies key characteristics and essential elements of teaching and learning in technical and vocational education.
Research Report

Bullying: what's new?
Liz Puntan outlines important developments and explores next steps in tackling bullying for Anti-Bullying Week 2015.
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The importance of knowing what doesn’t work
Ben Styles on why we still have some way to go to widespread acceptance of rigorous research methods within the English education system.
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SpringBoard bursaries transform lives of disadvantaged young people
Second interim evaluation report on The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation reports a range of positive impacts on disadvantaged pupils placed in independent and state boarding schools.
News release | Research report | Blog post

Regional Schools Commissioners and the performance of multi-academy trusts
In our latest blog post, Ben Durbin reflects on the variety of multi-academy trusts and how we can assess their performance.
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Supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils
New research report and school leaders' guide for DfE show how schools can use Pupil Premium to improve results.
News release | Research report | School leader briefing

Vocational education - a desirable choice?
Sarah Lynch examines recent research to determine if vocational qualifications can help young people develop skills needed to succeed at the workplace.
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New findings from NFER informs Arts Council England's new cultural education challenge
NFER today releases two reports as part of Arts Council England’s launch of the Cultural Education Challenge.
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Work Experience Week 2015
Evidence from NFER highlights effective practice in providing quality work experience.
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Jack Worth discusses latest NFER research on academies
NFER Research Manager Jack Worth discusses research which investigates how performance in the 2014 GCSE examinations in academies compares to performance in similar maintained schools.
Video | Research report

researchED 2015 – factchecking claims isn’t just about accuracy
Guest blogger, Amy Sippett, Education Lead at Full Fact explains what to look out for when factchecking claims.
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New PISA analysis provides strategies which teachers can use in the classroom
NFER releases a series of reports, commissioned by the DfE, showcasing new findings from PISA 2012 and highlighting key engagement strategies that teachers can use in the classroom.
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RSCs face different and challenging roles - New research reveals
England’s eight Regional Schools Commissioners face different and challenging roles and a wide variation of issues in each region, according to new research published today.
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researchED 2015 - Working out what works
Ben Durbin, Head of Impact on this year’s much-anticipated researchED event.
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Evaluation of Talk About Alcohol
Research from NFER and the Alcohol Education Trust finds that early intervention delays drinking age.
News release | Research report

Evaluation of In Harmony - Year 2: Interim Report
Music programme in schools continues to support social wellbeing and positive aspirations of children in deprived communities.
News release | Research report

New report reveals data on smoking, drinking and drug use among young people
New survey carried out by NatCen and NFER on behalf of HSCIC.
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NFER research explores the development and pilot of Evidence for the Frontline
NFER's research into E4F will explore the development of a new service that can signpost teachers and school leaders to evidence on improving teaching and learning.
News release

Reception baseline research
NFER was commissioned by DfE to research the accountability context of the new early years reception baseline assessment.
Research report

Evaluation of the Tutor Trust
NFER assessed the impact of the Tutor Trust on the English and Mathematics attainment of Year 6, 7 and 11 pupils.
Tutor Trust Primary
| Tutor Trust Secondary

How can we best support coasting schools?
Matt Walker continues his analysis of the government’s proposed remedy to improve the state of coasting schools.
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School coaching programme improves reading and writing skills of Year 7 pupils
NFER’s evaluation of a Birmingham secondary school’s coaching initiative has found that the programme had an average impact for pupils, including those from low-income families, of five additional months’ progress.
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The truth about the Phonics Screening Check
Matt Walker discusses whether the introduction of the PSC in schools has had an impact on the standard of reading and writing.
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NFER Reception Baseline Assessment now approved by DFE for delivery September 2015
The DfE has confirmed NFER as one of three approved suppliers of the new reception baseline assessment for use by schools in September 2015.
Press release
| NFER Reception Baseline Assessment

Analysis of academy school performance in GCSEs 2014
Research for LGA shows no significant link between academy status and improved pupil progress in latest GCSE results.
Research report
| Press release | Our work on academies

NFER Teacher Voice data informs new pupil premium report
Data from a recent NFER Survey has been used to inform the Pupil Premium: Next Steps report, published by the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation.
News release
| Teacher Voice

Improving Literacy and Numeracy
Report produced for the Education Endowment Foundation evaluated Improving Numeracy and Literacy programme that aimed to improve the numeracy and literacy abilities of pupils in Year 2.
Research report

Phonics Screening Check evaluation
This is the final report from the Evaluation of the Phonics Screening Check (PSC). The evaluation was commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) and undertaken by NFER.
Research report

NFER Survey provides data on higher education qualifications of teachers
A recent NFER Teacher Voice Omnibus Survey provided data on the higher education qualifications, subjects and place of study of teachers in state maintained primary and secondary schools throughout the UK.
News release

Reading is easy – so why bother to assess phonological awareness in young children?
Diane King explains why we need to have a good understanding of the processes children go through in learning to read.
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First ever RCT to achieve the highest rating of research quality
NFER's evaluation of the ‘Improving Numeracy and Literacy’ trial has been awarded five 'padlocks', the first ever randomised controlled trial (RCT) to achieve this top rating of research quality from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).
Press release

Review of the value of vocational qualifications
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) commissioned NFER to carry out a small-scale rapid literature review of the value of vocational qualifications offered in the UK by JCQ members.
Research report
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NFER launches 2014 Impact Review
NFER has today launched its third published annual review of impact. The NFER 2014 Impact Review highlights the significant progress that has been achieved during the year.
Press release
| Impact Review 2014

Bullying: enough is enough
Liz Phillips examines recent research on bullying, and stresses the need to take action towards providing a safe learning environment for children
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Sharing innovative approaches and overcoming barriers in delivering 16-19 study programmes' principles
Video case studies, guidance and more from NFER's event for senior leaders
Event page

What is a coasting school?
Matt Walker examines what a coasting school is, ahead of proposals in a new bill to be introduced in the Queen’s Speech.
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'There will always be NEET young people in the land' – will it ever be different?
In a guest post on the NFER blog, Thomas Spielhofer emphasises the importance of flexible and tailored provision in tackling the problem of NEETs.
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Any future expansion of the academies programme requires a clear vision of how it will improve outcomes for learners, argues NFER Thinks paper
Our latest NFER Thinks paper, published today, also argues for evaluation to be embedded in the process.
News release

The Foundation Code for Careers, Education, Information and Guidance
NFER has collaborated with ASCL and six other organisations to develop this code which sets out the values and behaviours needed to deliver high quality CEIAG.
Foundation Code | Blog post on ASCL website

Young people and e-safety
New report commissioned by the London Grid for Learning looks at the online activities of London’s young people.
Research Report

Education factsheets for Election 2015
NFER has worked with Full Fact to produce four education factsheets for the UK 2015 General Election.
Election factsheets

Your school staffing mission, should you choose to accept it…
Geoff Gee considers if anything being discussed in the run-up to the election will make a difference to school recruitment.
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The primary consideration ‘should’ be the best interests of the young person
One week away from the 2015 Election, Tami McCrone looks at what the main parties say about careers guidance.
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NFER work on academies
Find out about the range of work we do in this area.
Our work on academies

A guide to the evidence on academies
Findings from a rapid review of evidence on the performance of academy schools, based on 13 key studies.
Research report

Um, but what is an academy?
Karen Wespieser discusses the impact of academy schools on parental choice of primary schools.
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Unlocking the bike shed
Claire Hodgson discusses the key findings of research which showed the effect of Bikeability training on pupils’ hazard perception.
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Local schools for local kids
In the third of our series of blog posts on parental school choices, Karen Wespeiser looks into who parents hold responsible for the quality of education and how schools should be held accountable.
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Why language skills must be a key feature of any Reception Baseline Assessment
Diane King explains how NFER’s Baseline Assessment can be a good assessor of children’s language abilities.
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Validity and Baseline Assessment
Marian Sainsbury, assessment expert and research associate at NFER explores the ideas underlying the validation of an assessment.
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School Choice, a social mobility issue?
Karen Wespeiser, Senior Research Manager takes a closer look at factors which influence parent’s choice of school for their child.
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Three quarters of parents feel they have a genuine choice of school says NFER report
On the day that parents find out if their children have a place at their 1st choice of primary school in September, NFER has published the first part of a new report on parents' views of school choice.
Press release
| Research extract | Blog post

The poetry and prose of careers guidance
Ben Durbin, Head of Impact, reflects on Labour’s education manifesto announced last week
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NFER report highlights innovative work experience practice in schools and sixth form colleges
A new report, published by NFER, gives an insight into ‘what works’ in successfully delivering the work experience strand of the 16 – 19 study programmes in schools and sixth form colleges.
News release

Prepare your young people for the future - an essential seminar for senior leaders drawing on DfE commissioned research
We invite all school leaders with responsibility for 16 to 19 study programmes to attend an interactive panel discussion featuring schools, employers and learners.
More about the event..

Wanted - MPs with teaching experience for new Select Committee
In the latest edition of our Election 2015 blog series, Geoff Gee supports the case for elected representatives who have a professional knowledge of the subject
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Sharing innovative approaches and overcoming barriers in delivering 16-19 study programmes' principles
Research provides top tips on how to deliver successful and creative work experience
Top tips guide | Research report

Young people find their election voice
Ben Durbin, NFER's Head of Impact, on how young people figured in the Election Leaders' Debate.
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Is baseline assessment really 'invalid and harmful'?
Marian Sainsbury, assessment expert and NFER research associate urges readers to take a measured approach to the baseline debate.
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NFER supporting factchecking during 2015 Election
NFER is working together with Full Fact to ensure the most accurate information possible is heard on key education topics
News release

Key data on Music Education Hubs
Secondary analysis suggests hubs are fulfilling their core roles and showing signs of progress
Research report

NFER to deliver new National Reference Tests
NFER is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement in principle with Ofqual to develop and deliver the new National Reference Tests
News release

We don't need no education?
Ben Durbin, NFER's Head of Impact, asks why education didn't figure in last night's leader interviews, and suggests some questions that should have been asked
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NFER launches free Self-Review Tool to help schools and colleges with research engagement
The free online tool helps schools and colleges review their engagement with research, and signposts relevant and useful resources
Self-Review Tool | Press release

Child neglect is everyone’s business: Findings from LARC6
A greater sense of shared responsibility between local authorities and communities is key to identifying and tackling early signs of child neglect
Research report | Press release

Evaluation of Bikeability training programme
NFER research finds children more confident about cycling and better able to perceive and respond to hazards
Research report | Press release