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Hot topics from 2016
Karen Wespieser, Head of Impact takes a look back at the top NFER reports and blogs of 2016.
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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.
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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 England and Key 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.
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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.
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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.
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Is evidence good for absolutely nothing?
Ben Durbin reflects on the importance of evidence in education from the What Works Global Summit 2016.
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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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Analysis of academy school performance in 2015
No significant improvements in pupil attainment associated with academy status for primary schools, latest research shows.
Press release | Research report

Despite the headlines, Reception Baseline Assessment continues to get DfE funding in 2016
Catherine Kirkup on the value to schools of NFER Reception Baseline Assessment.
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Building bridges between teachers and researchers
Matt Walker on using research to improve teaching and learning of STEM subjects.
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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.
More about the event...

The future of technical and professional education: joining up the dots
Tami McCrone on the challenges identified at a recent LSRN workshop.
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The power of collaboration
What schools can achieve through effective school to school partnership working.
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NFER Impact Review 2015
Our Impact Review of 2015 demonstrates our continued progress in identifying our impact on practice and policy, with evidence of how our activities support and inform an increasingly wide group of practitioners and policymakers.
NFER Impact Review 2015

Stronger by working together
Robert Smith on what makes for effective collaboration between schools in Wales
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NEET prevention - Keeping students engaged at Key Stage 4
New research indicates how to prevent teenagers disengaging from school.
Press release | Research report

NFER response to DfE statement on reception baseline assessment
Press release

Education White Paper – the devil will be in the detail
Blog post by Karen Wespieser.
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Headteachers' perspectives on the In Harmony programme
Part of the national evaluation undertaken for Arts Council England.
Research report

The known unknowns of teacher supply
Karen Wespieser on what we don't know about teacher supply, and NFER's new research.
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Evaluation of Tranche 2 of the Lead and Emerging Practitioner School Pathfinder Project
Study for the Welsh Government.
News release | Research report

Weaving a little magic
Gareth Mills on the value of teacher reflection for CPD success
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Can schools in the most deprived areas hang on to their teachers?
Susie Bamford unpacks the evidence.
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Should I Stay or Should I Go?
New analysis sheds light on teacher recruitment and retention.
Research Report | Press release

Striving for ‘knowledge animation’ – can we bring evidence-informed practice to life?
Julie Nelson calls for papers on evidence-informed practice for 'Educational Research' special issue.
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Response to ATL/NUT survey
The introduction of Baseline Assessment.
News release

Characteristics of successful science education
Secondary analysis of data from TIMSS 2011.
Research report

The longer term impact of PRIME on participating students
Follow-up study examines destinations and career choices.
Research report

The online activities of London’s young people: evidence-based tips to develop e-safety
On Safer Internet Day 2016, Karen Wespieser discusses research commissioned for the London Grid for Learning.
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EBacc teacher recruitment and retention: challenging times ahead?
Susie Bamford discusses recent research.
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Could it be that disengagement leads to poor skills?
Tami McCrone addresses the issues behing disengagement at age 16-19.
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NFER collaborates with NGA and FLT to investigate the role of the executive headteacher
Findings will inform policy and practice, including implications for governing bodies appointing to the role.
News release

Is baseline really so bad?
Catherine Kirkup argues the case for reception baseline assessment.
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Parents are in the dark about careers
Tami McCrone on the importance of keeping parents well informed about their children’s careers education and guidance.
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NFER Enquiring Schools programme
Brooklands Farm, a large primary school, runs Enquiring Schools Programme to help with teaching and learning.
Case study

Don’t forget the ‘parent’ in transparent
As the Education Select Committee publish their report on Regional Schools Commissioners, Karen Wespieser emphasises the importance of transparency.
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Research in schools: experience and tips from the frontline
In our latest blog post, Caroline Fisher discusses the experiences of schools that have engaged with research and in enquiry.
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Intervening in failing, underperforming and coasting schools
Response to Government consultation
Response to consultation | Blog post