Past Events

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Establishing or Joining Multi-Academy Trusts
29 November 2017, London
Our Head of Impact, Karen Wespieser will be speaking on ‘What does research say about the success of the Multi-Academy Trust movement and has enough research been conducted to tangibly argue the benefits of MATs?’.
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AMiE Leadership Conference
Saturday 25 November 2017, Double Tree by Hilton - Tower of London, 7 Pepys Street, London, EC3N 4AF
At this first Association of Managers in Education (AMiE) Leadership Conference, NFER Quantitative Research Director Jude Hillary will be leading a breakout session on recruiting and retaining staff best practice.
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Philanthropy in Education Inaugural Symposium
23 November 2017, Geneva, Switzerland
Our Research Director, Ben Curtis will be speaking on ‘Maximising your philanthropic impact: an introduction to research and evaluation strategies.’ The talk will give practical advice on creating effective research and evaluation strategies for educational programmes, as well as outlining essential elements of a good evaluation strategy, including a clear purpose, a theory of change, and timing considerations.
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SERA 2017 Annual Conference
22 November 2017, University of the West of Scotland, Ayr Campus, Ayr, KA8 0SX
At the 2017 Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) Conference, our Head of International Education, Ben Durbin, will co-present a workshop with Falk Brese from the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) on the 'Use of educational large-scale assessment for research on equity in education and learning outcomes.'
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AEA-Europe Annual Conference
9 November 2017, Prague
Research Managers David Thomas and Jane Nicholas spoke at the 18th AEA-Europe Annual Conference which focused on ‘Assessment Cultures in a Globalised World’.
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Third Space: Assessment in practice
4 November 2017, Bristol
Our Senior Research Managers, Jane Nicholas and Frances Brill presented at the Third Space event in Bristol which focused on assessment in practice. They presented on ‘What makes a good assessment’.
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International Baccalaureate Global Conference
26 – 28 October 2017, International Convention Centre, The Hague, Netherlands
Nathan Hoon presenting at the International Baccalaureate Global Conference in The Hague. He spoke about the key findings from research into evaluating the IB Middle Years Program Mathematics Skills Framework.
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Women in Education Conference 2017
12 October 2017, Central London
Women represent an overwhelming majority of the education workforce, yet they are significantly underrepresented in senior leadership positions. The Women in Education Conference 2017 seeks to provide current and future leaders with the skills needed to correct this imbalance. NFER’s Head of Impact, Karen Wespieser, contributed to a panel session at the event on ‘Leading a change in culture: where do we go from here?’
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School funding and outcomes
11 October 2017, London
Carole Willis chaired a panel on school funding in conjunction with the Centre for Education Economics (CFEE) which drew conclusions as to where the balance of evidence lies on the issues of school expenditure and changes in pupil outcomes.
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Leveraging the power of education data in the Gulf
3 October 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Our head of International Education, Ben Durbin gave a seminar on ‘leveraging the power of education data in the Gulf: Insights from the UK experience’ at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government in Dubai.
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East Midlands MAT CEOs Network
28 September 2017, Nottingham
Our Head of Impact, Karen Wespieser spoke at the East Midlands MAT CEO Network in Nottingham. The seminar was based on the evolving accountability context for multi-academy trusts: including the role of Ofsted and the emergence of growth ‘audits’.

Yorkshire MAT CEOs Network
21 September 2017, Hull
Our Quantitative Research Director, Jude Hillary spoke at the Yorkshire and Humber MAT CEO Network in Hull.
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ResearchED 2017 National Conference
9 September 2017, Chobham Academy, London, E20 1BD
The best minds and voices from the UK and beyond spoke at this year’s ResearchED National Conference, including our Head of Impact Karen Wespieser.
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Randomised Controlled Trials in the Social Sciences Twelfth Annual Conference
8 September 2017, University of York, York, YO10 5DD
Our Research Director, Ben Styles chaired a workshop at the Randomised Controlled Trials in the Social Sciences Twelfth Annual Conference.
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Third Space: Connecting education research and practice
15 July 2017, Manchester Metropolitan University, M15 6GX
Our Senior Research Manager, Julie Nelson and Research Manager, Helen Poet presented at The Chartered College of Teaching’s Third Space event in Manchester, on research engagement.
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Establishing and growing a successful Multi-Academy Trust
13 July 2017, Central London
Karen Wespieser chaired this forum, where attendees had the chance to hear from policy experts on the legal, financial, governance and planning considerations of establishing and growing a Multi-Academy Trust.
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Responding to the Challenges Facing the Education Profession: Resources, Recruitment, Retention and Training
13 July 2017, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London, SE1 7UT
Jude Hilary, Quantitative Research Director, chaired the Public Policy Exchange event at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge. The event brought together a range of people from the industry to discuss resources, recruitment, retention and training.
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Engaging with evidence
10 July 2017, Beachwood School, Slough, Berkshire, SL2 1QE
Our Head of Impact, Karen Wespieser and Senior Research Manager, Claudia Sumner presented on the impact of education research at the Engaging with evidence event at Beachwood School. For more information, please visit the Chartered College of Teaching website.

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ResearchEd York
8 July 2017, Huntington School, Huntington, York, YO32 9WT
Senior Research Manager, Matt Walker and Researcher, Stephen McNamara spoke at the ResearchEd York Conference.
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ResearchED Rugby
1 July 2017, Ashlawn School, Rugby, CV22 5ET
Head of Impact Karen Wespieser contributed to a panel debate on the biggest issues facing education.
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IEA International Research Conference
28-30 June 2017, Prague, Czech Republic
Our Researcher, Oliver Stacey, and Research Manager, David Thomas, spoke at the IEA International Research Conference in Prague.
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Festival of Education and Festival of Skills
22-23 June 2017, Wellington College, Crowthorne, RG45 7PU
NFER staff spoke at the two festivals, which bring together the very best of education’s most forward thinking advocates, practitioners of change, policy makers and educators in workshops, speaking sessions and activities.
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Inspiring School Partnerships: Sharing Good Practice
24 May 2017, Eton College, Eton, SL4 6DW
Head of Impact Karen Wespieser was a panelist at the Schools Together Group summer conference, which is aimed at people building partnership programmes in the independent and the state sector.
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Inside Government Forum: Primary School Assessment and Attainment
23 May 2017, Prospero House, London, SE1 1GA
Acting Head of Assessment Catherine Kirkup chaired this forum for senior school leaders on primary school assessment and attainment.
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BELMAS Structural Reform Research Interest Group (RIG) Meeting - 'Executive headteachers: key players in emerging school landscapes'
4 April 2017, thestudio, 7 Cannon St, Birmingham, B2 5EP
Senior Research Manager Pippa Lord presented NFER research on the role of executive headteachers at this meeting of practitioners and researchers.
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Westminster Education Forum Seminar: Using data and evidence in education
30 March 2017, Central London
Pippa Lord discussed the different ways teachers engage with research evidence in practice, and what could be done to further support and encourage research use by teachers.

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The Education Show
Thursday 16 - Saturday 18 March 2017, Stand H54, Halls 7/8, NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT
NFER exhibited and presented its products and services for schools over three days at the Education Show.
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ASCL Annual Conference 2017
10-11 March 2017, ICC, Broad St, Birmingham, B1 2EA
NFER staff, including Chief Executive Carole Willis, shared their expertise in research and assessment across 3 sessions at this year’s ASCL Annual Conference.

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Policy Forum for Wales Keynote Seminar: Next steps for the teaching workforce in Wales
28 February 2017, Park Inn Hotel, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff, CF10 2JH
Research Manager Robert Smith spoke on a panel on options for improving the recruitment and retention of teachers in Wales.

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SSAT Lead Practitioner Conference - A Culture of Professional Learning: Retention and Recruitment
Thursday 7 February 2017, Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SN
Senior Research Manager Sarah Lynch spoke about our latest research on teacher retention and engagement and outlined the protective factors associated with teacher retention, including job satisfaction and support from managers.

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Making the most of NFER Test teacher analysis tools
Thursday 19 January 2017, 4pm
In this 30 minute webinar, specifically for teachers using NFER Tests Suite 2 or interested in using NFER Tests Suite 2, we went through the various features of the NFER Tests analysis tools (the score converter and question grid spreadsheets), and showed schools how to get the best use out of them.

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Policy-UK Forum: The State of Mathematics in the UK
Thursday 19 January 2017
Head of Impact Karen Wespieser discussed findings from our recent research into teacher retention in relation to maths teaching at this forum on the state of maths education in the UK.

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