Top NFER research reports to read over the summer
21 July 2017
School’s out for the summer and the holidays can be the best time to catch up on some reading. If you’re not quite ready to pick up that best-selling book, why not read some of our popular reports?
From exploring the challenging issue of teacher retention and turnover to a closer look at Regional Schools Commissioner areas, we’ve put together the most popular NFER research reports and guides based on downloads from our website in the last six months.
So, however you’re spending time this summer, catch up on our compilation of top research below:
- Teacher Retention by Subject - Research Update 1 (May 2017)
This is one of the first pieces of research to explore the differences in teacher retention rates in English secondary schools by the subject they teach.
- Engaging Teachers: NFER Analysis of Teacher Retention (September 2016)
This report explores how engaged and supported teachers feel, and how this relates to their intention to remain or to leave the profession.
- Keeping Your Head: NFER Analysis of Headteacher Retention (April 2017)
This report explores if the same is true for headteachers, who play a vital role in leading and sustaining good school performance.
- Executive headship (March 2017)
A summary of the executive headteacher (EHT) role, with practical questions and exemplar role descriptors to consider when creating the position.
- Refocusing Assessment (March 2017)
This is a resource that provides a framework for school leaders and department heads to plan a coherent whole school approach to assessment that will support the learning of each and every student.
- A Tale of Eight Regions. Part 2: Challenge and Support Across the Regional Schools Commissioner Areas (April 2017)
This report explores the challenges Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) face in terms of schools requiring action and the availability of Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) that are ready to expand to meet this need. It is the second of two reports focusing on how the schools’ landscape has changed by region since RSCs were introduced.
- Supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils: articulating success and good practice (November 2015)
This research, published in November 2015, continues to be a popular download. It investigated the role of school characteristics; school strategies; and implementation approaches in raising disadvantaged pupils’ attainment.