February 2015 Research Publications Schools About
NFER Reception Baseline Assessment is practical and child-friendly

NFER’s DfE-approved Reception Baseline Assessment mixes task and observation checklists, is quick and easy to administer, and focuses on one-to-one interaction between child and teacher. Trialled with over 500 schools, 92% of teachers rated the child-friendly physical resources as ‘very important’.
Call for descriptors rethink
As they stand, proposed new performance descriptors for use in statutory teacher assessment risk undermining the benefits of the process, argues our latest NFER Thinks paper.

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NFER joins College cause
NFER has backed the Claim Your College coalition in its response to the Government's consultation on its vision for a world-class teaching profession and a College of Teaching.

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Other news
Catch-up Literacy

NFER found that Pupils who received Catch Up Literacy made an additional two months' progress compared to pupils who did not, but that this difference was not statistically significant. More...
Talk for Literacy

This combined speaking and listening intervention had a moderate impact on pupils' overall reading ability roughly equivalent to three months' progress, but a significant one on their passage comprehension skills. More...
SpringBoard Bursary Foundation Impact Assessment: Year 1

By providing the means and support for disadvantaged pupils to attend top state and independent boarding schools, SpringBoard has made impressive progress towards transforming young lives, finds NFER. More...
Research addresses low adult basic skills

A new report from Eurydice investigates the challenges of addressing low basic skills among adults across Europe. It draws on data from international surveys and policy documents.
Latest blogs
Its a matter of principle

Assessment expert, former primary school teacher and NFER Research Associate Marian Sainsbury reflects on what are the principles that must apply to a baseline reception assessment.
Education in evolution?

Bloggers Karen Wespieser and Julie Nelson both reflect on recent developments that seem to be ushering in a new Age of Evidence in education, thanks to Carter, the College of Teaching and Claim Your College. More...
Schools news
Enquiring excellence

Follow the research journey of Paget Primary School, whose evidence-based approach to boosting pupils' communication skills and confidence has secured an NFER Research Mark. More...
Free Self-Review Tool

If you've been looking for a quick and easy way to find out how research engaged your school is, look out for our new FREE online Self-Review Tool. More...
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The latest thinking from the latest research, plus evidence-based solutions for school improvement - FREE every month! More...

March & April 2015
Baseline Assessment Presentations

Come along and meet our experts at one of our presentations and events happening across the country.
2-6 March 2015
Putting Research into Action

National Careers Week is a celebration of quality careers guidance and employment opportunities across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity to help young people leaving education but also to bring together students, employers and advisers. #NCW2015 More...
19-21 March 2015
The Education Show

NFER will be exhibiting at this three-day conference, with experts on hand to talk about our new products, including the NFER Reception Baseline Assessment.
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