June 2015 Research Publications Schools About
New 16-19 work experience videos

Take a look at our engaging videos featuring delegates sharing case stories of effective practice in delivering work experience. It follows an NFER seminar for school leaders responsible for 16-19 study programmes. 
A top rating of research quality
NFER has been awarded five 'padlocks', a top rating of research quality, for its evaluation of the 'Improving Numeracy and Literacy' trial, by the Education Endowment Foundation.

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The value of vocational qualifications
A literature review of the value of vocational qualifications commissioned by the Joint Council for Qualifications identified key benefits for learners, businesses and the economy.

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Other news
A measure of phonics attainment

The final report from the evaluation of the Phonics Screening Check (PSC) commissioned by the Department for Education has been released. It provides an overview of participating schools’ phonics teaching practices. 
Latest blogs
Reading is easy – so why bother to assess phonological awareness in young children?

Researcher Diane King explains why we need to have a good understanding of the processes children go through in learning to read.
V is for vocational... V is for valuable!

This blog explains how vocational qualifications can provide value for learners and businesses alike. More...
Bullying: enough is enough

Recent research on bullying is highlighted in this blog, and the need to take action towards providing a safe learning environment for children. 
NFER Updates
Teaching in EU

A new Eurydice report looks at the relation between teaching policy in Europe, and teaching practices and attitudes of teachers.
Teacher Voice Omnibus Survey results

The results of an NFER Teacher Voice Omnibus Survey provided the higher education qualifications, subjects and place of study for teachers in state maintained primary and secondary schools.
New resources

Our Education to Employment webpages have new practical resources, guides and top tips for practitioners and senior leaders.
NFER Events
1-3 July 2015
Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE) 2015

At this event, hosted by the University of South Wales, NFER's David Sims, Research Director and Robert Smith, Research Manager will present a paper entitled 'Widening participation: young people's journeys and the careers guidance challenge'.
9-11 September 2015
RCTs in the Social Sciences 2015

Dr Ben Styles, head of NFER's Education Trials Unit, will be chairing the session on education trials, presenting on the last 10 years of RCTs in education research, and delivering part of the post-conference workshop. More...
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