July 2015 Research Publications Schools About
Teacher Voice informs Pupil Premium report

Data from a recent NFER Survey has been used to inform the Pupil Premium report published by the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) earlier this month.
Academy status and pupil progress?
An analysis of academy school performance in 2014 shows no significant difference in overall school performance in GCSEs between academies and similar maintained schools.

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Approved for reception baseline
NFER has been confirmed as one of three DfE-approved suppliers of the new reception baseline assessment, being introduced in September 2015.

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Other news
A boost in reading and writing

NFER's evaluation of a Birmingham secondary school's coaching initiative has found that it had an average impact on Year 7 pupils, including those from low-income families, of five additional months' progress.
Impact of the Tutor Trust on English and Maths

NFER assessed the impact of the Tutor Trust on the English and Mathematics attainment of Year 6, 7 and 11 pupils. 
Latest blogs
How can we best support coasting schools?

Matt Walker analyses the government's proposed remedy to improve the state of coasting schools.
The truth about the Phonics Screening Check

This blog discusses whether the introduction of the PSC in schools has had an impact on the standard of reading and writing. 
NFER Updates
Findings from research into reception baseline assessment

This research, commissioned by DfE analysed the views of parents, school leaders and teachers, to inform the implementation of the reception baseline and to identify effective ways of communicating the results to parents.
Which methods of teaching work?

NFER's research into Evidence for the Frontline (E4F) will explore the development of a new service that can signpost teachers and school leaders to evidence on improving teaching and learning.
NFER Events
5 September 2015
Factchecking Education - researchED 2015

NFER's Chief Executive, will chair a discussion on 'Factchecking Education,' where factchecking charity Full Fact and NFER will explore their joint work during the general election, bringing objective expert information on education issues to voters.
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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