August 2015 Research Publications Schools About
Special Edition: Recommended Reads 2015

Welcome to this special edition of NFER Direct, showcasing some of our most popular research reports and publications over the past 12 months. We hope you find these informative and inspiring!
Academies: time to learn lessons?
This NFER Thinks paper argues that any future expansion in the number of academies should be motivated by a clear vision of long-term outcomes for learners that academisation is aiming to achieve. 

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Changing attitudes to vocational education
Arguing for a change in the way we view vocational education, this NFER Thinks paper aims to raise awareness among teachers, parents and employers to bring about real change for young people.

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Top research publications
The parent view of school choice

The school choice report highlighted findings from research undertaken to pinpoint the factors that parents take into consideration while choosing a school.
A guide to the evidence on academies

This review contributed to understanding current research on academies with a view to identifying gaps and drawing conclusions.
Young people and e-safety

The online activities of London's young people were analysed in this report. The research identified areas where schools can support young people to increase their online safety.
The value of vocational qualifications

This small-scale literature review of the value of vocational qualifications revealed key benefits for all stakeholders in young people taking vocational qualifications - learners, businesses and the economy.
Impact of writing

A report presenting findings from an evaluation of the Big Writing training programme, aimed to raise standards in primary writing.
Top guides
A connect card for employability

View our handy 'connect card' to help education organisations - schools and colleges - to develop effective partnerships with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Work experience top tips

Our informative top tips guide for school leaders offers advice on how to develop work experience opportunities and recommends techniques to develop relationships between employers and education providers.
Video resources

Take a look at our series of work experience videos highlighting real experiences from school leaders, employers and pupils, based on findings from our research on 'Sharing innovative approaches and overcoming barriers in delivering 16-19 study programmes' principles'. More...

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NFER Events
5 September 2015
Factchecking Education - researchED 2015

NFER's Chief Executive, will chair a discussion on 'Factchecking Education', during which Full Fact and NFER will explore their joint work during the general election.
9-11 September 2015
RCTs in the Social Sciences 2015

Dr Ben Styles, Head of NFER's Education Trials Unit, will chair the session on education trials, presenting on the last 10 years of RCTs in education research. More...
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