January 2016 Research Publications Schools About
Regional Schools Commissioners inquiry report published

On 20 January, the House of Commons Education Select Committee published the results of its inquiry into the expanding role of Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs).  The topic was picked up in an NFER blog post which looked at the importance of transparency in the system of oversight, intervention, inspection and accountability.

Flipped Learning and mathematics
The benefits and challenges of implementing a flipped learning approach to mathematics teaching are revealed in a study undertaken by NFER and NESTA.

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How has STEMNET been doing?
NFER undertook an evaluation of STEMNET's operations and impact from 2011-2015, focusing on three key programmes: STEM Ambassadors; STEM Clubs; and Schools' STEM Advisory Network.

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Other news
Coasting schools

NFER responded to the Department for Education's consultation on Intervening in failing, underperforming and coasting schools.
NFER Teacher Voice omnibus: Questions for the Department for Education – June 2015

This report provides a summary of the responses to questions that the DfE submitted to Teacher Voice covering subjects such as the new national curriculum, mental health support and provision, school leadership and more. 

The building blocks of Pupil Premium success

Recent research into the Pupil Premium identified common successful strategies for supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and key building blocks for their implementation. These are featured in the latest Headteacher Update and SecEd.
Latest blogs
Coasting schools and the cliff edge

Ben Durbin discusses the problems of threshold measures in a blog post which picks up on one aspect of NFER's submission to the DfE's recent consultation on Intervening in failing, underperforming and coasting schools.

Photocopying and making tea: How important is work experience?

In 2012 the coalition government decided to end compulsory work experience, a decision some are challenging.  This blog post shares NFER Research Manager Anneka Dawson's views and evidence to help answer the question, how important is work experience?
Eurydice updates
Comparing budgets by country

National Sheets on Education Budgets in Europe: 2015 provides the most recent data on planned education budgets by country.
What's it all about?

A new video has been launched which explains all about Eurydice and includes clips from contributors in participating countries.
11 March 2016
National Pupil Premium & Ofsted – Ensuring Successful Outcomes Conference

Research Director Caroline Sharp will be giving the keynote address on our recent study for the Department for Education on how the Pupil Premium has been used in schools to raise the performance of disadvantaged students. More...
17-19 March 2016
Education Show 2016

NFER will be exhibiting our range of products and services for schools at this exhibition, including our new NFER Tests Suite 2. Please visit our stand (D59) where we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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