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December 2016 Research Publications Schools About
How is the school system evolving?

The first in a two-part series about Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) areas across England, this report looks at how regions have changed in terms of the number and proportion of academies and free schools since RSCs were introduced in 2014.
N. Ireland shines in maths
The results of a major international survey, Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), carried out by NFER showed that pupils in Northern Ireland aged 9-10 continued to perform well in mathematics.

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Strength in rankings?
For solutions on how to improve future performance, both PISA and TIMSS should be considered as the start of a conversation but neither one has the final word, writes Ben Durbin, Head of International Education in an article for the TES website.

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New research
Is mathematics education in England working for everyone?

This report analyses new data from PISA and TIMSS 2015, looking at the impact of disadvantage on pupils in England from an international perspective.
Latest blogs
Schools that work for everyone: What is disadvantage?

In the first of a three-part series, our new blog post on schools that work for everyone, Joana Andrade asks: What is disadvantage?
If we build it, they may not come

In a guest blog for the World Bank, Ben Durbin writes about lessons to keep in mind while implementing effective education programmes and policy.
NFER Education Briefings
Key insights from TIMSS 2015

Read our new education briefings which feature key findings from TIMSS 2015 in Northern Ireland and 20 years of TIMSS in England.
Key insights from PISA 2015

Two education briefings released by NFER provide an introduction to PISA 2015 and its key findings in Scotland and the UK nations.
View our new assessment webinar!

Our recent webinar on age-related expectation outcomes is now available for viewing on our website.

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