May 2017 Research Publications Schools About
2017 General Election - Is education a priority?

Following Theresa May's call for a snap General Election, NFER has created an election website looking at the burning issues facing schools and pupils' learning. In our series of election blog posts (see below) our researchers address the key issues and questions on education policies. Working with Full Fact, we have also produced factsheets on topics high on the agenda including teacher retention (see Latest NFER Research in this issue). For more on this, visit our GE2017 website. 
Using evidence in policymaking
In one of our first election blogs, NFER Chief Executive, Carole Willis, looks at the importance of embedding evidence into the heart of policymaking. 

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Key insights podcast: election special
Prior to the launch of the major parties' manifestos, Head of Impact Karen Wespieser joined The Key insights panel to discuss what the 2017 General Election could mean for education. Listen to the podcast via our election website.

Election Website
Latest blogs
Who’s interested in education?

At the start of the election campaign, Karen Wespieser, Head of Impact, looked at the importance of education for voters.
The young people who don't fall NEET-ly into the picture

Claudia Sumner and Tami McCrone discuss one of the top education issues that the main parties should be talking about ahead of the 2017 General Election.
Getting the facts straight on education

Following the first televised election debate, Karen Wespieser looks at the facts behind the policies in our latest blog post.
What's getting us talking on Twitter?

Want to have your say on the leading parties' education policies? Use the hashtag #GE17nfer and get involved with the conversation on Twitter.  Tweet Us
Product News
NFER Tests Suite 2 now available to pre-order for spring term

In addition to a set of tests for use in the autumn term and summer term, NFER Tests now provide a third set of tests for use in the spring term, all to help monitor pupil attainment and progress in KS2. Spring tests are now available to pre-order for delivery in December 2017.   More...
Latest NFER Research
Headteacher retention

Researchers found that although more than 90 per cent of headteachers are retained in headship each year, retention rates have fallen between 2012 and 2015, particularly in secondary schools in England.
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Teacher retention and turnover

The analysis, which was funded by the Nuffield Foundation, has found that maths, science and language teachers have high rates of leaving the profession, particularly in the first five years of their careers.
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Randomised controlled trial and process evaluation of Code Clubs

NFER completed a randomised controlled trial (RCT) and process evaluation of Code Clubs between June 2015 and September 2016. Code Club UK is a nationwide network of after-school clubs for children aged 9-11 years, supported by volunteers, projects and learning materials.
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NFER Events
24 May 2017
Inspiring School Partnerships: Sharing Good Practice

Karen Wespieser, Head of Impact, will be a panelist at the Schools Together Group summer conference, aimed at building partnership programmes in the independent and the state sector. More...
22-23 June 2017
Festival of Education

Head of International Education Ben Durbin and Head of Impact Karen Wespieser will be presenting at the conference on 23 June 2017. 
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