September 2017 Research Publications Schools About
NFER's new Impact Review

We are delighted to share our latest Impact Review with you. The review highlights the work we are doing to help create an excellent education for all children and young people. Our research and assessment experts continue to work to find innovative ways to understand some of the key challenges in education and to draw out the implications for policy and practice. To find out more about our work, download the report today. 
NFER on the Primary assessment consultation
On 14 September, the Department for Education (DfE) published their response to the consultation on primary assessment in England. Click on the link below to read our thoughts on the latest developments and to access the full DfE response.

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National Reference Test dates announced for 2018
The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) have announced the date of the second annual National Reference Test (NRT). As Ofqual's delivery partner, we designed, developed and trialled the new NRT for secondary schools in England. It will be held between 19 February and 2 March 2018.

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Latest blogs
Choose a not-for-profit research organisation for a lower effect size?

In this latest blog post, NFER’s Ben Styles comments on Stephen Gorard’s recent book on RCTs in education and how it relates to the funding landscape for evaluation research in English schools.
What’s happening to reading under the new curriculum and assessment regime at KS2?

Researchers Jennie Harland and Claire Hodgson discuss the provisional national curriculum assessment results for KS2, focusing on reading moving from its position as the subject with the highest performance under the old curriculum and assessment regime to the lowest under the new one.
Phonics results – Now that’s good news for young readers

In this blog post published today, NFER's Jane Nicholas takes a close look at the government's latest statistical first release on the phonics screening check (PSC) and what this shows about our young readers.

In the Media
UTC: The reality behind the headlines

Latest NFER research on University Technical Colleges has highlighted a number of key issues that might be preventing them from providing a viable route to improving technical and vocational education. In this SecEd feature, research manager Daniele Bernardinelli looks at the findings.
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Early learning and child wellbeing

NFER has been appointed by the DfE to manage the OECD’s pilot study of early learning and wellbeing in England this autumn. Research director Caroline Sharp explains what the study is about and what it will mean for schools.

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Call for evidence

Exams regulator Ofqual has published a call for evidence seeking views from pupils, teachers and other parties about ensuring fairness when developing examination papers. The closing date for responses is Tuesday 31 October.

11 October 2017
School funding and outcomes

Chief Executive Carole Willis is chairing an event on school funding in conjunction with The Centre for Education Economics, which will draw their conclusions as to where the balance of evidence lies on the issues of school expenditure and changes in pupil outcomes. Our Head of International Education, Ben Durbin will also be one of the panellists at the event.

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