October 2017 Research Publications Schools About
More and better part-time opportunities needed for secondary school teachers

New NFER research recommends that policymakers urgently look at identifying ways in which more and better part-time working can be accommodated in secondary schools. The ‘Teacher Retention and Turnover Research' interim report, published on Tuesday, suggests greater flexibility may help to retain current teachers and attract former teachers back into the profession. 
Focused support needed to tackle teacher supply challenge in London, says research
The interim report also highlighted that the teacher supply challenge in London is particularly acute and policymakers should look to provide special support such as housing subsidies to help retain teachers in such a high-cost city. NFER researchers found that London has considerably more teachers leaving the profession compared to other areas of the country, including other large cities such as Birmingham and Manchester. 

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Video: key findings from the latest Teacher Retention and Turnover Research
The recruitment, development and retention of teachers and school leaders underpins everything else in the education system. In this five-minute video, senior economist Jack Worth presents key findings and recommendations with an emphasis on retention from our Teacher Retention and Turnover research. This report is the latest in a programme of major research funded by the Nuffield Foundation to gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics within the teaching workforce in England.


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NFER Thinks
Why a standardised or uniform approach to administration of a school-entry assessment will be fairer in the new high-stakes school accountability regime

This new paper in the NFER Thinks series outlines the reasons for having a standardised or uniform approach to the administration and scoring of a new school-entry assessment that has been proposed by the Government as a baseline for measuring progress across the primary phase.
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Latest blogs
International school spending – how does the UK compare?

With school funding remaining a key issue, this blog post looks at how UK education spending compares internationally. 
Are teacher pay reforms having an impact on schools?

NFER's Matt Walker blogs about the latest findings from an evaluation of the recent reforms to the pay of teachers.
Apprenticeships in England - are they working?

In this blog post, NFER researcher Zoe des Clayes reviews the latest Department for Education Statistical First Release (SFR) on apprenticeship figures.

Part-time working in schools: infographic

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Leading character education in schools

This week, NFER with the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and Pearson issued case studies of senior school leaders’ first-hand experiences of leading character education, together with a new research-based practice guide.
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4 November 2017
Third Space: Assessment in practice

Our Senior Research Managers, Jane Nicholas and Frances Brill, will be presenting on ‘What makes a good assessment' at the Third Space event in Bristol which focuses on assessment in practice. 
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29 November 2017
Establishing or Joining Multi-Academy Trusts

Our Head of Impact, Karen Wespieser, will be speaking on ‘What does research say about the success of the Multi-Academy Trust movement and has enough research been conducted to tangibly argue the benefits of MATs?' at this 'Establishing or Joining Multi-Academy Trusts' event in London. Speakers at this one day national conference also include: Dr Tim Coulson, Clare Collins MBE and Karen Burns.  More about the event
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