February 2018 Research Publications Schools About
NFER's response to the latest T Level consultation

In preparation for the introduction of T Levels (the technical alternative to A Levels in England) the Department for Education recently launched a public consultation on the implementation of T level programmes. NFER has addressed nine of the questions in the call for evidence submission, which draws on a range of evidence including key publications from NFER's Research Programme and education-to-employment portfolio of projects.
Supporting National Careers Week
NFER are proud to be supporting National Careers Week, an annual event that celebrates and promotes quality careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) across the UK. Throughout the week (5-10 March), NFER will be running a social media campaign to promote the importance of quality CEIAG in schools and colleges by sharing our extensive research, free resources in education to employment as well as careers insights and advice.
You can join in on the conversation by using the hashtag #NFERe2e as well as the official hashtag of the week #NCW2018. 

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NFER at The Education Show 2018
NFER will again be exhibiting and speaking at this free-to-attend conference at the Birmingham NEC. From 15-17 March, we will be at Stand H74 near the Central Feature Stage, where you can discuss any questions or comments you may have with one of our assessment experts. 
Our Head of Assessment Research and Product Development, Liz Twist will also be joined by Sir Andrew Carter from the South Farnham School Educational Trust to speak about ‘Using evidence from standardised tests to show attainment and progress’ on Friday 16 March at 13.00pm. 


More about the event
Vocational studies and T-Levels: what will be different this time around?

In this blog post, senior research manager Claudia Sumner discusses the new technical qualifications which are due to be rolled out in 2020.
Other News
New Key Stage 1 assessments available for delivery in March

From March, our new Year 1 summer assessments will be available for delivery in 10 working days. These age-appropriate reading and mathematics assessments reliably measure attainment midway through the Key Stage.
1 March 2018
Next steps for evidence informed teaching

Research manager David Thomas will be presenting at the Westminster Education Forum on ‘Evidence-informed Teaching'. He will present NFER’s work with ASCL in producing ‘Refocusing Assessment’, an evidence-informed CPD resource for teachers. More about the event
7 March 2018
How to reliably monitor attainment and progress in and across KS2

In a free 20 minute afternoon webinar, NFER Research Manager and test developer Jemma Coulton will demonstrate how using standardised assessments such as our NFER Tests for Years 3, 4 and 5 will enable you to reliably monitor attainment and progress in and across Key Stage 2.  Book your place
10 March 2018
ASCL Annual Conference 2018

Our Head of Impact, Karen Wespieser, and CEO at The Tenax Schools Trust and NFER Trustee, Ian Bauckham, will be speaking at the ASCL Annual Conference on ‘School improvement – capacity and opportunity’. Held at the ICC Birmingham, this session (at 2pm) will share NFER's evidence of the capacity in the system, provide an update on developments in collaboration as a result of the new funding, and advise on how best to access these opportunities for your school. 
More about the event
20 March 2018
Pupil Premium: Ensuring the best educational outcomes in secondary schools

NFER's Karen Wespieser will be chairing this Inside Government's pupil premium event in Manchester. It will be based around ensuring the best educational outcomes in secondary schools.
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