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.

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Free Key Stage 2 assessment webinar
In this 20 minute 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 pupil attainment and progress in and across KS2. In addition Jemma will be available for a further 10 minutes to answer any KS2 assessment questions you may have. 

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Visit us at the Education Show
We will be at the Education Show on stand H74, giving you the opportunity to speak to our assessment expert and take home a free sample materials brochure. On Friday 16 March at 13.00 NFER's Liz Twist will be joined at the Central Feature Stage by Sir Andrew Carter from the South Farnham School Educational Trust to speak about ‘Using evidence from standardised tests to show attainment and progress’. 

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NFER are proud to be supporting National Careers Week
Throughout careers week (5-10 March), NFER will be promoting the importance of quality careers guidance in schools and colleges by sharing our extensive research, free resources and careers insights and advice. Join the Social Media conversation by using  hashtag #NFERe2e and official hashtag of the week #NCW2018. 

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New Year 1 summer tests available now
From 5 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 this key stage.

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Evidence-based resources: Do they make a difference?
In this feature article written for HeadTeacher Update, Dorothy Lepkowska  explores how and why many teachers find it hard to engage with and act on research evidence, even when they know it can help them to improve teaching practice and student outcomes. 

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Blog round up

Spotlight on multi-academy trusts: A glimpse into performance
In the final part of our multi-academy trusts (MATs) blog series, NFER’s Jens Van den Brande delves further into the Department for Education’s latest statistics on MAT performance. 
In times of austerity and budget cuts, it’s important to identify where money can do the most good in schools
Maire Williams discusses new NFER research and her experience at a recent Westminster Education Forum on the hot topic of school funding. 
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. 

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