December 2017 Research Publications Schools About
Improve job satisfaction to stop teachers quitting the classroom

New insights from NFER show that teachers who leave teaching in a state-funded school have lower pay on average in their new job, but improved job satisfaction. This third Research Update, Is the Grass Greener Beyond Teaching?, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, suggests that a better salary is not teachers’ main motivation for leaving, but a chance to improve their job satisfaction and working hours.
Northern Ireland primary school pupils shine in reading tests
The latest results from PIRLS 2016 (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) were published earlier this month. NFER was responsible for delivering the survey in Northern Ireland (NI) and reporting on the results. Read our comment on the findings from the worldwide research project.

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Evaluation of University Technical Colleges (UTCs) – Year One
Also this month, we published a new report ‘Evaluation of University Technical Colleges (UTCs)’ on behalf of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Edge Foundation that evaluates the UTC model to inform sector-wide practice. The interim report found that students at UTCs develop more work-ready skills alongside their technical skills.

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Latest blogs
The revised careers strategy: is it enough to ‘address the issue of variable quality’?

In this new blog post, NFER’s Tami McCrone looks at whether the Government’s newly published revised careers strategy is enough to address the issue of variable quality.
PIRLS 2016 results and the importance of teaching

NFER’s Juliet Sizmur blogs about what the latest PIRLS results tell us about education in England.
The Industrial Strategy: Will the Government put its money where its mouth is?

Following the launch of the Government's industrial strategy, NFER’s Claudia Sumner looks at what the industrial strategy means for education.
Independent evaluation of the Literacy Octopus

The results of two randomised controlled trials (RCTs) known as the Literacy Octopus Trials, were carried out and evaluated by NFER. They were published this month by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) as part of its work to find out more about how academic research can have an impact on classroom practice and pupil outcomes.
Season's greetings from NFER

NFER would like to wish you a wonderful holiday and a very happy new year. Please note, our offices and enquiry line will be closed between 23 December and 1 January inclusive. If you have any questions about our products and services you can call our team on 01753 637007 or email until 5.15pm on 22 December. 

16 January 2018, London
Next steps for school funding – Westminster Education Forum

Our Head of International Education, Ben Durbin, will be speaking at the Next Steps for School Funding in England conference. Ben will place school funding in England within a broader international context, using international comparison data to explore how the current level of school funding and its evolution over time compares to other education systems.
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