January 2018 Research Publications Schools About
School Funding in England Since 2010 – What the Key Evidence Tells Us

This new NFER report summarises the changes to school funding that have taken place during the last seven years and looks at existing evidence on the impact that these changes have had on patterns of expenditure in schools and their effects, particularly in relation to disadvantaged pupils. More on this can be found on the NFER website.
The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation Impact Assessment: Year 4
In September 2013, The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation (SpringBoard) commissioned NFER to undertake a five-year evaluation to December 2018, exploring the effectiveness and impacts of SpringBoard. Published on Friday 12 January, this is the fourth report based on consultations with SpringBoard pupils and member schools.


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Spotlight on multi-academy trusts: A new NFER blog series
Our latest blog series puts the spotlight on multi-academy trusts (MATs). NFER's Karen Wespieser and Jens Van den Brande address what we know so far about the outcomes for pupils in MATs, three areas where there is a growing evidence base about MATs and what the Department for Education's newest Statistical First Release on MAT performance tells us. 


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Other News
NFER lead tributes to Vice-President David Whitbread

We were very sad to hear the news last week of the sudden passing of Vice President David Whitbread, aged 81. David was a strong supporter of NFER for many years whilst working for the Local Government Association, and he served as Treasurer and Vice Chair on our Board of Trustees. He was named Vice-President in 2012, serving in that role until his death. We are extremely grateful for all that he did for the organisation and send our deepest sympathies to his family. Anyone who wants to share their memories of David is encouraged to do so via the comments section on our tribute page linked. Read More
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In times of austerity and budget cuts, it’s important to identify where money can do the most good in schools

In this blog post, economist Maire Williams discusses NFER's latest research and her experience at a recent Westminster Education Forum on the hot topic of school funding.
Popular NFER blog posts of 2017

From the shock general election to the long-awaited careers strategy, what a year 2017 was in the world of education. Take a look back at some of our most popular blog posts of the year.
Product News
New Spring 2018 Primary Portfolio

We are delighted to share with you our new Spring 2018 Primary Portfolio, including some of the exciting updates we have made to our range of products and services. Highlights include: new Key Stage 1 assessments, additional free resources and the Analysis and Marking Service for 2018 (find out more about this service below).
In the Media
A successful careers offer

In this issue of Sec Ed magazine, Dorothy Lepkowska looks at research into how London schools are successfully delivering independent and impartial careers guidance. Read More
Evidence-based resources: Do they make a difference?

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. Looking at two new studies undertaken by NFER, writer Dorothy Lepkowska explains more in this issue of Headteacher Update.
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Shaping careers

In Leader magazine, NFER senior research manager Claudia Sumner says the government’s new careers strategy is a step in the right direction, but research shows that a combination of measures are required for a successful, long-term solution to careers guidance.

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6 February 2018
An introduction to age-appropriate summative assessment in KS1

In a free 30 minute afternoon webinar, NFER test developer Heather Bamforth, will demonstrate our new NFER assessments for Years 1 and 2.
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22 February 2018
Policy-UK Forum

Senior Research Manager, Sarah Lynch will be speaking about teacher retention rates at the Policy-UK Forum Next Steps for the UK Teaching Profession - Teacher Training, Recruitment and Retention. She is currently leading research which forms part of NFER’s own portfolio of work relating to the school workforce.
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