December 2015 Research Publications Schools About
Shining light on the evidence around teacher supply

As 2015 draws to a close, this NFER report provides new insights into the nature of the current teacher supply challenge, exploring and seeking to reconcile the messages from different data sources on the complex issues involved.

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What makes a good Early Years assessment?
A good baseline assessment will enable teachers to demonstrate the progress pupils make during their seven years in primary school. What makes a good Early Years assessment? Heather Bamforth and Catherine Kirkup discuss. 

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Oasis Innovation use Enquiring Schools
Oasis Innovation Teaching School Alliance are using the NFER Enquiring Schools programme to bring their outstanding school leaders together to learn more about how they can use research and enquiry for school improvement planning. 

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Take part in Preliminary Reference Test
Invitations to participate in the March 2016 Preliminary Reference Test have been sent to schools. This is a great opportunity for secondary schools to take part in this important new initiative ahead of the first live National Reference Test in 2017. 

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Summer-born pupils -what's the evidence?
The Government recently decided to give parents of summer-born children the right to delay their child's entry to reception. In this article published in Headteacher Update, NFER's Jack Worth considers the implications of the policy.

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A Review of Technical Education
This NFER rapid literature review, commissioned by the Association of Colleges, identifies the key characteristics and essential elements of teaching and learning in technical and vocational education. 

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The most viewed NFER blogs from 2015

The truth about Phonics Screening Check
Published in July 2015, this highly viewed blog looks at the evaluation into the impact of the Phonics Screening Check.

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What is a coasting school?
In May 2015 this blog discussed the Secrectary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan's, plans for coasting schools following her announcement. 

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Baseline assessment - a matter of principle
Marian Sainsbury looked at what constitutes a 'principled' baseline assessment in February 2015, publicising her conclusions in this popular blog.

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