March 2016 Research Publications Schools About
What do we know about academies?

Academies hit the headlines again this month as a result of the Budget and publication of the Education White Paper.  What does it mean to become an academy and what do we actually know about the effects of academisation on school performance?  Check out our information and research.

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What makes for an effective assessment?
In the uncertain world of assessment without levels, it is paramount that schools opt for solutions founded on experience and research.  In a recent piece in Headteacher Update Dorothy Lepkowska looks at how NFER puts together its pupil assessments.

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Lexden Springs launches Enquiring Schools Programme
Lexden Springs School caters for young people who have complex learning difficulties.  During their NFER Enquiring Schools launch day, staff developed their own enquiries about aspects of communication, emotional expression and self-care.

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Save teacher time with NFER Analysis and Marking Service
NFER Analysis and Marking service is available for our new NFER Tests Suite 2 summer. The deadline for orders for the summer tests is
15 April 2016, with the reports available from week beginning
4 July.

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Evidence-informed education
In a recent article in SecEd magazine, Gareth Mills explored why there is increasing enthusiasm from teachers for an evidence-informed education system and looks at some examples from schools already adopting this approach.

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PISA-Based Test for Schools available now
PISA-Based Test for Schools is a school assessment based on the OECD's PISA study. It assesses how well 15-year-old students can apply their knowledge of mathematics, reading and science to real-life situations and unfamiliar contexts.

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Education Show
17-19 March 2016

NFER is at the Education Show.  Come and see us on stand D59 where our assessment experts will be available to talk to you.

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Susie Bamford discusses teacher recruitment issues in deprived areas and Gareth Mills describes how teachers 'weave a little magic' to bring evidence alive in the classroom.

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