June 2016 Research Publications Schools About
Latest analysis on primary and secondary academy performance

In February 2016, 65% of secondary schools and 18% of primary schools were academies.  With the Government's stated ambition that every school should become an academy, our latest research carried out for the Local Government Association includes some of the first data on the performance of primary academies.

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Schools continue to use the Baseline Assessment
Schools are continuing to use the NFER Reception Baseline Assessment, despite the fact that the DfE is no longer using the results for accountability measures. Practitioners using our assessment found it to be a very useful tool for informing planning, providing an accurate baseline and highlighting pupil strengths and weaknesses. 

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Teacher Voice Omnibus survey in the news
Information obtained through our regular Teacher Voice omnibus survey continues to inform public debate on important issues in education. In June, the Sutton Trust and Education Endowment Fund reported on the use of funding for disadvantaged pupils after including questions in the March Teacher Voice survey.

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New educational graduate research programme
NFER has started a new graduate programme to recruit and develop the next generation of insightful and talented educational researchers. The two-year programme is designed to give a varied experience of our research areas of work and will be tailored to meet candidates' strengths and development needs. 

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Effective school-to-school partnership
Enabling teachers to instigate, develop and lead school improvement is an effective way forward in embedding educational reforms. This Headteacher Update article explains how it's worked in Wales through school-to-school partnerships.

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What should we make of the latest School Workforce statistics?
At a time when trainee targets are being missed and retaining teachers already in the profession is all the more important, Jack Worth discusses the implications of the latest School Workforce statistics.

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Successful Webinar for Teaching Schools

In a webinar delivered to education professionals, NFER's Head of Enquiring Schools, Gareth Mills, shared his knowledge on why and how engaging with research has helped schools. 

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NFER Tests Suite 2: Standardised scores now available
In addition to age-standardised scores, NFER Tests Suite 2 now includes results that are benchmarked nationally with standardised scores. Find out more about NFER Tests here.

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