September 2016 Research Publications Schools About
Our new portfolio of products and services

Our Autumn Primary portfolio showing our new range of products and services was emailed to all primary schools in England and Wales before the end of the summer term and is available online. We have received some very positive feedback. Copies of the primary and secondary portfolio have been mailed to schools this month. Look out for your copy. 

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Engaging Teachers: NFER analysis of teacher retention
Recruiting and retaining teachers is a key challenge facing education in England. Following NFER research shedding light on the numbers of teachers leaving the profession and where they go, this new report explores how engaged and supported teachers feel and their intention to remain or to leave. 

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NFER Tests Suite 2 autumn available for delivery in 10 working days
NFER Tests Suite 2 autumn and summer now provides two sets of tests, one for use in the autumn term and one for use in the summer term to help measure pupil progress. Autumn mathematics, reading, grammar and punctuation and spelling tests can be ordered now for delivery in 10 working days. 

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NFER welcomes Ofqual confirmation of first National Reference Test (NRT) in 2017
Ofqual has confirmed that the first NRT will be taken by 18,000 students in February and March 2017. The test aims to provide evidence on changes in performance over time in GCSE English and Mathematics in England at the end of Year 11.

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Engaging practitioners with evidence
A new blog focuses on the importance of understanding gaps in the evidence base, and how it is used by policy makers and practitioners in Wales.

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What's so hard about developing spelling tests?
Building a useful and appropriate spelling test requires assessment expertise and experience, argues Research Manager Laura Lynn in her blog. 

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Free NFER Webinar: The principles of an effective assessment - What makes a good assessment?
On Thursday 13 October at 3.30pm, Katherine Fowler, from NFER's Centre for Assessment will present this 45-minute webinar for Primary schools.

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Reforming careers advice and guidance in England 
Thursday 13 October 2016, Westminster Employment Forum, Central London
Senior Research Manager Tami McCrone will be speaking on a panel on options for schools to improve the quality of their careers provision at this seminar. 

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