October 2017 Research Publications Schools About
Delivering a reception baseline

In this paper in the NFER Thinks series, Catherine Kirkup outlines in more detail what will be required of the new reception baseline assessment if it is to enable fair and consistent comparisons across schools in this new high-stakes accountability regime.

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Get ready for Anti-Bullying Week with NFER School Surveys
NFER's Safety and Bullying Pupil Surveys are a great way to gain valuable insight into any bullying issues at school. They also provide comparison to national trends so that you can benchmark your results to help your school with improvement planning.

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More and better part-time opportunities needed for secondary school teachers
At a time of continued concerns over teacher shortages in England, this new NFER report 'Teacher retention and turnover research' explores the factors associated with teacher retention and turnover and offers recommendations for policymakers. You can also view a five minute overview video of the key findings here

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National Reference Test dates announced for 2018
The second annual National Reference Test (NRT) will be held between 19 February and 2 March 2018. The test will be administered by NFER representatives and 350 schools will be selected to take part.

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Apprenticeships In England – are they working?
In this recent NFER blog, Researcher Zoe des Clayes reviews the latest DfE statistical first release on apprenticeship figures. 

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Leading character education in schools

Last week, NFER with the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and Pearson issued case studies of senior school leaders’ first-hand experiences of leading character education, together with a new research-based practice guide. 

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Third Space: Assessment in practice
4 November 2017, Bristol 
Our Senior Research Managers, Jane Nicholas and Frances Brill, will be presenting at the Chartered College of Teaching Third Space event which focuses on assessment in practice. They will present on ‘What makes a good assessment’. 
Establishing or Joining Multi-Academy Trusts
29 November 2017, London
Our Head of Impact, Karen Wespieser, will be speaking on ‘What does research say about the success of the Multi-Academy Trust movement and has enough research been conducted to tangibly argue the benefits of MATs?'.

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