November 2017 Research Publications Schools About
Save up to 10% on KS2 NFER Tests until 31 December

Thousands of schools have already used NFER Tests to help monitor attainment and progress in and across Years 3, 4 and 5. Until 31 December 2017, you can benefit from our seasonal discount when purchasing NFER Tests for multiple terms, including new Spring Tests at Key Stage 2. 

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Free download: The delivery of careers education and guidance
Last week, NFER and London Councils published London Ambitions Research: Shaping a Successful Careers Offer for all Young Londoners, a new report which identifies emerging promising practice in the delivery of careers education and guidance (CEG) through ‘London Ambitions’ careers strategy. Alongside the report is an accessible PowerPoint guide for school senior leaders and teachers.

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Your KS1 assessment questions answered
We have recently launched a new range of NFER Tests for use in Years 1 and 2. In this 'Ask an Expert' feature written for Teach Primary magazine, Anne Kispal introduces these assessments and explains why our new tests are a reliable complement to national testing. Traditionally, NFER publications include limited assessment material for KS1; Anne also explains why we have published tests to support Years 1 and 2.

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Forthcoming research on Teacher Retention and Turnover
Next month, we'll be publishing more insights from our teacher retention and turnover research, funded by the Nuffield Foundation. This will follow the interim report published in October which presented key findings and recommendations including more and better part-time working opportunities in secondary schools.

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How does your school compare nationally and internationally?
Our PISA-Based Test for Schools service is designed to help you assess and analyse how well your 15-year-olds can apply their knowledge of reading, mathematics and science to real-life situations compared to their peers nationally and worldwide. You have until 6 December to take part in this service in January 2018. 

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View our Year 1 assessment sample materials
Sample materials showing the types of questions you would see in our age-appropriate and engaging Year 1 assessments are now available to view on the website. You can also view a full range of sample materials for Years 3, 4 and 5. 

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Events and Blogs

Recruitment  and Retention Masterclass
21 February 2018, Exeter
Our Head of Impact, Karen Wespieser will be speaking at the Recruitment and Retention Masterclass in Exeter. The talk will involve our latest research into teacher retention and engagement and outline the protective factors associated with teacher retention, including job satisfaction and support from managers. 

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Are secondary free schools really achieving what they’re supposed to? NFER’s Chloe Rush asks the question in our latest blog post which first appeared in TES. We will be publishing more analysis about both primary and secondary free schools in the first quarter of 2018.

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