Young people's aspirations in rural areas

The LG Group commissioned NFER to research young people’s aspirations in three rural local authorities (LAs): Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Cumbria. Young people from rural areas face distinct issues that can have a negative impact on their employment. The aim was to explore the influence and impact of low aspirations.

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Just published

Global School Partnerships: impact evaluation
The Global School Partnerships programme is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) with the aim of motivating young people’s commitment to a fairer, more sustainable world. DFID supports school partnerships that promote global education through the curriculum. In September/October 2010 NFER conducted, for DFID, a 'snapshot' evaluation to assess the impact of the Global School Partnerships (GSP) programme on the learning and attitudes of pupils throughout the UK in relation to global issues.
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Evaluation of City Challenge Leadership Strategies
The National College for Leadership of Schools and Children's Services commissioned NFER to carry out an independent evaluation of the City Challenge Leadership Strategies in the Black Country, Greater Manchester and London. The research looked at the Leadership Strategy provision in the three areas including how Teaching Schools, National and Local Leaders of Education (NLEs/LLEs) and School-to-School Partnerships support improvements in leadership and teaching in these regions.
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Evaluation of SHINE on Saturdays
The SHINE Trust commissioned NFER to evaluate the impact of its SHINE on Saturdays programme in 2010. The programme involves schools or other educational organisations providing a SHINE on Saturday school aimed at underachieving children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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The STEM cohesion programme: final report
NFER was commissioned by the then DCSF (now DfE) to evaluate the impact of the STEM Cohesion Programme on schools, colleges and stakeholders. This is the third and final report produced by the evaluation.
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Key stage 3 science teacher views of teacher assessment using Assessing Pupils' Progress (APP)
The project aimed to find out how teachers perceive the future of APP and its possible impact on teaching and learning.
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Vacancies for Board Members
NFER, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity, is seeking to appoint additional Trustees to support its further development and to act as advocates and ambassadors for the organisation. Applicants should have an interest in the contribution research and assessment can make to the effectiveness of teaching, learning and children’s services, and to raising standards. The NFER website contains additional information that you may find helpful. If you feel you have the knowledge,experience and skills to help take NFER forward, please email Janine Gray.
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Press release

Prospective universtiy students are re-considering their options
A survey carried out in June by NFER found that most pupils who were planning to attend university from September 2012 onwards, are re-considering their plans in light of the increase in tuition fees.
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Teachers and school heads salaries and allowances in Europe, 2009/10
Information on teachers' and school heads' salaries is now being collected annually by Eurydice and is presented in a new easy-to-read format for 31 education systems.
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Organisation of school time in Europe (primary and secondary education) - 2011/12
This document contains national data on the organisation of school time in primary and secondary education in 33 European countries, including the length of the school year, school term starting dates and the distribution of the school holidays.
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The organisation of the academic year in higher education - 2011/12
This document contains national data on the organisation of the higher education academic year in 33 European countries, including terms, holidays and examination periods.
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New from INCA

Curriculum specification in seven countries
The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) in Ireland commissioned a probe looking at how the curriculum is specified in seven countries and it has just been published.
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