practical research for education issue 43 now available

This issue features a profile interview with Caroline Sharp, a well known researcher with over 20 years experience, and a tool-kit article on how to use the internet to find reliable research evidence. Other articles cover online learning using a virtual learning environment and the benefits of practitioner research.

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Just published

Local authority approaches to the school admissions process
This report sets out the findings from a recent investigation into the various approaches of the local authorities to the admissions process. The findings will be of interest to those involved in school admissions.
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Implementing Outcomes Based Accountability (OBA) in children's services: an overview of the process and impact
NFER was commissioned to identify the impact of the OBA approach on Local Authority practice in Children's Services through case studies, the findings are presented in a thematic report.
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Impact: NFER's research new for school magazine issue 3 available
Find out what our researchers are currently working on. Issue 3 of NFER's free magazine for schools is available in hard copy or to download. Please contact me if you would like to join the mailing list for Impact magazine.
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Evaluation of Learning Money Matters
This report presents the final findings of research carried out by the NFER, as part of an independent evaluation on behalf of Personal Finance Education Group (pfeg), of the Learning Money Matters (LMM) initiative. LMM provides help, support and advice for secondary schools in delivering personal finance education (PFE) to their students.
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Personal Finance Education: effective practice guide for schools
This document provides guidance aimed at those responsible for planning, co-ordinating and teaching personal finance education in secondary schools. It is based on the findings from research carried out by NFER on behalf of pfeg as part of an evaluation of LMM.
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Positivity in practice: approaches to improving perceptions of young people and their involvement in crime and anti-social behaviour
This NFER study highlights the range of approaches that Local Authority (LAs) and their partner organisations are undertaking to improve how young people are are perceived in their community.
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Press releases and other news from NFER

NFER needs you (if you are a teacher!)

We want to improve the way we work with schools and would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to respond to the this questionnaire – it’s only six questions.
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Teacher Voice Omnibus survey: robust and rapid results for a fraction of the cost of a bespoke survey

NFER’s popular Teacher Voice omnibus survey will be online again in November with questions covering a range of topical issues in education. Teacher Voice is completed by over 1,000 practicing teachers in England and was used by Sir Jim Rose’s Primary Review to gauge the profession’s responses to his emerging findings. Our survey has also been cited in evidence presented to the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee. Question costs start from £1,450 and anyone interested in running questions should contact Karen Lewis 01753 637297.
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Press release
Designing a new assessment system: messages for policymakers

The current assessment system is under review, providing a genuine opportunity to reconsider what assessments are used for, what information the government, policy makers and schools need, and to select the best way forward to respond to these needs. Read NFER’s advice to policymakers on designing a new system, based on a long history in assessment research and test development.
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BERA annual conference 2010
University of Warwick 1st September 2010

This year NFER, with CERUKplus will be exhibiting at the BERA annual conference. Come and listen to NFER’s specialist researchers discuss issues around education for employment and life, for those aged 16 and over. Visit our stand to see how our work spans all sectors of education.
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NCAS conference 2010 shaping the present, building the future
Manchester 3rd November 2010

This year, together with C4EO, we will be exhibiting at the NCASC conference. This annual event offers delegates the opportunity to come together, for three days, to discuss and debate the latest issues affecting children and adult services.
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LSRN annual conference
Friends House Euston Road London 25th November 2010

This year’s LSRN conference will be of interest to all those working in the Learning and Skills Sector. As well as exhibiting our latest research two of NFER’s information professionals will be hosting a workshop that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to find educational research on the internet for work, continuing professional development or personal study.
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Eurydice and INCA news

INCA comparative tables: June 2010 edition
Updated in June 2010, the INCA comparative tables provide a brief overview of key issues across the 21 INCA countries.
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