'Trying to get by': consulting with children and young people on child poverty

This study involved in-depth discussions with children and young people living in some of the most deprived areas in the country. The findings revealed that:

  • Poverty has an adverse impact on children and young people's education, employment and social mobility, as well as more obvious disadvantages such as not being able to afford the same possessions or have the same opportunities as their peers.
  • Young people also talked about the stigma associated with being poor and about intimidation and bullying. They are also aware of the strain that living in poverty can place on family relationships.
  • Young people are worried about being trapped in a cycle of poverty. They are concerned about the current economic climate and the impact it might have on their own financial situation and that of their families.

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Early intervention, using the CAF process, and its cost effectiveness. Findings from LARC 3
During 2010, the 21 participating LAs in LARC undertook and documented local research projects with the aim of finding out to what extent the CAF process itself is cost effective,both in enabling better early intervention with a consequent reduction in the demand for more costly specialist services. This work (referred to later as LARC3) builds on the first two LARC projects conducted over the period 2007-09.
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Children and young people's views of education policy
Just over 2,000 children and young people participated in research which aimed to build, from the point of view of children and young people, a strong evidence base of what works in educational policy and what does not. The report will support the Children's Commissioner in her work to promote children's rights.
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Evaluation of the schools linking network
This report sets out the findings from NFER’s evaluation of the national pilot which was designed to extend the original linking programmes established in Bradford and Tower Hamlets.
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A review of preventative work in schools and other educational settings in Wales to address domestic abuse
This review of school based work to address domestic abuse, maps and reviews preventative work in schools and other educational settings.
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Education committee new inquiry: 16-19 participation in education and training
This document contains NFER’s submitted evidence to the Education Committee’s New Inquiry: 16-19 Participation in Education and Training.
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NFER for schools is committed to improving educational outcomes for children and young people. Working with schools as partners in research, we offer products and services that engage and excite, while providing valuable reports and information to help inform learning, teaching and assessment.


NFER attitude survey: pupils and parents

Helps you to gather information on pupils' and parents' attitudes towards your school, primary or secondary.

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NFER formative assessment service

NFER formative assessment service is an online assessment package for primary schools that helps you to:

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NFER analysis and marking service

Cost-effective analysis and marking service for QCDA optional tests for years 3, 4 and 5 in maths, reading, writing and spelling.

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Eurydice and INCA news
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Recommended annual taught time in full-time compulsory education in Europe 2009/10
Eurydice has published a collection of tables on the amount of time allocated to core subjects by grade/stage in full-time compulsory education in 31 European countries.
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