Building schools for the future (BSF)
School report B+ for attendance but C- for attainment

This article reports research based on Partnerships for Schools’ published list of completed BSF projects as of 21 July 2010 and the latest available version of the National Pupil Database. It suggests that whilst at this stage attainment at BSF schools is not yet improving at the rate possibly expected at the start of the programme, there are potentially some early signs of improved attendance.

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Just published

Assessment for learning in primary science: practices and benefits
This review, based on the longer literature review A literature review of Assessment for Learning in science, will be useful for teachers, headteachers and policymakers interested in science and how AfL can help teaching and learning.
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A practical guide to managing school reorganisation in Welsh local authorities
This guidance has been commissioned by the 21st Century Schools programme team based at the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) for local authorities in Wales to use in developing strategic programmes.
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Assessing the international dimension in schools in Wales: Phase II
In conjunction with DCELLS, Welsh Local Authorities, Estyn, Cambridge Education and the OECD, the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and CEWC-Cymru have been working closely with the British Council on measuring the impact of the International Dimension in Education in schools in Wales, primarily through the development and trialling of a self-assessment tool and accompanying guidance material.
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School resources

Research-engaged school/college award

Find out how to apply for this research award from NFER, in partnership with Learning and Skills Improvement Service, Institute for Learning, National Union of Teachers, National College and Education Journal. The award is to recognise schools and colleges that are using research to improve teaching and learning.

There is no fee to apply, and the process is very simple. Just tell us about your research and we will assess it against set criteria. We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your applications! For further information please email or call Allie on 01753 637 155.
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NFER attitude surveys

NFER now offers attitude surveys for pupils and parents which schools can use to aid their self-evaluation and look at the (former) ECM outcome areas. Go to our website for more information. To register your interest contact the team on 01753 637300 or email.
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News and Events

LSRN conference 2010, travelling together evidence for practice in the Learning and Skills Sector
London, 25th November

NFER will be exhibiting, and presenting a workshop, Using the internet to find research, at the LSRN annual conference. The workshop will equip you with the knowledge and skills to find educational research on the internet for work, CPD or personal study.
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NEEC conference 2011, our world, our future
Blackpool, 5th - 7th January 2011

NFER will be exhibiting at the North of England Education Conference, hosted this time by Blackpool Council. This event is an ideal networking and learning opportunity for senior decision makers in education, Children's Services and associated organisations.
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LSIS Research Conference 2011, the new world we're in: implications for research and practitioner enquiry in the learning and skills sector
Park Plaza Victoria, London, 1st March 2011

LSIS have announced details of their 2011 Research Conference. Keynote speakers will include Professor Gert Biesta; Professor of Education University of Stirling, who will examine the role of research and practitioner enquiry in relation to new approaches to accountability.
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Eurydice and INCA news

The structure of the European Education Systems 2010/11:schematic diagram
This recently updated publication shows, in diagramatic format, the structure of the education systems from pre-primary to higher education level in the 31 countries participating in the Eurydice Network.
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Compulsory education in Europe 2010/11
This recently updated table shows the duration of compulsory education in the 31 countries participating the Eurydice Network.
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Preparing for your study visit
Eurydice at NFER has recently updated its factsheet 'Preparing for your study visit', aimed at UK participants in study visits to other European countries, e.g. through the Transversal programme.
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Compulsory age of starting school in European countries
This table includes information on school starting ages in 34 European countries.
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Admission to upper secondary education
The Eurydice National Unit for the Czech Republic placed an enquiry to the Eurydice information network on education in Europe on admission to (upper) secondary school. This briefing summarises the responses from 15 European countries.
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