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Looking forward to an
Evidence Spring

We are pleased to announce the launch of the NFER Blog, offering comment and analysis on key issues in education today. In the first post, chief executive Sue Rossiter reflects on the growing interest in better evidence and the better use of evidence, asking: 'Is what works enough?'
Screen stars?
Our review of research into game-based learning suggests that while they can increase engagement, video games should not be relied upon to improve students' attainment.

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Views on exclusion
Read the findings from our investigation for the Office of the Children's Commissioner, which have informed its Always Someone Else's problem report, published last week.

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Other news
Evaluation of the sector-led peer challenge programme

Mobilising early help to councils most in need and creating a culture of openness, trust, self-reflection and challenge are among the benefits felt by local authorities of this initiative. More...
What works in enabling school improvement?
The role of the middle tier

We look at the emerging role of middle-tier bodies, such as academy chains, in supporting school-led improvement in the current context of increased autonomy in the sector. More...
Recommended annual taught time in Europe

Against a background of ongoing debate about longer school days and shorter holidays, this Eurydice publication reveals the picture in compulsory education across Europe. More...
Latest articles
Let the games begin?

In this week's SecEd, Carlo Perrotta looks at the influence of video games in academic achievement, and offers some tips for teachers on getting the best from game-based learning. More...
Testing times

In Teach Primary this month, Liz Twist and Rebecca Clarkson from NFER's Centre for Assessment argue the case for summative assessment as a tool to move learning forward. More...
From the archive
Impact of school gardening on learning

With last week being National Gardening Week, what better time to take a look back at this study from 2010, examining the value of gardening in schools and its positive impact on children's learning and behaviour? More...
Schools update
Test marking tools

The answer booklets are in, so what do you do next to get the most useful information from them? We've added two new features to our optional tests package to help. More...
Surveys offer

Enjoy a 20 per cent discount off our attitude surveys when you order all three: for parents, pupils and staff - providing a rounded view of your school to feed into improvement plans. More...
Tackling transitions

Find advice on supporting young people to make effective transitions into further education or employment in the latest of our practical guides for headteachers. More...
Schools newsletter

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14 May 2013
Education ICT

Futurelab at NFER is pleased to be supporting this new event, launched in response to the current debates about changes to how IT will be taught and interpreted in schools. More...
22 May 2013
LSIS Annual Research Conference

NFER will be running a workshop on 'how can FE support young people to make successful transitions at 14?' at this event run by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service. More...
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