April 2014 Research Publications Schools About
Careers: a clear brief for schools and colleges

Careers education is a hot topic at the moment, so NFER has come together with ASCL, ATL and 157 Group to offer some clear and practical ways for schools and colleges to assess their own careers provision, and develop a workable approach for this important area.
Admissions under scrutiny
How do vulnerable children fare in the school admissions system? We interviewed families and carers to find out as part of an investigation by the Office of the Children's Commissioner.

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Positive PISA result
Some good PISA news this month, with our updated report for England now including results showing England's 15-year-olds have particularly good problem-solving skills.

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Other news
Key data on music education hubs 2013

Our analysis found that hubs are engaging with the majority of state-funded schools in their areas, providing pupils with opportunities to play instruments and sing both in class and through ensembles and choirs. More...
Latest blogs
Evolutionary tactics

Understanding teachers' engagement with research - exemplified in the grassroots ResearchEd movement - is key to evidence-led evolution of the profession argues guest blogger Matt Inniss. More...
Learning from others' experience

What lessons can education learn from other professions, such as medicine, about being more evidence informed? Clare O'Beirne considers some approaches from different contexts. More...
PISA performance: looking for answers

Rebecca Wheater ponders the latest PISA data, and why looking at what lies behind England's strengths in problem-solving can help address relative weaknesses in other areas such as reading and maths. More...
Schools update
Understanding RCTs

Our new guide, How to... Run Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs): An Introduction, is designed to demystify the RCT process for busy teachers who want to find out more about this research method. More...
Talking about CPD

National teaching school Fallibroome Academy took an enquiry-based approach to CPD with support from Futurelab at NFER. Find out about the experiences of one of its teachers and Assistant Principal in our latest videos. More...
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3 May 2014
NTEN ResearchEd York

Senior research manager Matt Walker will be running an interactive session on the importance of self-evaluation, and sharing tools developed by NFER to capture evidence of impacts from CPD/school improvement work. More...
20 May 2014
reason webinar

Join the reason research team, and colleagues from Cambridgeshire County Council involved in children's participation, for this interactive session on 'Embedding the voice of children and young people in service evaluations'. More...
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