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Special Edition:
recommended reads 2013

Welcome to this special edition of NFER Direct, which showcases some of the research and publications which have proved the most popular among NFER Direct readers over the past 12 months. We hope you find something to inform and inspire among them!
Latest blog
Dr Newman Burdett, Head of International Comparisons at NFER, looks at how to shape a maths education that can be enjoyed by all learners, rather than endured by many.

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Latest news
The latest in our series of NFER Thinks policy papers seeks to move the debate on GCSE maths forward by calling for whole-system, rather than piecemeal reform.

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Published Research - five reader favourites
Review of the school leadership landscape

This joint research by NFER and the Institute of Education offers a snapshot of a changing educational landscape prior to changes such as the new Ofsted framework and national curriculum review. More...
Indicators to identify the disengaged

As part of a suite of work on young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), our researchers developed a checklist of indicators to help teachers understand why a student may switch off from learning. More...
Game-based learning: latest evidence and future directions

Our review of research into game-based learning suggests that while they can increase engagement, video games should not be relied upon in the classroom to improve students' levels of attainment. More...
Spending priorities for the Pupil Premium

What are schools' top three priorities when it comes to spending their Pupil Premium, and how do they decide what approaches to adopt? The Sutton Trust asked NFER's Teacher Voice Omnibus Survey to find out. More...
Rapid Review of parental engagement and narrowing the gap in attainment for disadvantaged children

Evidence shows that parental engagement can improve academic performance among disadvantaged children, and that schools can contribute significantly to enabling this. More...
Top three guides
Education on the web

This tool-kit is designed to help anyone in education navigate straight to the information they really need - an essential companion for any busy education professional doing their own research! More...
RCT favourite

Our Guide to running randomised controlled trials for educational researchers is still a big hit three years after its publication - thanks to its clear explanations of using this increasingly popular research method in educational contexts. More...
NEET solutions

Drawn from NFER's From Education to Employment research; Preventing young people from becoming NEET: A practical guide for headteachers offers help and advice on supporting young people to make positive post-16 transitions. More...
News for schools

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