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August 2014 Research Publications Schools About
Recommended reads 2014

Welcome to this special edition of NFER Direct, featuring our annual roundup of some of the most popular pieces of research, thought leadership and practical guidance produced by the Foundation's experts over the past 12 months. Like to see more? Visit the publications area of our website for a host of free downloads.
Latest blog
It is time careers guidance was prioritised so that young people are guided into the university or job-focused routes that are right for them, says Tami McCrone.

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Latest news
NFER's Tami McCrone and Caroline Sharp will be leading a workshop on evaluating research evidence at this year's Research Ed conference, 6 September.

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Using Evidence in the Classroom: What Works and Why?

What is currently known about effective approaches to school and teacher engagement with research evidence, and what needs to change in order to embed them in practice? This literature review investigates. More...
PISA 2012 in the UK

The OECD's now famous global survey of the educational achievement of 15-year-olds was carried out in the UK by NFER on behalf of the respective governments - read the facts behind the headlines. More...
'We should have been helped from day one': A unique perspective from children, families and practitioners

More timely information and advice about available support was the message to local services from families experiencing neglect in this report from NFER's partnership project with Research in Practice, LARC5. More...
Thought leadership
Where have all the levels gone?

Following the demise of National Curriculum levels, this paper called on the education sector to develop a shared language for assessment to avoid uncertainty creeping into standards in pupil achievement. More...
Why mathematics education needs whole-system, not piecemeal reform

This NFER Thinks paper from August 2013 argues for a national consensus to develop clear and flexible routes through mathematics education to help every learner achieve their fullest potential. More...
Reading the signs

This toolkit, comprising a discussion aid and checklist, is designed to help schools understand the subtle factors which cause certain students to disengage from learning. More...
Careers Brief

Developed by NFER, ASCL, ATL and 157 Group, this evidence-based Brief offers clear and practical ways for schools and colleges to assess and improve their careers provision. More...
Ready to engage?

How do we translate research resources into better teaching and learning in class? This is one of the key questions in our resource for senior leaders to explore taking research engagement forward in their school. More...
The home front

'Prioritise communication' and 'don't forget fathers' are two of the key messages in our guide for primary schools on improving parental engagement in education among disadvantaged groups. More...
Schools news

NFER Direct for Schools will be back in September with all the latest research and analysis from our experts. More...

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