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December 2012
Latest published research Events Support for schools Futurelab
Digging the data on TIMSS and PIRLS

Beyond the headlines about rankings and performance, what does the detailed data from large scale international surveys such as TIMSS and PIRLS 2011 tell us about England's education system?
Season's reading:
Impact Review 2012

As we come to the end of what's been a challenging year in education, we would like to wish you all a happy Holiday - and if you find some time during your well-earned festive break, take a look at some of what NFER has been doing throughout this year in our 2012 Impact Review. Some NEET ideas

Last week NFER brought together a panel of experts from education, employment and local government for a lively discussion about getting the UK's young unemployed back into work - with interesting results.
Latest Published Research
Evaluation of the European Space Education Resource Office

Teachers report that the activities and support offered by ESERO-UK have led to positive impacts on students, including on their enjoyment of STEM subjects and interest in further STEM study. More...
Enabling school-driven system leadership

How do high-performing countries enable school-driven systems leadership? Evidence suggests that successful systems tend to have in common a middle tier that is distinct from national government. More...
Qualitative evaluation of the National Science Learning Centre

Can an £11 million state-of-the-art CPD facility create better science teachers? Our findings suggest that pupils are benefiting from a wider range of teaching approaches and contexts it inspires. More...
Support for schools
Speaking up on school matters

Headteachers tell us that one of the things their stakeholders most value about our attitude surveys is NFER's independence, which allows respondents to offer honest opinions with complete anonymity. Watch the video...
Pictures of progress

Schools that have ordered STA optional tests in Years 3, 4 and 5 can now take advantage of our analysis and marking service to save hours of staff time and provide snapshots of pupils' progress. More...
The proof of the pudding...

In June 2012, almost 6000 pupils from 84 schools across England sat the new NFER tests in reading and mathematics for Years 3, 4 and 5 as part of the standardisation process. What did their teachers think? More...
The NFER Research Programme
Engaging the disengaged

Building on the recent series of From Education to Employment reviews, this report examines the impact of interventions which aim to support 14-16 year olds at risk of temporary disconnection from learning. More...
From the archive
Reasons to be cheerful - being a 12 year old boy who eats dinner with his family

As many of us prepare to sit round the Christmas dinner table, this survey from 2010 is a gentle reminder about the value young people can derive from occasions such as this. More...
Hosts needed

Is your school or organisation interested in hosting one of our free CPD workshops on the Genome Generation or Outdoor Inquiry as part of the Europe-wide Pathway project? More...
Sun, sea and science

Applications for funding to attend the Pathway summer school, being held in Crete next June, must be received by 16 January - so hurry to submit yours if you would like to participate! More...
CPD Workshops
16 January 2013
Challenge-based learning

18 January 2013
Independent learners

22 January 2013
The flipped classroom

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30 January 2013
Seminar: What can we believe about international surveys?

Dr Newman Burdett and Linda Sturman from NFER's Centre for International Comparisons explore issues surrounding international surveys such as PISA, TIMSS and PIRLS. More...
5 February 2013
reason webinar

This interactive session will offer some key pointers on developing an organisational research and evaluation strategy, and provide an opportunity to pick the brains of reason's experts. More...
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