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PISA: some reasons to
be cheerful

Coverage of the recent PISA results may have left many feeling the year was ending on a low note for UK education, but positive stories among the information gathered as part of the survey should give England's schools a little Christmas cheer...
A seasonal greeting
As 2013 draws to a close, NFER would like to wish all our colleagues and supporters in schools and other partner organisations the very best for the festive season - here's to a happy and successful New Year.

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Carole takes the helm
We are delighted to introduce our new Chief Executive Carole Willis, who has taken over the role from Sue Rossiter this week. Carole was formerly Director of Research and Analysis at the Department for Education.

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Other news
Councils' views on the effectiveness of the 16-19 commissioning process

Around half of the council respondents we surveyed for their views on the current approach to commissioning education and training provision for 16-19 year olds reported that overall, local provision was effective. More...
Research into the impact of Project Maths on student achievement, learning and motivation

NFER found emerging evidence that this major reform of post-primary maths curriculum and assessment in the Republic of Ireland has had positive impacts on students’ experiences of, and attitudes towards, the subject. More...
Evaluation of the Bracknell Forest Council Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Service (DAPS)

Pioneering work at Bracknell Forest Council seems to be effectively changing behaviour among perpetrators of domestic abuse, according to a study by the reason network co-led by NFER and Research in Practice. More...
Latest blogs
Great Expectations

In her first blog post as our new Chief Executive, Carole Willis sets out her vision of what the Foundation can achieve and its role in providing schools with answers to 'what works' in improving education. More...
How do you solve a problem like impact?

What does impact look like for an organisation such as NFER that, among other activities, itself helps others to evaluate their impact? Part of the answer, explains Ben Durbin, lies in 'theory of change' thinking... More...
Evidence use: what's the evidence?

Amid all the many and varied discussions about the need to bring more evidence into the classroom, how much do we really know about how to bring evidence to bear in educational practice, asks Julie Nelson. More...
Schools update
The write stuff

Our new practical guides to assessing pupils' writing at key stage 2 offer clear advice on assessing pupils' work against the new curriculum and its emphasis on grammar. More...
Let's talk about tech

Futurelab at NFER is inviting schools to join the UK’s first National Focus Group for tech-minded teachers on 10 January 2014, as part of a project to bring together schools that have embedded technology effectively. More...
How to... do research

Looking in-depth into particular research methods, these succinct guides will take practitioners step-by-step through the benefits and limitations of various approaches at each stage of their enquiry. More...
News for schools

The latest thinking from the latest research, plus evidence-based solutions for school improvement. Free every month... More...

15 January 2014
North of England Education Conference

Tami McCrone and Kelly Kettlewell will be speaking about 'Engaging the Disengaged'; and NFER will be exhibiting at Stand 9, where you can discover more about our research, products and services. More...
15 January 2014
reason webinar

Join this interactive session on Evaluating Training Impact, which will highlight some of the key messages around supporting the transfer of learning into practice. More...
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