December 2014 Research Publications Schools About
Wrapping up a productive year

It's been an eventful end to the year at NFER; with the appointment of Lesley Duff as our new Director of Research, the launch of our latest policy paper... not to mention our messages for the next government on education. So as we wind down from a busy 2014, we would like to wish you all the very best for the festive season, and look forward to welcoming you back in 2015.
A moment for parity
Changing attitudes towards vocational education is the vital next step in transforming our education system, argues the latest in our NFER Thinks series of policy papers.

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NFER has become a partner in the Coalition for Evidence-based Education (CEBE), working with the Institute for Effective Education to provide CEBE's secretariat.

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Other news
Young adults' skills in England: further analyses

These three analyses of data from the OECD's 2012 Survey of Adult Skills offer new evidence about how the skills of young adults in England compare to other countries, and the implications of these differences. More...
Evaluation of the Start Programme: Case-study report

Our researchers found that Start has acted as a catalyst for growing and sustaining creative activities and created a lasting legacy of arts engagement between case-study schools and arts venues. More...
NFER Teacher Voice Omnibus - questions for the Department for Education: March to May 2014 and May to June 2014

This report details responses from our teacher panels on a range of issues, including the new National Curriculum, secondary school accountability, and universal free school meals for primary schools. More...
Featured blog: Green shoots at the grassroots

Guest blogger Alex Quigley reflects on the possibilities for a self-improving teaching profession afforded by the growing grassroots support for evidence-informed practice and Research Leads in schools. More...
Also on TheNFER Blog...

This month, NFER bloggers have been looking at new evidence on young adults' skills, proposals for a College of Teaching and value for money in education; while guest blogger Andrew Morris explores research engagement in FE. More...
Schools news
Yuletide reading

If one of your New Year resolutions is to engage more in and with research, kick back with our great value How to collection, offering practical pointers on five key topics to get you started. More...
Latest article

In this piece for Headteacher Update, Dr Julie Nelson discusses the questions schools should be asking when trying to determine who should be conducting research. More...
On your marks...

Our time-saving service is now available to all primary schools, offering independent analysis and marking of NFER Tests - reading and mathematics tests for Years 3,4 and 5. More...
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5 February 2015
Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar

Dr Julie Nelson NFER Research Director (Impact) will co-present with Professor Ian Menter on the subject of developing teachers’ engagement with research. More...
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