February 2013
Latest published research Events Support for schools Futurelab
Why scrapping the EBC is good news for NEETS

NFER has welcomed the decision not to replace GCSEs with English Baccalaureate Certificates, saying the new qualification could have been detrimental to young people already at risk of disengaging from education.
Traineeships on the right track

NFER's response to a government consultation on Traineeships for 16-24 years olds concludes the proposed scheme contains the right elements to address the skills gap among these young people.
Can your school set a good example?

Does your school have an effective strategy for re-engaging students in learning that could be shared across the sector? Find out how your work could be independently evaluated and disseminated as part of an exciting new project...
Latest Published Research
European Survey on Language Competences:
Language Proficiency in England

Intercultural exchanges provide a boost for foreign language skills among English secondary school pupils, according to the findings of this survey for the Department for Education. More...
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP)
in the UK

MYP students demonstrate greater awareness of global issues, greater interest in understanding other cultures and sense of civic responsibility (local and global) than other students in the UK. More...
Educational Research journal - out now!

Bringing together robust research from all areas of the field this journal, edited by NFER since 1958, provides a leading forum for informed thinking on issues of contemporary concern in education. More...
Support for schools
A step forward in optional assessment

This week sees the official launch of the new NFER Tests - developed in response to teachers' calls for a fresh alternative to existing assessments, with up-to-date content and current standardisation. More...
Go compare on questionnaires

When running surveys for parents for pupils and staff, how do you know what constitutes a good answer? Comparing your responses to a national data set will put you in the picture. More...
Support for Local Authorities
The longer term impact of safeguarding children peer reviews

This study seeks to provide evidence of the value of the safeguarding children peer review programme, highlighting how they have supported local authorities in implementing their plans for improvement. More...
Win an iPad2!

European project PathwayUK is offering science teachers the chance to win an iPad2 by sharing their most successful inquiry-based activity or lesson. More...
NFER Direct for Schools

News, expert advice and the latest research for school leaders and teachers. Sign up now...

6 March 2013
Whole Education Regional Conference

Take advantage of a 10 per cent discount to come and talk to us us about innovation, improvement and inspiration at this regional event with the theme Journeys to Outstanding.
8-9 March 2013
Education Innovation: conference and exhibition

Head of Futurelab research Niel McLean will be joining the debate on social media in schools, and giving a seminar on five pieces of research every teacher should know about. More...
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