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July 2012
Latest published research Events Support for schools Futurelab
A change for the better

Effective teaching is a crucial element in securing good outcomes for young people, but what are the main factors that lead to positive change in teaching practice? NFER maps the key research evidence to find out.
Summing up

With the Lords Science and Technology Committee calling for action to boost student numbers in STEM subjects this week, what can NFER research reveal about the state of STEM education in UK schools? Raising rural aspirations

NFER research into the aspirations of young people in rural areas has inspired Somerset Community Foundation to set up a mentoring scheme encouraging youngsters to spread their wings.
Latest Published Research
A Wellcome contribution to STEM studies

Between 2009 and 2011, eight Camden schools were funded by the Wellcome Trust to develop interdisciplinary projects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics - with impressive results... More...
Art and minds

Being authentic, inspiring and child-centred are among the benchmarks of high quality work by artists and cultural organisations with schools, according to this study for Arts Council England. More...
Organisation of the academic year in HE 2012/13

This publication from Eurydice shows how the academic year is structured in relation to the start of the year, term times, holidays and examination periods. More...
Organisation of school time in Europe: Primary and general secondary education 2012/13

This Eurydice document indicates when the school year starts and how term and holiday dates fall. More...
Support for schools
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Why not sign up to our sister e-newsletter NFER Direct for Schools? Designed with teachers in mind, its mix of news and expert advice is aimed at educators from primary to FE. Subscribe here...
The gentle art of persuasion

What's the best way of persuading parents that their views really do matter in shaping future developments at your school? We look at the best strategies for engaging parents in attitude surveys. More...
The NFER Research Programme
Progress in practice

'What makes classrooms consistently great places to learn?' is just one of the questions driving the next phase of work in the NFER Research Programme - Developing the Education Workforce. Watch the video...
Support for Local Authorities
Local Authorities' approaches to children's trust arrangements

NFER investigates how LAs are fulfilling their duty to promote
co-operation with partners to improve children and young people's health and wellbeing. More...
Tailored support in here

This report highlights examples of the tailored consultancy support local authorities have received from the National Youth Agency (NYA) to help with their youth offer. More...
Futurelab at NFER
Classroom alchemy

The Enquiring Schools programme is helping Wilmington Grammar School for Boys turn every lesson into an outstanding learning experience. More...
Out to launch

Pathway in the UK is developing a programme of workshops that will start in September. We will also launch two competitions; one for students and one for teachers. More...
Dynamic duo

Teachers from Futurelab Enquiring Schools Wilmington Grammar School for Girls and City Academy Norwich have been selected as Pilot teachers for the inGenious European project. More...
iTEC updates

Futurelab brought teachers together in Bristol this month to finalise work on its penultimate set of iTEC scenarios. More...
Keeping in touch

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29 August - 1 September 2012
EECERA 22nd Annual Conference

NFER early years expert Caroline Sharp will be giving two papers at this event based on recent research into targeting services on the most needy families, and highly effective leadership of children's centres. More...
26 September 2012
CPD workshop: Independent Learners

Join Futurelab for this workshop looking at creative ways of boosting learner independence. More...
16 October 2012
CPD workshop: The Flipped Classroom

Futurelab explores the new trend in education: flipped classrooms. So what's it all about? More...
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