July 2014 Research Publications Schools About
Bringing research to the chalkface

How do we translate research resources into better teaching and learning in class? This is one of the key questions NFER and United Learning sought to answer in a new guide for school leaders drawn from a collaborative research study.
Upskill battle for STEM
Post-16 provision in STEM subjects is being undermined by a lack of time for staff to develop their skills and knowledge in line with the pace of change in their subject areas, NFER has found.

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Sobering up?
Falls in drinking and smoking among young people have been widely reported this week after publication of the latest Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People in England report.

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Other news
School Exclusion Trial Evaluation

NFER and The Institute of Education examined evidence from schools who took part in a pilot scheme to test the benefits of having greater responsibilty for pupils who had been, or were at risk of being, excluded. More...
Financing Schools in Europe:
Mechanisms, Methods and Criteria in Public Funding

Covering 27 of the 28 EU member states as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey, this latest report from the Eurydice Network provides a framework for understanding school funding systems in Europe. More...
Mid-point evaluation of the Lead and Emerging Practitioner School Tranche 1 Pathfinder Project

The Welsh Government commissioned NFER to assess the effectiveness of an initiative to raise standards within primary and secondary schools in Wales by facilitating school-to-school support. More...
Evaluation of the Second Year of PRIME

Our researchers found that law firms taking part in the PRIME work experience scheme continue to be successful in reaching students who would not otherwise have have access to such opportunities. More...
Latest blogs
Why intervention is better than cure

ASCL's Karleen Dowden offers some insights for schools on using the summer planning period to focus on careers provision, while NFER bloggers tackle the use of RCTs in education, and the high-stakes issue of low-level child neglect. More...
Schools news
Survey snapshots

Surveys can seem like a great idea to inform planning - until you have to wade through a lengthy report to get to the good stuff! But as Elstow School in Bedford discovered, NFER School Surveys keep things short and sweet. More...
Papers at the ready

Optional tests are an essential part of any school's assessment programme, and NFER Tests for Years 3, 4 and 5 will be available to order throughout the summer break ready for the new academic year. More...
Maths results boost

Maths results have exceeded expectations at The Grove Academy thanks, in part, to an evidence-based approach to school improvement supported by the Enquiring Schools programme. Next up? Literacy... More...
Careers - in brief

Spare a thought for careers provision by using our free audit tool to establish CEIAG priorities for next year. Developed with ASCL, ATL and the 157 Group, the tool forms part of a good practice brief for school and college leaders. More...
Summer holiday

NFER Direct for Schools is taking a break for the summer, but will be back with the latest news, views and research for educators in September. Sign up here...

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