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Education spending:
lessons for lean times

With the Chancellor George Osborne declaring education spending to be 'the single best investment', the time is ripe to examine just how that investment should be spent. In a special edition of Educational Research, we present a collection of papers exploring the theme of value for money in education.
Family matters
Evidence shows that parental engagement in education can improve academic performance among disadvantaged children, and that schools can contribute significantly to enabling this.

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Up to the mark?
As final exams seem set to play a greater role in goverment plans for the GCSE, what does the latest evidence say about how the reliability of their marking process could be improved?

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Other news
Key competence development in school education in Europe

One of the first products of Futurelab at NFER's union with KeyCoNet, this research summary is designed to guide policy makers and practitioners in implementing key competences in their schools and curricula. More...
An evaluation of Poetry Train, 2011-12

Our findings suggest this Poetry Society initiative for student primary school teachers offers benefits all round by improving confidence and enthusiasm in teaching poetry. More...
Teacher Voice Omnibus Survey: school exclusions

Conducted as part of the School Exclusions Inquiry carried out by the Office for the Children's Commissioner, this survey reveals striking variability in teachers' awareness and understanding of good (and legal) practice in relation to exclusions. More...
Evaluation of the Phonics Screening Check:
First Interim Report

This report for the Department for Education (DfE) provides an overview of participating schools’ phonics teaching practices and the implementation and emerging impacts associated with the phonics screening check. More...
Latest blogs
Narrowing the gap, post-14 pathways and politics through the Google glass

Ofsted's Unseen Children report has given some NFER bloggers plenty of food for thought, while others ask if FE colleges are ready for 14-16 year olds, and consider how politics can reach the Facebook generation. More...
Eurydice news
Key Data on Teachers and School Leaders in Europe 2013

Most teachers in Europe are aged over 40, and are contractually obliged to work at least 35-40 hours a week, according to the findings of this new volume in the Key Data series of reports. More...
Schools update
Students warm to Summer Schools

Disadvantaged pupils have told NFER that they have fun, make new friends and feel more confident about starting secondary school after attending a Summer School during the holidays. More...
Reading for pleasure - it's in the bag

In this month's Headteacher Update, Harriet Weaving looks at the success of one scheme aimed at young readers which proves the gift of a book still has the power to enthrall. More...
A meeting place for the tech-minded

Is your school effectively embedding technology into practice? Then you may be interested in the Living Schools Lab Project, which offers a meeting point for like-minded practitioners. More...
Schools newsletter

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1 July 2013
reason webinar

Experts from the reason network will be on hand in this interactive webinar to help practitioners with research ethics and governance issues. More...
9 July 2013
Westminster Education Forum

NFER research manager Richard White will be presenting on Improving outcomes for alternative provision at this seminar. More...
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