March 2014 Research Publications Schools About
Primary accountability:
new moves welcomed

NFER has welcomed last week's response from the Government to its primary school assessment and accountability consultation - the emphasis on the measurement of progress, enabled by a new baseline assessment, is particularly positive.
Students need STEM steer
With the UK's STEM sector still in the grip of a skills shortage, it is vital that young people receive better guidance about the breadth and diversity of STEM careers writes Jennie Harland.

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Curriculum concerns
An NFER survey has found some disquiet among teachers and school leaders about their readiness to deliver parts of the new primary National Curriculum. Elizabeth Pope reports.

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Spotlight on Wales
Wrexham school sets shining example

The Rofft School in Wrexham has become the first primary school in the UK to be awarded the NFER Research Mark, in recognition of excellent enquiry-based practice and commitment to using research. More...
Attainment in Wales: facing the challenge

While much has been made of Wales' recent poor PISA showing, perhaps it's time to start looking forward and find ways to effect a positive change for the country's young people, writes Liz Phillips. More...
Sowing the seeds of a positive future

Earlier this week, NFER brought together leading voices in policy, practice and research at a special event in Cardiff to discuss the latest thinking and evidence on the Welsh education sector. More...
Other news
Latest blogs: on pupil premiums and pathways

Ben Durbin gives a cautious welcome to the idea of an attainment premium, while David Sims argues for better guidance for young people to make informed decisions about their futures. Marian Sainsbury explains the importance of evaluation within education. More...
Schools news
Positive assessment

In response to recent pronouncements by the NAHT and Ofsted about what makes for good assessment, we have looked at how NFER Tests meet these principles. More...
Take part in our study

Would you like to help pilot an exciting new approach to teaching and learning mathematics in lower secondary school? Join our research project exploring the use of Flipped Learning. More...
Making an impact

Headteacher Anne Heywood talks about how action research has encouraged her staff to seize control of their own development and had a big impact on pupil attainment. More...
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5 April 2014
ResearchEd Conference

NFER Research Director Tami McCrone and Matt Inniss of United Learning Academy will be giving a presentation on 'Practical use of evidence: can teachers and researchers shed any light?' at this Birmingham-based sequel to last year's popular event. More...
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