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Shining a light on admissions 'screening'

If a child has special educational needs, or speaks English as an additional language, are they likely to be discouraged from applying to certain secondary schools? The Office of the Children's Commissioner (OCC) has asked NFER to help them investigate the issue of social screening in admissions.

Measuring up?
Read our response to the Government's consultation on and how primary schools should be held to account following the scrapping of assessment levels from the new National Curriculum.

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PISA: an expert view
As the countdown to PISA continues, NFER expert Rebecca Wheater adds her voice to a discussion about the real value of the survey's global dataset in a special BBC Radio 4 broadcast.

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Other news
Analysis of academy school performance in the 2011
and 2012 GCSEs

Commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA), this analysis was to determine whether there was any differential progress between key stage 2 and key stage 4 that can be associated with schools' status. More...
Latest blogs
Teachers - the font of all knowledge?

Having responsibility for answering pupils' tricky questions about things like relationships and alcohol is hard enough, says Sarah Lynch, so shouldn't robust, evidence-based resources be an essential tool for PSHE? More...
It worked for me

That's as may be - but the only way to ensure the best for children is for interventions to be subjected to scrutiny, and compared with the best available alternatives, writes Ben Durbin. More...
Putting a Premium on smooth moves to and from
secondary school

Tami McCrone and Kerry Martin explain why successful change is about keeping all parties fully informed and valued, and guiding young people on their journeys into and out of secondary education. More...
Test administrators wanted

NFER is seeking qualified retired, part time or former teachers to increase its pool of test administrators in England. This work is on an occasional basis and involves visiting schools to administer tests currently in development. More...
Schools update
Primary source

Designed to bring you quickly up to speed with the changes in key stage 1 and 2 English, maths and science, our new practical guides to the 2014 primary National Curriculum are available to buy now. More...
Hitting the mark

Pupils hate doing tests, right? Not if they are NFER tests, finds an independent review of our optional assessments for Years 3, 4 and 5: "Our children adored it. They didn't see it as a chore," reports one happy teacher. More...
A new take on CPD

Enquiring Schools is an innovative approach to CPD that engages teachers in and with research. Take a look at how some schools are using the programme in our special bulletin. More...
Step-by-step change

In our latest article for Headteacher Update, assessment expert Catherine Kirkup offers some pointers on making a gradual transition to the new programmes of study for primary schools. More...
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