November 2014 Research Publications Schools About
NEW: PISA-Based Test for Schools

Secondary schools can now for the first time use the OECD PISA-Based Test for Schools as a school assessment tool. NFER has joined forces with the OECD to deliver this test to schools and networks of schools throughout England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. The PISA-Based Test for Schools assesses 15-year-olds in reading, mathematics and science.
Evidence in Election 2015
In the first of our Election 2015 blog series, Geoff Gee explains how understanding what the 'big' numbers are in education can shed light on parties' policy proposals.

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Academy results revealed
We put academies under the microscope to see how 2013 GCSE results from converter and sponsored academies compared to those from similar local authority maintained schools.

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Other news
Deprivation in Education

Commissioned by the Welsh Government this study examines the impact that deprivation has on educational outcomes, providing analysis on data specific to the Welsh context.  More...
Analysis of the PIRLS 2011 Data: Save the Children

Read the full NFER analysis of the Progress in International Reading Study (PIRLS) that provided some of the key evidence for Save the Children's Read On.Get On report. More...
Vocabulary Enrichment Intervention Programme

This NFER report has been produced for the Education Endowment Foundation and its evaluation of an intervention designed to improve reading abilities of pupils in Year 7. More...
Latest blogs
Prevention is a NEET solution

What is the best way to support students who, for none of the obvious reasons, are at risk of disengaging from learning? Kelly Kettlewell previews some promising findings from NFER research. More...
Schools update
Research recognition

NFER Chief Executive Carole Willis explains the value of independent recognition for schools on a research engaged journey, in our latest video outlining the NFER Research Mark. More...
Assessment update

Our NFER Tests web pages feature the latest news about our suite of spelling tests and re-alignment of the Year 5 mathematics paper to reflect recent changes in Key Stage 2 assessment. More...
Join KS2 literacy trial

Take part in a major initiative to help schools improve literacy at Key Stage 2 and you could receive free evidence-based materials and support, as well as book tokens for your school. More...
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26 November 2014
Academies Show

Join NFER representatives at Stand 475 for information and advice on our evidence-based support for schools. More...
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