September 2014 Research Publications Schools About
PIRLS of wisdom for major reading campaign

The Read On. Get On. national campaign to get 'all our children reading well by the age of 11' hit the ground running earlier this month - informed, in part, by an NFER analysis of the Progress in International Reading Study (PIRLS) commissioned by Save the Children.
Working together on skills
Building on existing best practice in skills provision, NFER has launched an exciting project looking at ways to help SMEs and microbusinesses engage with schools and colleges.

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Linking arms for literacy
NFER has joined some high-profile partners for the Literacy Octopus, a major initiative to help schools improve literacy at Key Stage 2 through evidence-based support and materials.

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Other research news
Comparative Overview on Recommended Annual Instruction Time in Full-time Compulsory Education in Europe 2013/14

This short analysis compares the annual recommended instruction time in full-time compulsory education in public sector schools, covering 32 countries of the Eurydice network. More...
Latest blogs
Careers education - let's go to work

Having sparked a lively debate with a recent post on rethinking careers education and guidance in our schools, Tami McCrone continues the conversation by calling for further discussion and innovation to bring about radical change to the system. More...
Are concrete shoes the answer?

How do you, as a teacher or school leader, sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to educational resources, or ideas from fellow professionals? One answer, writes Ben Durbin, lies in engaging with evidence. More...
Who creates the evidence for ‘evidence-informed teaching’?

In a new post for school support website The Key, NFER's Dr Julie Nelson argues for a focus on the goals of educational research, rather than on who carries it out, and offers some pointers for practitioners. More...
Schools update
Assessment answers

How do NFER Tests align to the new National Curriculum? Are there plans to develop a baseline scheme? Find answers to these and other pressing assessment questions... More...
Baseline tests

What will baseline assessment actually mean for schools? Catherine Kirkup answers some key questions in this month's Headteacher Update. More...
Research Mark trio

Congratulations to the latest recipients of the NFER Research Mark: three more schools, including Dr Challoner's in Amersham (pictured above) have proved their research-engaged prowess. More...
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5 November 2014
Westminster education forum keynote seminar

NFER assessment expert Liz Twist joins this session on 'Primary school assessment and accountability reform - removing levels, new baseline tests and revised floor standards'. More...
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