December 2014 Research Publications Schools About
Wrapping up on 2014

As another busy year draws to a close, NFER is looking forward to the new year with some messages on education for the next government in the run up to the General Election. Enjoy the festive break - and all the best for 2015!

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A little yuletide reading
If one of your New Year resolutions is to engage more in and with research, kick back with our great value How To collection, offering practical pointers on five key topics to get you started.

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Taking the strain out of test marking
Our time-saving service is now available to all primary schools, offering independent analysis and marking of NFER Tests - reading and mathematics tests for Years 3,4 and 5.

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Vocational education's battle for hearts and minds
Changing attitudes towards vocational education is the vital next step in transforming our education system, argues our latest NFER Thinks policy paper.

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What is your research goal?
In this piece for Headteacher Update, Dr Julie Nelson discusses the questions schools should be asking when trying to determine who should be conducting research.

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Blog roundup: focus on evidence-informed practice
Guest writers Alex Quigley and Andrew Morris reflect on Research Leads in schools and enquiry in FE practice, while NFER bloggers ponder the role of evidence in a College of Teaching, and value for money in education.

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Latest research

NFER has dug deeper into the OECD's 2012 International Survey of Adult Skills to offer new evidence on how young adults' skills in England compare to other countries, and the implications of those differences.

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Our evaluation of The Start programme, aimed at increasing accessibility to the arts for disadvantaged young people, found it has acted as a catalyst for growing and sustaining creative activities between case-study schools and arts venues.

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