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KS4 reform: why scrapping the EBC is good news for NEETS

The first in our new ‘NFER Thinks…’ series of evidence-based papers details some of the concerns we put to goverment about the potential harm of the proposed English Baccalaureate Certificates to young people at risk of becoming NEET.

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Careers change - what teachers really think
The jury is still out on the issue of schools' new duty to provide independent careers advice and guidance for their pupils, according to a recent survey by NFER's Teacher Voice.

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Getting all of a twitter over social media
Futurelab head of research Niel McLean will be discussing Making social media work in schools at the exciting new Education Innovation show in Manchester next month.

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Moving assessment forward with new tests
With our new suite of optional tests arriving in schools this month, hear about their development, and the key features that make them 'a step forward' in assessment.

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Share your best practice, win an iPad2!
European project Pathway UK, of which Futurelab at NFER is a partner, is offering science teachers the chance to win an iPad2 by sharing their most successful enquiry-based activity or lesson.

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No-notice inspection? No problem...
School leaders can quickly access all the information they need, whenever Ofsted calls, using our online school self evaluation tracker - fully aligned to the 2012 common inspection framework.

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A chance to see the Whole picture
Take advantage of a 10 per cent discount to come and talk to us about innovation, inspiration and improvement at the Whole Education Regional Conference: Journeys to Outstanding.

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Stop press: NFER expert joins Guardian panel
Geoff Gee, deputy head of NFER's Centre for Information and Reviews, will be joining a live online discussion on the Guardian Public Leaders Network tomorrow, Friday 15 February from 12-2pm, where the expert panel will debate 'Early Intervention: the raid on budgets'.

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Expert advice

In this paper from the Edge Research Conference on guiding post-14 choices, NFER experts look at how young people make decisions, the information they value, and how this can be used to help them make effective transitions.

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Research insights

Intercultural exchanges provide a boost for foreign language skills among English secondary school pupils, according to the findings of the European Survey on Language Competences.

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