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Coming to terms with autonomy

Giving schools the power to set their own term dates may seem like a Good Thing on many levels, but is it the best thing for our children? Ben Durbin feels the need for some new research coming on...

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Family matters
Drawing together the latest evidence from research and practice, we offer some pointers on increasing engagement with parents and improving home-school links.

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Thrifty sense
What do these lean times mean for education spending? The latest, special issue of Educational Research explores the theme of value for money in education.

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Blame the parents?
In a recent NFER survey, 72 per cent of teachers cited lack of parental support or poor parenting skills as one of the main causes of poor pupil behaviour in school.

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Calendars from the continent
With all this talk of changing term dates and holidays, take a look at how UK school calendars compare to those across the European Union in this country-by-country breakdown.

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Bringing key competences to the chalkface
Key competences are classed as combinations of knowledge, skills and attitudes which help us apply knowledge to real world contexts - so what are the best ways to implement them in classrooms?

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Latest blogs: narrowing the gap; intergenerational poverty, and politics through the Google glass
Ofsted's Unseen Children report has given us plenty of food for thought; while other bloggers consider issues of persistent poverty, and how politics might reach the Facebook generation.

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Heading to the ResearchEd 2013 Conference in September? Why not join NFER chief executive Sue Rossiter and other NFER experts for a special workshop session on 'Challenges and aspirations: research that makes a difference'?

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Summer break

We're taking a short break for the summer, but will be back next term with all the latest news and views from NFER - as well as some exciting developments for the new academic year!

Watch this space
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