July 2014 Research Publications Schools About
Looking forward to coming back

School's nearly out for summer, but we know many of you will have been planning ahead for September, so in this special edition of our newsletter we highlight some tools and resources, and offer inspiration to put those plans into action.

Watch this space for our research update in August
A brief guide to careers best practice
Spare a thought for careers provision by using our free audit tool to establish CEIAG priorities for next year. Developed with ASCL, ATL and the 157 Group, the tool forms part of a good practice brief for school and college leaders.

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In the zone for research engagement?
How do we translate research resources into better teaching and learning in class? This is one of the key questions in a new, free resource for SLTs to explore taking research engagement forward in their school.

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Boosting results with evidence-led practice
Maths results have exceeded expectations at The Grove Academy thanks, in part, to an evidence-based approach to school improvement supported by the Enquiring Schools programme. Next up? Literacy...

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School Surveys - reports cut to the chase
Surveys of pupils, staff and parents can seem like a great idea to inform planning - until you have to wade through a lengthy report to get to the good stuff! But as Elstow School in Bedford discovered, NFER School Surveys keep things short and sweet.

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Summer opening for optional test orders
Optional tests are an essential part of any school's assessment programme, and NFER Tests for Years 3, 4 and 5 will be available to order throughout the summer break ready for the new academic year.

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Latest blogs

ASCL's Karleen Dowden shares some thoughts on the importance of scheduling time during the summer planning period for devising the delivery of effective careers advice and guidance, and offers advice on some tools for the job.

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NFER researcher Anneka Dawson tackles some of the common misconceptions about the use of randomised controlled trails (RCTs) in education, arguing that even trials of interventions that show 'no effect' have a value.

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