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Summer Schools: the student verdict

It may seem as though they can't wait to leave, but believe it or not there are many students who welcome the opportunity to come back to school during the summer break - when they are invited to join a Summer School.

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Entering the exclusion zone
Are your staff as au fait with current legislation around exclusions as they might be? A recent NFER survey has revealed some striking gaps in awareness among UK teachers.

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Coming up to the mark?
As final exams are set to play a greater role in government plans for the GCSE, see what the latest evidence says about how marking reliability could be further improved.

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Teaching and the tech-minded
If your school is on a mission to embed technology effectively into practice, you may be interested in the Living Schools Lab Project, which aims to provide a meeting point for like-minded practitioners.

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Latest blogs: from summer borns to GCSE reform
From the disadvantages of being summer-born, to the burgeoning of 14-16 centres at FE colleges, and a response to the latest GCSE developments, NFER experts discuss the evidence.

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Taking NFER to your leaders
Going to the National College Annual Leadership Conference in Birmingham this week? Why not drop in and see us in Hall 3, Stand 2, to find out more about how NFER expertise can inform your practice.

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Expert advice

There's a lot competing for children's attention these days but, writes Harriet Weaving in this month's Headteacher Update, the success of one scheme proves that books still have the power to enthrall.

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Research insights

Poetry can be a tricky thing to engage with - for teachers as well as pupils. Our evaluation of the Poetry Train initiative for student teachers suggests it offers benefits all round by improving confidence and enthusiasm in poetry teaching.

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