June 2014 Research Publications Schools About
Going in for the skills

For many young people, vocational education is a lifeline to a satisfying career, so isn't it about time we stopped regarding these qualifications as the poor relations of their academic cousins? Tami McCrone makes the case for attitudinal change.

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Pondering Pupil Premium priorities
Do you know how your school spends its Pupil Premium? NFER survey results suggest many teachers believe the funds may not be used solely to help the poorest students.

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Surveying student habits
We are setting the wheels in motion for the Annual Survey of Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People, which gives valuable information that informs policy and practice.

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Paper-free and proud
Replacing paper-based processes with electronic ones is both labour and tree saving! So switching to online school surveys was a no brainer for the biggest junior school in the UK.

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Seven steps to smarter practice
Interested in enquiry-based approaches to CPD, but don't know where to start? Be inspired by the Enquiring Schools programme seven-step plan to guide you through each stage of the process.

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What is the point of education?
If you are feeling a bit befuddled by conflicting messages about the state of our education system, Dr Newman Burdett suggests that going back to first principles may provide some clarity, in a new article for SecEd.

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Latest blogs

Ben Durbin examines whether a new set of standards for headteachers will be the key to a culture change towards research engagement in schools - and asks if the research community could benefit from similar measures.

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Research news

Check out the latest findings from our evaluation of the phonics screening check, which include the emerging impacts of the check and an exploration of how results are being used by schools.

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