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Assessment: stay level-headed to avoid 'localism'

In the wake of the Government’s decision to abandon National Curriculum levels, NFER calls on the education sector to develop a shared language for assessment to avoid uncertainty creeping into standards in pupil achievement.

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Reading the right signs?
A lot of schools' time and resource goes into trying to reach the 'problem' pupils, but what about those quiet, well-behaved underachievers who now make up around two thirds of those failing to do well at GCSE?

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Switched on to social media
When music teacher Phil Kennedy from Fallibroome Academy wanted to find out how to prevent his Year 7 students from switching off at the end of the lesson, he wondered if using a music social networking site might help...

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What's your big idea?
Interested in enquiry? Get ideas for research, understand techniques and methods, contribute to your professional development and get recognised for the quality of your research with our suite of resources.

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Bringing research a-LIVE
Accrington Academy encouraged their students to become engaged learners though their practitioner-led LIVE research project, with support from Futurelab at NFER’s Enquiring Schools programme.

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Are you a STEM hero?
A new competition has been launched to inspire the most creative teaching minds to translate their passion for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) into exciting classroom experiences.

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Latest blogs
Our guest bloggers discuss extending work experience to pre-16s and using randomised controlled trails to evaluate classroom interventions. NFER Head of Impact Ben Durbin calls for political consensus on education reform.

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6 and 13 November 2013
Managing and Implementing the New Primary National Curriculum 2014
Liz Twist, NFER's Head of Assessment, will present seminars on The Future of Assessment – Life After Levels at two one-day conferences organised by Oxford University Press and chaired by Sir Jim Rose.

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27 November 2013
The Academies Show
If you are heading to this year's Academies Show at Birmingham's NEC, come and talk to us at Stand 2 to find out more about the range of NFER activities and services, and how these can support your school's staff and learners.

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