Researcher (Graduate Programme)
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Chloe joined NFER in October 2016 as a Researcher on the Graduate Programme. Currently based in Research and Product Operations as part of the Data Management Unit, she will be moving to the Centre for Statistics in April 2017. Since joining NFER, Chloe has been involved with a number of projects, including setting up surveys assessing the impact of schemes such as Accelerated Reader and also the Welsh Government’s Early Years Pupil Deprivation Grant.
Chloe has a BA (Hons) in Music from the University of Cambridge, where she specialised in music psychology, and an MSc (Distinction) in Social Cognition from University College London. During this time, she gained a wide range of both quantitative and qualitative research experience.
Prior to joining NFER, Chloe taught in a variety of educational settings; as a music teacher, a school teaching assistant in the UK, and in Nepal as an English teacher. She developed a particular interest in special educational needs, and also received training in Applied Behavioural Analysis. As part of her undergraduate thesis, Chloe worked with researchers at Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s leading music therapy charity, to examine the role of rhythm in music therapy for children with autism.
Q+A with Chloe on the NFER Educational Research Graduate Scheme
- Why did you choose to join the NFER Graduate scheme?
I’d been looking for opportunities to follow a socially impactful career, and wanted to develop my ability to carry out data-driven research. After time spent teaching music in a school, I was keen to work in an environment which could have real world implications for education. NFER seemed like an organisation which ticked plenty of boxes, and with the opportunity to spend time in four different departments, applying for the scheme seemed like a no-brainer!
- What have you worked on so far?
Since arriving in the Data Management Unit, I’ve been working on a wide range of projects. I was involved with the development of research materials to assess the impact of the Welsh Government’s Early Years Pupil Deprivation Grant, and created a report for the Sales and Marketing Team about the distribution of NFER Test sales. There has been plenty of time for getting to grips with new software, and I was even able to attend a conference examining how schools use data.
- What have you enjoyed working on most so far?
As part of the Graduate Programme, I’ve been working on an independent research project. It’s been great to have the opportunity to explore current issues in education policy, and have the responsibility to develop my own ideas whilst being guided by the knowledge and experience of senior colleagues at NFER.
- What would you say to someone considering applying to the NFER Graduate Programme? (Who would it be most suitable for?)
Go for it! If you have an interest in education, quantitative research, want to be challenged, and are committed to transforming research into real world impact for young people, then NFER would be a great place for you.