This NFER research investigated the demand for part-time and flexible working, the barriers for secondary school leaders and how these can be overcome. It comprised an analysis of national data, survey questions and interviews with school leaders.
School Workforce Research
NFER has a well-established research programme on teacher supply, combining analysis of large datasets and in-depth qualitative research to provide fresh insights and identify improvements to keep teachers engaged and aid retention.
Our research aims to give policymakers and system leaders an accurate picture of the education workforce to guide effective, proportionate and well-targeted action for recruitment, retention and development.
NFER’s first look at England's teacher labour market found that a fifth of teachers feel tense about their job most or all of the time, compared to 13 per cent of similar professionals.
Recruitment and Retention
Funded by a grant from the Nuffield Foundation and building on our previous research in this area, which included research on headteacher retention and the role of executive headteachers in MATs, NFER began a programme of major research to understand the dynamics of the teacher workforce in England.
Our evaluation work assesses the impacts of policies and programmes on teacher recruitment, retention, development and effectiveness, and identifies the mechanisms that underpin change.We undertake evaluations using a range of methodologies, including:
- randomised controlled trials,
- quantitative impact analysis,
- surveys, interviews and case studies.