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Academies and maintained schoolsMay 2017, Policy Paper
This is the second factsheet published just prior to the 2017 United Kingdom General Election on academies and maintained schools.
Achievement at key stage 4 of young people in careJune 2003, Research Report
The Department of Health and the DfES, together with the LGA, jointly sponsored the NFER to undertake a research project looking into the education of young people in public care.
Achievement of 15-year-olds in England: PISA 2006 National ReportDecember 2007, Research Report
This is the PISA 2006 national report for England.
PISA 2012 National Report for EnglandDecember 2013, Research Report
The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a survey of mathematics, science and reading skills involving 65 countries around the world. This is the national report for England from PISA 2012.
PISA 2012 National Report for WalesDecember 2013, Research Report
The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a survey of mathematics, science and reading skills involving 65 countries around the world. This is the national report for Wales from PISA 2012.
Achievement of 15-year-olds in Wales: PISA 2006 National ReportNovember 2007, Research Report
This is the PISA 2006 national report for Wales.
Acting with intent: Theatre companies and their education programmesApril 2002, Research Report
This research report presents an analysis of the educational role and practices of ten very different theatre companies in England, as described by their staff.
Action research: Making a difference in educationOctober 2009, Professional Development
This publication brings together articles based on action research from practical research for education, and is a call to action for all those thinking of carrying out their own research.
Active citizenship and young people: Opportunities, experiences and challenges in and beyond school citizenship education. Longitudinal Study: fourth annual reportMay 2006, Research Report
This report sets out the findings from the second phase of the Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study and visits to ten case-study schools.
Active citizenship and young people: Key messages for school leaders and teachersJune 2006, Research Summary
This broadsheet includes some findings from the latest report from the Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study that teachers, school leaders and others involved in delivering citizenship may find helpful.
Active citizenship and young people: The views of young peopleJune 2006, Research Summary
This broadsheet, aimed at young people, summarises students' views and experiences of active citizenship, encouraging young people to reflect upon and question their own experiences of active citizenship.
Active citizenship in INCA countries: Definitions, policies, practices and outcomesOctober 2006, Research Report
This thematic study on active citizenship was sponsored by QCA in the course of its work on the 20-country International Review of Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks Internet Archive.
Admissions and exclusions of pupils with special educational needsFebruary 2005, Research Report
This research project aimed to address a lack of empirical evidence surrounding the admission and exclusion of pupils with special educational needs (SEN).
Admissions/place planning probeJune 2005, Research Report
This probe, focusing on admissions and place planning, was designed to identify the key issues affecting local authorities in this area, to inform key priorities for future LGA research.
Admissions: who goes where? Messages from the statisticsAugust 2006, Research Report
This study examined the representativeness of local communities within the school admissions system by comparing the profile of pupils in schools with that of pupils in the local communities.
Advising research-engaged schools: A role for local authoritiesSeptember 2008, Research Report
This booklet aims to help local authorities envisage what research-engaged schools have to offer and how local authorities can encourage their development.
Age of starting school and the early years curriculumOctober 1998, Policy Paper
This paper presents an overview of research into early childhood education.
Aims and values in primary education: England and other countriesJanuary 2008, Research Report
This report was commissioned for the Primary Review and reviews and compares policy documents, legislation and published research on the aims, purposes and values of primary education across six countries.
Aims in motion: Dance companies and their education programmesApril 2002, Research Report
This research report considers the educational role and practice of ten very different dance companies based in England, from the perspective of company members and freelance artists working for them.
Alcohol education for young people: A review of the literature 1983-1992November 1994, Research Report
This report reviews the literature on alcohol education for young people published between 1983 to 1992, and presents an overview of the area, describing developments in education programmes.
Allocating secondary school places: A study of policy and practiceSeptember 1995, Research Report
This research examined how parents are involved in decisions about which secondary school their children will attend, and their satisfaction with the allocation of school places and the appeals procedures.
Alternative education provision at key stage 4October 2000, Research Report
NFER carried out a survey of schools in a sample of LEAs, asking them what alternative curriculum programmes they used for some students at key stage 4.
Alternative provision for young people with special educational needsMay 2012, Research Report
This study, commissioned by the LGA, explores the ways in which young people with SEN access and engage in alternative provision in five local authority areas.
Analysis of Academy School Performance in 2015June 2016, Research Report
Report compares 2015 attainment results and Ofsted ratings of sponsored and converter academies with groups of maintained schools that had similar characteristics.
Analysis of academy school performance in GCSEs 2013October 2014, Research Report
FInal report of project undertaken for the LGA to investigate how performance in national examinations in academy secondary schools compares to performance in similar non-academies
Analysis of academy school performance in GCSEs 2014July 2015, Research Report
Investigation of how performance in national GCSE examinations in academy secondary schools compares to performance in similar local authority maintained schools.
Analysis of academy school performance in the 2011 and 2012 GCSEsNovember 2013, Research Report
A statistical analysis of GCSE data to determine whether there is any differential progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 that can be associated with schools status.
Analysis of Children and Young People's Plans 2007May 2008, Research Report
In 2006, EMIE collected all the Children and Young People’s Plans and made them available on the EMIE website and NFER published an analysis of a sample of the plans.
Analysis of Hyderabad data from the 'Jolly Phonics' Initiative to investigate its impact on pupil progress in reading and spelling - IndiaJuly 2007, Research Report
NFER’s statisticians were commissioned to analyse the 'Jolly Phonics' dataset, an initiative in Hyderabad to improve pupils’ progress in Reading and Spelling.
Analysis of international data on the impact of private schooling - Hyderabad, IndiaMarch 2007, Research Report
NFER's statisticians were commissioned by the E.G. West Centre in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle to analyse an international schooling dataset from Hyderabad in India.
Analysis of the PIRLS 2011 Data: Save the ChildrenOctober 2014, Research Report
This report commissioned Save the Children, aims to provide international research evidence to support a major UK initiative, Read On. Get On.
Annual survey of trends in primary education: Survey of 2004May 2005, Research Report
The report presents the findings from the Annual Survey of Trends in Primary Education, a series of questionnaire surveys of primary schools, and makes recommendations for further research.
Annual survey of trends in secondary education: Report for 2005March 2006, Research Report
The Annual survey of trends in secondary education: report for 2005, providing a 'snapshot' of the current position in secondary education and a baseline for future surveys.
APPG for Education Inquiry Call for Evidence: NFER responseJune 2016, Policy Paper
NFER response to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Education inquiry on how well schools prepare children for their future.
An approach to test developmentJanuary 2001, Research Report
This book explains some of the nuts and bolts of sound test development, offering an insight into the sometimes puzzling world of tests and testing.
Approaches to supporting young people not in education, employment or training - a reviewMarch 2012, Research Report
This report explores what available research tells us about successful approaches to tackling the NEET problem at a general level and at the level of the different NEET sub-groups.
Approaches to Working with Children, Young People and Families for Traveller, Irish Traveller, gypsy, Roma and Show People Communities - a Literature ReviewDecember 2008, Research Report
This research project was commissioned by the Children's Workforce Development Council to explore the range of issues around working with Travellers, Irish Travellers, Gypsies, Roma and Showpeople.
Aptitude testing for university entrance: A literature reviewFebruary 2001, Research Report
This report presents the results of a literature review on aptitude testing for university entrance, commissioned by the Sutton Trust.
Are free schools good for my child?June 2017, Policy Paper
This is the third factsheet published just prior to the 2017 United Kingdom General Election on free schools.
Artists in schools: A handbook for teachers and artistsMarch 1997, Research Report
This report is based on extensive research in primary and secondary schools, and offers advice on how to plan, run and evaluate your art projects.
Arts education in secondary schools: Effects and EffectivenessOctober 2000, Research Report
This publication from NFER brings together in two volumes details of completed research in the United Kingdom.
Arts in their view: A study of youth participation in the artsMarch 1995, Research Report
This report presents a wealth of new information, including evidence on young people's leisure activities, their attitudes to the arts, and their perceptions of the effects of arts involvement.
The arts-education interface: A mutual learning triangle?June 2005, Research Report
The report discusses the Arts and Education Interface initiative's implications for practice and policy regarding artists in education.
Assessing Enterprise Capability - guidance for schoolsDecember 2008, Practical Guide
This guidance document is based on the findings of a research study to find out whether schools had adopted or were planning to adopt any approaches to assessing enterprise capability.
Assessing Pupils' Progress (APP) in key stage 3 scienceMay 2010, Research Report
NFER surveyed the views of Local Authority secondary science consultants on Assessing Pupils' Progress (APP), investigating what progress had been made and their emerging opinions.
Assessing reading: from theories to classroomsJune 2006, Research Report
This book sets out to explore some of the theories, practices and conflicts that surround the idea of reading at the beginning of the 21st century.
Assessing the International Dimension in Education in schools in Wales: Phase IISeptember 2010, Research Report
NFER and CEWC-Cymru worked closely with the British Council to measure the impact of the International Dimension in Education in schools in Wales.
Assessment and social justiceJanuary 2009, Research Report
This review examines the role that educational assessment plays within a social justice context relating mainly to educational assessments for school-age students.
Assessment for learning in primary science: Practices and benefitsSeptember 2010, Research Report
This review will be useful for teachers, headteachers and policymakers interested in science and how AfL can help teaching and learning.
Astroversity: A Futurelab prototype research reportDecember 2004, Research Report
Attitudes to reading at ages nine and eleven: Full reportMarch 2008, Research Report
In June 2007 NFER ran a reading survey of year 4 and year 6 children to determine current attitudes to reading.
Attitudes to school of top primary and first-year secondary pupilsNovember 1995, Research Report
This report compared the attitudes towards school of pupils in their final year at primary school (Year 6) with pupils in their first year at secondary school (Year 7).
Audit of the Bloodhound Education ProgrammeJanuary 2015, Research Report
The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) was commissioned by the Bloodhound Education Programme (BEP) to conduct an audit of its activities throughout 2012 and early 2013.
Autism and educational assessment: UK policy and practiceSeptember 2010, Research Report
This research, funded by NFER, investigated UK assessment policy and practice for mainstream-educated pupils who are diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).