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CAMHS funding and prioritiesApril 2007, Research Report
The Local Government Association asked NFER to examine the funding mechanisms and priorities in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
Capacity for collaboration?July 2017, Research Report
Report showing that there is considerable potential within the current state schools system to improve the quality of underperforming schools ‘in need’ of support through school-to-school partnerships with high-performing schools within a set radius.
Career progression in further education and training sectorAugust 2017, Research Report
NFER was commissioned by two organisations to support the development of, as well as analyse and report on, a survey of career progression within the Further Education and Training sector. This research report details the survey findings.
Careers coordinators in schoolsOctober 2009, Research Report
Research commissioned by DCSF, in collaboration with the National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling, exploring the possibility of a national professional qualification for careers coordinators in schools.
Careers engagement good practice briefApril 2014, Practical Guide
This good practice brief, published by NFER, ASCL, ATL and the 157 Group of Colleges, highlights the principles of effective careers education, information advice and guidance in schools.
Careers guidance: If not an annual careers plan - then what?September 2013, Policy Paper
This NFER Thinks paper argues that there is an urgent need to significantly enhance the quality and consistency of careers guidance for all young people.
Careers professionals' involvement with schools: A practical guide for headteachersJune 2012, Practical Guide
This document offers practical guidance for school leaders to support young people to make positive transitions from education to employment, and in helping to prevent some from being 'NEET'.
The case for careers education and guidance for 14-19 year-oldsMarch 2004, Policy Paper
An overview of research findings on careers education and guidance, focusing on the need to support the development of skills to enable students to make informed choices about their future.
Catch up Literacy: Evaluation ReportFebruary 2015, Research Report
This NFER report has been produced for the Education Endowment Foundation and its evaluation of Catch Up® Literacy - a structured one-to-one intervention for pupils aged 6 to 14 who are struggling to learn to read.
Catch Up NumeracyFebruary 2014, Research Report
This NFER report has been produced for the Education Endowment Fund and its evaluation of the Catch Up Numeracy Intervention.
Census of Local Authority Councillors 2013June 2014, Research Report
NFER carried out this seventh survey of local authority councillors in England for the LGA.
Change engagement comparative reportMarch 2008, Research Report
The TDA commissioned NFER to carry out research into how schools engage with change and how the schools sector compares with the health, local government and police sectors.
Changes to the Funding of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Provision: Views of Lead MembersJune 2012, Research Report
Research commissioned by the LGA to gather the views of lead members for children's services on the implications of the changes proposed in the Green Paper.
Changing attitudes to vocational educationNovember 2014, Policy Paper
This paper argues for a fundamental change to the way we view vocational education. and proposes some actions for policymakers to raise awareness and understanding among teachers, parents and employers.
Character educationApril 2017, Research Summary
This bibliography compiling a wide range of recent research, reports and resources on character education provides useful further reading for those involved in developing effective provision in schools.
Characteristics of different categories of schools in EnglandSeptember 2007, Research Report
A chart of the characteristics of different categories of secondary schools in England which forms part of a portfolio of resources which represent the outcomes from action-research workshops from 2007.
Charging for school activitiesFebruary 1991, Research Report
Research into the provision of school visits and activities, and policies for charging for these, in schools throughout England.
ChatterbooksMay 2014, Research Report
This NFER report has been produced for the Education Endowment Foundation and its evaluation of the Chatterbooks reading scheme.
LARC6: 'Child neglect is everyone's business'March 2015, Research Report
LARC6 examined how LAs can work differently to identify child neglect at an early stage and encourage effective, low-cost solutions drawing particularly on the strengths of the family network and the wider community
Child povertySeptember 2009, Research Report
This review aims to provide a clearer understanding of the development, implementation and evaluation of whole-area child poverty strategies focuses on three aspects of strategy development.
Children and young people of Kent: Survey 2009June 2010, Research Report
NFER was commissioned by Kent County Council to conduct an independent survey of children and young people, to gather their views and experiences across a range of issues.
Children and young people of Kent: survey 2006/7: Final reportJune 2007, Research Report
The NFER was commissioned by Kent County Council to conduct an independent survey of children and young people in Kent.
Children and young people's survey (2008)September 2008, Research Report
A survey which provided a wealth of information for Kent County Council and its partners, clusters and individual schools on the views and experiences of children and young people.
Children and young people's views of education policyMarch 2011, Research Report
This research aimed to build, from the point of view of children and young people, a strong evidence base of what works in educational policy and what does not.
Children and young people's views on web 2.0 technologiesJune 2010, Research Report
This report provides useful information for LA personnel considering using web 2.0 tools and policy personnel considering future forms of communication within children’s services fields.
Children's online risks and safety: A review of the available evidenceMarch 2010, Research Report
This review presents findings from the mapping study carried out by NFER on behalf of the DCSF, under the auspices of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCISS).
Children's role in home-school relationships and the role of digital technologies: A literature reviewAugust 2009,
This review provides an overview of the key debates and current practice and research into home-school relationships, with a focus on opportunities offered by digital technologies to facilitate home-school relationships.
Citizens in Transition in England: The Longitudinal Cohort at age 19-20January 2012, Research Report
This report presents the findings from the first component of the CiT study, the longitudinal element of the survey, exploring citizenship participation and engagement among 19-20 year olds in England.
Citizens in Transition in England, Wales and Scotland: Young citizens at 18-25January 2012, Research Report
This report presents key findings from the second component of the Citizens in Transitions study, namely the cross-national survey of citizenship engagement among young people in England, Scotland and Wales.
Citizenship and values education to the rescue! Making the case for a call to actionSeptember 2009, Research Report
NFER worked with the influential Five Nations Network to produce a shared Call to Action for Citizenship and Values Education.
Citizenship and values education to the rescue! A call to action by the Five Nations NetworkSeptember 2009, Research Report
NFER worked with the influential Five Nations Network to produce a shared Call to Action for Citizenship and Values Education.
Citizenship education in England 2001-2010: young people's practices and prospects for the future: The eighth and final report from the Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study (CELS)November 2010, Research Report
DfES commissioned NFER to investigate the impact of citizenship education on the learning experiences and outcomes of pupils and to assess the short-term and long-term effects on young people.
Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study: Second Cross-sectional Survey 2004. Listening to young people: citizenship education in EnglandMarch 2005, Research Report
This report sets out the findings of the second cross-sectional survey of year 8, 10 and 12 students and their teachers and schools.
Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study: Second literature review. Citizenship education: the political science perspectiveApril 2005, Research Report
This document presents the second annual literature review arising from the Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study, which lasted for a total of eight years from 2001 to 2009.
Citizenship Educational Longitudinal Study: First cross-sectional survey 2001-2002April 2003, Research Report
This Research Brief focuses on the findings of the first cross-sectional survey undertaken as part of the wider Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study.
Citizenship Educational Longitudinal Study 6th report 2008October 2008, Research Report
This report presents the latest findings of a longitudinal study being conducted by NFER into the long-term and short-term effects of citizenship education on students and schools.
Citizenship, technology and learning - a review of recent literatureJanuary 2007, Research Report
This report responds to the increasing significance being attached to citizenship education in light of the perceived disconnection between young people and formal politics.
Collaboration between independent and local authority schools: LEAs' perspectives on partnership and community activitiesJuly 2003, Research Report
This research aimed to determine the current status of partnership collaboration between schools in the independent and maintained sectors.
Collaborative good practice between local authorities and the further education sectorSeptember 2009, Research Report
This report examines nine case studies of good practice drawing out the key elements of collaboration that work to improve outcomes for young people.
Community cohesion for children, young people and their families: A rapid review of policy, practice and research in local authoritiesJanuary 2007, Research Report
Highlighting research, best practice and current initiatives in community cohesion, this review is essential reading for all local authority staff involved in the work towards community cohesion.
ISAS 2012: Comparative analysis of young adults in EnglandDecember 2014, Research Report
This report produced for BIS focuses on the performance of young people in England compared with top performing countries in the recent International OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC).
Comparative costs: Perspectives on primary-secondary differencesMarch 1996, Research Report
This report contains the findings of the NFER Comparative Costs Project, which surveyed secondary and primary schools about resourcing needs, and examined work in LEAs on activity-led staffing.
Comparison of the English Core Primary Curriculum to those of other high performing countriesJuly 2008, Research Report
Research establishing how the England curriculum for KS2 mathematics, science and literacy compared with those of countries showing a high level of performance in international comparative surveys of performance.
Computer games and learning handbookJune 2010, Practical Guide
This handbook aims to help educators develop practical approaches to the use of computer games as a medium for learning.
Computer games, schools and young people: a report for educators on using games for learningMarch 2009, Research Report
This report focuses on the use of games as resources to support the educational aims, objectives and planned outcomes of teachers who understand that games are an important medium.
Connecting digital literacy between home and schoolDecember 2010, Research Report
This report describes the connections and discontinuities between children’s digital literacy practices at home and in school in two primary and two secondary schools.
Connecting with citizenship education - a mapping studyDecember 2005, Research Report
NFER was contracted to undertake a research study into how citizenship education can contribute to education strategy.
Considerations for future assessment of Key Stage 2 scienceNovember 2009, Policy Paper
This paper by NFER aims to highlight the key issues that need to be addressed when considering the introduction of a national monitoring system in science and teacher assessment tasks.
Consultation on careers guidance for schools, sixth form colleges and further education institutionsJanuary 2013, Policy Paper
This paper sets out NFER’s response to the DfE’s consultation on Careers guidance for schools, sixth form colleges and further education institutions.
Consultation on changes to Ofqual’s regulatory framework for national assessmentsDecember 2017, Policy Paper
Ofqual launched a consultation on regulating national assessments in October 2017 with a deadline of 20 December 2017. In its submission, NFER provided detailed feedback on the consultation document.
Consultation on STEM for the Education and Training FoundationJuly 2014, Research Report
NFER completed a consultation on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for the newly formed Education and Training Foundation.
Consultation practices used in planning Children's ServicesJanuary 2009, Research Report
The LGA commissioned NFER to conduct a study examining the consultation practices used in developing Children and Young People’s plans.
A world-class teaching professionFebruary 2015, Policy Paper
Between 9 December 2014 and 2 February 2015 the Government conducted a consultation into its vision for a world-class teaching profession and the establishment of a College of Teaching.
Consultation response: Secondary school accountability consultationMay 2013, Policy Paper
This consultation set out the aims and vision for the DfE’s proposed new accountability system, together with the case for change.
Continuing professional development: LEA and school support for teachersSeptember 2001, Research Report
This study set out to investigate the current and potential role of the LEA in supporting schools to provide professional development for their staff.
The costs and benefits of initial teacher training routesNovember 2014, Research Report
This report provides valuable new evidence on the impact and cost-effectiveness of teachers trained through different routes.
Councils' views on the 16-19 commissioning processDecember 2013, Research Report
NFER was commissioned by the LGA to examine councils’ views on the current approach to commissioning education and training provision for 16-19 year olds.
Counting the cost: The impact of LMS on schools' patterns of spendingSeptember 1994, Research Report
This report provides findings from a one-year study of the impact of LMS on schools' patterns of spending.
Creating a climate for learning: Strategies to raise achievement at key stage 2July 1999, Research Report
The book contains examples of strategies aimed at improving teaching and learning, providing additional support, and equipping children with a positive attitude towards learning.
Creating a research-engaged schoolJuly 2014, Practical Guide
Creating Citizenship Communities ProjectMay 2013, Research Report
The Creating Citizenship Communities project was conducted in partnership with the Department of Education at the University of York and aimed to identify current citizenship thinking and practice in schools.
Cross-nation research into mutual recognition of teaching qualificationsApril 2006, Research Report
Research into the contents of the standards and routes to teaching qualifications in the UK nation states and the Republic of Ireland.
Cultural Education Partnerships (England) Pilot StudyOctober 2015, Research Report
This report presents findings from an independent evaluation of pilot local Cultural Education Partnerships carried out by NFER for the Cultural Education Partnership Group.
Cultural engagement in London schools: Key messages from the rapid evidence assessmentJune 2012, Research Report
An investigation into cultural education in London schools, including the extent and nature of schools' engagement with cultural organisations and the extent, motivations and barriers relating to cultural engagement.
Current levels of literacy and numeracy: The story so farFebruary 2007, Conference Paper
This presentation was made to the Westminster Education Forum's keynote seminar on 'Literacy and Numeracy - meeting targets, raising standards'.
Curriculum and progression in the arts: An international study. Final reportSeptember 2004, Research Report
QCA commissioned NFER to conduct an international survey to discover the place of the arts in the curriculum in a range of countries and states participating in the INCA project.
Curriculum and qualification needs of young people who are at risk of disengagement: A practical guide for headteachersOctober 2012, Practical Guide
This document offers practical guidance for school leaders and explores what research evidence tells us of the factors most likely to encourage young people to continue in education and training.
Curriculum and teaching innovation: Transforming classroom practice and personalisationJanuary 2009, Practical Guide
Aimed at educational leaders involved in curriculum and teaching innovation, this handbook provides guidance for exploring the potential of personalisation to transform curriculum design and teaching practices.
Curriculum development and youth mediaJanuary 2010, Research Report
This puts the school curriculum and youth media in the context of decentralisation in education systems and the growth of networks in social and economic life.
The code in practice: The impact on schools and LEAsDecember 1996, Research Report
This report explores how LEAs and schools have interpreted and implemented the requirements of the Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of SEN, two years after its introduction.