International comparisons

Is maths education in England working for everyone?
Is maths education in England working for everyone?
Rebecca Wheater, Ben Durbin, Stephen McNamara and Rachel Classick December 2016, Research Report

Report examining the impact of disadvantage on pupils in England from an international perspective.



Key insights from PISA 2015 for the UK nations
Key insights from PISA 2015 for the UK nations
National Foundation for Educational Research December 2016, Research Summary

Briefing providing an introduction to PISA 2015; its key findings in the UK nations and background information on social context and education systems.



Key insights from PISA 2015 (Scotland)
Key insights from PISA 2015 (Scotland)
National Foundation for Educational Research December 2016, Research Summary

Briefing providing an introduction to PISA 2015 and its key findings in Scotland.



TIMSS 2015 in Northern Ireland
TIMSS 2015 in Northern Ireland
Bethan Burge, Rachel Classick and Oliver Stacey November 2016, Research Report

Findings from TIMSS 2015 in Northern Ireland: Mathematics and Science, which updates the picture of performance from 2011. Findings of mathematics and science TIMSS 2011 achievement in England, used to inform education policy and to improve teach



Key insights from TIMSS 2015 (Northern Ireland)
Key insights from TIMSS 2015 (Northern Ireland)
National Foundation for Educational Research November 2016, Research Summary

Briefing providing an introduction to TIMSS 2015 and its key findings in Northern Ireland.



Twenty years of TIMSS in England
Twenty years of TIMSS in England
National Foundation for Educational Research November 2016, Research Summary

This briefing provides an introduction to TIMSS and its key findings in England, including results from the 2015 cycle.



Characteristics of successful science education
Characteristics of successful science education
Newman Burdett, Bethan Burge, Preeti Kathrecha and Claire Sargent February 2016, Research Report

This report, produced for DENI, explores characteristics of education systems that are successful in science through secondary analysis of data from TIMSS 2011 and the TIMSS Encyclopaedia.



ISAS 2012: Comparative analysis of young adults in England
ISAS 2012: Comparative analysis of young adults in England
Rebecca Wheater and Jack Worth December 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).



ISAS 2012: Young adults’ skills gain
ISAS 2012: Young adults’ skills gain
Rebecca Wheater and Jack Worth December 2014, Research Report

This report produced for BIS provides further analysis of OECD’s 2012 Survey of Adult Skills, focusing on how and why the literacy skills of young adults in England continue to improve after completing formal education.



ISAS 2012: Impact of low skills on labour market engagement
ISAS 2012: Impact of low skills on labour market engagement
Rebecca Wheater and Jack Worth December 2014, Research Report

This report produced for BIS focuses on how low skills are related to labour market engagement and productivity in England in the recent international OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC).



PISA 2012 National Report for England
PISA 2012 National Report for England
Rebecca Wheater, Robert Ager, Bethan Burge and Juliet Sizmur December 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 Wales
PISA 2012 National Report for Wales
Rebecca Wheater, Robert Ager, Bethan Burge and Juliet Sizmur December 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.



PISA 2012 National report for Northern Ireland
PISA 2012 National report for Northern Ireland
Rebecca Wheater, Robert Ager, Bethan Burge and Juliet Sizmur December 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 Northern Ireland from PISA 2012.



The International Survey of Adult Skills 2012: Adult literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills in England
The International Survey of Adult Skills 2012: Adult literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills in England
Rebecca Wheater, Bethan Burge, Julie Sewell et al October 2013, Research Report

This report details the UK findings of the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), a survey of literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments.



The International Survey of Adult Skills 2012: Adult literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills in Northern Ireland
The International Survey of Adult Skills 2012: Adult literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills in Northern Ireland
Rebecca Wheater, Bethan Burge, Julie Sewell et al October 2013, Research Report

This report details the UK findings of the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), a survey of literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments.



Reforming school support in Wales
Reforming school support in Wales
Robert Smith and David Sims September 2013, Research Report

In 2012 NFER undertook a review of international evidence on how schools are supported in high-performing systems. This paper considers the issues identified in the NFER’s rapid review from the Welsh perspective.



TIMSS 2011: Mathematics and science achievement in England
TIMSS 2011: Mathematics and science achievement in England
Linda Sturman, Bethan Burge, Rose Cook and Harriet Weaving December 2012, Research Report

Findings of mathematics and science TIMSS 2011 achievement in England, used to inform education policy and to improve teaching and learning in mathematics and science.



PIRLS 2011: Reading achievement in England
PIRLS 2011: Reading achievement in England
Liz Twist, Juliet Sizmur, Shelley Bartlett and Laura Lynn December 2012, Research Report

This report provides information about the reading skills of children in England compared to their peers internationally drawn from findings from the PIRLS 2011 study.



PIRLS and TIMSS 2011 in Northern Ireland: Reading, mathematics and science
PIRLS and TIMSS 2011 in Northern Ireland: Reading, mathematics and science
Linda Sturman, Liz Twist, Bethan Burge et al December 2012, Research Report

This report details the performance of Northern Ireland pupils in reading, mathematics and science in the PIRLS 2011 and TIMSS 2011 international studies.



Review of the National Curriculum in England: Report on subject breadth in international jurisdictions
Review of the National Curriculum in England: Report on subject breadth in international jurisdictions
INCA International Review of Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks Internet Archive December 2011, Research Report

NFER was commissioned by the DfE in the spring of 2011 to produce a report detailing curricular arrangements in a number of high-performing educational jurisdictions.



PISA 2009: Achievement of 15-year-olds in England
PISA 2009: Achievement of 15-year-olds in England
Jenny Bradshaw, Robert Ager, Bethan Burge and Rebecca Wheater December 2010, Research Report

This is the PISA 2009 national report for England.



PISA 2009: Achievement of 15-year-olds in Wales
PISA 2009: Achievement of 15-year-olds in Wales
Jenny Bradshaw, Robert Ager, Bethan Burge and Rebecca Wheater December 2010, Research Report

This is the PISA 2009 National Report for Wales.



PISA 2009: Achievement of 15-year-olds in Northern Ireland
PISA 2009: Achievement of 15-year-olds in Northern Ireland
Jenny Bradshaw, Robert Ager, Bethan Burge and Rebecca Wheater December 2010, Research Report

This is the PISA national report for Northern Ireland.



Young people's civic attitudes and practices: England's outcomes from the IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS)
Young people's civic attitudes and practices: England's outcomes from the IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS)
Julie Nelson, Pauline Wade and David Kerr November 2010, Research Report

DCSF commissioned NFER to coordinate the administration and analysis of England’s participation in ICCS, a study of pupil knowledge and understanding, dispositions and attitudes, which is administered across 38 countries.



An international perspective on integrated children's services
An international perspective on integrated children's services
Sharon O'Donnell, Pippa Lord, Claire Sargent et al July 2010, Research Report

A review of international literature relating to the integration of children's services, and identifies British, American and Norwegian evidence of the benefits of an integrated approach to Early Years provision.



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