Leadership and management in local authorities
Supporting theory building in integrated services researchMay 2008, Research Report
In support of the LARC research into the early outcomes from integrated children’s services, NFER has undertaken a literature review to identify existing models and theories of integration.
Guide to information lawJanuary 2008, Practical Guide
This online resource is intended to provide a practical guide to information law and is specifically aimed at staff working in local authority children's services departments.
The role of Local Authorities in supporting schools in WalesSeptember 2007, Research Report
This report presents the outcomes of research conducted on behalf of the Welsh Local Government Association and National Assembly for Wales, into the role of LEAs in Welsh supporting schools.
Partnership working and the education of looked after children (research spotlight 1)August 2007, Article
Research Spotlight provides local authorities with summarised findings of NFER research on current topics in education and children's services, in a concise and accessible format.
Perceptions of the LGE: Research summaryAugust 2007, Research Summary
This study involved a programme of stakeholder consultation to find out how Local Government Employers (LGE) is perceived and where development might best be directed in the future.
Guidelines for official publications in local authoritiesJune 2007, Practical Guide
This guide is designed to help all those who have responsibility for writing, compiling and publishing official documents to make their publications as easy as possible for others to find.
Multi-agency working and its implications for practice: A review of the literatureJune 2007, Research Report
The overall purpose of this study was to review existing research and evaluation to explore different models of multi-agency work.
The development of the children's services statistical neighbour benchmarking modelFebruary 2007, Research Report
NFER has developed a new model for local authorities to compare and assess their performance across children’s services with their statistical neighbours.
The essential guideJanuary 2007, Practical Guide
This comprehensive publication offers a simple and detailed guide to the 2007 legislation set in the context of previous law and government policy.
Analysis of Children and Young People's Plans 2006October 2006, Research Report
NFER's study of 75 CYPPs builds a national picture of the content of the plans and how they contribute to the five outcomes of Every Child Matters (ECM).
Review of data systems underpining DfES SR2004 PSA targetsMarch 2006, Research Report
NFER's Statistics Research and Analysis Group was commissioned by the DfES's Head of Profession for Statistics to review the data systems underpinning each of the Department's PSA targets.
Digest of the Education Act 2005July 2005, Research Report
This Digest highlights the important changes in the Education Act and notes how these will have practical implications for schools, LAs and others involved in the education of young people.
National and local government raising standards across schools: A literature reviewJuly 2005, Research Report
This review of relevant literature provides an up-to-date picture of the context within which the priority of raising school standards is being implemented.
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.
The evaluation of Excellence Clusters: Final reportMarch 2004, Research Report
This report presents the key findings from final stage of the evaluation of the Excellence Clusters initiative.
Education and the Human Rights Act 1998June 2003, Research Report
This book provides an analysis of the Human Rights Act case law and examines the impact that it has had on education law.
Using research for school improvement: The LEA's roleJune 2003, Research Report
The main purpose of this research project was to provide LEAs with information on good practice in the use of research to support school improvement.
Effective interagency working: A review of the literature and examples from practiceMay 2003, Research Report
This review demonstrates that there exists considerable good practice in multi-agency working between education, social services and health, as well as other agencies, voluntary organisation and client groups.
Education decision-making under scrutiny: The impact of local government modernisationDecember 2002, Research Report
This study aimed to determine the ways in which local authorities have modernised their education decision-making processes and to explore the experiences of those directly involved in the changes.
The recruitment, retention and training of local authority school improvement staffSeptember 2002, Research Report
This research project set out to document the strategies being adopted by LEAs to overcome their staffing difficulties and to identify examples of best practice.
Local authority reactions to the OFSTED inspection processJune 2002, Research Report
NFER was commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA) to undertake research to examine the reactions of a small number of authorities to their inspection report.
An evaluation of the devolution of education welfare services to secondary schools: The first yearMarch 2002, Research Report
This report relays the findings from the first year of the NFER evaluation of the pilot devolution of Education Welfare Services (EWS) to secondary schools.
A revolution in the use of data? The LEA role in data collection, analysis and use and its impact on pupil performanceFebruary 2002, Research Report
This project was supported by the Local Government Association (LGA) Educational Research Programme and investigated how LEAs collect and use school and pupil performance data.
Education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: A guide to the systemJanuary 2002, Practical Guide
This guide was published in 2002, based on text supplied from EURYBASE - the Eurydice database on educational systems.
Multi-agency working: A detailed studyJanuary 2002, Research Report
This report presents the findings from phases two and three of an NFER study, commissioned by the LGA, examining the range of multi-agency activity within LEAs.