Engaging teachers: teacher retention analysisSeptember 2016, Research Report
Follow-up to our previous report on teacher retention, exploring how engaged and supported teachers feel and how this relates to their intention to remain or to leave the profession.
How to… Run randomised controlled trials (RCTs): An introductionApril 2014, Professional Development
This short guide provides an introduction to Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs), how they work and how to use them. It is aimed at senior leaders, teachers and those already experienced in research who are interested in finding out about how to impl
Using Evidence in the Classroom: What Works and Why?January 2014, Research Report
This review is part of the Teacher Development strand of our Research Programme, and synthesises research on effective approaches to the creation of a more evidence-informed teaching profession.
How to... Run action research: Do it yourselfNovember 2013, Professional Development
This short guide provides an introduction to action research for senior leaders, teachers and other school staff who are interested in carrying out research, with a view to improving practice.
How to... Plan your research: Meet your objectivesNovember 2013, Professional Development
This short guide provides an introduction to planning a research project for senior leaders, teachers and other school staff. The guide offers practical tips to assist research project planning.
How to... Run qualitative and quantitative research: From definitions through to analysisNovember 2013, Professional Development
This short guide gives an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research for senior leaders, teachers and other school staff who are interested in carrying out educational research.
How to... Use focus groups: Get the most from themNovember 2013, Professional Development
This short guide provides an introduction to focus groups for senior leaders, teaching staff and other school staff who are interested in running focus groups in an educational setting.
How to... Write up your research: Some tips to get you startedNovember 2013, Professional Development
This short guide provides an introduction to writing up your research. It aims to help senior leaders, teachers and other school staff who are thinking about undertaking research in an educational setting.
'How to' guides collectionNovember 2013, Professional Development
Get five guides for the price of four! This collection of five 'How to' guides includes How to... Plan your research, Run action research, Run qualitative and quantitative research, Use focus groups, and Write up your research.
An investigation of Headteachers' and teachers' views towards science-specific CPDJuly 2013, Research Report
Report of interview survey investigating what headteachers CPD leaders at secondary and FE level think about science-specific CPD.
Evaluation of the Mathematics Specialist Teacher (MaST) programmeJune 2013, Research Report
An evaluation of the MaST Programme which provides participating teachers with training and professional support so they can carry out their mathematics specialist role working with teachers in their school.
Education on the web: A tool-kit to help you search effectively for information on educationOctober 2012, Professional Development
This book is part of a series of publications drawing on NFER expertise to equip readers with the knowledge and skills to carry out their own research.
Evaluation of Starting OutMay 2012, Research Report
NFER conducted an evaluation of Starting Out, a two-year mentoring pilot programme for science and mathematics teacher trainees and early career teachers delivered by the Learning and Skills Network.
Making the links between teachers' professional standards, induction, performance management and continuing professional developmentJanuary 2011, Research Report
This report sets out the findings from a study which evaluates the extent to which ‘new professionalism’ has been introduced in schools, and its impact on teaching and learning.
A guide to running randomised controlled trials for educational researchersSeptember 2010, Professional Development
This guide examines when randomised controlled trials should be used to evaluate an intervention and when other approaches may be more suitable.
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.
Evaluation of the career developments of Early Years Professionals (EYPs)June 2009, Research Report
This evaluation of the career developments of Early Years Professionals (EYPs) explored the impact of attainment of EYPS on line management, leadership and practice, career prospects and salary.
Evaluation of the GTC's Teacher Learning Academy (TLA): Impacts on teachers, pupils and schoolsMarch 2009, Research Report
NFER undertook an evaluation of the Teacher Learning Academy, using an ‘impact trail’ methodology to go beyond the ‘black box’ model of inputs and outputs with assumed attribution and causation.
Using Appreciative Inquiry in educational research: Possibilities and limitationsFebruary 2009, Research Report
This small-scale study, working with two schools and local authorities in England, considered the potential application of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as a research technique.
Mentoring and coaching for professionals: A study of the research evidenceOctober 2008, Research Report
The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) commissioned NFER to conduct a desk based review into mentoring and coaching.
Research into the role of CPD leadership in schoolsAugust 2008, Research Report
This research, commissioned by the Training and Development Agency for Schools, investigated how continuing professional development (CPD) is led in schools today, and how it is supported.
Evaluation of the Chemistry for Non-Specialists training programmeAugust 2008, Research Report
The Royal Society of Chemistry commissioned NFER to undertake an evaluation of the Chemistry for Non-specialists training programme, a four-day programme covering key chemistry concepts, hands-on experience and teacher demonstrations.
Research toolkit - Volume 1: The how-to guide from practical research for educationJuly 2008, Professional Development
One of a range of research books designed to help practioners run research projects in education.
An evaluation of the Teacher Learning Academy: phases 1 and 2April 2007, Research Report
This research sets out key findings from an evaluation of Phases 1 and 2 of the pilot Teacher Learning Academy.
An evaluation of the GTC-DfES-LEA Continuing Professional Development Partnership Project: Examining the progress and lasting impacts of the Partnership ProjectSeptember 2006, Research Report
NFER evaluated the impact of the GTCE and the Department for Education and Skills’ partnership work with 26 local authorities to advance work in supporting teachers’ continuing professional development.