STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

RCT and Process Evaluation of Code Clubs
RCT and Process Evaluation of Code Clubs
Suzanne Straw, Susie Bamford and Ben Styles May 2017, Research Report

Report detailing a national evaluation of Code Clubs undertaken by NFER between June 2015 and September 2016.



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.



Evaluation of STEMNET 2011-15
Evaluation of STEMNET 2011-15
Suzanne Straw and Shona Macleod December 2015, Research Summary

Summary report of an evaluation of STEMNET's operations and impact from 2011-2015, focusing on the STEM Ambassadors Programme, the STEM Clubs Programme, and Schools' STEM Advisory Network.



PISA in Practice - Cognitive Activation in Maths
PISA in Practice - Cognitive Activation in Maths
Bethan Burge, Jenny Lenkeit and Juliet Sizmur September 2015, Research Report

Part of a series showcasing findings from PISA 2012, this report focuses on Cognitive Activation and how it is related to achievement.



PISA in Practice - Tackling low performance in Maths
PISA in Practice - Tackling low performance in Maths
Bethan Burge and Juliet Sizmur September 2015, Research Report

Part of a series showcasing findings from PISA 2012, this report focuses on the links between pupil attitudes and behaviours and low attainment in maths.



PISA in Practice - England's high performance in Science
PISA in Practice - England's high performance in Science
Bethan Burge and Juliet Sizmur September 2015, Research Report

Part of a series showcasing findings from PISA 2012, this report explores the characteristics of those pupils who were high performers in the PISA science and problem-solving assessments.



Improving Numeracy and Literacy
Improving Numeracy and Literacy
Jack Worth, Juliet Sizmur, Rob Ager and Ben Styles June 2015, Research Report

This NFER report has been produced for the Education Endowment Foundation and its evaluation of the Improving Numeracy and Literacy programme, which aimed to improve the numeracy and literacy abilities of pupils in Year 2.



Audit of the Bloodhound Education Programme
Audit of the Bloodhound Education Programme
Suzanne Straw, Jennifer Jeffes, Anneka Dawson and Pippa Lord January 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.



Consultation on STEM for  the Education and Training Foundation
Consultation on STEM for the Education and Training Foundation
Suzanne Straw July 2014, Research Report

NFER completed a consultation on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for the newly formed Education and Training Foundation.



STEM Education Learning Report
STEM Education Learning Report
NFER June 2014, Research Report

NFER was commissioned by BG Group to assess its social investment in STEM education projects in five countries between 2011-2013.



Catch Up Numeracy
Catch Up Numeracy
Simon Rutt, Claire Easton and Oliver Stacey February 2014, Research Report

This NFER report has been produced for the Education Endowment Fund and its evaluation of the Catch Up Numeracy Intervention.



Research into the impact of Project Maths on student achievement, learning and motivation
Research into the impact of Project Maths on student achievement, learning and motivation
Jennifer Jeffes, Emily Jones, Mairin Wilson et al November 2013, Research Report

NFER was commissioned by DESI, and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, to undertake research into the impact of Project Maths on student achievement, learning and motivation.



Science education - have we overlooked what we are good at?
Science education - have we overlooked what we are good at?
Newman Burdett and Harriet Weaving September 2013, Policy Paper

NFER Thinks paper arguing that the government’s proposed reforms to GCSE science may overlook many of the successful features of our existing science provision.



Why mathematics education needs whole-system, not piecemeal reform
Why mathematics education needs whole-system, not piecemeal reform
Gillian Whitehouse and Newman Burdett August 2013, Policy Paper

This paper argues that proposals to reform mathematics GCSEs run the risk of disengaging weaker students and exacerbating failure rates.



Tomorrow's Engineers evaluation of careers materials
Tomorrow's Engineers evaluation of careers materials
Eleanor Stevens, Helen Everett, Shona Macleod and Suzanne Straw July 2013, Research Summary

This report presents the findings of NFER’s research into the usage, perceptions and impact of the careers materials distributed by the Tomorrow’s Engineers programme.



Improving young people's engagement with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
Improving young people's engagement with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
Suzanne Straw and Shona Macleod March 2013, Policy Paper

This NFER Thinks paper presents NFER’s research evidence into what works to encourage further engagement in, and take-up of, STEM subjects.



Evaluation of the European Space Education Resource Office: Final report
Evaluation of the European Space Education Resource Office: Final report
Jennifer Jeffes, Suzanne Straw and Emily Lamont December 2012, Research Report

Research commissioned by the National STEM Centre to evaluate the effectiveness and early impacts of the European Space Education Resource Office for the UK (ESERO-UK).



Exploring the engagement of STEM SMEs with education: Key findings research summary
Exploring the engagement of STEM SMEs with education: Key findings research summary
Jennie Harland, Suzanne Straw, Eleanor Stevens and Anneka Dawson August 2012, Research Summary

This report summarises the findings of a study exploring the engagement of STEM SMEs with education, which NFER completed for STEMNET in August 2012.



Qualitative evaluation of the National Science Learning Centre
Qualitative evaluation of the National Science Learning Centre
Matt Walker, Suzanne Straw and Nalia George July 2012, Research Report

This report presents the first phase of a qualitative evaluation undertaken for Myscience aiming to explore the impact on pupils of CPD undertaken at the National Science Learning Centre.



Evaluation of the Wellcome Trust Camden STEM Initiative
Evaluation of the Wellcome Trust Camden STEM Initiative
Suzanne Straw, Shona Macleod and Ruth Hart June 2012, Research Report

This report presents the findings of NFER’s evaluation of the Wellcome Trust’s Camden STEM Initiative, which provided funding to eight Camden schools to develop interdisciplinary projects between 2009 and 2011.



Evaluation of Starting Out
Evaluation of Starting Out
Shona Macleod, Matt Walker, Ben Durbin et al May 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.



School-industry STEM links in the UK: A report commissioned by Futurelab
School-industry STEM links in the UK: A report commissioned by Futurelab
Anthony Mann and Adrian Oldknow March 2012, Research Report

The purpose of this brief report is to provide an critical overview of the character and effectiveness of employer engagement in UK education.



Bloodhound education programme: Follow-up audit of activities
Bloodhound education programme: Follow-up audit of activities
Suzanne Straw and Anneka Dawson February 2012, Research Report

NFER was commissioned in January 2012 to undertake a Follow-up Audit of Activities to explore how the Bloodhound Education Programme had progressed since 2009.



An evaluation of the impact of STEMNET's services on pupils and teachers
An evaluation of the impact of STEMNET's services on pupils and teachers
Suzanne Straw, Ruth Hart and Jennie Harland November 2011, Research Report

NFER undertook an evaluation of STEMNET’s operations and impact from 2009 to 2011. STEMNET’s vision is to increase young people’s choices and chances through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).



Exploring young people's views on science education
Exploring young people's views on science education
NFER September 2011, Research Report

This report draws together research commissioned by the Wellcome Trust aiming to provide a deeper understanding of young people’s attitudes to science education.



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