Teaching and pedagogy
Character educationApril 2017, Research Summary
NFER was commissioned by ASCL and Pearson to undertake a literature review on approaches to the effective leadership, planning and delivery of character education. The evidence base identified was not sufficiently robust to answer our specific resear
Evidence for the FrontlineMarch 2017, Research Report
Study evaluating the pilot of Evidence for the Frontline (E4F) (2015–2016) – an online brokerage service which supports more effective use of research evidence by schools.
Response to Welsh government consultation on workforce data collectionMarch 2017, Policy Paper
NFER response to the Welsh government consultation on proposed changes to the collection of individual-level information on the school workforce in Wales.
Wellcome Trust Teacher Voice Questions - February 2016June 2016, Research Summary
The Wellcome Trust commissioned seven questions on science teaching to be included as part of the Teacher Voice Omnibus Survey.
Teacher Voice Questions for DfE - June 2015December 2015, Research Summary
The DfE submitted questions to Teacher Voice that covered subjects including the new national curriculum, mental health support and provision, pupil behaviour and bullying and school leadership.
NFER Teacher Voice Omnibus: questions for the DfE - November 2014July 2015, Omnibus/Panel Survey
The DfE submitted questions to Teacher Voice that covered subjects including the new national curriculum, initial teacher training (ITT) routes, teacher pensions, careers guidance and the pupil premium.
Tutor Trust PrimaryJuly 2015, Research Report
Evaluation of the impact of the Tutor Trust on the English and Mathematics attainment of Year 6-7 pupils, and of schools’ perceptions of the need for affordable tuition and of their assessment of the quality of the service provided.
Tutor Trust SecondaryJuly 2015, Research Report
Evaluation assessed the impact of the Tutor Trust on the English and Mathematics GCSE results of Year 11 pupils, and of schools’ perceptions of the need for affordable tuition and their assessments of the quality of service provided.
Academies: time to learn the lessonsMay 2015, Policy Paper
Our latest NFER Thinks paper calls for the long term outcomes of learners to be considered in any future increase in the number of academies and for evaluation to be embedded in the process.
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.
NFER Teacher Voice Omnibus: questions for the DfE - March to June 2014November 2014, Research Summary
The DfE submitted questions to Teacher Voice that covered subjects including the new national curriculum; changes to accountability indicators; free school meals and the raising of the participation age.
Teachers’ Use of Research EvidenceJuly 2014, Research Summary
This research investigates the uses and perceived impact of engaging with research on teaching and learning. The project was carried out by NFER in partnership with United Learning.
Creating a research-engaged schoolJuly 2014, Practical Guide
Partnership working in small rural primary schoolsMay 2014, Research Report
CfBT Education Trust commissioned Robert Hill and NFER to investigate the most effective ways for small rural primary schools to work together in order to improve provision and raise standards.
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
Evaluation PolicyMarch 2014, Policy Paper
This document has been written by NFER to provide policy makers, practitioners, administrators, researchers and teacher educators with an overview of the principles NFER applies towards evaluation.
Evidence in the classroom needs system-wide changeJanuary 2014, Policy Paper
In this NFER Thinks we argue for system-wide change to ensure that evidence is used to the benefit of all learners.
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.
Key competence development in school education in Europe: KeyCoNet's review of the literature: a summaryJune 2013, Research Report
KeyCoNet commissioned NFER to produce a summary collating the findings of their earlier literature reviews on key competence development and assessment.
NFER Teacher Voice Omnibus November 2012 Survey: New Teachers’ Standards and Appraisal RegulationsMarch 2013, Omnibus/Panel Survey
The DfE submitted two questions to NFER’s Teacher Voice Omnibus Survey in November 2012 covering the awareness and impacts of the new Teachers’ Standards and appraisal regulations.