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NFER is the national centre to deliver PISA 2018 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
NFER commissioned to form the National Centre for the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2018 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland..
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Is mathematics education in England working for everyone? NFER analysis of the PISA performance of disadvantaged pupils
This report analyses new data from PISA and TIMSS 2015 looking at the impact of disadvantage on pupils in England from an international perspective.
Research report

PISA 2015 briefing papers
NFER has published two briefing papers on the PISA 2015 results:
Key insights from PISA 2015 (UK nations) and Key insights from PISA 2015 (Scotland)

Schools that work for everyone: What is disadvantage?
In the first of a three-part series, our new blog on schools that work for everyone asks ‘what is disadvantage?
Blog post

If we build it, they may not come: implementing effective education programs and policy
In a guest blog for the World Bank, Ben Durbin writes about lessons to keep in mind while delivering developmental education programs.
Blog post

PISA 2015 briefing paper
NFER has published a briefing paper on the PISA 2015 results in Scotland:
Key insights from PISA 2015 (Scotland)

If we build it, they may not come: implementing effective education programs and policy
In a guest blog for the World Bank, Ben Durbin writes about lessons to keep in mind while delivering developmental education programs.Blog post

PISA and TIMSS uncovered: seeing past the headlines - SSAT National Conference 2016
Friday 1 December, The ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA

In this seminar at the annual SSAT National Conference, NFER Research Manager Rebecca Wheater discussed findings from the recent TIMSS and forthcoming PISA test results.
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TIMSS 2015 briefing papers
NFER has published two briefing papers on the TIMSS 2015 results published today:
Twenty Years of TIMSS in England and Key insights from TIMSS 2015 in Northern Ireland.

TIMSS 2015 in Northern Ireland: Mathematics and Science
This report looks at pupil achievement in mathematics and science for pupils aged 9 – 10 in Northern Ireland. The IEA’s Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) takes place every four years and provides data about trends in mathematics and science achievement over time. The 2015 survey, the sixth in the series, updates the picture of performance from 2011.
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TIMSS and PISA results: Seeing past the headlines
In a guest blog for the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Ben Durbin encourages us to look beyond headlines that focus on country-wide rankings post the upcoming publication of major international surveys.
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Is evidence good for absolutely nothing?
Ben Durbin reflects on the importance of evidence in education from the What Works Global Summit 2016.
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NFER's international voice in education
Julie Nelson joined international experts to participate in a two-day meeting in Washington DC, focusing on the use of research evidence in public services.
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Characteristics of successful science education
Secondary analysis of data from TIMSS 2011.
Research report