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Department for Education government consultation - Implementation of T Level programme
The Department for Education (DfE) recently launched a public consultation on the implementation of T level programmes. Here is NFER’s response to the consultation along with a blog post written by NFER’s Claudia Sumner on the new technical qualifications.
Response to consultation | Blog post | 9 February 2018

The revised careers strategy: is it enough to ‘address the issue of variable quality’?
In this new blog post, NFER’s Tami McCrone looks at whether the Government’s newly published revised careers strategy is enough to address the issue of variable quality.
Blog post | 14 December 2017

Evaluation of University Technical Colleges (UTCs) – Year One
The first evaluation of University Technical College (UTC) approaches to curriculum design and employer engagement has found that project-based learning and employer involvement has helped to create more well-rounded, work-ready students.
News release | Research report | 12 December 2017

Collaborating with businesses will support London youngsters in making best career choices
Encouraging and supporting businesses to become involved in education is seen as a priority for London’s schools and colleges, according to a new report released today by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and London Councils.
Press release | Research report | PowerPoint Guide | 24 November 2017

Apprenticeships in England - are they working?
Researcher Zoe des Clayes reviews the latest DfE statistical first release on apprenticeship figures.
Blog post | 17 October 2017

Overall NEET rates continue to fall but should we be concerned about the rise in 16 to 18 year olds who are NET as well as NEET?
Latest Statistical First Release confirmed the downward trend in the proportion of young people who are NEET over recent years, first reported back in June.
Blog post | 25 August 2017

University Technical Colleges: Beneath the Headlines - NFER Contextual Analysis
New research published today compares the characteristics and outcomes of University Technical College (UTC) students with similar students at the schools they attended during Key Stage 3 prior to joining the UTC.
Press release | Research report | 22 June 2017

The young people who don't fall NEET-ly into the picture
Claudia Sumner and Tami McCrone discuss one of the top education issues the main parties should be talking about ahead of the 2017 General Election.
Blog post | 10 May 2017

Life as an NFER apprentice
For National Apprenticeship Week 2017, our apprentice Harminder Hundal discusses her experience juggling various roles at NFER.
Blog post

Edge Foundation and NFER launch online tool to support schools and colleges in their engagement with employers
A free, interactive online tool for senior leaders and teachers in schools and colleges has been launched by the Edge Foundation in partnership with NFER.
News releaseAccess the toolSlides from presentation

Providing for the future: Providers views on apprenticeship reform
Research finds that apprenticeship providers remain uncertain about much of the detail of the government’s reform plans.
Press release | Research Report

Reforming careers advice and guidance in England
Senior Research Manager Tami McCrone spoke on options for schools to improve the quality of their careers provision at this seminar.
Slides from the presentation | More about the event...

London Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training 2016
Senior Research Manager Tami McCrone and Quantitative Researcher Dr Susie Bamford will be discussed their research on how employers can best work with schools to support young people’s successful transitions from education into a career.
More about the event...

Engaging with potential NEETs
How can schools inspire key stage 4 students who can't see the value of going to school or getting good grades - and who risk becoming NEET? Dr Susie Bamford outlines some successful strategies.
Feature in SecEd

The future of technical and professional education: joining up the dots
Tami McCrone on the challenges identified at a recent LSRN workshop.
Blog post

NEET prevention - Keeping students engaged at Key Stage 4
New research indicates how to prevent teenagers disengaging from school.
Press Release | Research report

Could it be that disengagement leads to poor skills?
Tami McCrone addresses the issues behing disengagement at age 16-19.
Blog post

Parents are in the dark about careers
Tami McCrone on the importance of keeping parents well informed about their children’s careers education and guidance.
Blog post

Photocopying and making tea: How important is work experience?
Anneka Dawson on the importance of securing meaningful work experience, and the difficulties involved.
Blog post

A Review of Technical Education
Rapid literature review for AoC identifies key characteristics and essential elements of teaching and learning in technical and vocational education.
Research Report

Vocational education - a desirable choice?
Sarah Lynch examines recent research to determine if vocational qualifications can help young people develop skills needed to succeed at the workplace.
Blog post

Review of the value of vocational qualifications
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) commissioned NFER to carry out a small-scale rapid literature review of the value of vocational qualifications offered in the UK by JCQ members.
Research report
| Blog post

LSRN Workshop: The national agenda for research, development and evidence about Vocational Education and Training
For details of the presentations and main inputs to the discussion, click here

Sharing innovative approaches and overcoming barriers in delivering 16-19 study programmes' principles
Video case studies, guidance and more from NFER's event for senior leaders
Event page

'There will always be NEET young people in the land' – will it ever be different?
In a guest post on the NFER blog, Thomas Spielhofer emphasises the importance of flexible and tailored provision in tackling the problem of NEETs.
Blog post

The Foundation Code for Careers, Education, Information and Guidance
NFER has collaborated with ASCL and six other organisations to develop this code which sets out the values and behaviours needed to deliver high quality CEIAG.
Foundation Code | Blog post on ASCL website

Election 2015 Factsheet - From the classroom to a job: what are the options for young people?
One of four Factsheets for the 2015 Election.
Election factsheet

NFER hosts seminar for Tavistock Institute
The Tavistock Institute are working with five countries (Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany and the UK) on an Erasmus-funded project.
More about the event...

The primary consideration ‘should’ be the best interests of the young person
One week away from the 2015 Election, Tami McCrone looks at what the main parties say about careers guidance.
Blog post

The poetry and prose of careers guidance
Ben Durbin, Head of Impact, reflects on Labour’s education manifesto announced last week
Blog post

NFER report highlights innovative work experience practice in schools and sixth form colleges
A new report, published by NFER, gives an insight into ‘what works’ in successfully delivering the work experience strand of the 16 – 19 study programmes in schools and sixth form colleges.
News release | Seminar for senior leaders

Sharing innovative approaches and overcoming barriers in delivering 16-19 study programmes' principles
Research provides top tips on how to deliver successful and creative work experience
Top tips guide | Research report | Seminar for senior leaders

Improving employability
Research reports and 'connect card' for schools, colleges and SMEs help produce work-ready young people.
Summary report | Case studies report | Connect card | Press release

Public policy exchange: Careers partnerships - Pathways for Life, working in partnership
NFER Research Director Tami McCrone was one of the key speakers at the Public Policy Exchange event on Taking Action: Strengthening the Role of Careers Guidance in Schools and Colleges.
More about the event...

Vocational education: policymakers must change hearts and minds, not just the system
A change of attitude towards vocational education is the important next step to transform our education system into one that's world leading.
Press Release | Policy paper

Study sheds light on NEET prevention
NFER research identifies effective interventions to help young people at risk of becoming not in education, employment or training
News release | Research report | Top tips guide

David Sims at HoC Education Select Committee
Research Director David Sims gave evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee on Wednesday 5th November as part of its inquiry into Apprenticeships and traineeships for 16 to 19 year olds.
Link to recording of session

Partners launch project to bring employers and schools together
NFER has launched an exciting new partnership project to improve employability skills among the future workforce
Find out more

Post GCSEs: Are 16-year-olds making informed decisions, or following in their siblings’ footsteps?
On the eve of the GCSE results, Tami McCrone calls for the right support for all
Blog post

Improving employability skills: enriching our economy
NFER is working with SESL, the GLA and London councils to produce an output to support SMEs and micro businesses work more effectively with schools and colleges

Careers: a clear brief for schools and colleges
ASCL, ATL, NFER and the 157 Group collaborate to produce a good practice brief for schools and college senior leaders
Press release | Good practice brief

Staff news
David Sims attended the Third Steering Group of the BIS/AoC Understanding College Higher Education project on Monday 28th April

Navigating the drive from education to employment
Educators and employers need to increase their engagement and partnerships to provide a range of high-quality learning experiences
Blog post

How to ensure academic and vocational routes to work are perceived as equally important, valid and useful
Well-informed teachers, careers professionals and parents are all key
Blog post

School Approaches to Supporting Students to Remain Engaged at Key Stage 4
Baseline case study report
Research report | Blog post

Reading the signs teacher resource
Interactive checklist for identifying the reasons why young people may disengage
Discussion aid and checklist | Blog post

The International Survey of Adult Skills 2012
Adult literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills in England and Northern Ireland
England report | Northern Ireland report | Blog post

NFER supports Ofsted report, calls for careers guidance action
Paper argues it is vital to invest in effective careers education, advice and guidance.
Press release | Download the paper


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