Our current work in this area
NFER is a partner in the Coalition for Evidence-based Education (CEBE), working with the Institute for Effective Education to provide CEBE’s secretariat. CEBE is an alliance of researchers, policymakers and practitioners who are interested in improving the way research evidence is accessed and used across the sector. Its aim is to provide a platform to share ideas, set up new collaborative projects and host events.
We are also involved in a number of research projects designed to enhance our understanding of the different ways in which schools and colleges can and do engage with research and in enquiry, and to explore the barriers and enablers of doing so. These projects will also shed more light on the relative impacts and effectiveness of different approaches to the coordination and delivery of such activities.
- an evaluation of Evidence for the Frontline (E4F), a brokerage service designed to support schools to engage with and use research evidence more effectively
- an evaluation of the Literacy Octopus, an initiative designed to help teachers and school leaders to improve literacy in Key Stage 2 through evidence-based support and materials. The project is evaluating how best to offer this support, and the effect on pupils’ attainment
- the development of baseline and outcomes surveys that can be used to collect information from school staff about the different information they use (including research evidence) to inform decisions on teaching and learning and to support pupil progress.
NFER also provides a range of products and services to help schools and colleges engage with research and in enquiry. These include:
- The Self-Review Tool: a free online tool to help teachers review how research-engaged their school or college is.
- The Research Mark: a thorough and comprehensive award scheme based on eight criteria that are all elements of a research-engaged school or college.
- Enquiring Schools: a fresh approach to teacher development and school improvement built around enquiry-based projects carried out by teachers, with support from NFER.