Research project on research feedback for schools

Teachers: have you ever received feedback as a result of taking part in an externally run research project? If so, did you find this feedback useful, and how could it have been made better?

Please help us to improve the quality and usefulness of research feedback by sending us your examples to researchfeedback@nfer.ac.uk.

Why do NFER want to see examples of feedback?

NFER is working to create an excellent education for all children and young people.

NFER recognises the importance of being able to turn research findings into effective and innovative classroom practice. A major factor in achieving this objective is the provision of accessible and useful feedback. We are currently evaluating the feedback we provide to schools involved in research. Our aim is to improve effectiveness and consistency and increase our impact on practice.

In particular, we are looking to answer four questions:

  1. What feedback is currently offered to schools (by NFER and others) and how?
  2. In general, what feedback formats and content are valued and used by teachers?
  3. What are teachers’ specific preferences and needs in relation to the feedback they receive e.g. what do they most want to know and what is their preferred method to receive or access it?
  4. To what extent, and for what purposes, do teachers use the feedback they receive?

We need your help

This is an open call to schools and teachers to send in any examples of feedback they have received from NFER and others. For this project, we are defining feedback as the written information that research organisations share with schools that participate in their research projects. It is often (but not always) based on quantitative data (such as pupil survey responses), is aggregated and anonymised, and often specific to the school in question.

Please send us examples of feedback that you have received, as a result of taking part in a research project, together with a note to say what you liked or didn’t like about the feedback, and any thoughts you have about how it could be made better. This will aid in identifying good features of feedback currently being distributed as well as features which require improvement. Your involvement will help increase both the effectiveness and accessibility of our research. For further information about this project, please contact Matt Walker (m.walker@nfer.ac.uk)