Research & School Improvement services

Improving performance, engagement and achievement with teaching and learning

Enquiring Schools

Evidence-based teacher development and school improvement


Programme details

Enquiring Schools is based on collaboration and enquiry. The full programme, described below, is tailored to meet the pressures on your school, the level of support you require and whether you are a primary, secondary or sixth form college.

Schools often make the programme a key part of their CPD, utilising training days and staff meetings.

The programme

NFER will also seek out opportunities to promote your work in newsletters, on our website and, where appropriate, in the education press and at conferences.


Examples of
primary school projects

Increasing pupil engagement and reducing behavioural problems

Improving the literacy of boys

Building better learners through resilience and reflection

Making the language of learning visible in classrooms

Making more effective use of technology

Helping children become better, critical listeners


Examples of
secondary school projects

The use of social media

Getting students excited about maths

Encouraging girls to study STEM subjects

Peer learning

Stretching and challenging students

Increasing student engagement

Investigating different pedagogic approaches

Making learning visible

The workshops on learning with mobile technology that NFER facilitated were inspirational and well tailored to the different needs of teachers.
Rofft Primary School, Wexford


This project has turned into really useful professional development for teachers because it has made them reflect upon their work and how they manage the classroom.
Emma Starkey, Assistant Principal, Accrington Academy


Contact us to find out how the programme can be tailored to your needs