Research & School Improvement services
Improving performance, engagement and achievement with teaching and learning
The NFER Research Mark
The mark of quality research engagement in your school or college
NFER will support you in your journey.
There are a number of resources available in the Research in Schools web pages. You will find free guidance on both topics to research and methods of research. These are constantly being updated, so please check regularly. If you are interested in being kept up to date, please complete the ‘Expression of interest’ form.
The NFER Self-Review Tool is a FREE online tool to help you review how research-engaged your school or college is. It uses the same statements as used in the NFER Research Mark criteria and is a good place to start. If you feel your school is established or higher in the tool, then you should consider applying for the Research Mark.
Learning from how others are using research and enquiry in their setting is extremely useful and NFER has videos and case studies available free to view online. Hopefully you will be able to share your experience for others to benefit from once you have been awarded the NFER Research Mark.
The NFER Enquiring Schools Programme is a fresh approach to CPD and school improvement. It is built around enquiry-based projects carried out by your staff in your school, supported by an expert from NFER.
NFER publishes a wide range of evidence-based publications and resources including practical guides, professional development tools, research reports and summaries, and the results of panel surveys. They are available via the Publications area of our website.
This free guide for senior leaders describes how to create a research-engaged school.
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Building research capacity into your organisation will benefit your learners and staff in so many ways and NFER are here to help you. If you would like support in your Research Mark application, please call our helpline team on 01753 637007.
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