Research & School Improvement services

Improving performance, engagement and achievement with teaching and learning

The NFER Research Mark

A recognised national award scheme

 

What schools think

NFER Research Mark - Celebrating success

Staff and pupils share their thoughts on the NFER Research Mark, what's involved and the impact in school.

NFER Research Mark - Celebrating success

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham and Little Heath School in Reading were awarded the NFER Research Mark in July 2014.

Tuxford Primary Academy, Newark

 

Tuxford Primary Academy, Newark

 The NFER Research Mark has driven improvements in practice and has had a direct impact on the children as a result.

The research undertaken to gain the award was chosen for the greatest impact on raising pupil aspirations, measured before and after the delivery of a key intervention, to change attitudes and approaches for the better, with both parents and children.

The process and validation of the hard work that we put in to the research, thereby gaining the award, has been a welcomed journey and one that we would recommend that other primaries undertake to ground practice on carefully conducted research.
Louise Davidson, Executive Principal and DALP Executive Primary Lead

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Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

 The Research Mark allows me to connect to  teachers as both consumers and producers of  educational research.
 James Simpson, Assistant Headteacher

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Wexham School

 This research engagement has contributed to the  school’s recent improved examination results.
 Lawrence Smith, Headteacher

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St Fidelis Catholic Primary School

 The NFER Research Mark has played a central  role in developing our senior leaders’  understanding of how to support teachers in their own  critical evaluation of pedagogy.
 Catherine Quirke, Deputy Headteacher

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Paget Primary School

 By using these methods we empowered teachers to use research in a way that was of practical use  to them in the classroom.
 Carole Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

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Dr Challoner's Grammar School - Inspiring a lifelong love of learning

 NFER were hugely supportive. Having them on  board encourages you to look outwards in order  to learn best practice in other schools.
 Stephanie Rodgers, Assistant Headteacher

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Little Heath School - Innovative teaching based on robust evidence

 

 The NFER Research Mark helped us to tap into  existing research to identify the best possible  teaching strategies.
 David Ramsden, Headteacher

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Barbara Priestman Academy - Discovering optimum ways to support pupils with learning difficulties

 The Research Mark process gave us expert  insights which will feed into our improvement  plan for this year.
 Carolyn Barker, Headteacher

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