Features in SecEd

NFER produces regular features in SecEd to bring out the latest evidence and what it means for practice in secondary schools. we also publish articles and features in a variety of other publications.

2016-2017

Special SecEd digital supplement including all twelve SecEd features.

   

Special supplement
March 2017

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Individual feature articles  

   

Analysing the UK’s PISA results
March 2017
The latest PISA findings shine a light on UK performance in maths, science and reading. However, they should be read in context and with caution. Dorothy Lepkowska takes a look. 
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Putting evidence to work
Education Today - BESA Corner, December 2016
In a regular feature highlighting the work of members of the UK education suppliers' trade body BESA, Education Today this month hears from Gareth Mills of NFER on being an 'Enquiring School'. 
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Ready for Apprenticeship reform?
January 2017
How prepared are providers and employers to meet the challenges of the Apprenticeship reforms? Dorothy Lepowska looks at the latest research findings.
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School-led research
November 2016
SecEd is a supporter of NFER's national award scheme, the 'Research Mark'. Dorothy Lepkowska looks at how NFER can support schools at all stages of their journey towards the Research Mark. A case study report on Wycombe High school also details their journey, achievements and success in achieving their Research Mark accreditation. 
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Keeping hold of your teachers
November 2016
New research into retention has uncovered some of the reasons why teachers quit the profession as well as those vital ‘protective factors’ that can help a school to retain, engage and motivate their teachers. Researcher Sarah Lynch takes a look.
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The key question on academies
September 2016
Does academy conversion raise standards? This key question has been long argued over, especially since 2010. New research from NFER attempts to provide some answers. Jack Worth looks at the findings.
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Effective school-to-school partnerships
June 2016
Enabling the teaching profession to instigate, develop and lead school improvement is seen as an effective way of embedding educational reforms. Robert Smith explains how this has worked in Wales through school-to-school partnerships.
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Engaging with potential NEETs
April 2016
How can schools inspire key stage 4 students who can't see the value of going to school or getting good grades - and who risk becoming NEET? Dr Susie Bamford outlines some successful strategies.
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2015-2016

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Context is key, says NFER's review of technical education
InTuition, Spring 2016
A recent NFER report highlights what technical and vocational education should look like and how it can be understood and applied. Download the article  

The article was first published in InTuition magazine, issue 23. InTuition is the professional membership journal of the Society for Education and Training.

 

   

Flipping the Learning
March 2016
Jennie Harland reports on new research into flipped learning and identifies what this approach can offer students in terms of more active and personalised learning and improved progress.
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Research and evidence
February 2016
The number of schools embracing teacher-led action research is growing. Gareth Mills explores why there is increasing enthusiasm from teachers for an evidence-informed education system and looks at some examples from schools already adopting this approach.
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The building blocks of pupil premium success
January 2016
Drawing on the work of more than 1300 schools, new research into the Pupil Premium has identified the common successful strategies and the key 'building blocks' for their implementation. Dorothy Lepkowska reports.
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Impact of research
December 2015
We hear from two schools about how research engagement is driving teachers' professional development and raising standards. Dorothy Lepkowska reports.
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Teaching strategies for maths and science
November 2015
Three new reports offer a range of teaching and learning strategies in maths and science, all based on international evidence. Dorothy Lepkowska takes a look.
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Talk About Alcohol
September 2015
Alcohol education is a challenging area for schools to tackle effectively. Dorothy Lepkowska reports on an evaluation of the Talk About Alcohol intervention programme.
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How do parents choose a school?
June 2015
What do parents look for prioritise when it comes to choosing a school for their children? A research project has sought to answer the question. Karen Wespieser reports.
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Developing in-school research
May 2015
In light of research-based practice becoming a growing phenomenon in schools, Dorothy Lepkowska asks three schools how they using a new free tool to review and develop their in-school research programme.
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What makes work experience effective?
April 2015
What makes for an effective work experience placement? Dorothy Lepkowska looks at the findings of recent research into overcoming common barriers to placements and innovative approaches.
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2014-2015

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Engaging with SMEs
March 2015
How can schools encourage and support collaboration with SMEs to improve young people's employability skills and transition into work?
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Research, review and repeat...
March 2015
Knowing were to start when creating a research-engaged school is difficult. Getting an understanding of what's involved and recognising where you are on the journey is crucial. Caroline Fisher advises.
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NEETs: Prevention is better than cure
January 2015
What is the best way to support students who, for none of the obvious reasons, seem to be switching off from school? Sarah Fleming shares some promising findings from on-going research.
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Tackling Bullying: Knowledge is power
November 2014
Information - both about national trends and about what is happening in your own schools - is a powerful weapon in the fight against bullying. Dorothy Lepkowska explains.
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Research engagement
September 2014
How can schools engage with research successfully, and what makes for an evidence-informed school? Tami McCrone and Matt Inniss advise.
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    Why are we here? 
June 2014
Confused by the conflicting messages we receive about both the state and the purpose of our education system? Perhaps it is time to go back to first principles to find some clarity, argues Dr Newman Burdett.
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    Getting careers right 
May 2014
Tami McCrone takes a look at how a new partnership is giving schools clear, practical support to help improve their careers advice services.
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    Students who take on in-school research 
May 2014
Caroline Fisher reports on the measures some schools are taking to transform the role that students play in informing improvements.
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Special SecEd digital supplement including all six features

   

Special supplement 
June 2015

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2013-2014

Individual feature articles  

    Seeking a NEET solution 
February 2014
A new research project is investigating what interventions are effective when trying to prevent young people from becoming NEETs. Clare O’Beirne and Eleanor Stevens explain.
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    Five principles of teacher enquiry 
January 2014
The best and most effective schools are those that encourage their teachers to learn alongside their pupils using enquiry-based approaches. Gareth Mills offers five ideas to help you embrace this approach.
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    In the pursuit of happiness 
January 2014
How can monitoring and supporting the ‘emotional’ and ‘school’ wellbeing of your students and the engagement of your staff lead to a real impact on outcomes?
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    Improving reflective learning 
November 2013
When music teacher Phil Kennedy wanted to encourage his pupils to engage more deeply in reflective learning and critical thinking, he devised an in-class research project. Sarah Fleming explains more.
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    Alcohol: let's talk about it 
November 2013
PSHE has been branded not good enough at informing young people about alcohol, but there are proven ways to put that right. Anneka Dawson explains.
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    Make research make a difference 
September 2013
Practitioner-led enquiry is increasingly being seen as crucial to becoming a successful school. SecEd is supporting the new NFER Research Mark that aims to help schools promote teacher research. Graham Handscomb explains.
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    Information overload? 
September 2013
Evidence, evidence everywhere – but what are teachers to think? Ben Durbin says the profession can be enhanced, rather than defined, by the use of evidence in practice.
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Special SecEd digital supplement including all seven features

   

Special supplement 
May 2014

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2012-2013

 

Individual feature articles  

    School's in for Summer? 
June 2013
Pupil Premium-funded Summer Schools are helping pupils to make the difficult leap from year 6 to 7 and recent research has revealed the secrets to setting up, running and embedding a successful Summer School programme.
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    Let the games begin? 
April 2013
The use of video games in the classroom can have a positive effect on engagement, but does this kind of learning really influence attainment and achievement? Carlo Perrotta examines the evidence.
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    International rescue
March 2013
Misuse and oversimplification of international comparisons can lead to misleading statements about English education. Dr Newman Burdett looks at how we should be interpreting international data.
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    21st Century Skills
January 2013
What would be on your list of the 21st century skills that all students must be exposed to? Niel McLean discusses how evidence and research must contribute to this debate.
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    Getting Careers Advice Right
November 2012
How can schools keep pupils who are at risk of becoming NEET engaged and on track to progress?
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    Creative Thinking
September 2012
Engaging teachers in research to inform best practice can unleash untapped creativity and sustainable improvement, says Gareth Mills.
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    Healthy Habits
June 2012
What can pupils’ attitudes towards how they eat and exercise tell us about the role schools play in promoting healthy habits? Surveys and research by the NFER reveal some interesting insights.
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    Data for self-evaluation
April 2012
Claire Easton looks at the importance of collecting evidence for self-evaluation and improvement and offers some best practice advice.
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Special SecEd digital supplement including all six features

   

Special Supplement 
May 2013

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