Taking part in our research

Helping us make a difference

NFER works closely with schools as partners in our wide range of research, evaluation and test trialling projects. We rely on the ongoing willing participation of schools to help us to gather sufficient evidence to ensure that our research is based on robust findings that are truly influenced by teachers, pupils and others involved in school life. Participation in our research and evaluation work helps teachers to make their professional input into the ongoing development of policy and practice in education. Pupil participation in test trials helps NFER to develop good quality tests that helps schools to understand pupils peformance. We are committed to making it as easy as possible to take part in NFER projects with us. We will also always try to give something back to schools; which might be individualised feedback from a survey, test results or a summary of findings.

Some examples of feedback written for participating schools can be found here


Information on live projects for participating schools

Information on archived projects


The NFER School Portal

The NFER School Portal has been set up on a secure server to enable the two way transfer of information between schools and NFER.  Schools can log in to a secure server using a unique password and upload data in a few easy steps, in a format that is convenient for the school.  Schools can also download results or feedbacks for NFER projects they participated in.

Log on to the NFER School portal


The Teacher Voice omnibus survey

Teacher Voice is NFER's teacher omnibus survey. It started in February 2008, and is now running three times a year, with surveys in the autumn, spring and summer. It gives individual teachers the chance to have their point of view heard, either by joining the teacher panel, or by commenting through the web site. Find out more