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Claymore, Zoe – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2019
This report investigates the relationship between a broad range of pupil and school background factors and the KS4 [Key Stage 4] outcomes achieved by disadvantaged pupils. It looks at both the significance and strength of each association, in order to understand the relative importance of each factor in explaining differences in KS4 outcomes. The…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Student Characteristics, Institutional Characteristics
Worth, Jack; Van den Brande, Jens – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2019
National Foundation for Educational Research's (NFER's) first annual report on the state of the teacher workforce measures the key indicators of the teacher labour market and teachers' working conditions. The recruitment, development and retention of teachers and school leaders is a crucial underpinning for a successful education system. However,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Labor Market, Teacher Supply and Demand, Teaching Conditions
McCrone, Tami; White, Richard; Kettlewell, Kelly; Sims, David; Rush, Chloe – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2019
The overall aim of this two-year study is to understand effective practice and lessons learned from approaches to curriculum design and employer engagement by University Technical Colleges (UTCs). Researchers used a case-study methodology supplemented with management information and a survey of UTC students' views. Key findings include: (1)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Active Learning, Student Projects, Curriculum Development
National Foundation for Educational Research, 2018
Each country's education system is intricate and unique, underpinned with different policies and priorities. International Large Scale Assessments (ILSAs) provide valuable insights into how a country's education system is performing. These studies gather in-depth contextual information about systems, schools, teachers and students; and explore the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, International Assessment, Grade 4
Williams, Maire; Grayson, Hilary – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2018
This report presents the findings from a rapid review of the evidence on how recent changes (2010 onwards) to the level of school funding in England have impacted on school spending and attainment. To do this the report appraises literature published from 2010 onwards that focuses on the following key questions: (1) What impact has school funding…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Finance, Expenditures, Educational Attainment
Sharp, Caroline – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2018
There are many different types of summer school for children and young people. The most common educational summer schools in England are 'transition' summer schools for pupils about to start secondary school and 'access' summer schools to encourage older secondary pupils to apply for university. The purpose of this piece is to review the recent…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Summer Programs, Summer Schools, Secondary School Students
National Foundation for Educational Research, 2018
Education is recognised across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as a moral imperative and a strategic priority to secure future prosperity and human flourishing. Policymakers have set ambitious targets to join the ranks of the best performing education systems in the world in order to deliver economic success and secure a place on the world…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, International Assessment, Secondary School Students
Garry, Jen; Rush, Chloe; Hillary, Jude; Cullinane, Carl; Montacute, Rebecca – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2018
Free schools are all-ability schools, funded by the government, and can be set up by groups such as charities, universities, teachers or parents. Free schools came into being as part of the Academies Act 2010 and the Education Act 2011 and have the same legal status as academies. The first free schools opened in September 2011 and by the end of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Free Schools, Institutional Characteristics, Elementary Schools
Brill, Frances; Grayson, Hilary; Kuhn, Lisa; O'Donnell, Sharon – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2018
The authors define accountability broadly as a government's mechanism for holding educational institutions to account for the delivery of high quality education. The idea that the practice of accountability can contribute directly to improvements in education is a powerful one that underpins policy. Paradoxically, though, some hold that…
Descriptors: Accountability, Academic Standards, Learner Engagement, Teacher Participation
Worth, Jack; Lynch, Sarah; Hilary, Jude; Rennie, Connie; Andrade, Joana – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2018
With rising pupil numbers, shortfalls in the number of trainee teachers and an increasing proportion of teachers leaving the profession, retaining teachers who are already in the profession is vital for managing the current and future supply of teachers. This report draws out a number of key factors impacting on teacher retention and makes…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Persistence, Faculty Mobility, Elementary School Teachers
Walker, Matt – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2017
Evidence-informed practice is now regarded as instrumental to school reform efforts both in England and elsewhere (Greany, 2015). This is especially important given the focus on school self-improvement coupled with a drive for high-quality teaching within a devolved, and increasingly autonomous, education system. Teaching schools are outstanding…
Descriptors: Research and Development, Evidence Based Practice, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality
Buck, Andy; Wespieser, Karen; Harland, Jennie – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2017
Based on research conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), Ambition School Leadership (formerly The Future Leaders Trust) and the National Governors' Association called: "Executive headteachers: What's in a name?," this brief guide provides a summary of the executive headteacher (EHT) role, with practical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Principals, Administrator Role, Job Skills
National Foundation for Educational Research, 2017
The report is a resource which provides a framework for school leaders and department heads to plan a coherent whole school approach to assessment that will support the learning of each and every student. The resource is also about focusing on the needs of students, the ways in which assessment can best support good pedagogy and practice and…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Educational Change, Departments
Sizmur, Juliet; Ager, Rob; Classick, Rachel; Lynn, Laura – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2017
This report summarises Year 6 pupils' attainment in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) survey of 2016 in Northern Ireland and explores the context of that attainment. PIRLS is an international comparison study of reading at ages 9-10. PIRLS has a five-yearly cycle. Northern Ireland took part in PIRLS for the second time…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, International Assessment, Grade 4
National Foundation for Educational Research, 2017
This summary accompanies the national report for Northern Ireland (Sizmur et al., 2017). It outlines the attainment of Year 6 pupils in Northern Ireland in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2016 survey and explores the context of that attainment. PIRLS is a study of reading at ages 9-10 and has a five-yearly cycle.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, International Assessment, Grade 4
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