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National Foundation for Educational Research, 2024
A key factor in the lack of ethnic diversity in teaching is the low acceptance rates of ethnic minority applicants onto initial teacher training (ITT) programmes compared with their White peers. While the reasons behind this disparity are not clear, there are two main areas of speculation in the literature: one suggestion is that White candidates…
Descriptors: Ethnic Diversity, Diversity (Faculty), Preservice Teacher Education, Minority Group Teachers
Sarah Tang; Neha Agarwal – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2024
This research updates analysis from 2016 which examines the social composition of top performing comprehensives in England compared to all schools nationally. The aim of this research is to assess whether the top performing comprehensives are representative of their local areas in terms of the socio-economic background of their students. The 'top'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Selective Admission, Socioeconomic Status, Institutional Characteristics
Worth, Jack – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2023
The Government published its teacher recruitment and retention strategy in January 2019 in response to a growing teacher supply challenge in England. Four years since the publication of the teacher recruitment and retention strategy, and despite the increases in recruitment and retention that came about due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teacher supply…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Teacher Supply and Demand, Foreign Countries
Lucas, Megan; Faulkner-Ellis, Henry; Del Pozo Segura, Juan Manuel; Julius, Jenna – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2023
Over the last two decades, the school system in England has evolved from a local authority (LA) led-system to a system in which today nearly half of all schools have been academised. As academisation has progressed, the Government has promoted the formation of multi-academy trusts (MATs) (House of Commons Education Committee, 2017; Department for…
Descriptors: School Districts, Governance, Educational Change, Barriers
Sharp, Caroline; Julius, Jenna; Hillary, Jude – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2023
There is a large and long-standing gap in education outcomes between pupils from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers in England (EEF, 2018; Hutchinson et al., 2020). Although there is some evidence of improvement since 2011, the gap has widened recently, largely as a result of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Measurement Techniques, Achievement Gap, Educational Attainment
National Foundation for Educational Research, 2023
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the very youngest pupils in schools had their schooling and social interactions in the classroom disrupted by lengthy periods of school closures and remote learning. This research focuses particularly on these young pupils, and is exploring how their learning and social skills are recovering two years on from the…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Academic Achievement
Geeta Gambhir; Juliet Kyoshabire Kotonya – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2023
Right to Play's Plug-in-Play (PIP) project in Rwanda aims to enhance Science and Elementary Technology (SET) education through playful and interactive methods. This study, conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and Three Stones International (TSI), explores the implementation of learning through play with technology…
Descriptors: Science Education, Technology Education, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students
Harland, Jennie; Fletcher, Lydia; Morton, Chris; Lord, Pippa; Styles, Ben – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2022
White Rose Maths (WRM) commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to conduct research to explore evidence that suggested a wider COVID-19 attainment gap in schools in Yorkshire and the Humber region in Autumn 2020, to understand the challenges that schools face, and how recovery in the region can best be supported. This…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, COVID-19, Pandemics, Achievement Gap
Julius, Jenna; Ghosh, Anusha – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2022
This research examines the impact of recent and anticipated changes in free school meal eligibility on state-funded mainstream schools in England. In particular, our research focuses on the extent to which both the pandemic and transitional arrangements introduced to smooth the roll out of Universal Credit are affecting free school meal…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Educational Change, Lunch Programs
Twist, Liz; Jones, Emily; Treleaven, Oscar – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2022
The pandemic has led to considerable disruption to the learning of all pupils in England. This report analyses the general trends in the data across several studies investigating the impact of COVID-19 on educational attainment in England, from March 2020 onwards, and identifies where particular attention is needed. It is broken down into four…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Foreign Countries, Age Differences
Sharp, Caroline; Skipp, Amy – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has had profound effects on education in both mainstream and special schools. Education in England was considerably disrupted during the 2020/1 and 2021/22 school years. There were two periods of partial school closure when most pupils stayed at home (March-May 2020 and January-March 2021). Schools were asked to prioritise…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Educational Environment
Worth, Jack; Tang, Sarah; Galvis, Maria A. – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2022
England has been facing a significant teacher supply challenge, marked particularly by undersupply of the maths, physics and chemistry teachers required to deliver a high-quality science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education across the country. There has been chronic under-recruitment and higher-than-average leaving rates for maths…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Shortage, Compensation (Remuneration), Teacher Salaries
Straw, Suzanne; Julius, Jenna; Faulkner-Ellis, Henry; Classick, Rachel; Keightley, Gillian – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2022
Apprenticeships are a key training route to help young people enter the labour market and for upskilling existing workers. Apprenticeships also have the potential to act as a vehicle for social mobility for young people (SMC, 2020). Significant reforms have been introduced to the apprenticeship system over the last decade which have led to a…
Descriptors: Youth, Apprenticeships, Barriers, Youth Opportunities
Worth, Jack; McLean, Dawson; Sharp, Caroline – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2022
Racial diversity within the school workforce is valuable in 'fostering social cohesion and most importantly, in supporting pupils to grow and develop in an environment of visible, diverse role models' (DfE, 2018c, p.2). A diverse workforce is likely to promote greater cultural understanding and inclusion when educating pupils from diverse ethnic…
Descriptors: Minority Group Teachers, Diversity (Faculty), Disproportionate Representation, Preservice Teacher Education
Julius, Jenna; Hillary, Jude; Faulkner-Ellis, Henry – National Foundation for Educational Research, 2022
Educational success is often measured using short-term metrics such as exam results and league tables. While these offer snapshots in time, they also provide an incomplete and misleading picture. Success is about more than short-term achievements -- it's also about individuals' long-term goals, career success, personal fulfilment and contribution…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Success, Job Satisfaction, Young Adults
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