National Foundation for Educational Research


Exploring the characteristics of education systems which are successful in science

Explores the characteristics of education systems that are successful in science through secondary analysis of data from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2011. Summary This research, for the Department of Education in Northern Ireland (DENI), explores the characteristics of education systems that...

The longer term impact of PRIME on participating students: first interim report

Improving access to the professions is key to promoting social mobility. Launched in September 2011, PRIME is a commitment to ensure fair and equal access to quality work experience in the legal profession for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. NFER is undertaking a robust and independent...

Flipped learning: research report

This small-scale study, undertaken by NFER and NESTA, revealed both benefits and challenges of implementing a flipped learning approach to mathematics teaching. Flipped learning involves the use of digital technology, such as video, to provide direct instruction on new concepts outside of the classroom. Students...

Evaluation of the Start programme: case-study report

This report presents five case studies of long-term partnerships (over three years) between arts organisations and schools. The Start programme enables arts venues and schools to work together to offer disadvantaged young people opportunities to engage in creative activities that inspire them and enhance their...
Discussion paper

Where have all the levels gone? The importance of a shared understanding of assessment at a time of major policy change

Plans to dismantle the National Curriculum levels in the UK are integral to the latest round of educational reforms – heralding one of the most fundamental changes to England’s assessment system for many years. At the same time, greater responsibilities for schools in tracking and...