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Troubling "understanding mathematics in-depth":Its role...

Date: 01.08.2013

In this paper, we focus on an initiative in England devised to prepare non-mathematics graduates to train as secondary mathematics teachers through a 6-month Mathematics Enhancement Course (MEC) to boost their subject knowledge. The...

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Results of the early years foundation stage profile pilot

Date: 01.08.2013

A new early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) was introduced in September 2012. The new profile made changes to the way children are assessed at the end of the EYFS (the end of academic year in which a child turns five). This report...

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CANparent trial evaluation: first interim report

Date: 01.08.2013

The CANparent classes trial, a DfE initiative, seeks to trial a universal offer of high quality, stigma-free parenting classes to support the enhancement of parenting skills and confidence, stimulate a commercial market, and reduce the...

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Under which conditions does ICT have a positive effect on...

Date: 01.08.2013

Under which conditions does ICT have a positive effect on teaching and learning?` This was the leading question of the International EDUsummIT in The Hague, the Netherlands. The bases for the discussion were the scholarly findings of the...

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Reading and maths skills at age 10 and earnings in later...

Date: 01.08.2013

This research extended current analysis to look at the association of maths as well as reading skills at age 10 with earnings in later life and investigates whether the relationship between skills and later earnings varies over time, by...

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Reducing risky behaviour through the provision of...

Date: 01.08.2013

There is a long history of school-based programmes and other interventions that have sought to reduce young people’s participation in risky behaviour in response to government and public concern over such behaviour and its associated...

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Teacher voice omnibus: November 2012 survey –...

Date: 01.08.2013

Report looking at responses to the questions submitted to NFER ’s teacher voice omnibus survey.

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The early education pilot for 2-year-old children: age 5...

Date: 01.08.2013

The original evaluation of the early education pilot for 2-year-old children compared the outcomes for children in the pilot when they were aged 3 with a comparison group of children who were matched on a range of characteristics. This...

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Summer schools programme for disadvantaged pupils:...

Date: 01.08.2013

In September 2011, the Deputy Prime Minister announced that £50 million would be made available for a summer schools programme. The main purpose of this initiative is to help disadvantaged pupils, specifically those eligible for free...

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European survey on language competences: language...

Date: 01.08.2013

This study compares the foreign language skills of secondary school pupils in 14 European countries. The survey’s objectives are to provide information on the foreign language knowledge of pupils in European countries, and to provide...

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Teacher voice omnibus: understanding union membership and...

Date: 01.08.2013

The Department for Education submitted eight questions to NFER’s teacher voice omnibus survey in November 2012. The questions covered the following topics whether responding teachers were members of a teaching union the number of the...

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Publication of key stage 4 and key stage 5 destination...

Date: 01.08.2013

This document includes detailed responses to a survey evaluation form which users were encouraged to complete. The survey ran from the middle of July to early October and received a total of 51 responses. In addition, 28 messages...

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The longer-term impact of safeguarding children peer reviews

Date: 01.08.2013

NFER is currently undertaking an evaluation of the longer-term impacts of the LGA’s Safeguarding Children Peer Review programme. This first interim report presents the findings from the early phases of the research, detailing six local...

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Research into the impact of Project Maths on student...

Date: 01.08.2013

Technical appendices;NFER was commissioned by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland, and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), to undertake research into the impact of Project Maths on student achievement,...

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A review of literature on marking reliability research

Date: 01.08.2013

The focus of this review is marking reliability, which is affected by factors relating to the marking process, such as mark scheme design, individual marker behaviours and different marking processes. We review evidence of reliability at...

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