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Mathematics specialist teacher (MaST) programme: evaluation

Date: 01.08.2013

Final report of the 3 year evaluation of the mathematics specialist teacher (MaST) programme.

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Why mathematics education needs whole-system, not...

Date: 01.08.2013

As students throughout the country receive their GCSE results this week, we argue in this paper that proposals to reform mathematics GCSEs run the risk of disengaging weaker students and exacerbating failure rates.;Despite much good...

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The independent evaluation of the pilot of the linked...

Date: 01.08.2013

This research was commissioned to evaluate the pilot of the linked pair of GCSEs in mathematics (MLP), which will run until December 2013. These research briefs summarise the interim findings from the fourth and fifth rounds of...

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Teacher Voice Omnibus May 2013 Survey: Pupil Behaviour

Date: 01.08.2013

The Department for Education submitted questions to the May 2013 NFER Teacher Voice omnibus survey which asked teachers about their perceptions of pupil behaviour, training and support in behaviour management, teacher powers and school...

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Spotting and supporting eating disorders in...

Date: 01.08.2013

Eating disorders have a high rate of onset in school-aged children. School staff are in an excellent position to spot the early warning signs and offer support during recovery. This article explores the findings from focus groups...

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Summer schools programme: impact on pupils

Date: 01.08.2013

This report forms part of an independent evaluation of the first year of the Department for Education’s summer schools programme for disadvantaged pupils. The main purpose of this initiative is to help those eligible for free school...

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Evaluation of Booktime in England 2012-2013

Date: 01.08.2013

Appendices;Booktrust commissioned NFER to conduct an evaluation of the Booktime programme in England. The evaluation was designed to build on the findings of previous Booktime evaluations to provide insight into stakeholders’...

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Key stage 2 access arrangements: an investigation

Date: 01.08.2013

The government plans to introduce a robust and fair assessment system for access arrangements in 2014. Under these arrangements it is proposed that an updated and more efficient version of the DfE guidance will also be introduced in the...

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Teacher Guide: Parental Engagement and Narrowing the Gap...

Date: 01.08.2013

This short practical guide sets out the key messages on how to engage parents from disadvantaged groups. We have written it with primary school Senior Leadership Teams in mind. The guide is based on a rapid review of the evidence carried...

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GCSE and AS level results comparison: predictors of...

Date: 01.08.2013

This study forms part of the evidence base as to whether AS level results are necessary to predict university outcomes, or whether GCSE results alone would suffice. The study uses logistic regression models, which estimate the...

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What works in enabling school improvement? The role of...

Date: 01.08.2013

Against a background of increased school autonomy, this research looked at what works in enabling school-led system improvement and the emerging role of middle tier bodies. By ‘middle tier’ we mean the diverse range of bodies that...

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Evaluation of the phonics screening check: first interim...

Date: 01.08.2013

Since the 2010 schools white paper, there has been a clear commitment to ensure that the teaching of phonics is firmly established in the first years of school. This is supported by the core criteria for phonics programmes and also by a...

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An investigation of Headteachers` and teachers` views...

Date: 01.08.2013

The aim of this research was to investigate the views of senior staff, with responsibility for leading CPD strategy, towards science-specific CPD. Within the study there was a particular focus on how schools and FE colleges were...

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School level and LA level finance data: 1999 to 2012

Date: 01.08.2013

These documents contain detailed school revenue balances by school phase and school-level revenue balances for all local authority maintained and special schools in England.

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Rapid review of parental engagement and narrowing the gap...

Date: 01.08.2013

This rapid review explored parental engagement in education, with a particular focus on closing gaps in attainment for disadvantaged pupils. It looked at research published subsequent to a Department for Education review on the same...

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