Research Update for Teaching Schools

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Research Update

for teaching schools This update explores what it means to be a research-engaged school or teaching school alliance, how this can be achieved and what benefits it can bring to teachers and pupils. It also shows how NFER can help schools engage with research and in enquiry through our practitioner guides and products. SUMMER 2016

I know students have benefited from their teachers finding things out, sharing and discussing knowledge. Sue Hunt, Deputy Head, Wilmington Grammar School, Dartford.

NFER Self-Review Tool A free online tool to help you review how research-engaged your school is, using eight key statements. The tool generates a personalised chart, action plan and then signposts to resources to help you move forwards. Use it to do a quick review, or set up an account for your school to involve all your staff and get a whole-school picture.

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elcome to NFER’s Research Update. Written for teaching schools who want to provide their alliance partners with access to the latest research to enable evidence-informed practice, it showcases some of our research and practitioner guides. It also brings together the latest information on our resources and products designed to help you engage with research and in enquiry.

The Government’s recent White Paper, ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’, emphasises the importance of building a strong, evidence-informed profession to help drive up standards in schools. NFER has decades of experience researching and supporting the development of research-engaged schools. Today, we continue to be at the forefront of this work, and have developed a suite of products and services designed to help schools become more evidence-informed. We also have an active research programme with recent publications on supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils, flipped learning and NEET prevention.

We don’t claim to have all the answers, but what we do offer is a strong belief in the importance of this work, practical and recent experience of undertaking research in this area, and a desire to work with you to help realise an evidence-informed education system that benefits all teachers and learners. If you would like to know more about our work please visit our website

Ben Durbin Head of Impact

FREE WEBINAR Tuesday 14 June at 3.45pm You are invited to join our free webinar on ‘How research engaged is your teaching school alliance?’ by Gareth Mills, Head of Enquiring Schools. For more information on the webinar and to register, visit

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What is an evidence-informed education system?

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The term evidence-informed education allows us to think about the ways in which you, the expert practitioners, use evidence, alongside your own ‘tacit’ professional knowledge, to make decisions that help to improve teaching and learning. Evidence can include research evidence as well as pupil performance and other management data. Thus research forms a key part of an ‘evidence-informed education’ system, but it is not the only part.

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• To what extent are you supporting staff across your alliance to critique research findings, conduct their own enquiry and work with others to implement evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning?


The research cycle

Why? Having an understanding of where you are in the journey, helps you identify the next steps. It gives you a framework to work around. How? The NFER Self-Review Tool is free and online, helping you to review your school’s research engagement by using eight ke