Latest News & Updates

Evidence for the Frontline receives EEF support

Work begins in earnest this spring to promote the use of research-based evidence more effectively in schools, following the agreement of the Education Endowment Foundation to support the work of Evidence for the Frontline.

Education Media Centre breaks new ground

The Education Media Centre, which was created by CEBE, has taken further steps to improve the quality of news reporting on the education with the launch of a series of free regional events for education researchers and press officers.

More than 40 education academics and press officers from universities in the North, including Sheffield, Durham and York, attended the first event on March 12th at Durham University. They were given insights into working with news media and how education research is covered in the news, and had the opportunity to explore issues including:

NFER joins the secretariat of the Coalition for Evidence-based Education

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), one of the UK’s leading independent research organisations, has become a partner in the Coalition for Evidence-based Education (CEBE), working with the Institute for Effective Education to provide CEBE’s secretariat. CEBE is an alliance of researchers, policymakers and practitioners who are interested in improving the way research evidence is accessed and used across the sector. Its aim is to provide a platform to share ideas, set up new collaborative projects and host events.

The Literacy Octopus reaches out to help primary schools

A major new initiative will help teachers improve pupils’ Key Stage 2 literacy through the exploration of a range of evidence-based approaches based on the latest research findings.

Update on EMC impact

The Education Media Centre (EMC) continues to strengthen vital links between journalists and the research community in order to ensure fairer and impartial reporting of educational developments and policy reform.

Update on EMC impact

The Education Media Centre has gone from strength to strength in an astonishingly short time since it was officially launched last autumn. The CEBE creation has become the centre of choice for organisations such as the OECD when launching educational reports.

Update on impact of EIPPEE conference in Oslo

Will the UK decide to create a national Evidence Centre for Education akin to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)? The 2014 EIPPEE conference in Oslo, Finding a way... to facilitate the better use of research in education, demonstrated how such knowledge centres are working in Norway and Denmark where research is identified as a powerful tool for educational advancement.

Front-line research breakthrough for EEF

Four major trials were announced by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) in June to investigate the best ways of getting teachers to engage with research and improve pupil attainment. The initiative involving 8,000 schools across England will cost around £1.8m and is the first time the government has spent money on practical trials in schools.

NFER and knowledge mobilisation

The NFER review of knowledge mobilisation points to several significant hurdles preventing teachers engaging with research evidence to transform learning, but it also gives a clear indication of how to overcome such obstacles.

Should government have a role in choreographing an evidence system in education?

Central government has a vital role to play in ensuring that the education system makes full use of rigorous and robust research evidence wherever possible.