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Vocational education – a desirable choice?

By Sarah Lynch

The demands from the business world could not be clearer. Employers increasingly want young recruits who have the communication, team-working and practical skills underpinned by appropriate standards of literacy and numeracy needed to thrive in the workplace. Continue reading


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The ‘what, why and how’ of research engagement – NFER’s new resource for schools

By Julie Nelson

According to a recent NFER blog post by Deputy Headteacher Alex Quigley, engaging with research is a potentially powerful tool to support change and autonomy in schools. But what does ‘engaging with research’ mean? Why does it matter? And how can your school get started? Continue reading