Type of Report: Research






Teacher Labour Market in Wales

The recruitment, development and retention of teachers and school leaders is a crucial underpinning for a successful education system. Ensuring there are sufficient numbers of high-quality teachers employed in schools is necessary for the school system to deliver a high-quality education for all children and young people, particularly as the Curriculum for Wales is being introduced.   NFER’s annual Teacher Labour Market in Wales report aims to analyse the state of the Welsh teacher labour market by measuring the key indicators and trends of teacher recruitment and retention. This is the first of three annual reports funded by the Nuffield Foundation,...


Date Published: 28th July 2020
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Balancing the Risks of Pupils Returning to Schools

As we move into a phase of continuously reviewing decisions to keep schools open or shut, we need to recognise there are risks from having schools open and risks from having schools shut. In open schools, the risks to pupils themselves from COVID-19 are very low, though there are risks to school staff, parents/carers and the wider community.   Closing schools causes loss of learning and deterioration in children’s mental and physical health, for example. Keeping schools shut increases inequalities, in both children’s education achievement and their long-term prospects. The goal of “levelling up” therefore needs schools to be open....


Date Published: 24th July 2020
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Schoolwork in lockdown: new evidence on the epidemic of educational poverty

The closure of schools, and their only-partial re-opening, constitute a potential threat to the educational development of a generation of children. Since only a few among key workers’ children have been at school during the pandemic, it is important for policy-makers to understand how much mitigating schoolwork has been taking place in homes across the country. This report uses new, high-quality data undertaken one month into lockdown, to try to answer that question, and to examine how much support was being given.   It finds that the average amount of schoolwork being done at home, according to parents and family members, has...


Date Published: 16th June 2020
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Supporting Vulnerable Young People through Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed the education and youth sector into uncharted territory.   Head teachers and MAT leaders across the country are working with incredible determination and devotion, rising to the challenge of serving their pupils and communities at this most challenging of times. Already, we have seen colleagues open food banks in their schools, create detailed contact plans to support children in the weeks ahead and helping families negotiate with housing services and landlords.   A lot of discussion has centred around online learning, with schools hatching plans to ensure that learning carries on at home in the months ahead. A...


Date Published: 3rd April 2020
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Free schools in England: 2019 report

Free schools are new, state-funded schools that are independent of local authorities. They were one of the flagship education reforms introduced by the 2010 Coalition Government, based on a similar concept in Sweden and charter schools in the United States and Canada.   The first free schools opened in September 2011 and they now number over 500, and are in every region in England. In September 2019, the prime minister confirmed a renewed commitment to the free schools programme, with a further 220 set to open over the coming years.   In November 2017 the Education Policy Institute published its first...


Date Published: 17th October 2019
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Underground Lives – Homelessness and Modern Slavery in London

Modern slavery is a horrific crime that turns a profit from the brutal exploitation of vulnerable people. In 2018, nearly 7,000 men, women and children were identified by First Responder organisations suspected to have been sold for sex, forced labour, forced to commit crimes or held as slaves in people’s homes. Tens of thousands more people are believed to remain trapped in the UK. Victims of modern slavery have suffered unimaginable trauma at the hands of their exploiters. Psychological manipulation, starvation, degradation, violence, abuse and rape are just some of the control mechanisms that are regularly used to force...


Date Published: 15th October 2019
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Exploring moving to home education in secondary schools

Children should have access to good-quality education so that they can make the most of whatever opportunities life may hold. Children deserve the best education, whether this is full time in school, at home or in other alternative arrangements.   Home education is a valid choice for educating children in an alternative way to school. The Department for Education’s (DfE) ‘Elective home education – guide for parents’ recognises that educating children at home works well when the decision to home-educate has been a positive choice and carried out with a proper regard for the child’s needs.   It is important that the decision...


Date Published: 15th October 2019
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Community Shops – A better form of business

Community Shops: A better form of business is the most extensive and comprehensive research report to have been produced on the community shop sector in the UK. It was first published in 2011, and has become a much anticipated annual report ever since, growing with additional information year on year. Initially intended to be an internal document, the report now serves as a start‑up guide for new groups, a benchmarking tool for existing community shops, and is used by funders and support organisations (including Plunkett Foundation) to future‑proof services and investment decisions concerning community shops.   The data collection, analysis...


Date Published: 15th October 2019
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Community Pubs – A better form of business

This publication provides quantitative and qualitative information about the size, characteristics and performance of the community pub sector in the UK. This is the fourth of such reports, building on from what we now know about the sector as it becomes ever more established.   The report now serves as a start-up guide for new groups, a benchmarking tool for existing community pubs, and is used by funders and support organisations (including Plunkett Foundation) to futureproof services and investment decisions concerning community pubs.   The data collection, analysis and written report was undertaken by staff and advisers to the Plunkett Foundation. This...


Date Published: 15th October 2019
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