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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

New NFER video discusses the latest work on Academies

NFER research manager Jack Worth discusses latest NFER research on academies.


Academies were first established in 2002. By 2015 there were over 4000. As a result, it is important to understand their impact on the English state school system.

NFER have published a variety of work directly addressing the issues arising from the Academies programme:
  • An analysis of examination performance comparing different groups of secondary academies with comparable maintained schools
  • A rapid review of evidence on the performance of academy schools based on 13 key studies. This aims to make a contribution to understanding current research with a view to identifying gaps and drawing conclusions
  • A think piece arguing that any future expansion in the number of academies should be motivated by a clear vision as to what long-term outcomes for learners academy policy is aiming to achieve
  • New survey data exploring parents knowledge about academy schools and the extent to which they would like more information
  • An authoritative factsheet.
There is also a range of work on issues around school structures that is relevant to the discussion of academies, including: school improvement and the middle tier; intervention and accountability; governance; school leadership and system leadership.

Source: National Foundation for Educational Research and NFERTV Channel (YouTube)