October 26th, 2016

Leading statistics experts urge reconsideration of decision to drop A-level Statistics

The British Academy, Academy of Social Sciences, Royal Statistical Society, Nuffield Foundation and Nesta have today (26 October) urged AQA to reconsider its decision to abandon AS and A-Level Statistics.

Their statement highlights the importance of statistical skills to the UK economy in an increasingly data driven-age, citing figures from the Centre for Business and Economic Research which estimate that 58,000 jobs per year are likely to be created in the ‘big data’ marketplace between 2012 and 2017.

October 19th

Twenty years of Nuffield Research Placements

This summer around 1,200 sixth formers and college students have undertaken Nuffield Research Placements in science (including social science), technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at workplaces across the UK.  

October 7th

Social change and public engagement with policy and evidence

RAND Europe has undertaken a review for Sense about Science and the Nuffield Foundation, ‘Social change and public engagement with policy and evidence’.

As Professor Tom Ling says in the introduction, “In the UK there is something of a moral panic, an anxiety that we now have a public that delights in rejecting experts … this is a good time to step back and reflect on how the public engage with policy and evidence”.

September 30th

Ethics review identifies top two challenges for genome editing

Preventing the transmission of inherited genetic diseases, and increasing food production rates in farmed animals are two potential applications of genome editing technologies that require urgent ethical scrutiny, according to the independent Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

September 28th

Government reforms could put the sustainability and quality of early years provision at risk

New research from LSE and funded by the Nuffield Foundation suggests that government proposals to introduce a new national early years funding formula could put the sustainability and quality of early years education and care providers at risk. 

The government is proposing a new national funding formula for early years education and care in 2017-18, at the same time as introducing free entitlement to 30 hours of childcare for working parents of three- and four-year-olds.

September 16th

Government’s flagship 14-19 schools and colleges struggle to recruit girls and high achievers

New Nuffield-funded research from IPPR uncovers the typical students who attend the government’s new University Technical Colleges (UTCs), studio schools and 14-19 free schools.

August 22nd

Anonymisation of children judgments: new draft guidance published

New draft guidance has been published to assist judges in better and more consistent anonymisation practices in published judgments concerning children and young people. 

August 8th

Call for evidence: Towards a Family Justice Observatory

A scoping study commissioned by the Nuffield Foundation and led by Professor Karen Broadhurst at Lancaster University has launched a nationwide call for evidence to better understand the use of research evidence in the family justice system, and to inform the development of a proposed family justice observatory.

July 14th

Four in ten trainee teachers not teaching five years later

New Nuffield-funded IFS research reveals around 40% of teachers who begin their initial training are not in a state school job five years later. That means of 35,000 or so individuals training to become teachers each year some 14,000 are not teaching five years later.

Teacher-led out of school study programmes improve GCSE results for poorer pupils

Teacher-led out of school study programmes are a cost-effective way of increasing attainment, particularly for children from poorer backgrounds - potentially increasing GCSE results by two-grades, according to a new study by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).