January 20th

Nuffield Foundation calls for Ofqual to reconsider proposal to remove the assessment of practical work from science A levels

The Nuffield Foundation has called for Ofqual to reconsider its proposal to remove the assessment of practical work from the final grade awarded in physics, chemistry and biology A levels.

We believe that hands-on practical work is an integral part of school science which enhances the learning of scientific knowledge. The technical and investigative aspects of scientific inquiry complement students’ theoretical understanding, enabling them to make links between what they observe and scientific ideas.

January 3rd

Dr Colette Bowe and Baroness Onora O’Neill awarded New Year's Honours

Nuffield Foundation Trustee Dr Colette Bowe and former Chair Baroness Onora O’Neill have been awarded New Year's Honours.

December 19th, 2013

Christmas and New Year opening hours

The Nuffield Foundation will be closed from Monday 23 December until Thursday 2 January 2014. 

December 18th

Virtual hub for administrative justice research and development

The Nuffield Foundation is funding a new programme of work designed to kick-start the expansion of empirical research in administrative justice.

We have invited institutions with an interest in administrative justice research to apply for up to £250,000 to establish a ‘virtual hub’, consisting of a range of synthesis, review, dissemination, and engagement activities designed to:

December 9th

Paid work makes lone mothers less depressed, but state support for flexibility and access to childcare is crucial

Lone mothers who work are less likely to suffer from depression than those who stay at home, according to new research published by the Nuffield Foundation today. Depression among lone mothers in work fell from 32% to 23% between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s, but increased from 33% to 41% among those not in work. 

December 5th

Beyond contact: work with families of children placed away from home

We have published findings from an analysis of how four different European countries work with the families of looked-after children after they have been taken into care. The analysis was led by Dr Janet Boddy at the University of Sussex, and examined both theory and practice in this area of children's services in England, Denmark, the Netherlands and France. 

November 26th

New guide shows how ‘making investment real’ can help engage savers

Engaging with pension fund members about responsible investment and ownership activities could play a key part in getting them enthusiastic about saving, according to a new report from ShareAction. 

The report, Our Money, Our Business, which was funded by the Nuffield Foundation, outlines the steps needed for schemes to improve accountability and transparency and give savers a voice, particularly around ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues. It is accompanied by a best practice guide. 

Growing job insecurity in the public sector but not in the private sector

A survey of how employment is changing shows that employment relations continue to be relatively good, despite the recession. However there has been a marked rise in feelings of job insecurity in the public sector in Britain since the mid 2000s.

November 21st

Lack of proper evaluation makes it impossible to identify impact of increasing parental involvement on children’s attainment

It is not possible to tell whether programmes designed to increase parents’ involvement in their children’s education raise attainment or not, because none have been properly evaluated, according to a report published today by the Nuffield Foundation.

October 25th

Using amnesties in conflict and transition - new guidelines published

New guidelines to help balance the competing demands for amnesty and accountability in conflicts and political transitions have been published today. The Belfast Guidelines on Amnesty and Accountability set out a framework to evaluate the legality and legitimacy of amnesties in accordance with the multiple legal obligations faced by states undergoing conflict or political transition.