National Foundation for Educational Research

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TypeEducational research
HeadquartersSlough, Berkshire, England
Region served
Chief Executive
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The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) is an educational research organisation which gathers evidence and research to inform educational policy and school services. The foundation is not an examination board, however they provide paper-based end of year assessments (NFER tests) for primary schools in England and Wales.

Originally founded in 1946 as the centre for educational research and development in England and Wales, the NFER's head office is located at 'The Mere' in Slough, Berkshire, England. The foundation also has an office in York.

The foundation's work includes educational research, evaluation of education and training programmes, and the development of assessments and specialist information services. The NFER also sponsors the CERUKplus (Current Educational Research in the UK) database, which contains details of current or on-going research in education and related disciplines, and hosts the EURYDICE Unit for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, in EURYDICE, the information network on education in Europe (

The NFER founded nferNelson, which they sold to the Granada Learning/GL assessments for the 11+ and other common entrance exams Group in 2000.


There are six centres within the research department that carry out a variety of independent work;

  • Centre for Assessment
  • Centre for Policy and Practice: Programmes
  • Centre for Policy and Practice: Development
  • Centre for Research Planning and Knowledge Management
  • Centre for International Education
  • Centre for Statistics

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