At the forefront of education research

FFT’s aim is to help schools make the best possible use of education data to improve education outcomes for all pupils.


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FFT Education Datalab

We are proud to have set up FFT Education Datalab, who produce independent, cutting-edge research on education policy and practice.

An expert team of researchers

FFT Education Datalab brings together an expert team of academics, researchers and statisticians specialising in the analysis of large-scale administrative and survey datasets.

Led by FFT’s chief statistician, Dave Thomson, the team produce research and analysis that can be used by policymakers to inform education policy, and by schools to improve practice.

They complete commissioned research for organisations who wish to evaluate their impact, or who need quantitative analysis to supplement their own policy work.

The team also blog regularly, using data to explore the latest developments in education.

Delivering TALIS

We are part of the DfE team delivering the OECD’s Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) 2018.

TALIS is the first and only international survey that focuses on the teaching practices and the working conditions of teachers and their headteachers in England and over 40 other countries.

The international survey of teachers & school leaders

FFT has partnered with UCL Institute of Education and RAND Europe to form the National Centre delivering the TALIS survey in 2018.

TALIS has taken place every five years since it was first carried out in 2008. England participated for the first time in 2013, focussing on lower secondary (KS3) teachers and their headteachers.

For TALIS 2018, England will survey primary (KS1 & KS2) and lower secondary (KS3) school teachers and their headteachers.