Independent research body The National Federation for Educational
Research (NFER) has appointed its first dedicated communications and
Anne Nicholls, former public relations manager for the Royal College of
General Practitioners, will be responsible for publicising the
foundation’s research reports which aim to improve education and
training by studying a range of issues, from the impact of class size on
learning, to what educational methods should be used with slow
Nicholls will then work with the publications department on the design
and production of the reports which are sold to the Department of
Education and Employment and Government quangos supplying a large part
of the foundation’s income.
She will also inform other researchers and teachers about the contents
of the report and run wider campaigns designed to reach parents across
’There is a lot in the reports that is newsworthy but just doesn’t get
communicated widely enough,’ said Nicholls.
Nicholls’ career in public relations includes a stint as a freelance
educational journalist and PR consultant, working for organisations such
as the Design Council and Association of Teachers and Lecturers.
Nicholls also spent five years as press officer for the education body
City and Guilds and has edited two education magazines, Furthering
Education and Open Learner.