Nicholls will put education research issues on class agendas

Independent research body The National Federation for Educational Research (NFER) has appointed its first dedicated communications and marketing chief.

Independent research body The National Federation for Educational

Research (NFER) has appointed its first dedicated communications and

marketing chief.



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

readers.



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

the UK.



’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.



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