Katharine Bailey

Katharine Bailey

Katharine Bailey is Director of Policy at the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM).

She has many years of experience working with schools and governments in the UK and around the world, helping them to use assessment data for pupil and school improvement.

The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) is one of the largest and longest established research groups providing learning assessment for children of all ages. CEM’s methods are research-based, evidence driven and market-tested, built on a foundation of non-commercial academic practice.

@katebailey1602 Katharine Bailey

Rob Coe

Prof Robert Coe

Educational Research Consultant for EBE and EEF.

Rob Coe is Director of Research and Development at Evidence Based Education and Senior Associate at the Education Endowment Foundation. He was previously Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University, and before that a secondary mathematics teacher.

Rob is co-author of the Sutton Trust / Education Endowment Foundation’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit and the EEF’s DIY Evaluation Guide for teachers. He is lead author of the Sutton Trust report What Makes Great Teaching?, co-author of the Teacher Development Trust’s Developing Great Teaching report.

@ProfCoe Prof Robert Coe

Lee Copping

Dr Lee Copping

Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Teeside University

Former Assessment Developer and Researcher at CEM. Research interests: Assessment and measurement, structural equation modelling, multi-level modelling, Rasch analysis, fair access, widening participation, social mobility, sex differences, personality (impulsivity & risk taking), aggression and evolutionary psychology.

Dr Lee Copping

Helen Cramman

Dr Helen Cramman

Research Contract Manager at CEM.

Her research interests lie in STEM education and gender differences.

@helencramman Dr Helen Cramman

Stuart Kime

Prof Stuart Kime (BA, MA, PGCE, PhD, FRSA, FRSS)

Stuart Kime is a qualified teacher who spent ten years teaching English and Drama in secondary schools. His interest in research focuses on assessment, teachers’ professional learning, and evaluation. At EBE, he is responsible for the design of all online and blended learning programmes.

Stuart is the author of the EEF’s Assessing and Monitoring Pupil Progress Guide, and co-author of the EEF’s DIY Evaluation Guide. He also wrote the National Toolkit of Common Evaluation Standards for Policing in the UK.

@stuartkime Stuart Kime (BA, MA, PGCE, PhD, FRSA, FRSS)


Dr Dimitra Kokotsaki

Lecturer at the School of Education and a member of the Education Evaluation Group at CEM.

She specialises in the Arts in Education. Her research interests include the identification and improvement of the educational, behavioural and socio-psychological conditions in schools with a specific focus on pupil creativity and engagement.

Dimitra Kokotsaki

Christine Merrell

Prof Christine Merrell

Christine Merrell is Professor of Education and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Social Sciences & Health) at Durham University. She has developed assessments for children aged between 3 and 14 years which are widely used in CEM’s monitoring systems. These include assessments of reading, mathematics, English vocabulary, non-verbal ability and motor development. Other experience includes using RCTs to evaluate a range of educational interventions.

@CHMerrell Prof Christine Merrell

Alex Quigley

Alex Quigley

Alex Quigley is an English teacher and Director of Research School, at Huntington School, in York. He is an English teacher who reads and writes about research evidence, attempting to translate it into practice.

Alongside teaching and school leadership, Alex leads the Education Endowment Foundation RISE Project (Research-leads Improving Students’ Education), looking to see if research evidence can drive school improvement and impact positively upon student outcomes.

He is the author of 'The Confident Teacher: Developing Habits of Mind, Body and Pedagogy', as well as a book for new English teachers entitled, 'Teach Now! Becoming a Great English Teacher', both published by Routledge.

He writes a regular blog at and is a regular columnist for Teach Secondary magazine. He also writes occasionally for the Guardian, and has given talks at the Wellington Festival of Education, NorthernRocks, ResearchEd York and ResearchEd in the past year.


Stephanie Raine

Stephanie Raine

Former researcher at CEM.

Qualified primary school teacher (QTS) with special interest in mathematics.

Former lecturer in mathematics education.

Stephen Tierney

Stephen Tierney

Executive Headteacher of a multi-academy trust involving the 11-18 secondary school and two one form entry primary schools.

Chair of Headteachers’ RoundTable Group.

Prolific blogger on topical educational issues, teaching & learning and leadership. Author of Liminal Leadership.


Peter Tymms

Prof Peter Tymms (FRSS, AcadSS, PhD, Med, PGCE, MA)

Professor Peter Tymms PhD is Director of iPIPS at Durham University and was Head of Department in the School of Education at Durham University until 2013; before that he was Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) which runs projects monitoring millions of pupils across the UK and beyond each year. He set up the PIPS (Performance Indicators in Primary Schools Project) which has assessed more than 3 million children worldwide. He has published more than 100 scientific papers and brought in millions of pounds worth of research grants.

@TymmsPeter Prof Peter Tymms (FRSS, AcadSS, PhD, Med, PGCE, MA)

David Weston

David Weston

Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust.

Chair of the Department for Education’s CPD Expert Group which produced the new Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development.

Qualified teacher of Maths, Physics and ICT.

Taught on the PGCE Mathematics course at Brunel University and the Teach First (Science) course run from Kings College & Canterbury Christ Church.

@TeacherDevTrust @informed_edu David Weston

Kirsty Younger

Kirsty Younger

Former CEM Research Associate.

Project manager on the Practical Work in Science study.

Principal investigator on two evaluation projects, looking at the effectiveness of universities’ efforts to support progression to higher education for young people from less advantaged backgrounds.

Lead researcher on a Common Evaluation Framework for the Sutton Trust.

@kirstyyounger Kirsty Younger