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11th June 2019

Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press have jointly acquired the renowned Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM).

CEM is one of the largest and longest established research groups providing formative assessments for children of all ages and is used by education professionals in over 70 countries around the world. A not-for-profit organisation, CEM joins the Cambridge family following the successful conclusion of a consultation with employees. The CEM team will remain in the North East of England but work closely with new colleagues in Cambridge and around the world.

Saul Nassé, Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment, said: “CEM’s expertise in formative assessment is a great fit for Cambridge. Bringing our organisations together will enable us to do more to further education around the world.”

Peter Phillips, Chief Executive of Cambridge University Press, said: “It gives us great pleasure to welcome our new colleagues at CEM to the Cambridge family. We look forward to seeing the collaboration between our different teams develop as together we help students and teachers in their learning.”

Emma Beatty, Executive Director of CEM, said: “We have achieved some amazing things during our time at Durham, and we are incredibly excited about the opportunity we now have to build on this, together with our new colleagues at Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press.”

19th December 2019

It’s hard to believe that we are coming to the end of the year already and what a year it has been! 2019 has been jam-packed and full of excitement for CEM. Below are just a few of our highlights.


CEM joins Cambridge

Our biggest news this year came in June when we announced that we are now a part of the Cambridge family.

We are now working together with Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press to ensure CEM continues to provide research-based and evidence-driven formative assessments.


The Big Evidence Debate

On Tuesday 4th June 2019 we held the first ever Big Evidence Debate. Leading educational experts Dylan Wiliam and Larry Hedges gave fascinating keynote presentations, and thought leaders and educational practitioners joined them to debate the contribution that meta-analysis and randomised control trials make to understanding what works in education.

Festival of Education

At the 10th Annual Festival of Education, held at the beautiful Wellington College, CEM hosted a panel on “Measuring progress in education: The good, the bad and the future.”

We brought together a distinguished panel of experts: Richard Selfridge, primary school teacher and author of Databusting for Schools; James Pembroke, data analyst, blogger and TES columnist; Becky Allen, Chief Analyst and co-founder of Teacher Tapp; and Stuart Kime (chair), Director of Evidence Based Education.

Cambridge Schools Conferences

As the newest member of the Cambridge family, we enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in the conferences in Cambridge and Bali this year. We look forward to meeting many more Cambridge Schools in the future.

CEM Blog

We appreciate all the support and interest in our CEM Blog. Thanks goes to all our contributors this year and the light they shed on the ideas around assessment and education. Have a look at some of our most read articles:

A good vocabulary is an important building block for helping young children to communicate effectively, but it’s also essential to school performance more widely.

Thank You

Thank you for your continued support during this year. From all of us at CEM, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Please note that our office will be closing on Monday 23rd December 2019 and will reopen on Thursday 2nd January 2020. 

If you have any questions for us in the New Year, please call us on +44 (0)191 334 4255.

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13th February 2017

It is with deep sadness and regret that we learned of the death of Professor Carol Taylor Fitz-Gibbon recently.

Carol joined Durham University in 1996, as Professor of Education (1996-2003), bringing the Curriculum, Evaluation and Management Centre (CEM – now known as the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) with her from the University of Newcastle. She remained Director until her retirement in 2003.

Carol initiated the A-Level Information System in 1983 which established the basics of confidential measurement based self-evaluation in schools and colleges, pioneering the concept of “value-added” measures for exam results. Under her direction, CEM won many research contracts, among them the national contract to study the feasibility of a system of value added indicators (1995-97). Her main work with CEM was to initiate ‘distributed research’, working with thousands of schools that voluntarily joined research projects. Schools from 70 countries joined, and CEM Centres were established in New Zealand (Canterbury University), Scotland and Hong Kong.

Carol was very influential, educating, innovating and campaigning vigorously in the UK and the USA where she gained her PHD at UCLA. Her best-selling series of evaluation books, which she co-authored, influenced a generation of researchers. She was outraged by Ofsted with their non-scientific and bullying approach and fought long and hard to reform that body. She had a major interest in cross-age tutoring and Reforms as Experiments, both of which she promoted widely.

Carol Taylor Fitz-Gibbon was widely in demand as a keynote speaker, and described as ‘deeply serious and hugely entertaining’.

A UK memorial service is planned for the afternoon of Monday 18th September 2017, at the Great Hall, Durham Castle. Anyone interested in attending this should contact Gemma Harper: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.


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