Prof Peter Tymms
After taking a degree from Cambridge University in Natural Sciences Peter Tymms taught in a wide variety of schools from Central Africa to the north-east of England before starting an academic career.
He was “Lecturer in Performance Indicators” at Moray House, Edinburgh before moving to Newcastle University and then to Durham University where he is presently Professor of Education.
He is Co Chair of the Standards Advisory Group OFQUAL and is an adviser to the German NEPS project.
His main research interests include monitoring, assessment, performance indicators, ADHD, reading and research methodology. He devised the PIPS project, which is designed to monitor the affective and cognitive progress of children through primary schools starting with a computer adaptive on-entry baseline assessment. Peter Tymms was Director of the CEM Centre until 2011 when he took over as Head of Department and Chair of the Board of Studies in the School of Education.
Professor Tymms would welcome applications from prospective doctoral students in the areas of monitoring the progress of students, classes, schools and countries; assessment, especially in the early years and especially using Rasch; International studies of attainment; Interventions and research methodology generally.
Completed Supervisions (since 2008)
Building Schools of Character: The Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a School-Based Character Education Programme Designed to Promote Cooperative Learning and Reduce Anti-Social Behaviour
- Mrs KE Bailey
- Mr Richard J Almond
- Mrs K Jones
- Mr John Anderson
- Mr Mirjan Zeneli
- Mr Cesare Aloisi
- Mr Talal Almutairi
- Assessment, Evaluation and Effectiveness
- Curriculum and Pedagogy
- Individuals and Contexts in Education
- An Evaluation Of Targeted Mental Health in Schools
- C2k, Western Education & Library Board
- Entrance Tests
- Impact study of school inspections
- KTP - Fife Council
- Physical Activity and Well-being in Schools
- Provision of an Irish Medium Version
- Science In Primary Schools
- Students Academic Ability Evaluation System
- Whole Schools Approach Evaluation
- Assessment & testing
- Educational standards
- Primary schools
Journal papers: academic
- Thurston, A., Tymms, P., Merrell, C. & Conlin, N. (2012). Improving attainment across an education authority. Better: Evidence-based Education 4(2): 8-9.
- Panayides, P. & Tymms, P. (2012). Investigating whether aberrant response behaviour in classroom maths tests is a stable characteristic of students. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice iFirst.
- Tymms, P., Merrell, C., Henderson, B., Albone, S. & Jones, P. (2012). Learning Difficulties in the Primary School Years: Predictability from On-Entry Baseline Assessment. Online Educational Research Journal June 2012.
- Tymms, P.B. & Panayides, P. (2012). Rasch in England. Rasch Measurement Transactions 26(2): 1365.
- Deighton, J., Tymms, P., Vostanis, P., Belsky, J., Fonagy, P., Brown, A., Martin, A., Patalay, P. & Wolpert,M. (2012). The Development of a School-Based Measure of Child Mental Health. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment OnlineFirst.
- Tymms, P. & Merrell, C. (2011). ADHD and academic attainment: is there an advantage in impulsivity?. Learning and Individual Differences 21(6): 753-758.
- Merrell, C. & Tymms, P. (2011). Changes in Children’s Cognitive Development at the Start of School in England 2001 – 2008. Oxford Review of Education 37(3): 333-345.
- Tymms, P. (2011). Evidence? The impact of large-scale reform in England. Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft 13: 105-115.
- Tymms, P., Merrell, C., Thurston, A., Andor, J., Topping, K. & Miller, D. (2011). Improving attainment across a whole district: school reform through peer tutoring in a randomized controlled trial. School Effectiveness and School Improvement 22(3): 265-289.
- Johnson, P. & Tymms, P. (2011). The Emergence of a Learning Progression in Middle School Chemistry. Journal of Research in Science Teaching 48(8): 849-877.
- Sayal, K.,, Owen, V.,, White, K.,, Merrell, C., & Tymms, P. (2010). Can early school-based screening and intervention programs for ADHD improve children's outcomes and access to services? Age 10 follow-up of a school-based trial. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
- Sayal, K., Owen, V., White, K., Merrell, C., Tymms, P. & Taylor, E. (2010). Impact of Early School-Based Screening and Intervention Programs for ADHD on Children's Outcomes and Access to Services. Follow-up of a School-Based Trial at Age 10 Years. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 164(5): 462-469.
- Ndaji, F. & Tymms, P. (2010). P scales: the state of SEN assessment. SEN Sepcial Educational Needs (45): 72-74.
- Panayides, P., Robinson, C. & Tymms, P. (2010). The assessment revolution that has passed England by: Rasch measurement. British Educational Research Journal 36(4): 611-626.
- Ndaji, F. & Tymms, P. (2010). The P scales - how well are they working? The British Journal of Special Education 37(4): 198-208.
- Luyten, H., Tymms, P. & Jones, P. (2009). Assessing school effects without controlling for prior achievement?. School Effectiveness and School Improvement 20(2): 145-165.
- Bolden, D., Tymms, P. & Merrell, C. (2009). Can the past inform the future of science in primary schools?. Education in Science 232: 10-11.
- Tymms, P.B., Jones, P., Albone, S. & Henderson, B. (2009). The first seven years at school. Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability 21(1): 67-80.
- Hassan, A., Tymms, P. & Ismail, H. (2008). Academic productivity as perceived by Malaysian academics. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management 30(3): 283-296.
- Tymms, P.B., Merrell, C. & Coe, R.J. (2008). Educational Policies and randomized Controlled Trials. The Psychology of Education Review 32(2): 3-7 & 26-29.
- Bolden, D., Tymms, P. & Merrell, C. (2008). New Approaches are needed for Science in Primary Schools. Primary Leadership Today (14): 17-19.
- Carrington, B., Tymms, P. & Merrell, C. (2008). Role models, school improvement and the 'gender gap' - do men bring out the best in boys and women bring out the best in girls?. British Educational Research Journal 34(3): 315-327.
- Tymms, P., Bolden, D.S. & Merrell, C. (2008). Science in English Primary Schools: Trends in Attainment, Attitudes and Approaches. Perspectives on Education: Primary Science (1): 19-42.
- Tymms, P., Merrell, C., Heron, T., Jones, P., Albone, S. & Henderson, B. (2008). The Importance of Districts. School Effectiveness and School Improvement: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice 19(3): 261-274.
Journal papers: professional
- Thomas, G. & Tymms, P. (2013). Open Access: The Future of Academic Publishing? Research Intelligence (120): 26.
- Tymms, P. (2008). Diagnostic assessment makes its mark. Make the Grade: Journal of the Charered Institute of Educational Assessors Autumn 2008.
- Ndaji, F. & Tymms, P. (2009). The P Scales: Assessing the Progress of Children with Special Educational Needs. Wiley-Blackwell.
- Newton, P., Baird, J-A., Goldstein, H, Patrick, H. & Tymms, P. (2008). Techniques for monitoring the comparability of examination standards. London: Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.
- Tymms, P. (2012). Interventions: experiments. In Research Methods and Methodologies in Education. Arthur, J., Waring, M., Coe, R. & Hedges, L.V. Sage. 137-140.
- Tymms, P. (2012). Questionnaires. In Arthur, J., Waring, M., Coe, R. & Hedges, L.V. Sage. 231-240.
- Tymms, P. (2010). Ability Testing. In International Encyclopedia of Education. Peterson, P., Baker, E. & McGaw, B. Oxford: Elsevier. 4: 1-6.
- Tymms, P. & Merrell, C. (2009). Attainment, Standards and Quality. In Childrlen, their World, their Education: Final report and recommendations of the Cambridge Primary Review. Alexander, R. London: Routledge.
- Tymms, P. & Coe, R. (2009). Conclusions: Assessment in an Era of Globalization. In Multicultural Psychoeducational Assessment. Grigorenko, E. Madison, WI: Apex. 469-485.
- Tymms, P. & Merrell, C. (2009). On-entry Baseline Assessment across Cultures. In Early Childhood Education: Society and Culture. Anning, A., Cullen, J. & Fleers, M. London: Sage Publications. 117.128.
- Tymms, P. (2008). Commentary on Chapter 10. In Techniques for monitoring the comparability of examination standards. Newton, P., Baird, J-A., Goldstein, H., Patrick, H. & Tymms, P. (eds) London: QCA. 434-438.
- Coe, R., Tymms, P. & Fitz-Gibbon, C. (2008). Commentary on Chapter 8. In Techniques for monitoring the comparability of examination standards. Newton, P., Baird, J-A., Goldstein, H., Patrick, H. & Tymms, P. (eds) London: QCA. 324-329.
- Tymms, P.B. (2013). Reviewing Rasch decisions. Centre for Education REsearch and Policy, AQA (February).
- Tymms, P., Merrell, C., Henderson, B., Albone, S. & Jones, P. (2009), Learning Difficulties in the Primary School Years: Predictability from On-entry Baseline Assessment, XIV European Conference on Developmental Psychology. Vilnius.
- Tymms, P., Merrell, C. & Jenkins, H. (2008), The advantage of impulsivity: An analysis of the components of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and their impact on attainment, AERA Annual Conference. New York.
- Tymms, P., Merrell, C., Topping, K., Conlin, N. & D'Souza, E. (2007), Bridging the Gap between Pupil Level and District Level Interventions, Seventh Annual International Campbell Collaboration Colloquium. London.
- Merrell, C., Tymms, P. & Jones, P. (2007), Changes in Children's Cognitive Development at the Start of School 2000-2006, EARLI Conference. Budapest.
- Merrell, C., Tymms, P. & van der Hoeven van Doornum, A. (2007), Cross Country Comparisons of Progress in the First Year of School, AERA Annual Conference. Chicago..
Journal papers: online
- Tymms, P., McCusker, S., Remedios, R. & Anderson, C. (2010). Breaking the Mould and the Birth of a New Journal: Online Educational Research Journal. Online Educational Research Journal 1(2): 7.
Other publications: research
- Tymms, P. (Published). Reviewing Rasch decisions. Centre for Education Research and Policy AQA
- Ndaji, F. & Tymms, P.B. (2009). Categorising Special Needs. SEN Magazine 40: 24-25.
- Torgerson, C.J., Wiggins, A., Torgerson, D.J., Ainsworth, H., Barmby, P., Hewitt, C., Jones, K., Hendry, V., Askew, M., Bland, M. Coe, R., Higgins, S., Hodgen, J., Hulme, C. & Tymms, P. (2011). Every Child Counts: The Independent evaluation executive Summary. Department for Education (DfE).
- Deighton, J., Barmby, P., Tymms, P., Croudace, T. & Wolpert, M. (2010). A review of impact and implementation issues in relation to Kidscreen and relevant other measures. University College London.
- Tymms, P. & Coe, R. (2010). Me and My School: Preliminary Findings from the first year of the National Evaluation of Targeted Mental Health in Schools (2008-09).
- Tymms, P. (2010). Scottish Government's class size policy. The Scottish Parliament.
- Taylor, E., Kendall, T., Asherson, P., Bailey, S., Bretherton, K., Brown, A., Costigan, L., Duncan, A., Harpin, V., Hollis, C., Keen, D., Lewis, A., Mavranezouli, I., Merrell, C., Mulligan, D., Perez, A., Pettinari, C., Ryan, N., Salt, N., Sayal, K., Sheppard, L., Stockton, S., Taylor, C., Thorley, G, Turner, J., Tymms, P., Wolpert, M., Wong, I. & Young, S. (2009). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: The NICE Guideline on Diagnosis and Management of ADHD in Children, Young People and Adults. Practice Guideline No. 72. London, The British Psychological Society and The Royal College of Psychiatrists.
- Vidmar, M. & Tymms, P.B. (2009). Performance Indicators in Primary Schools: On-entry Baseline Assessment and follow-up Material (PIPS-BA. Ljubljana, Pedagoski institut.
- Research Group:, Wolpert, M., Fonagy, P., Frederickson, N., Day, C., Rutter, M., Humphrey, N, Vostanis, P., Meadows, P., Croudace, T., Tymms, P. & Brown, J. (2008). Review and recommendations for national policy for England for the use of mental health outcome measures with children and young people. Evidence Based Practice Unit.
- Coe, R.J. & Tymms, P.B. (2008). Summary of research on changes in educational standards in the UK. Institute of Directors. London.
- Tymms, P.B. (2008). Testing and Assessment. House of Commons Select Committee. London, The Stationery Office Limited.
Available for media contact about:
- General policy: standards in education
- General policy: monitoring, tracking and league tables
- General policy: assessments
- General policy: schools