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Durham University

School of Education

Staff Profile

Professor Feyisa Demie

Honorary Professor in the School of Education

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Feyisa Demie is an Honorary Professor at the School of Education and also head of research and adviser for school self-evaluation at Lambeth LA. He has worked extensively with Local Authorities, government departments, schools and school governors for over 25 years in the use of data and research to raise achievement. As an education adviser he works with schools covering all phases of assessment, from foundation stage to GCSE. Feyisa developed a comprehensive data service for schools, comprising individual school profiles, contextual and value added reports as a means of providing detailed, confidential data to help schools to monitor performance and improve their processes and outcomes. He also runs school focussed training programmes to support school self-evaluation for headteachers, teachers, governors and policy makers, as well as an annual national school improvement conference at UCL Institute of Education to share good practice in schools.

With longstanding research interests on what works in raising achievement in schools and equity issues in education, he has written a number of research reports and articles on school improvement, ethnicity, social class, English as an additional language and disadvantage and its impact on educational achievement and pupil progress in schools. He is the author of over 100 articles, book chapters and research reports on education and has published articles in peer reviewed journals. Recent research projects include: Language diversity and attainment in schools in England; the underachievement of Black Caribbean heritage pupils in schools in England and what works in raising achievement of disadvantaged pupils. Prior to this, he has also carried out research into the achievement of Black Caribbean, Portuguese, Somali, English as an Additional Language, White Working Class pupils and a study of successful school improvement practice in outstanding schools.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

A selected list of publications is given below. For further details of other publications and research reports see

Research Interests

  • Educational inequality and social justice
  • What works in school improvement
  • Attainment and progress of disadvantaged, minority ethnic groups and EAL pupils
  • Value added in education

Research Groups

Selected Publications

Journal Article

Authored book

  • Demie, F. (2019). Educational Inequality: Closing the gap. London: UCL IOE press.
  • Demie, F. & Mclean, C. (2017). Black Caribbean Pupils Underachievement in Schools in England. Lambeth Schools Research and Statistics Unit.
  • Demie, F. & Mclean, C. (2017). The Achievement of Black Caribbean Pupils: Good Practice. Lambeth Schools Research and Statistics Unit.
  • Demie, F. & Mclean, C. (2016). What Works in School Improvement: Examples of good practice. Lambeth Council.
  • Demie, F. (2013). Using data to raise achievement: Good practice in schools. Lambeth Schools Research and Statistics Unit.

Chapter in book

  • Demie, F. (2013). Achievement of Black Caribbean pupils. In Case Study Methods in Education. Gary Thomas Sage Publishing. 2.
  • Demie, F. (2004). Examples of good and innovative practices in effective use of data in schools. In School Improvement: making data work. Bird and Fowler (Ed) DfE and ten publications. 22-28, 60-62.
  • Demie, F. (2003). Raising the Achievement of Black Caribbean Pupils in schools. In DfES report: Tackling underachievement-a collection of innovative and effective local practice. DfES/0318: 49-51.


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