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Durham University

School of Education

Staff Profile

Karen Jones, BSc, MA, PGCE, DipCG

Assistant Professor (Research) in the School of Education

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Karen Jones is Assistant Professor (Research) at the School of Education. Following her degree in mathematics Karen qualified as a secondary mathematics teacher (QTS) and a careers advisor. After several years working in a wide range of schools and colleges Karen joined the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) in 2004 and then the School of Education in 2017. With over 14 years of research experience at Durham University, Karen specialises in quasi-experimental designs, mixed-methods research, assessment and the analysis of large secondary datasets. Karen is interested in a wide range of research areas including the effects and side-effects of school inspections and accountability systems (the subject of her ongoing PhD thesis), progress in mathematics, measuring student attitudes and the impact of grammar schools and independent schools. She is currently investigating the impact of bursaries on university student outcomes.

Other commitments in the department and the university include Durham University and College Union (DUCU) committee member, DUCU case worker, DUCU department rep, School of Education ethics committee member. Karen also supervises MA and MSc students.


Indicators of Esteem

  • 2014: Invited key note speaker :

    Expert Workshop on School Inspection in Berlin (SteBis – Federal Ministry of Education and Research Germany)

  • 2014: Invited key note speaker :

    Standing International Conference of national and regional Inspectorates of education (SICI) international conference in Dresden

  • Member of the DfE Associate Pool:

    Accepted as having expertise in the following areas:

    • quantitative research and secondary analysis
    • qualitative research
    • evaluation
    • literature reviews/rapid evidence reviews
    • dissemination

Research Interests

  • Assessment
  • School inspections and accountability
  • Value added and school effectiveness
  • Quasi-experimental designs
  • Secondary data analysis

Research Groups

Research Projects

Selected Publications

Journal Article

Chapter in book

Conference Paper


  • Jones, K. (2019). Using binary logistic regression to investigate the impact of the Durham Grant Scheme. Internal report for Durham University.
  • Anane, E., Jones, K. & Tymms, P. (2014). Evidence from a school inspection study: Survey data from England.
  • Jones, K. & Tymms, P. (2012). EU Inspection study project report: Year 1 Survey Data Analysis: England.
  • 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).
  • Merrell, C., Jones, P., Bolden, D., Jones, K., Defty, N. & Ndaji, F. (2010). Evaluation of procedures for calculating National Ratings: A report for the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
  • Merrell, C., Jones, P., Bolden, D., Jones, K., Defty, N. & Ndaji, F. (2010). For helping young children: A review of pupils' attitudes to Science and Mathematics.
  • Wiggins, A., Coe, R., Jones, K. & Kan, M-Y. (2009). Evidence of educational support outside of school. London.
  • Coe, R., Jones, K., Searle, J., Kokotsaki, C., Mohd Kosnin, A. & Skinner, P. (2008). Evidence on the effects of selective educational systems. London.
  • Coe, R.J., Searle, J., Barmby, P., Jones, K. & Higgins, S. (2008). Relative difficulty of examinations in different subjects. CEM Centre, School of Education.
  • Jones, K. L. & Coe, R. (2006). Evaluation of Increased Flexibility Programme, Cohort 3.

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