Dr Feyisa Demie
Feyisa Demie is an Honorary Fellow 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 www.lambeth.gov.uk/rsu
- 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
- Demie, F. (2019). Educational attainment of East European pupils in primary schools in England. London Review of Education 17(2): 159-177.
- Demie, F. (2019). Raising achievement of black Caribbean pupils: good practice for developing leadership capacity and workforce diversity in schools. School Leadership & Management 39(1): 5-25.
- Demi, F. (2019). The Experience of Black Caribbean Pupils in School Exclusion in England. Educational Review
- Lewis, K. & Demie, F. (2019). The school experiences of mixed-race white and black Caribbean children in England. Ethnic and Racial Studies 42(12): 2065-2083.
- Demie, F. (2018). English language proficiency and attainment of EAL (English as second language) pupils in England. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 39(7): 641-653.
- Demie, F. & Lewis, K. (2018). Raising achievement of English as additional language pupils in schools: implications for policy and practice. Educational Review 70(4): 427-446.
- Demie, F. (2017). English as an additional language and attainment in primary schools in England. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 1-14.
- Demie, F. (2016). Stages of Proficiency: The implication for national data collection. EAL Journal (1): 28.
- Lewis, K. & Demie, F. (2015). Context and Implications Document for: Raising the achievement of white working class pupils: good practice in schools. Review of Education 3(1): 22-26.
- Demie, F. (2015). Language diversity and attainment in schools: implication for policy and practice. Race, Ethnicity and Education 18(5): 723-737.
- Lewis, K. & Demie, F. (2015). Raising the achievement of white working class pupils: good practice in schools. Review of Education 3(1): 1-21.
- Demie, F. & Mclean, C. (2015). Tackling disadvantage: what works in narrowing the achievement gap in schools. Review of Education 3(2): 138-174.
- Demie, F. (2013). English as an Additional Language: How long does it take to acquire English Fluency. Language and Education 27(1): 59-69.
- Gill, B. & Demie, F. (2011). The White Paper the Importance of Teaching and Accountability: New Lamps for Old? Race Equality Teaching
- Demie, F. & Lewis, K. (2011). White Working Class Achievement: An Ethnographic Study of Barriers to Learning in Schools. Educational Studies 37(3): 245-264.
- Demie, F. & Lewis, K. (2010). Raising the Achievement of Portuguese pupils in British Schools: a case study of good practice. Educational Studies 36(1): 95-109.
- Demie, F. & Mclean, C. (2007). The achievement of African heritage pupils: Good practice in secondary schools. Educational Studies 33(4): 415-434.
- Demie, F. & Strand, S. (2006). English Language Acquisition and Attainment at the End of Secondary School. Educational Studies 32(2): 215-231.
- Strand, S. & Demie, F. (2006). Pupil mobility, attainment and progress in Primary Schools. British Educational Research Journal 32(4): 551-558.
- Strand, S & Demie, F. (2005). English Language acquisition and educational attainment at the end of Primary School. Educational Studies 31(3): 275-291.
- Demie, F., Lewis, K. & Taplin, A (2005). Pupil mobility in schools and implications for raising achievement. Educational Studies 31(2): 131-147.
- Demie, F. (2005). The Achievement of Black Caribbean Pupils in British Schools: Good Practice in Lambeth Schools. British Educational Research Journal 31(4): 351-378.
- Demie, F. (2003). Raising the Achievement of Black Caribbean Pupils in British Schools: Acknowledged Problems and Challenges for Policy Makers. London Review of Education 1(3): 229-248.
- Demie, F., Taplin, A. & Butler, R. (2003). Stages of English Acquisition and Attainment of Bilingual Pupils: Implications for Pupil Performance in Schools. Race Equality Teaching 21(2): 42-48.
- Demie, F. (2003). Using Value-Added Data for School Self- Evaluation: A Case Study of Practice in Inner City Schools. School leadership and management 23(4): 445-463.
- Demie, F., Taplin, A. & Butler, R. (2002). Educational Achievement and the Disadvantage Factor. Journal of Education Studies 28(2): 101-110.
- Demie, F. (2002). Pupil Mobility and Educational Achievement in Schools: An Empirical Analysis. Educational Research 43(1): 91-106.
- Demie, F. (2001). Ethnic and Gender Difference in Educational Achievement and Implications for School Improvement Strategies. Educational Research 43(1): 91-106.
- McCallum, I & Demie, F. (2001). Social Class, Ethnicity and Educational Performance. Educational Research 43(2): 147-159.