Peter Tymms

Professor Peter Tymms
Director of iPIPS and Professor of Education, School of Education, Durham University

Peter has previously been Head of Department in the School of Education at Durham University (2010-2013) and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University (2003-2010) which runs projects monitoring millions of pupils across the UK and beyond each year.  He was the founder of PIPS.  Peter's main research interests include monitoring, assessment, interventions, ADHD and educational effectiveness generally.  Peter established the PIPS (Performance Indicators in Primary Schools Project) monitoring system which runs in thousands of schools around the world.  The new iPIPS study is an international study of children starting school and is being actively implemented in countries on four continents.  Peter is also an adviser to the German National Educational Panel Study (NEPS)

Christine MerrellProfessor Christine Merrell
Director of Research, CEM and Professor of Education, Durham University

Christine has extensive experience of developing assessments for children aged 3-14 years in reading, mathematics, vocabulary, non-verbal ability and motor development.  Most recently, Christine has developed a computer-delivered, adaptive diagnostic assessment of reading for children aged 5-11 years.  Christine has also been involved with directing CEM's large-scale monitoring systems for primary schools.  Two of these have been used in all primary schools in two countries on a statutory basis.  This involved the development and delivery of assessments, marking, analysis and provision of pupil-level feedback.  Moreover, Christine has also studied the achievements of severely inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive young children, including involvement in a large-scale RCT to evaluate the impact of interventions aimed at helping such children succeed in the classroom.     


   Mary Nezzo-Thompson

   Project Officer, RHoSE (Research Hub of the School of Education), Durham University
   Mary is a retired educator from the United States. She came to Durham University three years ago as       administrator and support for CEM research trials. She extended her stay to join the customer support     team for nursery, primary, secondary schools and colleges using CEM assessments.  She became part       of the Research Hub of the School of Education in March of 2018. At RHoSE Mary is the project officer       for two research projects, while she attends Durham University, as a part time student of Research           Design.