After taking a degree from Cambridge University in Natural Sciences Prof. 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 an adviser to the German NEPS project, led the start of the Online Educational Research Journal and started the PIPS project
His main research interests include monitoring, assessment, performance indicators, ADHD, reading and research methodology. 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. At present, he is devoting his time to setting up an international project designed to study children starting school around the world. The project is known as iPIPS.
His keynote address at the IAEA2019 Conference:
The Power of Early Assessment: Measuring Potential and Growth from the Start of Elementary/Primary Education