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Professor Rob Coe

Speaker Summary

Professor Robert Coe is the author of some of the most important works in education, one of the world’s foremost educational researchers and a pioneer of research-based school policies on national and global scales. In all his work he passionately argues for the development of a culture of evidence, whether in policy, teaching or whole-school improvement. It is his firm belief that individual learner needs will only be met by teacher’s and policy makers that understand what empirically works. Do not miss the chance to unpick 25 years-worth of world-class, impact-proven pedagogy and how you can use it in your school.

Areas of Expertise

Feedback – Evidence-based Practice – Mathematics – Policy and Curriculum – Assessment

Full Profile

Rob is most recognised for his work on the Teaching and Learning Toolkit for the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), and the supplementary teacher DIY Evaluation Guide.

In between a myriad of degrees from the UK’s highest institutions, Rob was a secondary mathematics teacher. He graduated with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Oxford in 1985, a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics from King’s College London in 1987, a Master’s of Philosophy in Mathematics Education from the University of Cambridge, and then finally his PhD in Education from the University of Durham in 1998.

After graduating with his PhD, Rob took up the role of Professor of Education at Durham, a post he held for nearly 20 years. In 2011, he was appointed Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), one of the world’s largest and most reputable educational research centres, with the mandate of supporting the development of effective assessment and monitoring strategies across the UK.

Rob has been an advisor for TeachFirst, the Department for Education, Ofqual and to the Cabinet Office, as well as a vast array of international collaborations, due to his unparalleled knowledge of what works best for students everywhere.


Over the course of his career, Rob has published many key works and papers. These include:
- Research Methods and Methodologies in Education (2017)
- What Makes Great Teaching? (the Sutton Trust, 2014)
- Teaching and Learning Toolkit (EEF, 2018)

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