Dr Tom Perry
University of Warwick
Assistant Professor, University of Warwick – Department of Education Studies.
Dr Perry’s research and teaching are focused on the use of research and evidence to improve education policy and practice. He has specialist methodological expertise in research synthesis and review; quantitative methods and secondary data analysis; evaluation, enquiry, improvement; and knowledge mobilisation, exchange and use. Substantive topics of particular interest featuring in his research include: structural reform, inequalities, accountability, teacher training and development, and teacher evaluation.
Research led by Dr Perry has been cited widely and internationally, including by UNESCO, a UK Parliament Briefing, the Young Lives International Study, FFT Education Datalab and Education Endowment Foundation newsletters, blogs, and a podcast. His work has featured in national news media, including the Times Educational Supplement: SchoolsWeek and BBC Radio 4.
A notable recent publication was the Education Endowment Foundation’s Cognitive Science in the Classroom Review. The report investigated approaches to teaching and learning inspired by cognitive science that are commonly used in the classroom, focusing on acquiring and retaining knowledge. Notably, the review highlights the issues and uncertainties with applied evidence and why the translation and application are complex. This translation from theory to practice that Dr Perry is looking at unpacking through his involvement in the open-access A Learner’s Toolkit research. In particular, the rollout of the Toolkit across various contexts and schools will help identify, unpack, and circumvent the barriers that undermine the translation of theory to practice at the classroom, school and system levels.