Juliet Sizmur

Research Manager
j.sizmur@nfer.ac.uk, +44 (0)1753 637143

Juliet is a Research Manager in the Centre for International Comparisons, with an academic background in Psychology and English Literature. She has extensive research experience working across NFER departments on research and evaluation projects from curriculum and policy issues to specialised test development and classroom assessments. She has recently joined NFER Education Trials Unit, newly formed to conduct randomised control trials incorporating both impact and process evaluations.

Internationally, Juliet has been involved in several major international surveys, including: for OECD, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) and PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies); and for IEA, PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) and TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study). She has also conducted a number of smaller consultancy projects, assessments and evaluations for a range of national and international clients.

Juliet has worked with the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to evaluate the impact of their Middle Years programme in the UK and delivered part of a seminar series to IBO assessors on ‘Quality in Assessment’. She works regularly with local authority and independent consultants exploring and developing assessment literacy and classroom practice nationally.

In other recent projects, Juliet led an impact evaluation of DFID’s Global School Partnerships programme and, for the European Commission, contributed to an analytic report on Active Citizenship in the European Union, in collaboration with a number of academic institutions in the EU. She has also provided consultancy support for an evaluation of the ‘Room to Read’ literacy programme in a number of developing countries; an international probe on ICT for the Royal Society; the development of electronic assessments for the Estonian Ministry of Education and developed a wide range of assessment materials for UK and foreign governments from basic literacy and numeracy to higher order thinking skills and wider communication skills including music, art and dance. Juliet has a particular interest in formative assessment, pedagogy and the measurement of non scholastic and attitudinal variables.

Juliet is President of the Association for Achievement and Improvement through Assessment (AAIA), a Practitioner of AEA-Europe, a member of United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA).