Parveen Akhtar

Researcher, +44 (0)1753 637438

Parveen Akhtar joined the NFER as a Researcher in the Centre of Assessment in January 2017. She is currently involved in a variety of test development projects, including item writing for mathematics and numeracy tests for the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). Prior to working for NFER, Parveen worked for 9 years as a Primary School teacher, primarily focused in Key Stage 2. She has a thorough understanding of the current Key Stage 2 Curriculum as well as wider issues within education. She has extensive experience of teaching children in preparation for Key Stage 2 national tests, with specialist knowledge in mathematics. During her teaching career, Parveen has worked as a Science coordinator as well as an EAL coordinator, introducing whole school assessment strategies.

Parveen has completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from University College London and a Masters in Education (MEd) from the University of Cambridge, from which she has gained a wide range of both quantitative and qualitative research experience. During her studies she completed a research thesis on the role of language on children’s gender stereotyping of job roles.