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Professor Peter Twining

An out of date picture of Peter Twining

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Professor of Education (Futures)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Education
  • peter.twining

Professional biography

Peter's professional interest is focussed on the future of education - this includes looking at how to change education systems from the inside (see and rethinking education systems from scratch (see schome. not school - not home - schome - the education system for the information age

Peter was a primary school teacher (worked with full range from reception to Yr6) in the East End of London. Then worked in teacher education at Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education prior to moving to the OU in 1995. He has been the Head of Department of Education, Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology and Associate Dean Research and Scholarship with the Faculty of Education and Language Studies at the OU. From 2009 to 2013 he directed Vital, a £9.4million DCSF/DfE funded programme to support teachers to enhance their use of digital technology and teaching of ICT. His research foci are on new pedagogical practices in primary schools (see and on enhancing summative assessment within schools through a shift from paper-based to digital technology-enabled approaches (Peter co-directed the Assessment and Accountability strand within ETAG and in 2015 will be launching AIMS4Ed (Aspirational Indicators & Measures of Success for Education).

For more info see his schome userpage which includes a link to his now out of date online CV (which happens to be in a wiki so you can update it for him if you like!)

Research interests


NP3 (New Practices, New Parameters, New Pedagogy) is examining the ways in which young people's digital technology competences (developed outside school) become recognised and valued inside primary classrooms (leading to changes in pedagogy).

AIMS4Ed - Aspirational Indicators & Measures of Success for Education is a new project launching in late 2015 that focusses on how assessment in and of schools might change to make it more relevant to the world we live in today. Particular foci are on high stakes (summative) assessment (on-screen assessment and social learning analytics) and alternative metrics of school success.

YOTS (Your Own Technology Survey) which helps schools find out what internet enabled mobile devices that they have and whether they would be allowed, able and willing to use them in school. - a growing community site that is focussed on enhancing existing education systems. It has quite a strong focus on the potential of digital technology to enhance education.

schome - not school - not home - schome - the education system for the information age

The Schome Park Project - exploring models of schome in Teen Second Life (and exploring the potential and pitfalls of Teen Second Life for learners)

Teaching interests

  • education futures
  • lifelong learning
  • learning in formal and informal contexts
  • pedagogy
  • learner empowerment
  • management of educational change
  • role of ICT in education
  • schome (not school - not home - schome - the education system for the information age)