Robin Alexander


Personal statement

Robin Alexander has worked in schools and higher education. He has held senior positions at the universities of Leeds, Warwick, Cambridge and York and visiting university posts in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

He has served on government advisory bodies in the UK, and via DfID and the EC has worked on educational development in India and Bangladesh.

From 2006-12 he directed the Cambridge Primary Review, the UK’s most comprehensive primary education enquiry for fifty years, and since 2013 has led its successor, the Cambridge Primary Review Trust.

A Cambridge graduate (MA, PhD, LittD), he is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA),  Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and past President of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE).  

His 270 publications include books such as:

  • Versions of Primary Education
  • Policy and Practice in Primary Education
  • Learning from Comparing
  • Culture and Pedagogy (winner of the American Educational Research Association Outstanding Book Award)
  • Essays on Pedagogy
  • The Cambridge Primary Review Research Surveys and
  • Children their World, their Education, winner of the Society for Educational Studies Book Prize and the BERA/Sage Public Impact Award.

Committee memberships

  • Nominations

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