Mike Cooper

Principal Researcher: Policy, strategy & practice

Areas of interest and expertise
  • National education policy change and impact – especially post-16
  • Teaching and learning in FE (especially in English and Maths)
  • Loans in FE: policy and implementation
  • Apprenticeship standards: policy and implementation
  • Training and consultancy work with providers and sector bodies since 2006
  • Keynote speaker
Knowledge and experience

Dedicated to FE & Skills provision for more than 36 years

  • Two FE colleges: Lecturer, senior lecturer and manager (17 years)
  • JMB, AEB and OCR: Examiner, moderator, examining team leader and Principal Moderator for four different AS and A Levels
  • FEDA/LSDA: Regional Director for the South East
  • Founder, editor and publisher of the ‘The Intelligence eGroup Despatch’
  • LSN: Lead and facilitator, Policy Update Service
  • CEL: Mentor and panel member, Principals’ Qualifying Programme
  • LSIS: Developer and leader, Prepared for Inspection events; facilitator, Vocational Curriculum Development Projects; developer and facilitator, Advanced Learning Loans support programme
  • Strategic Development Network: Writer/editor, on-line support packages for English and Maths in Apprenticeships; development/facilitation team, Future Apprenticeships support programme (with AELP)
  • AELP: Lead for DfE Learning Grants project on contextualizing English and Maths in Vocational learning, and subsequently EEF-funded pilot project on the same topic (with MEI)
Selection of research & publications