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Nick Taylor

Research Fellow
+27 (0)11 403 6401 | ntaylor@jet.org.za

Dr Nick Taylor, CEO of JET from 1992 to 2010, has established a sound reputation as one of South Africa's foremost education researchers. In 1989, following 10 years of teaching maths and science in Johannesburg high schools and a four-year posting as Subject Advisor for Mathematics for the Soweto Region of the Department of Education and Training, Nick joined the Education Policy Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand as Policy Researcher where he was involved in exploring education policies for a democratic South Africa. In 1992, Nick was appointed CEO of the newly established Joint Education Trust.  His early experience was consolidated over the following years through a number of initiatives, including leadership of the President’s Education Initiative (1999), a number of large school improvement programmes funded respectively by DFID, DANIDA, USAID and South Africa’s Business TRUST, and the National School Effectiveness Study (2013). Nick has also undertaken consultancies for the President’s Office (2008-2009) and was commissioned by the National Planning Commission to develop a source document for the National Development Plan on improving schooling. Between May 2012 and April 2015, Nick was seconded to the Ministry of Basic Education where he established and ran the National Education Evaluation and Development Unit (NEEDU), a national school evaluation unit. Nick led the Initial Teacher Education Research Project (ITERP), the purpose of which was to investigate the quality of pre-service teacher education and to stimulate improvement in the quality of ITE. ITERP led directly to the Primary Teacher Evaluation Project (PrimTEd), a five year programme directed towards developing initial teacher curricula for primary school teachers in training, led by the Department of Higher Education and Training and supported by the European Union. Nick was recently the lead researcher on an implementation evaluation of South Africa’s national curriculum, on commission from the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. He has published in and co-edited academic journals and books and presented at numerous conferences, often as the keynote speaker.