What I do

My name is Becky Allen. I have spent the past 15 years researching and writing about schools. I am co-founder and Chief Analyst at Teacher Tapp, the daily survey and CPD tool. I am also a Professor of Education at the University of Brighton. From 2014-2017, I founded and led the highly successful independent research organisation, Education Datalab. I was Professor of Education at UCL Institute of Education until December 2018. I am an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

I spend my days talking to people involved in running our schools, analysing data on pupils and teachers, and looking after my two lovely little children in Sussex. My research focuses on teacher careers and the impact of government policy on school behaviours. You can learn more about my research on my publications page or by reading my blog. In 2018, I published a book with Sam Sims called The Teacher Gap. Some of the ideas in this book were taken up by politicians, particularly in relation to the early years of a teacher’s career. I was asked by DfE to chair a working group which made recommendations about how data should be used in schools.

I am not currently giving talks for obvious reasons (!), but may re-start doing so when (or if) the country re-opens. My talks are suitable for school leaders and research-enthusiastic teachers. Please email becky@allenmoss.co.uk if you are interested in learning more.