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 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.

Enquiries about talks: I will not be giving talks to senior leaders/teachers whilst my children at learning at home, but may re-start doing so when (or if) the country re-opens.

Press enquiries: I don’t tend to respond to press enquiries – my life is busy enough as it is! Do try my colleague at Teacher Tapp, Laura McInerney, who enjoys press interactions far more than I do. I read emails that arrive via becky@allenmoss.co.uk.