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. 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. You can learn more about my research on my publications page or by reading my blog.

For a long time my research was on school accountability, admissions, expenditure decisions and measuring pupil performance. I am still really interested in these things, and might even write a book about them one day! However, in recent years I have written dozens of papers on teacher careers. 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.

Although I am trying to be at home as much as possible at the moment, I continue to research teachers’ daily lives, health, beliefs and practices through the data we collect on the Teacher Tapp app. I spend a lot of time thinking about data use in schools and how we communicate pupil achievement.

Occasionally, I am happy to travel away from home to give a talk. These are usually to headteachers and other senior leaders. Please email becky@allenmoss.co.uk if you are interested in learning more. Topics I am currently giving talks on are:

  • The pupil premium isn’t working. What next for closing the attainment gap?
  • Getting school data back on track
  • Making teaching a job worth doing (again)
  • Schools where teachers get better at teaching
  • Does anyone know which schools are good?
  • School improvement in times of extravagance and in times of austerity
  • What if we cannot measure pupil progress?