Prof Rebecca Allen

Professor of Education, UCL Institute of Education

Sessions

The pupil premium isn’t working. What next for the attainment gap?

Schools serving more disadvantaged communities have seen their funding increase proportionately more since 2000 as politicians attempt to close the attainment gap between children from higher and lower income families. The Coalition Government’s pupil premium gave further funds for disadvantaged pupils, but with strings attached that have distorted the practice of schools in unanticipated ways. In this talk, Becky will describe why a prescriptive focus on expenditure for disadvantaged pupils doesn’t necessarily help the very children it is intended to support. She gives an alternative prescription for closing the attainment gap – none of which involves identifying disadvantaged children or measuring their progress!

Bio

Rebecca Allen is Director of Education Datalab and an expert in the analysis of large scale administrative and survey datasets, including the National Pupil Database and School Workforce Census. Her research explores the impact of government reforms on school behaviour, with a particular focus on accountability and teacher labour markets.

Archive

Schools where teachers get better at teaching

Experience is a powerful performance enhancer for teachers. Most people know that teachers improve quickly in the first few years of their careers. But why does experience play such an important role in how teachers acquire skill? Why do the performance-enhancing effects of experience diminish over time? This session will help school leaders and teachers devise plans to ensure that all colleagues can keep improving the quality of their teaching instruction.

Teacher Learning Curves: how to increase the quality of teaching in your school

Experience is a powerful performance enhancer for teachers. Most people know that teachers improve quickly in the first few years of their careers. But why does experience play such an important role in how teachers acquire skill? Why do the performance-enhancing effects of experience diminish over time? And what can schools do to increase and extend the returns to experience? In this talk, we present material from our forthcoming book, The Teacher Gap, which provides a framework for thinking about and improving teacher quality in your school.

The evidence for against grammar schools

In this session, the audience will be invited to consider what data tells us about the impact grammar schools have.

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How to win the argument against opening new grammar schools
Becky Allen with Ed Dorrell, Sam Freedman, Jonathan Porter
The opening of new grammar schools is firmly back on the agenda and facts alone will not persuade proponents of the shortcomings of selection at 11. Becky Allen is joined by Ed Dorrell (TES), Sam Freedman (Teach First) and Jonathan Porter (Michaela) to discuss how fans of comprehensive education might best win over politicians, parents and the wider public.