Professor Becky Allen interview

Becky Allen,  Professor of Education at UCL Institute of Education and founder of Education DataLab, has recorded an extended interview for the Mr Barton Maths podcast. Becky has been a speaker at the Schools North East annual summit on a number of occasions. The discussions covered:

  • The TeacherTapp app, which is used to gauge teachers’ opinions on a wide range of topics.
  • The impact that “good” teachers make and how we might tell a good teacher from a not so good one.
  • Why teachers leave the profession.
  • The importance (or not) of teacher experience.
  • How do teachers find “good” schools to apply to?
  • If autonomy is motivating, how does this fit in with a move by some “successful” schools to provide centrally created lesson plans to their teachers?
  • Is teaching suited to deliberate practice?
  • How many hours do teachers work and how that time is spent?
  • How happy are teachers?
  • Why is it so hard to accurately measure student progress, and what mistakes does Becky see schools making?
  • How should schools really be dealing with the Pupil Premium gap?
  • The piece of research that most surprised her.

Listen to the full podcast here.


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