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.