About Rebecca Allen

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. She is currently on leave from her academic post as Reader in Economics of Education at UCL Institute of Education.

A-Level results day 2016: Did a good summer for Welsh football herald a bad summer for Welsh boys’ results?

A-Level examination sittings, which stretch from mid-May through to the end of June, often overlap with an international football tournament. Unfortunately, football lovers, who are more likely to be boys than girls, can find this a distraction from their revision schedule. Economists at the University of Bristol have noticed how this has damaged English boys [...]

By | August 18th, 2016|Exams and assessment, Post-16 provision|

Grammar schools contaminate comprehensive schooling areas

One of the reasons that decisions to open new selective schools should not be devolved to local decision-makers is that it affects pupils and schools in other local authorities. This is because families are able to seek a school for their child in a different local authority to the one they live in, thanks to [...]

By | August 11th, 2016|Admissions|

Changing the subject: why pushing pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to take more academic subjects may not be such a bad thing

Today, Sutton Trust published our report on the 300 secondary schools who transformed their curriculum between 2010 and 2013 in response to government policy, achieving a rise in the proportion of pupils entering the EBacc from 8% to 48%. Understanding the experiences of pupils in these schools gives us a little window on what might [...]

Do the stellar careers of the Teach First ambassadors who remain in teaching justify the costs of the programme?

Today two new pieces of research on teacher training routes are published. The Institute for Fiscal Studies have published a Nuffield-funded report, authored jointly with Education Datalab and NFER, that summarises the relative costs and benefits of the different teacher training routes. Separately, we have published a report on careers of Teach First Ambassadors who [...]

By | July 15th, 2016|Teacher careers|

The careers of Teach First Ambassadors who remain in teaching: job choices, promotion and school quality

In this report we explore the careers of former Teach First participants who choose to remain in state-funded schools as Ambassadors. We compare the career profiles of the 2008 to 2012 cohorts to a matched group of teachers who began a full-time Higher Education Institution led PGCE course at a same time and have similar [...]

By | July 15th, 2016|Reports, Teacher careers|

Linking ITT and workforce data: (Initial Teacher Training Performance Profiles and School Workforce Census)

This report gives some initial estimates of retention in the state-funded teaching workforce in England by teacher training route, as a proportion of all those first registering on an ITT course. We illustrate how this varies by region and teacher characteristics. We give lower and upper bound retention rate estimates, reflecting uncertainty inherent in the [...]

By | July 6th, 2016|Reports, Teacher careers|

Non-retirement teacher wastage continues to rise

The November 2015 School Workforce Census, published today, shows that wastage out of the teaching profession has risen again to 10.6%. Teachers leave the profession when they unhappy with working conditions and when they can find other employment opportunities. These statistics suggest that it is teachers in secondary and special schools who are most currently [...]

By | June 30th, 2016|Teacher careers|

Can high stakes primary school testing ever serve the interests of children?

Earlier today at the Festival of Education I hosted a panel session with Jack Marwood and Michael Tidd that asked whether high stakes primary school tests can ever serve the interests of children. Michael Tidd has, through his blogs, tweets and newspaper column, publicly held the Government to account through the repeated missed deadlines on [...]

By | June 23rd, 2016|Exams and assessment, School accountability|

Inequalities in access to teachers in selective schooling areas

We recently published a report with the Social Market Foundation showing that schools serving more disadvantaged communities appeared to have greater difficulties in recruiting suitably qualified teachers. Ofsted contacted us to ask whether these inequalities were more or less pronounced in areas with selective secondary schooling because this has been an area of inquiry for them. [...]

By | June 22nd, 2016|Admissions, Teacher careers|