The Education Datalab team

Rebecca Allen
Rebecca AllenDirector
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.
Dave Thomson
Dave ThomsonChief Statistician at FFT
Dave Thomson is Chief Statistician at FFT with over fifteen years’ experience working with educational attainment data to raise attainment in local government, higher education and the commercial sector. His current research interests include linking education and workplace datasets to improve estimates of adult attainment and study the impact of education on employment and benefits outcomes.
Mike Treadaway
Mike TreadawayDirector of Research at FFT
Mike Treadaway is Associate Research Fellow at Education Datalab, and was previously FFT’s Director of Research. A former teacher, lecturer and LA adviser, Mike has over 20 years of experience in working with education data in the context of school improvement. Since founding the FFT Data Analysis Project he has developed models for analysing pupil progress, has led the processing, matching and data analysis for the National Pupil Database, and has provided advice to the Department for Education to support the development of new school accountability indicators and analysis of national trends in school performance.
Laura James
Laura JamesDatalab Manager
Laura James is the Education Datalab Manager and project manager with over five years’ experience of managing large scale data and research projects. She is currently National Project Manager for TALIS (Teacher and Learning International Survey) 2018 and for the Educational Endowment Foundation’s data archive project.
Dave Bibby
Dave BibbyData Scientist
Dave Bibby specialises in resolving the technical challenges inherent in maintaining and analysing large education datasets. He develops and implements methods for handling such issues as the cleaning of raw data, imputation and estimation of missing data, linking of multiple datasets and carrying out complex analysis in very large datasets.
Lisa Godfrey
Lisa GodfreyPartnerships and Communications Officer
Lisa Godfrey is our Partnerships and Communications Officer. She assists with the smooth running of our projects, working with our lead analysts and commissioning partners. She also promotes Education Datalab’s research findings to educational audiences and media platforms.
Anil Keshwani
Anil KeshwaniStatistician
Anil is a Researcher at Education Datalab, carrying out analysis and development of statistical methods. Coming from a life sciences background, Anil has worked with outreach programmes and the educational opportunities charity Jacari. He has a special interest in education’s role in social mobility and combatting inequality.
Philip Nye
Philip NyeResearcher
Philip Nye is a Researcher with Education Datalab, carrying out analysis and producing data visualisations. His particular research interests include academies and academy trusts, school finance, and Ofsted.
Sam Sims
Sam SimsResearcher
Sam Sims is a Researcher at Education Datalab. His research focuses on how we can better attract, train and retain teachers and he is currently completing a PhD on the economics of the teacher labour market at the UCL Institute of Education.
Chris Wheadon
Chris WheadonResearch Associate
Chris Wheadon is a Research Associate at Education Datalab and is one of the UK’s leading experts in assessment. He is the Founder of No More Marking Ltd, a company that uses comparative judgement to assess work more accurately than traditional marking techniques. He has designed the Proof of Progress tests from FFT.
John Jerrim
John JerrimResearch Associate
John Jerrim is a Research Associate at Education Datalab and a Reader in Educational and Social Statistics at UCL Institute of Education. John’s research interests include the economics of education, access to higher education, intergenerational mobility, cross-national comparisons and educational inequalities.
Sarah Tang
Sarah TangResearch Associate
Sarah Tang is a Research Associate at Education Datalab and a PhD student at UCL Institute of Education. She qualified as a Mathematics teacher as part of the inaugural Teach First cohort and has subsequently worked as Evaluation Officer at the Education Endowment Foundation and as a Research Officer at UCL Institute of Education.