About Rebecca Allen

Rebecca Allen is an associate research fellow, having led Education Datalab from its launch in February 2015 to January 2018. She is an expert in the analysis of large scale administrative and survey datasets, including the National Pupil Database and School Workforce Census. In January 2018 she took up a position as a professor at the UCL Institute of Education, leading the Centre for Education Improvement Science.

Provisional KS4 data 2017: North East secondary schools fall further behind the rest of the country

Last year at the Schools NorthEast Annual Summit I was delighted to talk to primary teachers and learn how they had become a high-performing region. Today I had less happy conversation with their secondary colleagues about why they are falling behind at GCSE. As the chart below shows, the North East has always scored poorly [...]

By | 2017-10-18T18:06:46+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability|

GCSE results day 2017: It’s all about the (lack of) money, money, money

In England, the government has been trying to push schools into raising entries in the so-called EBacc subjects through its accountability metrics: the percentage entering and achieving the EBacc, and Progress 8. This is one reason why subject entries have been changing so much in recent years. However, another reason why they are changing is [...]

By | 2017-12-13T19:12:12+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Exams and assessment, School accountability|

A-Level results day 2017: The impact of reform in England and Wales

A massive 59% of A-Level exams sat in England this year were in reformed subjects which follow the new, linear model of sitting one set of exams at the end of the two-year course. Overall, and perhaps surprisingly, A-Level entries by 18-year-olds in reformed subjects increased by 2.3% in England. This compares to 0.7% in [...]

By | 2017-10-23T12:50:17+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Exams and assessment, Post-16 provision|

Assessing the use and misuse of Newly Qualified Teachers

Last Thursday at the Festival of Education, Sam Sims and I presented new research from our forthcoming book, The Teacher Gap, on the small number of schools that appear to be knowingly running a recruit-burnout-replace staffing model. The talk was written up by Schools Week and you can read the whole story of these teachers [...]

By | 2017-10-23T12:59:56+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Teacher careers|

What does North Yorkshire tell us about how reliable the 11-plus is?

Congratulations! You’ve passed your 11-plus. How confident do you feel that you would have passed if you had sat a slightly different test on a different day of the week? In our recent analysis of the Kent 11-plus we expressed concern that the issue of who passes is incredibly sensitive to slight variation in candidate [...]

By | 2017-10-23T13:13:41+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Admissions|

How many language teachers would we need to reach the Conservatives’ 75% EBacc target?

The Conservatives’ manifesto has revised the party’s commitment to require all students to study the English Baccalaureate subjects at Key Stage 4. It now has a more modest proposal that 75% of students should study the EBacc by the end of the next parliament [PDF]. To be considered to have entered the EBacc a child [...]

Kent 11-plus, part 6: Conclusions

This is part of a series of posts from Datalab on how the 11-plus works in practice in Kent. Find the other posts in the series here. It is worth summarising some of the things that we have observed in the course of this analysis. Relatively small changes to the rules that determine whether a [...]

By | 2017-10-23T13:13:33+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Admissions|

Kent 11-plus, part 5: Headteacher panels are not helping disadvantaged children as much as we might expect

This is part of a series of posts from Datalab on how the 11-plus works in practice in Kent. Find the other posts in the series here. Headteacher panels form an important part of the Kent 11-plus process, but as we have seen, there is a question mark over whether they are better at identifying [...]

By | 2017-10-23T13:13:25+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Admissions|

Kent 11-plus, part 4: Headteacher panels may be no better at identifying the most capable children than the tests are themselves

This is part of a series of posts from Datalab on how the 11-plus works in practice in Kent. Find the other posts in the series here. Passing the 11-plus isn’t the only way to get into a Kent grammar school, as we’ve seen. Headteacher panels review around 2,000 pupils each year, with approximately half [...]

By | 2017-10-23T13:13:16+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Admissions|