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Dr Becky Taylor
Appointment
  • Senior Research Associate
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • School of Education
Biography
I am a qualified secondary school teacher and taught for 11 years in secondary schools in England. I have been a governor at a primary school for over 10 years. Through my work as a teacher and a governor I have extensive experience of curriculum development, initial teacher training and school improvement.

I hold a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Cambridge and am a Chartered Psychologist, accredited by the British Psychological Society. I studied Education at postgraduate level at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Bath.

Research Summary
Prior to joining the Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research, I was Researcher Practitioner and Project Manager on the Best Practice in Grouping Students project, led by Professor Becky Francis and funded by the Education Endowment Foundation. I developed the BERA-BCF Curriculum Journal award-winning teaching resource, Best Practice in Mixed Attainment Grouping, and led professional development for the Best Practice in Grouping Students project.

Recently, I have led three further projects exploring attainment grouping in primary and secondary schools in England. These include the Primary School Grouping Study, an exploration of grouping practices at Key Stage 2; Developing Best Practice in Mixed Attainment English, a collaboration with English teachers and colleagues at UCL Institute of Education to identify and develop characteristics of successful mixed attainment teaching in English; and the Secondary School Grouping Survey project, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation, investigating the grouping practices currently in use in English secondary schools.

In Spring 2018, I was Senior Research Associate with the Enterprising Science project, led by Professor Louise Archer.

My research interests include attainment grouping and teacher expectations, personal, social and health education and citizenship, and managing change in schools.
Teaching Summary
I am module leader for the core first year module Introduction to Education Studies on the BA Education Studies.

I supervise doctoral students and welcome expressions of interest from potential students whose research interests align with mine.
Appointments
01-JUL-2018 Senior Research Associate, CTTR Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2018 – 30-JUN-2018 Senior Research Associate, BPGS Education, Practice and Society UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-FEB-2018 – 31-MAY-2018 Senior Research Associate, Enterprising Science Education, Practice and Society UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2015 – 31-JAN-2018 Researcher Practitioner, Best Practice in Grouping Students Education, Practice and Society UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
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