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Dr Becky Taylor
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  • Principal Research Fellow
  • Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am a qualified secondary school teacher and taught for 11 years in secondary schools in England. I have served as a primary school governor for over 12 years. Through my work as a teacher and a governor I have extensive experience of curriculum development, initial teacher education 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

I am a Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research (CTTR). My research interests focus on social justice in education, and in particular the processes by which education can become more equitable.

I co-lead the Student Grouping Study, a naturalistic study with matched design investigating the effect of attainment grouping and mixed attainment teaching in mathematics on 11-13 year old students in English secondary schools. I was Researcher Practitioner and Project Manager on the Best Practice in Grouping Students project and 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.

My other projects exploring attainment grouping in primary and secondary schools include an exploration of grouping practices in Wales, funded by Welsh Government; 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 IOE 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.

With colleagues in the CTTR I work on a range of projects addressing teacher agency and teacher recruitment and retention, including a literature review on Recruitment and Retention of Teachers in Disadvantaged Schools; evaluation of the Early Career Support Pilot Programmes; the KEEP Teaching Trial (retention of Physics teachers); and an investigation of teachers' engagement with research.

I have a particular interest in how education research can support policy and practice. In my work as Academic Head of Engagement and Impact for IOE, I lead on development of impact from research across the Faculty.

Teaching Summary

I am module leader for the third year module The Teacher in Policy and Research on the BA Education Studies programme.

I am a UCL Principal Supervisor and currently supervise a number of doctoral students across the PhD, EdD and DEdPsy programmes. I am happy to receive expressions of interest from potential doctoral students focusing on teachers or teaching, and social justice. I particularly welcome students from backgrounds that are underrepresented on IOE's doctoral programmes. Please include a research proposal and your CV.

01-OCT-2021 Principal Research Fellow Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment IOE - UCL's Faculty of Education and Society, United Kingdom
01-JUL-2018 – 30-SEP-2021 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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