Rebecca Allen to deliver the Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture 2017

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This year’s Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture will be on Tuesday 7th November in the House of Commons beginning at 6.00pm.

 It will be delivered by Dr Rebecca Allen, Director of Datalab. Her theme will be “Making teaching a job worth doing (again)”

 Datalab is a research organisation that uses large scale administrative and survey datasets to support policy makers and those working with schools. It has developed a formidable reputation for the quality of its analysis and for its willingness to challenge received wisdom and assumptions.

Rebecca Allen is a former school teacher and academic at UCL Institute of Education. She is an expert in school accountability, pupil admissions and teacher labour markets.

 In introducing the lecture, Dr Allen writes:

“Policy makers and the profession agree that we need to reduce teacher working hours, but doing something about it isn’t as easy as it first appears. This lecture will describe how government, the inspectorate, school leaders and the profession itself have, through seemingly unconnected decisions, created a toxic working environment for teachers. It will suggest a blueprint for how we make the job manageable again.”

This is a free event but it’s important that those wishing to attend register by emailing

We anticipate there will be a high level of demand for this event, so please register your interest as soon as possible.



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