Institute of Education


IOE Director named one of the most influential people in education

3 January 2019

Professor Becky Francis, UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Director, has been named one of the ten most influential people in education in 2018.

Professor Francis was included in Tes’ people of the year 2018, along with Dame Mary Warnock and the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida, among others.

Tes highlighted the work of Professor Francis, in particular her research on setting and how this finds setting has little positive effect on any student, but has a substantial, negative impact on those in the lowest sets.

Work on this topic was highlighted in the Education Endowment Foundation-funded project ‘Best practice in grouping students’ which was conducted by the IOE and Queen’s University Belfast researchers and concluded in 2018. The project investigated which methods of grouping secondary school students are most effective in improving their educational engagement and attainment with particular attention to improving the performance of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Further work on attainment grouping has been announced that will build on this project.

Professor Becky Francis joined the UCL Institute of Education as Director in 2016. Her policy research and analysis has focused particularly on school quality, and academies' policy, in relation to social equality.

Read the article: 'Tes people of the year 2018: Becky Francis'

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