Alice is a highly respected academic and Professor of Sociology of Education at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society. She is also the Co-Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11 years), a research centre that focuses on early years and primary education. Alice’s research specialises in the impact of education policy on classroom practices and inequalities, with a particular focus on issues of assessment and accountability in early years and primary schools. She co-chaired the Independent Commission on Assessment in Primary Education (ICAPE) in 2022, working with NEU.

Alice has agreed to be part of the Inquiry into school inspection because she has long been interested in the pressures schools face and the policy drivers of practice in schools. She hopes that the research will provide an up-to-date picture of what teachers and parents think about inspection and how it could be improved. Her experience in education policy research has given her a unique perspective on the issue of school inspection and she is keen to contribute her expertise to the Inquiry.

Alice’s current role as a Professor of Sociology of Education and Co-Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0-11 years) gives her a deep understanding of the issues facing early years and primary education in the UK. She believes that the Inquiry can bring together a range of voices from across the sector, academia, and parents to suggest a new system for school inspection that benefits children and their learning.

Alice hopes that the recommendations from the Inquiry will lead to positive changes in the education system that support teachers and students alike.