My main research interests are in the development and assessment of children’s numeracy and literacy skills in primary years education, equity in educational assessment, and how the results of national and international assessments are used to inform teaching practice and policy. For my DPhil, I will be exploring how pupils’ reading proficiency moderates their performance in national (Key Stage 2) and international (TIMSS) assessments of primary mathematics, and how its effects can be reduced through changes to test-item language.
Prior to my DPhil, I completed my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology, and my MSc in Education, both at the University of Oxford. I previously worked as a 1:1 special-educational-needs teaching assistant in a local primary school, and since June 2017, have worked as a research assistant at the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (OUCEA). My main role has been as a co-author of England’s National Report for the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), an internationally comparative study of the reading comprehension of pupils in more than 50 countries.