About Authors

This blog is authored by Dr Thomas Perry and Dr Rebecca Morris, two education researchers and former teachers based in the West Midlands.

Find out more about Tom and Becky below:


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Dr Thomas Perry



Thomas Perry is an educational effectiveness and improvement researcher and lecturer. He leads and teaches on the educational leadership Master’s programmes at the University of Birmingham and is an associate research manager at the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE). Tom works to support school and system leaders at all levels to improve schools through research- and evidence-informed policy and practice.

For more information, see Tom’s University of Birmingham Profile


Dr Rebecca Morris



Becky’s research and teaching focuses on the areas of education policy and school improvement, assessment and pedagogy. She is currently principal investigator on a large-scale Education Endowment Foundation evaluation of a marking and feedback approach in secondary schools. In addition to this, she is a co-investigator on an ESRC-funded study examining the complex determinants of teacher shortage and supply in England. Both of these projects, and others that she is involved with, include the analysis of secondary datasets (NPD and School Workforce Survey). Becky has experience of conducting successful systematic reviews, recently completing one on effective primary teaching approaches funded by the DfE (Gorard et al., 2016). At present she is leading on the systematic review for the ESRC teacher shortage project, and is also in the planning stages of a rigorous review of area-based initiatives in education.

For more information, see Becky’s University of Warwick Profile