10 questions with… Becky Francis

Professor Becky Francis has become one of the most prominent figures in education’s response to the pandemic, having taken over from Sir Kevan Collins as chief executive of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) in January 2020, just before the first lockdown saw schools close.

The EEF has since been asked to run the National Tutoring Programme, a key plank of the government’s “catch-up” effort after it flagged the impact that school closures were having on disadvantaged pupils in particular.

Professor Francis was previously director of the UCL Institute of Education.

Who was your most memorable teacher and why?

Well, this question makes me reflect on how much has changed in education and schools in the past 35 years, because my school, which is now a really excellent one, wasn’t a very safe school back in the 1980s.

I am going to single out my English teacher, Mrs Cross, who was just an incredibly hardworking and thoughtful teacher. She

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