School:Education and Social Care
Areas of Expertise: Education and teaching
Courses taught: Primary Education Studies
Rebecca teaches on the Education undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Her main research interests are teaching and assessment practices in primary literacy.
Rebecca started her career as a primary school teacher in Southend. She later moved into educational research, working at the NFER for 8 years on a variety of projects including randomised control trials, evaluations, and assessment. During this time she developed a specialism in assessment research and test development, working principally on the KS1 and KS2 reading and writing national curriculum tests. Rebecca has also worked at the DfE, Trinity College London, and as a freelance consultant, on numerous literacy and English language assessment projects. Prior to moving to Anglia Ruskin University in 2021, Rebecca taught at the University of Bristol and Plymouth Marjon.
Rebecca has broad interests in literacy, assessment and the intersection between these, especially in terms of policy. She is interested in research about the practicalities of different forms of literacy assessment, exploring moderation practices and how assessment affects teaching.
D. Myhill and R. Clarkson. (2021). School writing in England. In J. V. Jeffery & J. Parr (Eds.), International Perspectives on Writing Curricula and Development: A Cross-Case Comparison. London: Routledge.
Durrant, P., Brenchley, M., and Clarkson, R. (2020). Syntactic development across genres in children’s writing: the case of adverbial clauses. Journal of Writing Research, 12(2), pp. 419-452.
Development in children's use of subordinate clauses from Key Stages one to four. Corpus Linguistics International Conference, Limerick, Ireland, July 2021
Building bridges to future writing assessment: what next for writing assessment at KS2? AEA Europe, Arnhem, Netherlands, November 2018
Writing standards in England: writing in a high-stakes assessment regime. EARLI SIG Writing, Antwerp, Belgium, August 2018