My Research

Journal Papers

Sims, S., & Allen, R. (2018). Identifying schools with high usage and high loss of newly qualified teachers. National Institute Economic Review243(1), R27-R36.

Journal paper here / Blog here / Coverage here , here

Allen, R., & Sims, S. (2018). Do pupils from low-income families get low-quality teachers? Indirect evidence from English schools. Oxford Review of Education, 44(4), 441-458.

Journal paper here / Coverage here

Jerrim, J., & Sims, S. (2018). The association between attending a grammar school and children’s socio-emotional outcomes. New evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study. Forthcoming in British Journal of Educational Studies.

Journal paper here

Jerrim, J., & Sims, S. (In Press). Why do so few low and middle-income children attend a grammar school? New evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study. Forthcoming in British Educational Research Journal.

Working paper here /  Coverage here

Jerrim, J., Oliver, M., & Sims, S. (In Press). The relationship between inquiry-based teaching and students’ achievement. New evidence from a longitudinal PISA study in England. Forthcoming in Learning and Instruction.


Work in Progress

Zieger, L., Jerrim, J. & Sims, S. (Under Review). Comparing teachers’ job satisfaction across countries. A multiple-pairwise measurement invariance approach. Minor revisions Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice.

Working paper here / Coverage here and here

Sims, S., & Fletcher-Wood, H. (Under Review). Characteristics of effective teacher professional development: What we know, what we don’t know, how we can find out.

Working paper here / Coverage here

Jerrim, J., & Sims, S. (Under Review). How do academically-selective school systems affect pupil’s social-emotional competencies and academic attainment? Evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study.

Working paper here / Coverage herehere, here, here, here

Sims, S. (Under Review). Modelling the relationships between teacher working conditions, job satisfaction and desire to move schools.

Full version here / Simple version here / Coverage here

Sims, S., & Allen, R. (Under Review). Evaluating the impact of an intensive professional development programme for secondary school middle leaders.

Earlier version here


Allen R., & Sims, S. (2018). The Teacher Gap. London: Routledge.

Available here


Commissioned Reports

Sims, S. (2018). What happens when you pay shortage subject teachers more money? Simulating the effect of early-career salary supplements on the supply of shortage-subject teachers in England. London: Gatsby Foundation.

Paper here / Coverage here /

Referenced by the government’s teacher pay advisory body (p.69) here

Allen, R., & Sims, S. (2017). Improving Science Teacher Retention. Wellcome Foundation.

Paper here / Coverage here, here


Sam Sims Quantitative Education Research