Sal Riordan is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research at the Institute of Education, UCL. She specialises in research into educational inequalities. She led the Against the Odds study on behalf of the Social Mobility Commission into the progress of students facing socio-economic disadvantages. Sal focuses on the use of data and evidence in schools and is interested in methodological and philosophical issues in education. She previously taught science in secondary schools.