Anne spent 20 years teaching in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools before joining the University of Cumbria. Anne also worked as an Advisory Teacher for SEND in Lancashire.

Anne has worked at UOC for over 20 years, where she has worked across all ITE programmes, focussing on Inclusive Education.

Anne has led nationally on the significance of Special School placements for trainee teachers.

Qualifications and memberships

B. Ed, MA (SEN), Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Member of NASEN

Academic and research interests

The benefit of Special School Placements in ITE.

The success of the Early Career Teachersdafy

Research supervision

Research supervisions Anne supervises MA dissertation students.



  • Child, A. and Gager, A. (2004) 'Crossing Boundaries', Professional Development Today Autumn/Winter 2004 pp. 40-47.
  • Gager A. (2007) 'Adapting Resources for children with Specific Needs' in D. Drews and A. Hansen (eds.) Using Resources to support Mathematical Learning (2007) Exeter: Learning Matters pp76 -95.
  • Gager, A. Percival, J. (2022) More than just workload: Factors influencing the success and retention of new teachers TEAN 4:1 pp120-131
  • Feeney, A. Gager, A. Hallett, G. (2010) The transformative nature of the special school placement: reporting ‘insistent’ data from emerging teachers and exploring an agenda for future research Support for Learning 25, 4, 159 – 163
  • Bradbury, B. Feeney, A. Gager, A. (2010) ‘Hearing the Voice of the Child: Ensuring Authenticity’ in Hallett, F. and Hallet, G. Transforming the Role of the SENCO : Maidnehead OUP

Conference papers

  • Gager, A. (2006) 'Understanding and Managing Behaviour: using a problem based approach to teaching, learning and assessment.' SEDA Conference, Liverpool (2006).
  • Gager, A. (2007: 'Apprenticeship or Compliance? A grounded theory analysis of perceptions surrounding school experience in ITE' ) European Conference of Educational Research Ghent, 2007.
  • Gager, A. (2008) 'Meeting Children's Learning Needs: a case study approach to the introduction of a Post Graduate Certificate module, using practitioner research.' ECER Gothenburg 2

Gager, A. (2008) ECER 'The purpose of School Placements: a case study of the perceptions of trainee teachers towards their experiences in mainstream and specialist schools ECER Gothenburg 2008

Recent external roles

Cluster co-ordinator for HEIs in the Midlands, promoting TDA SEN/Disability materials.

2018 - 2022 - External Examiner - PGCE Primary  (SEND route)- University of Plymouth