Dr Alison Jackson is Director of the Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN), an independent support service for teacher educators, supported by the Education Faculty of the University of Cumbria.  She is the editor of the TEAN journal, an academic peer-reviewed online journal, and the STeP journal (Student Teacher Perspectives).

She is also a PhD tutor with wide ranging interests as well as a focus on schools and teacher education. External examining for PhD students has concentrated on teacher education. 


Qualifications and memberships

Highest quaification: Ed.D (Keele University, 2006)

Member of: BERA - British Education Research Association, IPDA - International Professional Development Assocation, 

ALL - Assocation for Language Learning

Academic and research interests

School leadership and culture

Teacher identity and professionalism

Teaching as a Masters level profession 

Developing partnership (schools and universities) through Third Space activity

Current Research Students:

  • Richard Bilton – Education, investigating Parent-Teacher Conversations, English Secondary School.
  • Kären Mills – Education, School Based Route of Initial Teacher Education in England, Primary Headteachers.


Bilton, R., Jackson, A. & Hymer, B, (2017) 'Not Just Communication: Parent–Teacher Conversations in an English High School', School Community Journal, Vol. 27, No.1 231 Available at

Jackson, A. & Burch, J. (2015) 'School Direct, a policy for Initial Teacher Training in England: plotting a principled pedagogical path through a changing landscape', Professional Development in Education. Available at:

Burch, J., Jackson, A. (2013) ' Developing partnership through third space activity ' Tean Journal 5 (2) July [Online].

Burch, J. & Jackson, A. (2012) Developing partnership through third space activity: full research report . Lancaster: TEAN.

Jackson, A. & Eady, S. (2012) Teaching as a Masters level profession: the need for continued debate , Professional Development in Education, 38 (1), pp. 149- 152 Jackson, A. (2011) Teacher Education Futures , Research Intelligence, Issue 116

Jackson, A (2009) M level PGCE research: final report


Recent external roles

External examiner BA Primary and Post Primary St Mary's University College, Belfast

External examiner EdD University of the West of England

External examiner EdD University of Derby

External examiner PhD Newcastle University