Ann Jordan


Head of School of Education

Head of School

Contact Details

tel: 01905 855040

Before joining the University Ann taught in a range of Primary, Junior and Middle Schools over a period of 15 years. She has worked in two Local Authorities, the East Riding of Yorkshire, where she worked in East Hull, Hull and the North of the County and the County of Worcestershire. During this period she engaged in a wide variety of professional activity and taught across the 5 – 13 age range, resulting in senior school leadership.

Since 1995 when she joined the University Ann has undertaken a range of roles including being a Course Leader for the Specialist Teaching Assistant programme which ran across Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Birmingham, Coventry and Solihull Local Authorities until 1998.

From 1998 to 2005 Ann took on the role of Primary Partnership Manager during which time the Partnership was successfully developed and capacity increased. She also established a highly successful Partnership Steering Committee increasing employer engagement. Her passion for excellent partnership working was reflected in her research for her MA where she explored the interface between the main stakeholders of partnership in ITT. She adopted a case study approach to explore key features of effective partnership in relation to the complementary roles and perceived benefits of all stakeholders. Ann also engaged widely in the TDA (and then later the NCTL) Regional Networking Groups.

In 2008, Ann took on a senior leadership role with responsibility for the Institute of Education Quality and Enhancement work and was Chair of Institute Quality Committee. She also represented the Institute on the University Academic Standards and Quality Committee.

In 2010 she became Associate Head of Institute working closely with the Head of Institute and senior colleagues across the wider University; it was at this time that she also took on the role of Joint Honours coordinator, working across all six University Institutes, establishing University wide student focus groups, supporting course developments and establishing a new and vibrant bespoke induction for these students. During this period applications to Joint Honours courses increased significantly.

In October 2012, Ann became Acting Head of the School of Education and was successful in becoming Head of School in May 2014. She regularly chairs meetings within the now School of Education, as well as wider University Committees and is currently the University Safeguarding Lead. She is also a member of the Deputy Vice Chancellor’s Group, University Leadership Group, and has been a member of UCET Management Committee and the West Midlands Deans Group.

Ann is interested in all aspects of leadership and management in education, is particularly concerned with educational pedagogy, her specialist area of primary history and has a strong background in Initial Teacher Education. She is keen to promote international engagement for both staff and students and her work has included visits to Cyprus and Athens, where she was engaged in project work that focused on Lifelong Readers; she has visited India where she has explored Early Years education and more recently has worked with colleagues to promote life skills education.


  • M.A. in Education (with Distinction)
  • Bachelor of Education in Primary Education
  • European Pedagogical ICT Licence (EPICT) Esafety Awareness Certificate
  • European Pedagogical ICT Licence (EPICT) Facilitator Diploma

Teaching & Research


Ann is particularly interested in Pedagogy  and has taught on both undergraduate and postgraduate study in this area.  Within the field of ITT Ann has brought expertise in behaviour management and in her specialist subject of primary History.

She has regularly undertaken supervision of research projects and dissertations at Masters Level.

Research Supervision

Ann has supervised projects in Primary History and brings particular strengths in the areas of Mentoring of ITE students and NQTs and is especially concerned with aspects of Values education.

Ann's specific research interests include the pedagogy and curriculum of history education and related values, and citizenship education within the subject.

Professional Bodies

  • 2013 – Present Member of the West Midlands Deans Group
  • 2013 – 2017 Member of UCET Management Committee
  • Member of West Midlands Primary Partnership Group (Until end of 2008)
  • University of Worcester Representative on TDA Regional Partnership Group (Until end of 2008)
  • University of Worcester Representative on TDA Regional Steering Group (Until end of 2008)
  • University of Worcester Representative on TDA Regional Partnership Project with Shropshire LEA (Until end of 2008)


Journal articles

Jordan, A, Robinson S. and Taylor P (2012) The potential of History within the School Curriculum in England for developing and enhancing the understanding of being a citizen in the 21st century, with an emphasis on the later Primary experience and the start of Secondary education in Citizenship, Social and Economics Education: An International Journal (Vol.11 Issue 1)

Jordan A. (editor) with Carey Jenkins D, Irving S, Perrigo A, Taylor P and Wilkes S. (2010) Trainee teacher perceptions on the values behind the Primary Curriculum in England and the potential significance for future professional development in Citizenship, Social and Economics Education: An International Journal, Vol.9 Issue 3

Jordan A. , Taylor P. and Silvanus Davis A. (2009) Exploring the Teaching of Values in Primary Education: Theory Into Practice Through a Case Study of Living Values in an English Primary School in Citizenship, Social and Economics Education: An International Journal, Vol. 8 Issue 2/3

Jordan A. and Taylor P. (2002) Delivering Citizenship through the History National Curriculum in England: A Practical Approach in a Primary School Context in Citizenship, Social and Economics Education: An International Journal, 5.2.

Book chapters

Jordan A. and Taylor P. (1999) History Chapter in Bigger S. and Brown E. (eds) Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education: Exploring Values in the Curriculum David Fulton

Jordan A. and Taylor P. (1997) History Chapter in Ashcroft K. and Palacio D. (eds) Implementing the Primary Curriculum Falmer Press:

Papers presented at Conference:

Jordan A., and Horton, S. (October 2013): Addressing boys needs and enhancing parent involvement (workshop). Lifelong Readers (LiRE project, CARDET) at 6th Innovative Learning Environment 2013: 21st Century Literacies, Reading Creating and Collaborating in Authentic Contexts, University of Nicosia, Cyprus.

Jordan A, Kadi Hanifi K, and Watson R (April 2011): An Investigation into the skills and attributes of trainee teachers in relation to their world of work. Third Annual ESCalate Student Conference: Employability and Enterprise in Education, Liverpool.

Jordan A and Kadi Hanifi K (January 2011): An Initial Evaluation into the confidence, skills and attitudes of trainee teachers in relation to employability Third Annual Employability and PDP conference, University of Worcester.

Jordan A (November 2004): Paired Placements in Initial Teacher Education (Paper and subsequent Workshop) at TTA Partnership Conference on Early Years ITT, Birmingham

External Roles

  • 2014 - Present - Chief External Examiner, Bath Spa University
  • 2013 - 2014 Trustee on Worcester Diocesan Academies Trust
  • 2010 - 2014 External Examiner for University of Cumbria
  • 2009 - 2012 Member of Performance and Review Committee Halesowen FE College (end of term of office July 2012)
  • 2000 - 2004 External Examiner North East Wales