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Ann Jordan

Head of Institute of Education

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 855040

Member of University Executive

Member of Academic Board

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 Ann has undertaken a range of roles in the University including being Course Leader for the Specialist Teaching Assistant programme which ran across Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Birmingham, Coventry and Solihull Local Authorities (1995- 1998).

From 1995 to 2005 Ann took on the role of Primary Partnership Manager during which time the Partnership developed successfully and she increased capacity and the engagement between schools and the University; she also established a successful Partnership Steering Committee. Her research for her MA explored the interface between the main stakeholders of partnership in ITT and 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 (now NCTL) Regional Networking Groups.

In 2008, Ann took on a senior leadership role with responsibility for Institute of Education Quality and Enhancement 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 senior colleagues across the University and also took on the role of Joint Honors coordinator working across all six University Institutes.

In October 2012, Ann became Acting Head of Institute (and Associate Head) and was successful in becoming Head of Institute in May 2014. She is chair of the Institute Management Team meetings, Institute of Education Board and represents the Institute at Academic Board. She is also a member of the University Executive Group, UCET Management Committee and the West Midlands Deans Group.

Ann is interested in all aspects of education, particularly education pedagogy, primary history and has a strong background in Initial Teacher Education. She is keen to promote international engagement and her work has included a visit to India where she explored Early Years education and to Cyprus where she was engaged in project work that focused on Lifelong Readers.


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

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Pedagogy and Management in Post-graduate Primary (PG) Courses, School Direct and Master’s work at Level 7 on professional ITT courses
Behaviour Management and associated conditions eg ADHD on PG Courses
Primary History across UG and PG courses
Supervision of research projects and dissertations at Master’s Level

Research Supervision

Primary History
Mentoring for ITE students and NQTs
Behaviour Management
Values education


Ann’s research interests include the pedagogy and curriculum of history education and related values, and citizenship education within the subject. She is also interested in behaviour management and pedagogy of Initial Teacher Training.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies


2013 – Present – Member of the West Midlands Deans Group

2013 - Present – 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 Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

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