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Jill Jackson

Head of Strategic Partnership

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542581

Jill joined the Institute of Education in 2013 becoming the Head of Secondary and Post Compulsory Strategic Partnership and in January 2014 her role was extended across the primary and secondary phases as Head of Strategic Partnership. Having taught Geography at three high schools in Herefordshire, Jill gained Advanced Skills Teacher Status and became the Lead Geography Teacher in Herefordshire; working with trainee teachers and teachers to provide demonstration lessons and specialist support and advice for geography in primary and secondary schools in the county.

Her work expanded to regional level as part of a TDA (now the NCTL) funded project to improve the quality of training for mentors and schools working in Initial Teacher Training. During this time, Jill took responsibility of a national project to raise awareness and understanding of issues facing refugees and Oversees Trained Teachers into education. In 2005 Jill took up an appointment as Programme Leader for the employment based teacher training routes for primary and secondary phases at Newman University and led this programme to an Outstanding Ofsted Inspection in 2010.

Jill’s work at the University of Worcester utilises her expertise and research interests in Initial Teacher Education and in particular, the transition of trainee teacher and early career teacher to practitioner. Her research has focused on the perceptions of newly qualified teachers into the profession and the role of mentors in supporting and modelling classroom practice with peers and trainees. Jill has presented her research work at the 2013 and 2015 Annual TEAN Conferences.

Since 2017 Jill has collaborated with The Waterworks Museum, Hereford in developing two community- based learning initiatives with geography PGCE trainees. Trainees have been involved in the design of contemporary and relevant KS3 curriculum resource packs for local schools to use during educational visits to the museum and the next phase is involving NQT’s as well as trainees in addressing the demands of a changing schools curricula.

Establishing and developing a range of collaborative practices and models of partnership with schools and educational settings is a major drive in her current role. Jill represents the Institute of Education as a strategic partner in a number of regional Teaching Alliances and Multi Academy Trusts. In 2016 -17 Jill led the Institutional approval of the Prince Henry’s and South Worcestershire SCITT. In May 2017 Jill was the External Reviewer for Sheffield Hallam University in approving the Silverdale Teaching Alliance National Modern Languages SCITT.

For over a decade and until July 2017, Jill was a member of the Initial Teacher Training Advisory Group and Chair of the Midlands Regional Initial Teacher Training group. Working as an external examiner from 2008, Jill has built an extensive knowledge of practices beyond the midlands region. Her recent work has included participation in the Higher Education Academy Pilot Course for External Examiners; this course brought together a wide range of Examiners from institutes throughout the country.       



M.Ed. University of Leicester. 2012
Advanced Skills Teacher Accreditation 2002
Post Graduate Certificate in Education. University of Birmingham 1981
B.A. Combined Honours. University of Birmingham 1980


Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

2017 -18 - Teaching and Student Experience Project: Experiencing the primary curriculum: Water and the Environment 

Collaborative curriculum planning with The Waterworks Museum, Hereford 

2016 -17 - Teaching and Student Experience Project. Where Does Our Water Come From?

Collaborative curriculum planning in PGCE Geography with the Waterworks Museum Hereford

Higher Education Academy Pilot Course for External Examiners

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Geographical Association



May 2015 Presentations at 6th TEAN Conference. Managing Perceptions in the Formative Days of their Training. Research into the implementation of School Direct in a local context.

May 2013 Presentations at 4th TEAN Conference: Strengthening Teacher Education International Tripartite Partnerships working collaboratively to explore the key concepts of the Global Dimension What Matters to Early Career Teachers? The continuum of teacher satisfaction from trainee to practitioner 

Nov 2010 Editing Consultant: Refugee Council and Equality and Human Rights Commission. A published guide for Employers of Education 

Jun 2008 National Refugee Council – Leeds Conference A partnership model for supporting refugees into education

2006 – 2007 TIDE: Web site resources and supporting materials – a focus for exploring global Issues


Jackson, J. (2006). Sharing Places, Teaching Geography, 30, No 1 : 28 – 31


Jackson, J. (2005). Developing Policy that works in Practise, Curriculum Briefing No 1 : 28 - 29




External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Member of NCTL Initial Teacher Training  Advisory Group

Chair of NCTL Midlands 1 Network of ITT Providers

External Examiner  for Canterbury Christchurch  University  7 -14 Years PGCE and Modular PGCE

Edgehill University   Programme External Examiner  for  BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) Secondary Education with QTS*

2016 -17 University of Worcester Lead Tutor for Institutional approval of Prince Henry’s and South Worcestershire School Centred Initial Teacher training

May 2017 – External Reviewer for Sheffield  Hallam University Institutional  approval of Silverdale National Modern languages School Centred Initial Teacher Training.

University of Worcester, Institute of Education Representative on Teaching School Alliances in the Region

University of Worcester, Institute of Education Representative Trust Member  for South West Shropshire Learning Trust