Jill Jackson


Head of Strategic Partnership

Secondary and Post Compulsory Education

Contact Details

email: j.jackson@worc.ac.uk
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. The first project   involved trainees in designing three contemporary and relevant KS3 curriculum resource packs for local schools. The second project supported trainees in their understanding of KS2 geography, utilising the specialist resident geographer working with local school children in learning outside the classroom activities. The impact and outcomes of both projects have been shared with colleagues at a number of conferences; in 2018 Jill co presented at the RAISE (Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement Annual Conference and in 2019 presented at the Geographical Association Annual Conference and Exhibition.

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 School of Education as a strategic partner in a number of regional Teaching Alliances and Multi Academy Trusts. Having led the Secondary Department approval of the Prince Henry's and South Worcestershire SCITT, Jill is the University of Worcester Link Tutor for two regional SCITT’s.

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 External Examining Project through Advance HE, a professional development course for external examiners bringing 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

  • 2018 – 19 - Teaching and Student Experience Project: Supporting Trainee Workload. A small case study.
  • 2017 -2019 -External Examining Project through Advance HE, a professional development course for external examiners
  • Collaborative curriculum planning with The Waterworks Museum, Hereford:
  • 2017 -18- Teaching and Student Experience Project: Experiencing the primary curriculum: Water and the Environment.
  • 2016 -17 - Teaching and Student Experience Project. Where Does Our Water Come From?
  • 2017 External Reviewer for Sheffield Hallam University in approving the Silverdale Teaching Alliance National Modern Languages School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT).

Professional Bodies

  • Geographical Association
  • Chartered College of Teaching


June 2019. University of Worcester Learning & Teaching Conference. Place and Community Engagement.  

April 2019. Geographical Association Annual Conference and Exhibition. Seeing is believing; Values in geography education.

September 2018. Poster and paper presentations to Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement Annual Conference (RAISE).Collaborations: Captivating the Curriculum

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: Website 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 Roles

  • External Examiner for Canterbury Christchurch University 7 -14 Years PGCE and Modular PGCE programmes.
  • Chief External Examiner for Edgehill University BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) Secondary Education with QTS.
  • University of Worcester, School of Education Representative on Teaching School Alliances in the Region
  • University of Worcester, School of Education, Trustee of The Waterworks Museum, Hereford.