Alison Hales

Alison Hales BAEd Hons/QTS, MA

Alison Hales

Alison Hales

Senior Lecturer

Department of Teacher Education

Faculty of Education and Health

Alison Hales is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Primary Education at the University of Greenwich.

Alison originally studied at South Bank University where she undertook her BEd Hons Primary Education degree with a history specialism. She received an MA degree from Kingston University and is currently studying for her Doctorate in Education with the University of Greenwich, looking at contemporary history and children's understanding of war and conflict.

Alison previously worked in a local Primary school as part of the Senior Leadership team with responsibilities as Leader of the Foundation Curriculum and for Early Years. In 2009, Alison moved to teach in the Primary Department at the University of Greenwich where she led the Early Years provision for Undergraduate and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programmes.

Her research into Alternative Placements in Initial Teacher Training led to the design and development of the Enrichment Programme for Primary undergraduate year 2 students on the BA Hons programme. This programme enables students to develop further personal and professional attributes within initial teacher education and to experience education in the wider context.

Alison has taught on the Undergraduate degree with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) an Accelerated degree and PGCE courses. Her main current teaching commitments are Humanities: history and geography; learning outside the classroom; Education and Professional Studies in Year 1; leading and coordinating the Creativity in Learning and Teaching course within the primary PGCE programme as well as Year 3 research project tutor teaching on the course and supervising final research projects. She is a Link Tutor for students on school experience on both PGCE School Direct and undergraduate programmes Within the Primary Accelerated Degree, Alison teaches Global Perspective in Primary Education and Engaging Primary Learners.

Posts held previously:

  • 2001-09, Class teacher and Lead for Knowledge and Understanding of the World
    Teaching across the primary age phase and leading teachers to develop their roles in middle management and curriculum leadership and development. In 2012, undertook and implemented the school's new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Primary Education
  • Overall Lead for Primary Foundation Subject Curriculum and Year 3 Lead for BA Primary Undergraduate programme (since 2013 )
  • Early Years Lead and Year 2 Lead for BA Primary Undergraduate Programme (since 2009)
  • Member of the Primary Partnership Programme Committee
  • Served on committees such as Early Career Research Member, and Primary History Curriculum advisor working with the RGTA
  • External Examiner for Northampton University

Alison's research work, conference papers and presentations look at alternative placements to develop and enhance teacher trainee education and the application of blended learning approaches, social constructivism, course design and contemporary historical issues in Primary education. She is currently looking into young children's understanding of war and conflict. 

During her time teaching within schools, as part of her MA degree studies she led research on an educational management system for critiquing Teaching Assistants and advised on a new structure for Support staff. She also contributed to research carried out in Denmark looking at Special Educational Needs and how this could be developed within the Local Authority. She has been involved in local and borough-wide school curriculum development, looking at innovative ways in curriculum delivery with a main focus on TASC – Teaching Actively in Social Context.

Funded research projects

  • 2011. British Council: develop work for alternative placements in Initial Teacher Education, working closely with Westminster and Bexley archives developing community partnerships.
  • Dixon, L. and Hales, A. (2015). This Old Town. Teach Primary, Issue 8(4). 
  • Hales, A. (2015). Learning in the Early Years through local people and places. Developing historical concepts in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Historical Association, Primary History, Issue 70. 
  • Dixon, L. and Hales, A. (2014). Bringing History Alive Through Local People and Places: a guide for primary school teachers. Routledge.

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