Professor Dame Alison Peacock DBE, DL, DLitt

Professor Dame Alison Peacock DBE, DL, DLitt


Alison Peacock DBE, DL, DLitt is Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching. The Chartered College opened membership in January 2017 and aims to provide a professional body ‘by teachers, for teachers’.

Until December 2016, Alison was Headteacher of The Wroxham School and Educational Research Centre, in Hertfordshire. She led the school out of special measures less than a year after her appointment as Headteacher (Jan 2003) and it was subsequently judged by Ofsted to be outstanding (2006, 2009, 2013).

Alison’s teaching career spans primary, secondary and advisory roles. Alison is advising the Welsh Government on Curriculum and Assessment and was appointed by the DfE as a member of the Commission for Assessment Without Levels and as a member of the ITT Expert Group and CPD Expert Group. She is a trustee of Teach First and a member of the Royal Society Education Committee and a trustee of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors.

Alison was previously a member of the Royal Society Vision committee, CBI Education Reference Group, Cambridge Primary Review Trust, NAHT Commission for Assessment, member of the Prince’s Trust Commission for the proposed Royal College of Teaching and was previously a national representative of the Teaching Schools Council.

In July 2014 Alison was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Brighton and in May 2015 appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire. In December 2015 Alison was appointed as Visiting Professor for the University of Hertfordshire.

Alison has worked in partnership with educational researchers to document her innovative work as a teacher and creative school leader. Throughout her career, Alison has sought to teach and lead in a manner that encourages the voice of the child, building a trusting environment for dialogue that enriches understanding and builds communities of lifelong learning. She is author of ‘Assessment for Learning without Limits’ (2016) and co-author of ‘Creating Learning without Limits’ (2012).

Alison can be followed on Twitter @alisonmpeacock and LinkedIn