Ms Alison Mitchell
- Headteacher in Residence (School of Education)
Alison Mitchell is Headteacher in Residence at the University of Glasgow's School of Education. Alison teaches on leadership preparation and development programmes (Into Headship and In Headship) for aspiring and new headteachers (school principals) and is part of the School of Education's Future of Headship (FoH) research and writing team, with colleagues Professor Christine Forde, Dr Julie Harvie and Professor Margery McMahon.
She has 33 years' professional experience in secondary education in Scotland, including 11 years as headteacher of a large comprehensive secondary school in Glasgow City. She completed a degree of Master of Education (Educational Studies) at the University of Glasgow in 2019, receiving the William Boyd Prize for the most distinguished Masters student in the School of Education. Her professional context and experience motivates many research interests within the FoH research team, including ethical school leadership, education policy and social justice in education. She is currently studying her PhD at the University of Glasgow School of Education.
Alison works one day a week for Glasgow City Council Education Improvement Service (EdIS) supporting education leadership; mentoring, practitioner inquiry, leading professional learning and contributing to the Leadership Strategy Group. She is also the Glasgow City Council representative on the Leadership, Empowerment and Improvement workstream within the West Partnership.
- The Future of Headship
- Education Policy
- Social Justice Leadership
- Ethical School Leadership
MEd Childhood Practice (One Supervisee)
- Professional Reviews in Early Years settings in Scotland: A critical exploration of the process and the potential.
MEd Educational Leadership (Five Supervisees)
Exploring Tensions and Challenges at the Broad General Education to Senior Phase Transition in Scotland’s Curriculum
Excellence and Equity for All? A Critical Investigation into the Relationship between Early School Leavers and Youth Unemployment, using Scotland as a case study context.
Wellbeing and Learning Post-Pandemic: Amplifying the voices of early secondary school students.
Culturally Responsive Leadership as a Significant Factor in Effective Home-School Partnerships: A Conceptual Framework
A critical exploration of the relationship and tensions between policy and practice within the ‘presumption of mainstream’ in education.
Current Teaching at the University of Glasgow School of Education:
- Dynamics and Dilemmas of Ethical Leadership (Course Lead)
- PgCert: Into Headship (Teacher)
- PgDip: In Headship (Teacher)
- PGDE: BAT Programme (Contributions on Ethos and Relationships, Social Justice, Child Protection and Safeguarding, and Equity in Learning and Teaching)
- Enhanced Political Cognisance (CPD Course for Senior Leaders in Education in Glasgow City Council)
- MEd Inclusive Education: Inclusive Classrooms, Inclusive Pedagogies (Contribution on Inclusion: Policy into Practice)
- MEduc (Year four): Education in Practice
Previous Teaching at the University of Glasgow School of Education:
- PGCert Middle Leadership and Management in Schools: Leading Change for improvement
Professional Learning and Teaching with Glasgow City Council:
- Headteachers' Bitesize Programme
- Headteacher Mentoring Programme
- All Learners All Achieving (ALAA) Journal (Practitioner Enquiry)
- West Partnership: Thinking About Headship ("Read to Lead" input)
- The International School Leadership Development Network (ISLDN)
- The Education Leadership and Policy (ELP) Research and Teaching Group (RTG) at the University of Glasgow School of Education
- BELMAS (British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society)
- ICSEI (International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement)
- ISATT (International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching)
- Education Scotland national design group for Into Headship and In Headship programmes
- General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)
- School Leaders Scotland (SLS)
- Future of Headship Research Team
- MEd Educational Leadership Teaching and Development team