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Dame Alison Peacock

Speaker Summary

Dame Alison Peacock is one of the UK’s most celebrated educationalists. Her name is known up and down the country as the highest benchmark of school leadership to aspire to. A true champion of inclusive leadership policies, and of learning without limits, Alison has contributed pedagogically revolutionizing work to the field of educational research. Backed by comfortably the best record of whole-school improvement in the British isles, Dame Alison Peacock is the senior leadership expert for all those in need of taking their schools to the next level.

Areas of Expertise

Early Years – Whole-School Improvement – Curriculum and Policy – Leadership and Management – Assessment – Educational Research

Full Profile

Dame Alison Peacock is a Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Hertfordshire and Glyndwr University. Her famous journey into education began as a teacher in a comprehensive school in 1982. After a successful career in the classroom, she earned her Master of Education from Queens College Cambridge in 1996. The next year marked her first foray into senior school leadership as Deputy Headteacher of a Hertfordshire school.

She is most famous for her work as Executive Headteacher of the Wroxham School in Hertfordshire. In the year of her appointment in 2003, the Wroxham School was struggling after being put under special measures due to failing standards of educational provision. In under 2 and a half years of her superlative leadership, the school was turned around and given the highest possible rating of ‘Outstanding’ from the Ofsted, the UK’s office for standards in education. In all subsequent inspections since, it has continued to earn the same rating.

Her leadership would continue to prove masterful. Under her watch, The Wroxham School was designated as a School of Creativity in 2008 and as a Teaching School in 2011. The school would then establish the Wroxham Transformative Learning Alliance, in the pursuit of increasing educational standards following Alison’s example across a network of 50 schools.

In 2016, she stepped down from her role in order tone the first CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching, a professional body designed to celebrate, support, and connect teachers worldwide.

Alison’s contributions to the world of education have been deservedly recognised. In 2013, she was knighted by the Queen as Dame Commander of the British Empire for her services to Education. In 2019 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Education by the University of Bath Spa. She became one of the first women ever to receive an honorary fellowship from the Queen’s College Cambridge in 2018.


Alison is also a published author and has contributed to numerous seminal educational works. Her work includes:
- Assessment For Learning Without Limits (2016)
- Creating learning without limits (2012)

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