Staff Profiles


Alison Sandra Cogger

Senior Lecturer

School: Secondary and Post 16 Initial Teacher Education (ITE)

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 923279

Profile summary

I lead the PGCE (and School Direct) for Social Science teachers in the secondary education phase and am the Faculty Senior Safeguarding Lead.  I am also completing my doctorate in Education.

In my role as Faculty Director (2014-2019) I led the work on developing mentors through the Mentor Development Programme (MDP) with our partners in Early Years ITT, Primary and Secondary schools in what was the School of Teacher Education and Development. The Mentor Development Programme remains a key area of focus for Initial Teacher Education.

I was also the Faculty lead working alongside a range of colleagues looking at Higher Level Appprenticeships and potential for development. I also represented the Faculty on the University's Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeship Working Group. I was the Faculty representative on the University's Collaborative Provision Sub-Committee. I also sat on the Faculty Quality Committee. I was also a member of the Partnership Executive Committee (PEC).

I was the Programme Director for the highly regarded PGCE 14-19 from 2008 - 2014.  I was also the Curriculum Tutor for Health and Social Care and Psychology developing student teachers focussing on the 14-19 phase in education. This includes students following School Direct pathways. I have also taught Professional Studies in Initial Teacher Education. 

I am currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education and the focus for my thesis is on the agency of cross phase teachers teaching 14-19 vocational subjects and intial teacher education. My Supervisors are: Chair- Dr Christian Beighton, Supervisor - Dr Judy Durrant.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), a Fellow of the Society for Education and Training (FSET) and a Member of the Chartered College of Teaching (MCTT). I am also Chair of Governors at Wincheap Foundation Primary School in Canterbury. 

Research and knowledge exchange

I have led a regional workshop in Crawley West Sussex for the ETF (Education and Training Foundation) for the South East Region for implementing the new Professional Standards for the sector (FE & Skills).

Teaching and subject expertise

I have a breadth of interests and experience in early years settings, FE, adult education and HE. I have taught in further education on a range of programmes leading on Access to Higher Education and Early Years programmes. I have taught A Levels across the Social Sciences and have been a mentor for student teachers on PGCE and other programmes. Most recently, I have taught on Foundation Studies in Education and on Post Graduate programmes in Initial Teacher Education

I am a mentor and assessor for colleagues in the University and partner organisations (Advance HE)

I am passionate about widening participation and have worked intially for Partnership for Progression which merged with the Education Action Zones in 2003 becoming Aimhigher. I was the lead for FE to HE progression in Kent and Medway and worked strategically with both schools and colleges. For this role I was based at the University of Greenwich. 

External activities

I organised the Cross phase Initial Teacher Education Annual Partnership Conference held at the Discovery Park in Sandwich and  have presented on EAL and Additional Placement experiences enhancing the experiences of student teachers.

 Themes include:

  • Mentoring and Coaching Development (2015)
  • Well-being and Resilience in Education (2016)
  • Working Together: How research and enquiry impact on teacher development (2017)
  • Teachers Transform Lives: how can teacher education help address social inequality? (June 2018)

I have presented at a range of internal and external conferences:

  • Faculty Scholarship Days
  • Post Graduate Conference at CCCU
  • Chartered College of Teachers Conference hosted by CCCU with G Rowland
  • University's Staff Conference for Public Services
  • UCET National Conference in Birmingham with K Jordan-Daus
  • TDA Conference in Birmingham for the 14-19 Diplomas (Training and Development Agency - schools) with C Carden
  • Discovery Park Mentors Conference - Higher Level Apprenticeships

I led a project funded by Medway Council on Raising the Participation Age and a funded (TDA) case study developing Information, Advice and Guidance materials for young people in schools and colleges.  

I have a breadth of experience as:

  • External Moderator for an awarding organisation
  • External Validation panel member for University of Greenwich SCITT
  • External Examiner for the PGCE in Social Sciences and PGCE in Psychology (14-19) at University College London, Institute of Education
  • I am a QTLS Reviewer for the Society for Education and Training (SET) and contributed to the Moderation Event with a short presentation
  • I am a SET Fellow and a member of the Chartered College of Teaching  

Appointed by the Local Authority, I am Chair of Governors at Wincheap Foundation Primary School (16 years) and have served as a school governor for 23 years

I have served as a University appointed governor for a local secondary school Trust Board 

Publications and research outputs

Cogger, A & Armitage, A (forthcoming chapter 2019) in Leighton, R.(Ed) Citizenship Education: Routledge  

Armitage, A & Cogger, A. (2019) Mentoring, Coaching and Assessing your New Apprentice. Northwich: Critical Publishing

Rowland, G. King, H. Webb, P. Cogger, A. & Vincent, K.  (2018) Fishing for Evidence of Impact, Professional Development Today - Issue 19.3 / 19.4.

Armitage, A. Cogger, A. Evershed, J. Hayes, D. Lawes, S. Renwick, A. (2016) Teaching Post-14 Education & Training. Maidenhead: Open University press.

Cogger, A. Goodhall, S. Wennestrom, V. (2012) Review of Alternative Provision in Medway. Medway Council

Cogger, A. Goodhall, S. Wennestrom, V. (2012) Year 10 Focus Groups Raising of the Participation Age. Medway Council

Alcock, J. Cogger, A. Mingay, D. Wennestrom, V. (2012) Find the Future DVD.Medway Council 

Apps, J. Bell, S. Cogger, A. Powell, S. Williams, L. (2011) Review of the Children's Workforce Development Council's Participation Fund.

Cogger, A. (2010) TDA Case Study, Strand 2 Additional Diploma Experience. Training and Development Agency for Schools.


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