Department of Education

Alison Robb-Webb

Honorary Norham Fellow

Alison Robb-Webb is Director of 1440 Leadership Services, providing leadership coaching, workshops and facilitation services across the education sector.

She is currently working with the Department of Education at Oxford University to further develop and expand the innovative Oxford Education Deanery.

Alison is a passionate advocate of working in collaboration to improve student outcomes.  She works with the national charity Teaching Leaders, providing coaching and facilitation support in order to grow a movement of outstanding middle leaders in schools in challenging contexts.  In her previous role, Alison was Project Director of Oxford City Learning (OCL), a partnership of secondary schools, special schools and an FE College committed to working together to develop professional learning and practice.  She was instrumental in the University’s launch of the Oxford Education Deanery with OCL schools.  She initiated a range of collaborative projects to enrich pedagogy, learning and knowledge exchange between university-based researchers and teachers in schools and colleges.

Alison originally worked in industry before training as a secondary school teacher. For sixteen years she worked in schools in Shropshire, Slough and Oxford. She taught an innovative curriculum at one of the first City Technology Colleges, and then moved on to a Grammar school and senior management before moving to Oxford and Deputy Headship at an inner city school. She then led the 14-19 consortium in Oxford before setting up OCL as its Project Director.

She holds a Masters in Education, with her special area of interest focusing on system leadership and its impact on effective school leadership in the new education landscape.

Alison is accredited with the National Professional Qualification for Headship and is a serving member of the Department for Education’s Professional Conduct Panels. She is a certified MBTI practitioner and member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.  She has previously spoken on leadership and management of change at national and international conferences.

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