Dr Alison Taysum

Dr Alison Taysum

School of Education
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

Address
School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Alison Taysum is Programme Leader for the Masters-Level Degrees Diploma Apprenticeship (DA) and non-DA, working with outstanding colleagues in the Educational Leadership Academy (ELA)

Alison's research and Consultancy work include working with the European Commission, Japanese Ministry of Education, and the Empowering Young Societal Innovators for Equity and Renewal International Consortium, which focuses on i) providing citizens with thinking tools to make good decisions as self-determining citizens, who ii) know how to participate with grass-roots up Science-with-and-for-Society policy-making, and hold governments to account for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (UNICEF, 2016).

Qualifications

EdD University of Birmingham, 2006

Biography

Dr Alison Taysum’s professional work including cutting edge research, and leading learning and teaching from K-12 to Higher Education, focuses on how compulsory education and lifelong learning governance, policies and leadership are a road map for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (the focus of Taysum, A. (2019) Education Policy as a Road Map to Achieving The Sustainable Development Goals. Scarborough: Emerald). 

Dr Taysum convened an International Consortium focusing on implementing A Blueprint for Character Development for Evolution (ABCDE). Using Five stages of ‘A Blueprint for Character Development for Evolution’ (ABCDE), the Consortium identified how citizens can map their journey to making good decisions in a new social contract to amplify recovery. ABCDE is implemented with ‘Assessment for Personal and Social Learning’ and access to participatory Science-with-and-For-Society (SwafS) databases. These have Key Performance Indicators and cross-border benchmarking of governments’ progress in delivering national and International strategic plans through district education, social policy, funding, schools, families and communities for sustainable social and economic wellbeing and equity (Find out more ). The Consortium seeks funding from Horizon Europe to test these rigorous, scientific knowledge to action strategies for proof of concept and to optimise reach and impact by mainstreaming them through policy to cultivate equitable education systems. Beneficiaries include Europe, the Balkans and MENA regions, The African Union, Russia, US, Canada, and Asia.

Previous roles:

  • Professional International Educational Consultant intervention and classroom teacher from Nursery through to Year 6 in schools for Aspire working across five local authorities;
  • PhD External Examiner for University of West Indies PhD, Hazara University & Mansehra Pakistan, North West University, South Africa and Anglia Ruskin University.

University Roles

  • Ulster University, N. Ireland External Examiner Masters in Educational Leadership 2016- 2020.
  • University of Leicester Lecturer in Leadership and Management 2005 – 2019
  • Doctoral Supervisor - successfully supervised 12 international doctoral students from China, Ghana, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UK, Egypt, Nigeria and Pakistan to completion.
  • MSc Educational Leadership Programme Leader and Module Leader of all modules except one - appointed June 1st 2014 – December 20th 2019 (100% progression rate skewed towards distinctions and merits), Duties included  Line Manager of performance of Tutor Team of 11 Professors and Doctors. See endorsements here
  • Department Equality Officer including learning and teaching 2014 – 2018.
  • Doctoral Studies Course Director (150 doctoral students) September 2009 – 2012 (Manager of all doctoral supervisors and their cases for progression, examination and to Senate for ratification).
  • PGCE Primary Visiting Tutor and Personal Tutor including preparing ‘Masters level’ pathway 2005 – 2012.
  • Course Leader MBA in Education Management, MA in Learning and Teaching and MSc Educational Leadership (School Business Management) January 10th 2005- 2012.
  • Teaching Master Classes at Herzen State Pedagogical University, Russia.
  • Commissioned Lecture with translator to Japanese Ministry of Education.
  • Teaching on Unconditional Positive Regard and Inclusion at London Embassy of Indonesia.
  • University of Wolverhampton 2001-2005: Senior Lecturer Special Needs and Inclusion Studies,  Education Studies, Child Development and Early Years, Education Psychology.

External Examination Appointments

  • External examiner for the University of Gloucestershire MEd 2009 – 2013
  • External Examiner for Kings College London EdD 2010 – 2014
  • External Examiner Lincoln University EdD 2012 - 2016
  • External Examiner for Masters for Educational Leadership, the Masters for Education, and the Postgraduate Diploma for Maynooth University, Republic of Ireland 2015- 2018
  • External Examiner for Masters in Education with Specialisms, PGDH, PGCML, PDGIS Short Course, Collaborative Learning Online for Shared Education and Reconciliation, Middle Leadership in a Shared Education Context, Ulster University, Belfast 2016-2019
  • External Examiner for the Open University Masters in Education Leadership 2016 - 2019
  • Validation Panel Member for The University of West Scotland MEd.
  • Validation Panel Member for The University of Ulster, Subject unit of Professional Development and sub-unit of Post Graduate Diploma and MEd.

Teaching

  • Senior Fellow HEA, Fellow Chartered College of Teaching

Current Teaching

  • Programme Leader MA Educational Leadership DA
  • Programme Leader MA Educational Leadership Non-DA and Pathways
  • Modules
    • Education Policy and Improving Schools
    • Leadership Enquiry
    • Understanding School Improvement
    • Leadership for School Improvement
    • Dissertation

Previous Teaching

  • Postgraduate Research teaching and supervision Highlights of teaching career spanning 28 years.
  • Alison has led and managed Masters programmes in education leadership and management and for the MBA in leadership and Management, with progression of over 1500 students and supervised more than 100 Masters students to completion.
  • Doctoral Studies Course Director (150 doctoral students) September 2009 – 2012 (Manager of all doctoral supervisors and their cases for progression, examination and to Senate for ratification).
  • Alison wrote and provided a 40 hour face to face doctoral philosophy of education research programme to postgraduate students in Al Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan.
  • She has examined more than 40 Doctoral Theses including EdDs and PhDs in the UK, Europe and Overseas and Chaired three Vivas.

Other activities

Factors of Esteem

  • Editor-in-Chief Journal of Groundwork Cases and Faculty of Judgement
  • BELMAS Doctoral Thesis Award Panel Member 2011-2020
  • Deputy Editor for Management in Education, an international peer reviewed journal currently  published by SAGE on behalf of BELMAS 2004-2008.
  • Editorial Board Member for Management in Education, an international peer reviewed journal currently published by SAGE on behalf of BELMAS 2004-2020..
  • Editorial Board Member of new International Peer Reviewed Journal Research and Reflections in Education Lahore: University of Lahore.
  • Editorial Board Member of Italian Journal of Sociology of Education.
  • Reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
  • Reviewer for Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences
  • Reviewer for Qatar National Research Fund.
  • Reviewer for American Educational Research Association Annual Conferences
  • Reviewer for World Educational Research Association Annual Conferences
  • Reviewer for British Educational Research Association Annual Conferences
  • Reviewer for British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society annual Conferences
  • Editorial Board Member of Journal of Research in International Education (2009 –2012).
  • Member of the Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers International Committee (2009-2012).
  • Past Chair for the School of Education Special Interest Group Educational Leadership, Learning and Change and served on the School of Education Learning and Teaching Committee and the School of Education Research Committee (2009- 2012).
  • Chair of the School of Education Research Ethics Committee serving on College and University Ethics Committees (2007-2010).
  • BELMAS representative on Reference Group for the BERA/RSA enquiry on research and teacher education.
  • I have mentored a visiting fellow Dr Muhammad Iqbal from Pakistan, Dr Elena Tropinova from Russia and Dr Daniela Canfarotta, Italy.

Reviewer for International Peer Reviewed Journals:

  • Educational Management Administration and Leadership.
  • European Educational Research Association.
  • Journal of Educational Policy.
  • American Educational Research Journal Teaching Learning and Human Development
  • Oxford Review of Education
  • International Journal of Leadership in Education
  • Management in Education
  • School Effectiveness and School Improvement
  • Equity and Excellence in Education.
  • New Horizons in Education.
  • New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership

Reviewer for book publishers

  • Bloomsbury
  • Routledge

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Imam, H & Taysum, A 2022, 'Adults and children using A Blueprint for Character Development for Evolution (ABCDE) to facilitate self-reflection through talk to manage emotions and self-regulate for continued good life in post Covid 19 recovery', Journal of Groundwork Cases and Faculty of Judgement, vol. 1, no. 2, 4, pp. 214. <https://drive.google.com/file/d/1G-ThG9R1vawYS8esnpXBFyztGW5goB-O/view>

Taysum, A 2022, 'District Actors bridging between national education offers, social policy, funding, glocal market demands and school autonomy for democracy in education', Journal of Groundwork Cases and Faculty of Judgement , vol. 1, no. 2, 6, pp. 249-272. <https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-V2hcy56MjbOnPchgUWGRhwDRWjf4ZR-/view>

Taysum, A & Nyame, G 2022, 'Social sciences and humanities training for Ghana higher education heads of departments to lead education for democracy', Journal of Groundwork Cases and Faculty of Judgement, vol. 1, no. 2, 5, pp. 231-248. <https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZG-X8ogwaVlhDG7bDsV2GCfsRR7vYLnN/view>

Hysa, F & Taysum, A 2022, 'Using A Blueprint for Character Development for Evolution (ABCDE) to build relationships through talk to mobilise attachment theory to develop security attachment capital for good choices that regulate continued good lives', Journal of Groundwork Cases and Faculty of Judgement, vol. 1, no. 2, 3, pp. 192-213. <https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iZn3Q7-rDVRMKaTjZQsqFRxmQTKrqL-b/view>

Taysum, A & Collins Ayanlaja, C 2022, 'Using ABCDE to Propel African Americans’ Education For Sustainable Success in a context of ‘Everyone can make it’. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZhgjiARXfVcMJZ-QnJaOB7RziiDUQxmx/view', Journal of Groundwork Cases and Faculty of Judgement, vol. 1, no. 2, 8, pp. 296-318. <https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZhgjiARXfVcMJZ-QnJaOB7RziiDUQxmx/view>

Baldwin, M & Taysum, A 2021, 'A groundwork case of Lebanese Education Policy sociohistorical analysis from World War II, 1945 to the dissolution of the government in 2020', Journal Groundwork Cases and Faculty of Judgement, vol. 1, no. 1, 4, pp. 72-93. <https://www.alisontaysum.com>

Qazi, H & Taysum, A 2021, 'Exploring the role of India’s secondary school compulsory curriculum textbooks in students’ national identity constructions in an overseas school', British Educational Research Journal, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 984-1003. https://doi.org/10.1002/berj.3703

Taysum, A 2021, 'Generous or harsh postwar economies, epistemologies of education systems and creating identities for war or peace', Journal Groundwork Cases and Faculty of Judgement, vol. 1, no. 1, 1, pp. 7-25. <https://www.alisontaysum.com>

Altae, M & Taysum, A 2021, 'Iraqi empirical models of teacher leadership propelling professional learning networks to optimise learning in a digitised age with languages of and for open access and modernisation', Journal Groundwork Cases and Faculty of Judgement, vol. 1, no. 1, 3, pp. 45-71. <https://www.alisontaysum.com/>

Baldwin, M, Canfarotta, D, Altae, M & Taysum, A 2021, 'Reading Iraq, Italy, Lebanon and English cases of education curriculum policy through Mayssa’s framework of four competences of critical thinking reveals a gap in scripting competences for critical thinking', Journal Groundwork Cases and Faculty of Judgement, vol. 1, no. 1, 2, pp. 26-44. <https://www.alisontaysum.com/>

Chapter

Taysum, A & Collins Ayanlaja, C 2020, Commonalities in schools and education systems around the world shifting from welfarism to neoliberalism: are the kids okay? in K Arar, D Örücü & J Wilkinson (eds), Neoliberalism and Education Systems in Conflict: Exploring Challenges Across the Globe. 1st edn, Routledge, pp. 151-165. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429345135-11

Editorial

Taysum, A 2022, 'Editorial; Education for Democracy', Journal of Groundwork Cases and Faculty of Judgement, vol. 1, no. 2, 1, pp. 146-173. <https://drive.google.com/file/d/19A1paNkuHCT6JN4fqzjqwXH_vlxgZi73/view>

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Languages and other information

English, French, Learning Russian, Welsh to Level 1, some German

Media experience

Empowering Young Societal Innovators for Equity and Renewal (EYSIER) Special Interest Group (SIG) published recordings of international conferences and workshops

Empowering Young Societal Innovators for Equity and Renewal (Facebook)

Alison Taysum Youtube Channel

Audio and video

Dr Alison Taysum talking about the EYSIER Charter Mark Award and ABCDE

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Policy experience

Principal Investigator for five international peer reviewed special edition journals, with critical socio-historiographical policy analysis of 24 nation states groundwork cases with additional comparative international analyses:
  • China, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guyana, Hungary, India, Iraq, Israel (Arab perspective), Israel (Jewish perspective), Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lebanon, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Republic of Ireland, Russia, United States:  
    • http://ijse.padovauniversitypress.it/issue/4/1;
    • http://ijse.padovauniversitypress.it/issue/6/2;
    • http://ijse.padovauniversitypress.it/issue/9/2;
    • http://ijse.padovauniversitypress.it/issue/12/1;
    • https://www.alisontaysum.com/blank-page;

Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology International leading expert commissioned to research and give lecture on: School leadership and management policy and the training of the school leader in English reforms through the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) with translator. Lecture translated into Japanese and published in National Educational Research Policy Institute Publication 

Taysum, A. (2014) ‘School leadership and management policy and the training of the school leader in English reforms through the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)’. Published in National Institution for Education Policy Research (in Japanese), available at: https://www.nier.go.jp/05_kenkyu_seika/pdf_seika/h26/3-3_all.pdf pp. 128-144. Corpus ID: 156238972

Japanese Educational Administration Society and Korean Educational Administration Society, Japan. Historiography of English Education Policy. Commissioned research and travel to Japan and hotel expenses on: Rethinking the Global Trends of Education Governance Reforms: Experiences over the Past Few Decades in England. 300,000 Japanese Yen October 2013.

Taysum, A. (2013) Rethinking the Global Trends of Education Governance Reforms: Experiences over the Past Few Decades in England Presented to Japan Educational Administration Society, and International Relation Committee of the Society in Half-day International Symposium Rethinking the Global Trends of Education Governance Reforms: Experiences over the Past Few Decades in England, The U.S., South Korea, and Japan. Kyoto. 

Japan-UK Education Forum in Kyoto, Japan. Commissioned research into early years policy in England. 50,000 Japanese Yen October 2013 output: Taysum, A. (2014) ‘English Policies for Early Years Children and their implications for primary education provision and economic returns on investment’ in Japan-UK Education Forum (18).

Principal Investigator British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Doctoral Research Interest Group Seminar Series funded by BELMAS £10,000. Funding as Convener with £2000 per annum to 2020 to deliver 3 international seminars per year. continue seminars. Forthcoming events include Dr Rosangela Malachias talking about African Brazilian Epistemology for Training Principals and Teachers from Public Schools in São Paulo’ at the University of Leicester, 5th July 2019. 

Convener of British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Student Research Network £2000.00 per annum to deliver three international seminars per year 2016-2020. Recent events include Policy and the Future of Publicly Funded Faith Schools with Prof Richard Pring, Prof Gerald Grace, Dr David Aldridge and Dr Alison Taysum, 2019.

Research Meeting at Marlborough House, Invited by the Commonwealth Secretariat, May, 2019.

Research Meeting with Antoine Rappel EU Liaison Officer, Washington and Sebastien Vandehouk EU Officer, Washington, DC. 2016.

Research Meeting with Attorney General Office lawyers at Attorney General Office in Washington to discuss engagement with local communities and legal bodies to co-create vibrant societies for community cohesion, and economic growth, 2016.

Invited to Research Meeting European Parliament Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) Brussels, 2016.

British Educational Leadership, Management, Administration and Leadership Doctoral Research Interest Group on 11th April 2018 in Chicago with Senior Chicago Public School leaders to get feedback on Impact Strategy to emerge from research project and book to underpin submission of next bid. Global Kitchens, Southside Chicago, April, 2018.

Consultancy; Commissioned to write and deliver a forty hour module in Research Methods Training for doctoral students at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan. October – November 2015.

Strategies That Facilitate Multidisciplinary Teams Empower Teacher Leadership of Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs) Alison Taysum Chair, Micho Moyo: Team Manager for Safeguarding & Social Care Lead for EHCPs, Birmingham Children Trust. Dr Helen Goodyear, Consultant Pediatrician at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, and an Associate Postgraduate Dean for Health Education England working across the West Midlands. MAT Executive Headteacher Ms Rubina Darr, Social Services Lead Ms Silvia Thompson, EHCP Reviewer Teacher Leaders Mrs Elizabeth Bradley-Adams & Mrs Pod Serge, Preparing for Adulthood Team 26th April public event to be re-arranged due to COVID 19 lock down, 2019. 

Invited Taysum, A. (2017) Developing Shared World Views of all Faiths and None; seeking an overarching ethical framework. Indonesian Embassy, London, September.

Fawsett, T. (Chair and Speaker), Popat, S. (co-ordinator and speaker), Collins Ayanlaja, C. (Speaker)., Lane, R. (Sergeant and Dedicated Neighbourhood Team Belgrave and Rushey Mead Beats and Speaker, Taysum, A. (Convener and Speaker) (2016) ‘Empowering Trust and Community Cohesion’, Leicester: Brahma Kumaris Harmony House. 

Taysum, A., Collins-Ayanlaja, C., & Popat, S. (2016). Symposium on Community Cohesion and Love. Leicester: Brahma Kumaris Harmony House 

Baroness Varma, S., Blackham, P., Taysum, A. Pezzano-Griffiths, M., and Goodman, M. (2019) International Women’s Day Panel Balance 4 Better. Leicester: Brahma Kumaris Harmony House.

Invited to Symposium on Sustainable Schools (SOSS) Seminar on Jim Callaghan’s 1976 Ruskin College Speech held at the House of Lords on 17th November 2016, delegate. 

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