Alison’s passion for education, and her decision to re-train as a teacher arose as a result of using her knowledge of business and finance to undertake the role of treasurer for a local branch of the Pre-School Learning Alliance. She also assisted in the setting up of a local nursery, during which time she became involved in providing support for a severely autistic pupil.
Alison has extensive experience in working as a primary school teacher, both in a full-time capacity and as a supply teacher, in private and state schools, both in England and Scotland. Whilst teaching, she worked closely with pupils who struggled with creative writing to assess what additional resources would benefit them in improving their descriptive writing, and, as a result, developed the Descriptosaurus model. Alison gave up full-time teaching to complete the project, and now balances writing, research, in-service education and periods of freelance supply teaching.
In 2013, she collaborated with the National Literacy Trust on one of their most successful writing competitions.