Tara Jakes

Course Leader and Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Education and Social Care

Location: ARU Peterborough

Areas of Expertise: Education and teaching

Research Supervision:Yes

Tara has worked in education for 25 years and has been recognised for her excellent classroom practice in primary school and university settings.    



Tara started her career as a teacher in a large primary school in Cambridgeshire where she had cross-phase teaching experiences from Nursery to Year 6. She quickly moved into a Senior Manager role where she led in in CPD, English, well-being and school improvement.

In 2009, Tara gained her National Professional Qualification for Headship and has worked in Higher Education for the last ten years. Having taught on the PGCE and BA Education Studies, she became Course Leader for the BA Early Childhood Studies.

In recent years, Tara has been part of the team that created, implemented and developed the highly successful BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies course.

Currently, Tara teaches on the PGCert Learning and Teaching (HE) and is Course Leader for the BA Primary Education Studies accelerated course in Peterborough.

Research interests

  • Primary English and mathematics
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Behaviour for Learning
  • Employability in education
  • Using 360 degree video to support teacher and student development

Tara’s research interests link closely to her work in primary schools and on the courses she teaches on. She has had vast experience of teaching these areas in primary schools and University. 


  • PGCert Learning and Teaching (HE)
  • Primary Education Studies, BA (Hons)


  • BA QTS, University of Roehampton
  • National Professional Qualification for Headship, Eastern Leadership Centre
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy