Leadership Preparation and Development

The Leadership, Preparation and Development Research Interest Group is open to all those who have an interest in researching leadership development in its broadest sense, including educational leaders, researchers and research students. Its aim is to build a forum and network capable of generating and facilitating exchange and partnership on a continuing basis across the full range of research interests, professional contexts and contemporary issues relating to leadership development.

The group might appeal to colleagues researching the changes in leadership preparation and development. This could include colleagues researching social policy, Initial Teacher Education, postgraduate education, those involved in CPD, those involved with recent NCTL developments, and so on. 

Benefits from participation will include:

  • Membership of a community of researchers engaged in advancing the understanding of leadership development
  • The opportunity to collaborate or correspond with colleagues engaged in similar studies, research or activity
  • The opportunity to identify and explore contemporary issues linked to leadership development
  • Participation in future events specifically covering issues related to leadership development

Networking and further information on this RIG's activities will take place in the members' area of the BELMAS website, click here to join.  Membership is free for the first year.

We are keen to hear from members of BELMAS who are interested in leadership preparation and development.

This new RIG was launched at the University of Derby on Tuesday 19th May, with a keynote talk by Professor Tony Bush. Please find web-link for talk and slides attached. We had a successful day and very much enjoyed Tony’s talk that provided food for thought on the areas for development inside this RIG. 

In the meantime our initial plan, to move the RIG forward, was to hold a day in the Autumn Term, where we would present short abstracts from our research in this area, and discuss where we wanted to go next. This session took place on Monday 9th November at the Centre for Professional Education, University of Warwick.  This enabled us to discuss as a group how we choose to collectively go forward with our Research Interest Group, and whether or not we want to consider some publications from our research in this area. 

Although, as Tony’s launch talk mentioned, much of this focus is at present school based, as a RIG we are also interested to hear from other angles on LPD.  From our Autumn session we have decided to focus on the different levels of LPD: micro, meso, macro and international. To see the abstracts discussed on the day, please click here. Our next meeting is to be held in WT 0.01 in the Warwick Teaching Building (WT) at the Centre for Professional Education, University of Warwick, on Thursday March 16th from 11am onwards, this time we are returning to our micro theme of internal school LPD cultures, with a talk by Paul Irvine, on middle leadership preparation, from his now submitted EdD at JMU, Liverpool.

If you have any questions, please do contact me. Many thanks,

Deb Outhwaite

To view the full content of this group you must join the RIG. Click the tick box alongside the relevant RIG groups on your 'my details' page.

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