The Structural Reform of Schooling RIG has emerged from a programme of small scale research projects funded by BELMAS over the period 2011-2013. In total 19 projects have been funded.

- Projects funded in 2011/12: View Final Reports
- Projects funded in 2012/13: View Final Reports

The focus of the group’s work up to now has been on the radical changes taking place in England, but it is hoped that this RIG will begin to explore issues around the structuring and restructuring of school systems on a cross-national comparative basis. Members of the group are interested in a range of issues around structural reform, including:

  • the range of types of schools that emerge in response to different local conditions
  • the governance arrangements that are established and the accountability patterns that these imply (this is a common interest with the Governance and Governing RIG)
  • the relationships between different types of schools, and the local and national structures that emerge in terms of their potential for competition and/or for collaboration/support – especially implications for the ‘middle tier’
  • on the types of leaders and leadership that emerge and the motivations that drive these

The RIG meets termly: the most recent meeting, ‘Evolving schooling structures: the contribution of small-scale studies', took place on June 7th, 2018.

Special issues on the research projects have been published of Educational Management Administration and Leadership (Vol. 42 no. 3, 2014) and Management in Education (Vol 29, no. 1, 2015).

Benefits from participation will include:

  • Membership of a community of learners engaged in advancing understanding of policy and practice in relation to the restructuring of schooling
  • The opportunity to identify and explore the relationship between theory and practice as this pertains to the structure of education systems
  • The opportunity to collaborate or correspond with colleagues engaged in similar studies, research or activity
  • Participation in future events specifically covering issues related to governance in education


Professor Tim Simkins, Sheffield Hallam University - profile

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