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The BELMAS blog has been developed to raise the profile of the society and to provide a place of discussion for those interested in educational leadership, management and administration. Submissions are open to both BELMAS members and non-members. For information on how to submit, click here

Views or opinions expressed in BELMAS Blog articles are solely those of the article's author and do no represent the views or opinions of BELMAS as a Society. 

 

WhatsAppening with you? Using peer coaching to find our way through COVID:19

Message from the Editor: In this blog, Kerry and Lacey share their experiences of coaching each other through Covid-19. Both women leaders in the final stages of their education doctorates, Kerry and Lacey share with us here a taste of how they h...

Language: talking about inequality and leadership

Message from the Editor: I was particularly sorry to miss Mole’s recent #BELMASchat on language because I strongly identify as a linguist and have a keen interest in Rosenberg’s notion of non-violent communication. Fortunately for us...

Historical Reflections on Leading in Turbulent Times

Message from the Editor: It is a huge privilege, and to be honest incredibly humbling, to be able to introduce this latest blog from longstanding member of the BELMAS “family,” Ron Glatter. Ron offers a very timely thought-piece on le...

Context, Clarity, and Cultivation: How School Leaders Can Support and Retain Alternatively Permitted Teachers

Message from the Editor: I am thrilled to introduce this latest blog which raises the important issue of teacher shortage and highlights some of the challenges leaders face in ensuring schools have enough teachers in their classrooms. Lisa and Ni...

Leading Change in Schools: Sensemaking and Interactions.

Message from the Editor: Our latest blog looks at the challenge of leading change in schools. Judith offers us an insight into her own research in that field as well as the thoughts and reactions from participants in the recent #BELMASchat she ho...

Re-democratising school governance

Message from the Editor: In this latest blog, Jan asks us to consider the extent to which decision-making interactions are deliberatively democratic. She argues that deliberative democracy has the potential to renew institutions, help guide polic...

Governance in Education during a time of crisis: a key role

Message from the Editor: When I took over the BELMAS blog earlier this year, I hoped that there would be blogs which reported on BELMAS events, including those hosted by the BELMAS RIGs. This is one such blog! I’m thrilled to publish Liz...

Post-Pandemic Recovery Leadership

Message from the Editor: Caroline offers here a model of educational leadership – Recovery Leadership – which acknowledges vulnerabilities, is rooted in empathy and built on trustful relationships and open communication. She opens t...

Action Research Returns to Schools

Message from the Editor: This is a really interesting blog which allows us to enjoy Claire’s reflections as both a practitioner and a researcher. I particularly like how she weaves a methodological approach – action research –...

Coaching and Mentoring: Offering Support in a Time of Change

Message from the Editor: love how a recent #BELMASchat motivated Lizana and Sharifah to co-write this blog! In case you missed it, it was a fascinating twitter conversation about coaching and mentoring (26th May; you can read the tweets here)....

Leadership in International Schools

Message from the Editor: I am thrilled to introduce Nidal’s blog which takes us on a journey into the under-researched field of leadership in international schools. Her doctoral research focuses on the practice of principals, leadership d...

Has the coronavirus pandemic subverted thirty years of education policy?

Message from the Editor I am thrilled to take over the reins of the BELMAS blog and to introduce the first post since becoming editor. Ian’s blog couldn’t be more relevant right now. He raises topical issues in educational l...

Meet Our New Blog Editor!

We’re thrilled to announce that teacher, Research Fellow and long-time dedicated BELMAS member, Suzanne Culshaw, will be taking the reins as our new BELMAS blog editor. Already a seasoned #BELMASchat host, we couldn’t be happier for...

Community in a Time of Crisis: Fostering Support for Displaced Students

Authors: Peter Wolstencroft and Xue Zhou, Coventry University As the crow flies, the distance from Coventry to Beijing is 5,054 miles, but for many Chinese students, isolated from their families and support networks in the UK, the actual d...

Can a national curriculum reduce inequality? Reflections from South Africa

Authors: Jacqueline Baxter, Melanie Ehren, Andrew Patterson, Asiyah Hendricks Educational reforms and curriculum transformation have been a priority in South Africa to redress the injustices of Apartheid. Since the establishment of a...

March Member of the Month: Suzanne Culshaw

We’re thrilled to celebrate the return of Member of the Month with a chat with the wonderful Suzanne Culshaw; teacher, Research Fellow, Buddhist and regular #BELMASchat host… Hi Suzanne! First of all, can you tell us about your backg...

Non-Peruvian teacher attrition in Lima’s international school sector: power, agency and identity

Author: Will Everitt The evidence is clear that for schools, as with any type of organisation, high staff turnover poses a considerable financial burden. In the education field, this trend can also hold back student attainment (Hayden and Thomp...

Coaching and Mentoring: A Double Helix Approach

Coaching and mentoring share a central purpose of human development and can be powerful in developing leadership capacity within teachers. Author: Judith Hunt

With BAME Students at a Serious Disadvantage, it is Time for University Leaders to Act

It is vital that educational leadership takes a stand in order to achieve equal opportunities for all. Authors: Cameron Boyle and Pia Subramaniam

Courageous Leaders: Promoting and Supporting Diversity in School

Author: Catherine Lee Few would disagree that in order to flourish educationally, young people need access to diverse role models, committed teachers and authentic school leaders. There are almost 500,000 full time equivalent teachers in the UK...

Power Sharing in the Boardroom

Author: Lindsay Jones This article first appeared on the Open University's Department of Public Leadership's PuLSE Blog.  Boards The role of the board in leading nonprofit organisations is not well understood, an...

Leading change for survival: the rural flexi-school approach

Authors: Val Poultney and Duncan Anderson  This blog article is based on a paper that has been accepted for publication in one of our journals Management in Education. Keep it an eye out for it shortly! Nestled in the...

A Lifetime Achievement

Celebrating the career and contributions of former BELMAS president and long-standing member, Ron Glatter.

Member of the Month: Mike Bottery

Author: Nicola Mellor Introducing May's Member of the Month: Mike Bottery

Does Gender Affect OFSTED Grade?

Martin Matthews investigates...

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