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BELMAS Blog - Call for Contributors


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.

We invite submissions of up to 800 words (including references) on topics that are related to one of our nine Research Interest Groups (RIGS):

  • Critical Educational Policy and Leadership Studies
  • Governance and Governing
  • Doctoral Research Interest Group
  • Post 16 Education Leadership and Management
  • Gender and Educational Leadership
  • Structural Reform
  • Leadership Preparation and Development
  • Parental Engagement and School Leadership
  • Race and Leadership

What to write about

Articles can include the following:

  • short reports or summaries of research
  • experiences as a practitioner
  • reports on BELMAS events
  • opinion pieces
  • commentary on news and current affairs
  • responses to other BELMAS blog articles

How to submit

Prospective contributors should submit their ideas for articles to Please submit 100 words outlining your idea. Please also include which RIG it relates to and a short bio. All submissions are subject to editorial review.

Our Editor is BELMAS Council Member Dr Jacqueline Baxter. Jacqueline is Lecturer in Public Policy and Management at The Open University Business School and a Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. Jacqueline combines her academic role in The Centre for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise with that of Education and Public Policy Columnist on the international publication The Conversation. Nominated for the Outstanding Online Education Commentary award in the 2014 National Education Journalism Awards she is the author of: School Governing: Policy, Politics and Practices (The Policy Press 2016), and School Inspectors: Operational Challenges in National Policy Contexts (Springer, forthcoming 2016). She blogs at and tweets at @drjacquebaxter

How to write a blog

If you have been selected to write an article, please keep in mind the intended audience as the BELMAS blog is for everyone to read.

Think about how you would try to engage with someone who has no experience in your field. Ask yourself the following questions: Why is this important? What do I need to explain? How can I sustain their interest?

Prospective articles should:

  • include a catchy title
  • have a conversational tone
  • avoid jargon and dense language
  • explain complex ideas where applicable
  • provide links to sources where possible

Prospective contributors should also aim to write their articles using the ‘inverted pyramid’ structure as seen below: 


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