Leadership Preparation and Development

The Leadership, Preparation and Development (LPD) Research Interest Group (RIG) is open to all those who have an interest in researching Leadership Development in its broadest sense, including educational leaders, practitioners, researchers and research students (who are often teachers in full-time practice, studying for an Education Masters).  Since we were convened back in May 2015, we have successfully built a network capable of generating and facilitating exchange and partnership on a continuing basis across professional contexts and contemporary issues relating to Leadership Development internationally, as recognised by our comparative UK/US book launch to be held on Thursday 27th June, 2019 at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). If you would like to join us for this, registration details can be found here.

This RIG might appeal to colleagues new to the group, involved in researching the changes in Leadership Preparation and Development (LPD). This could include colleagues researching systems leadership and the self-improving school led system, at primary and secondary levels, and also postgraduate education, largely those involved in CPDL, particularly the National Professional Qualifications but also Masters in Education, and the Chartered College of Teaching’s (CCoT) Professional Development programmes, plus those previously involved with the previous NCSL/ NCTL developments, and so on. 

Benefits from participation will include:

  • Membership of a community of researchers engaged in advancing the understanding of leadership preparation and 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, particularly around systems leadership and school to school support (S2SS)
  • 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.  We are keen to hear from members of BELMAS who are interested in leadership preparation and development, particularly practitioners involved in systems leadership; S2SS; and the self-improving school-led system, perhaps through work in TSAs and/or MATs and/or the delivery of NPQs.  This is a very active RIG, that meets twice yearly and since 2015 has had both a Special Edition of Management in Education (Easter, 2018), and a UK/US textbook (Spring 2019).

Our previous meeting was held at the University of Derby on Thursday November 8th 2018, with presentations from system leaders around developments in their areas.  This included presentations from a current Headteacher; a TSA Manager; a Deputy CEO of a large MAT.  The research presentation was made by Dr Rob Higham, Senior Lecturer at UCL and co- author, with Professor Toby Greany, of Hierarchy, Markets and Networks: analysing the self- improving school-led system agenda in England and the implication for schools (UCL Press, 2018). The notes are available to view here.

On Wednesday May 16th 2018, at the University of Strathclyde, the RIG held an excellent session specifically on the recent LPD Developments in Scotland, that had been recorded in the Special Edition of MiE (April, 2018). The session conveners, hosted by Joanna Holmes and colleagues, kindly recorded the event for the RIG members, so you can view the presentations. Take a look at the videos here.  This was a very interesting meeting with practising Headteachers; Deputes; and systems leaders in Scotland who have led the way in LPD, in particular in ensuring it has HE recognition, which is something that has largely fallen away in the English system. Sessions were given by Gillian Hamilton, the Strategic Director at Education Scotland and Lesley Whelan, Director of SCEL programmes, among others.

On Thursday November 9th 2017, we held a Panel Discussion session on the Future of LPD in English Schools, at Warwick, with an invited group of LPD specialists, including a practising headteacher; the Chair of the Teaching School Council (TSC); and a couple of MAT SLT members responsible for CPDL, the notes of which can be found here. The RIG also met to discuss the 2018 forthcoming Special Edition of LPD in Management in Education, which was submitted that Christmas.

Prior to that, on Thursday March 16th 2017, we held a session at Warwick, returning to our Micro theme relating to LPD cultures inside individual institutions with a talk by Paul Irvine, on middle leadership preparation, from his EdD at JMU, Liverpool. The slides of which can be found here

Our session previous to that took place on Monday 9th November 2016, at the University of Nottingham, where we heard informative presentations from a range of academics and practitioners including Joanna Holmes and Gillian Hamilton, on national LPD developments in Scotland, on the establishment of the Scottish College of Educational Leadership (SCEL), and Tony Bush on developments in South America. 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 wanted to consider some publications from our research.

This LPD RIG was originally 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. Tony’s talk provided food for thought on the areas for development that this RIG has continued to focus on, namely, around micro; meso; macro; and international developments that we have used to structure our sessions and research in Leadership Preparation and Development.

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

Deb Outhwaite, LPD, Co-Convenor


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