Ron Glatter

Ron GlatterRon Glatter is Emeritus Professor of Educational Administration and Management at the U.K.’s Open University, where he was a Professor and Director of the Centre for Educational Policy and Management for many years. Before that he was Reader in Educational Administration at the Institute of Education, University of London.   He was the founding Secretary of what is now called the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS), later became its national Chair and is now its Honorary President.  He was given the BELMAS Distinguished Service Award in 2007.  He is a Visiting Professor at the University College London Institute of Education until 2018 and was an Honorary Professor in the Institute of Education, University of Warwick from 2004 to 2009.

He has been involved in a variety of international activities. For example he was a founder member of the European Forum on Educational Administration (EFEA) and in the 1980s he was UK Co-ordinator of the OECD’s International School Improvement Project and significantly involved in the project’s wider activities.  More recently he was a specialist on an OECD international study on school choice and diversity.  He has made presentations in, and study visits to, many countries.  In 2007 he was the opening keynote speaker at the European Union Presidency Conference on ‘Schools facing up to new challenges’ in Lisbon. 

He was a member of the Council of the Institute of Education, University of London (2004-12) and a trustee of the Advisory Centre for Education (2005-12), Research and Information on State Education (2005-13) and the Public Law Project (2009-2014). Currently he is a trustee of the East Dacorum Co-operative Learning Trust which covers three collaborating secondary schools in Hertfordshire, England.  He has been a governor of two secondary schools (one as Chair), a primary school, a college of further education and three higher education institutions.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 

He has published widely on educational governance, leadership and organisation and in recent years he has focused in particular on school system reform and the implications for governance, management and overall effectiveness.

Some recent publications

‘Schools as organizations or institutions: defining core purposes’ in P. Earley and T. Greany (ed.) School Leadership and Education System Reform. London: Bloomsbury, 2017, in press. 

‘Are schools and colleges institutions?’ Management in Education, 29(3), July 2015, 100-104.

‘Educational administration 1969-2014: reflections on agency, pragmatism and reform’, Journal of Educational Administration and History, 46:3, 2014, 351-366.

‘Leadership and management: spotting the difference’, Expert Perspective. National College for Teaching and Leadership, 2014.

‘Academies and the governance of education’, submission to Education Select Committee inquiry into academies and free schools, 2013. 

‘To whom should our schools belong? Towards a new model of ownership’ in C. Julian (ed.) Making it Mutual: the ownership revolution that Britain needs., 2013

‘Towards whole system improvement’, Forum for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 54(3), 411-16, 2012.

‘Persistent Preoccupations: the rise and rise of school autonomy and accountability in England’, Educational Management, Administration and Leadership, 40(5), 559-75, 2012.

‘Joining up the dots: academies and system coherence’ in H. M. Gunter (ed.), The State and Education Policy: the Academies Programme’. London: Continuum, 2011.

‘Changing organisational structures: will we ever learn?’, Education Review, 23(1), Winter 2010.

‘Let’s look at academies systemically’, Management in Education, 23(3), 104-7, 2009.

‘Wisdom and bus schedules: developing school leadership’, School Leadership and Management, 29(3), 225-37, 2009.

‘Memorandum’ in House of Commons Children, Schools and Families Committee, Diversity of School Provision: oral and written evidence. London: The Stationery Office, 2009.

‘Schools and school systems facing complexity: organisational challenges’ in General Inspectorate of Education (eds.), Schools facing up to new challenges. Lisbon: Ministry of Education, 2008. (Proceedings of European Union Presidency conference, November 2007).

Also numerous short pieces for e.g. The Times Educational Supplement, The Guardian, New Statesman, The Conversation and Education Journal.







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