Educational Leadership, Management and Governance Cluster blog – May/June, 2016

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The members of the Educational Leadership, Management and Governance Cluster, Mike Fertig, Janet Goodall and I, have been very busy in this last month or so with research, publications, conferences and various other research-related events.


Mike and I, along with Tristan Bunnell, have been developing our work on the institutionalisation of International Schools. We have had an article accepted for the Oxford Review of Education and are working on other articles. We presented aspects of that work at the Alliance for International Education Conference in Bangkok earlier in the spring and at the AERA Annual Meeting in Washington in early April. Both papers went down extremely well. Mike also gave a presentation on ‘International School Principal Recruitment’ at the Bangkok conference. Mike and I have a chapter in press in a collection edited by our colleagues, Mary Hayden and Jeff Thompson.


Janet has been very busy developing her work on parental engagement in schools – with a number of exciting projects ongoing and various journal articles in the pipeline. The parental engagement tool-kit is a particularly interesting development. Janet and I are amongst the authors of article on the governance of FE Colleges, with Ron Hill and Colin Forest which we are revising for re-submission.


One of our cluster research students, Melissa Hawkins and I presented a paper on the place of complexity in educational organisation theory at the AERA Annual meeting, and again it was very well received. We’re developing that work for a proposal for another conference paper – the UCEA Conference in Detroit in November – and a journal article. Mel successfully completed her PhD confirmation process yesterday, subject to final Board of Studies approval, which is great news.


I’ve been busy in the last month – AERA as always was excellent; an article on head teacher performance management’s been published in Education Review (DOI: 10.1080/00131911.2016.1144560); and there are articles in press in Management in Education on the challenges facing the FE sector in England, in the Oxford Review – see above, and Educational Management, Administration and Leadership on the stakeholder model of school governing in England and Wales ( – very timely given what the White Paper has to say about parents on academy governing boards. The research we’re doing with the National Governors Association and York St John University on Primary School Head teacher recruitment is progressing well. The adult ego development and school leadership research also continues to develop very promisingly. Colleague Sam Carr and research student Neil Gilbride are working on that.


And finally, I’ve recently heard that the piece Izhar Oplakta from Tel Aviv University and I had published in Management in Education last year entitled ‘An exploration of the notion of the ‘Good Enough’ School’, has been awarded the BELMAS MiE Best Article Prize for 2015 – excellent news!

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