Leadership and Professional Development

This theme group supports research, consultancy, development and scholarship in the linked fields of professional learning and identity; teacher education; organisational learning and improvement (including international and comparative studies); multi-professional and collaborative learning; leadership development and systems leadership.

The group facilitates capacity building through seminars, conferences and peer and expert support for bid writing, research and publication. We are concerned with three overlapping strands:

  1. Research and knowledge exchange in aspects of professional, organisational and leadership development amongst students, partners and clients in schools, colleges and other settings;
  2. Evaluation of the processes and impact of professional, organisational and leadership development through programmes, projects and partnerships;
  3. Collaborative critical exploration of our own professional, organisational and leadership development as academics, educators, researchers and consultants.

In recent years we have supported colleagues leading seminars on their postgraduate research in progress and have shared learning from successful Erasmus bids focussing on leadership development in Europe. We have participated in research conferences, collated publications from our own ‘Crossroads’ teacher education conference and edited special editions of journals. Current interests include cross-faculty developments in multi-professional learning, partnerships for social and emotional learning, leadership development in local settings and international education contexts, the impact of action research and developing research engagement within Teaching School Alliances.

Dr Judy Durrant and Liz Hryniewicz

Please use the '+' to expand each of the following areas.

  • Quality Audit Tool for School Leaders in Europe (Erasmus) €217,000
  • Curriculum, Creativity, Innovation and Impact: Action Research Scholarship Programme with Medway Schools’ Forum £26,000
  • Evaluations
  • Doctoral / Masters
  • Post-Doctoral
  • Self-Study
  • Research with Partners
  • Doctoral / Masters
  • Post-Doctoral
  • Self-Study
  • Research with Partners
  • The Kemnal Academies Trust Leadership Programme
  • Croydon
  • Pilgrims Way
  • Medway Aspiring Leaders 
  • Recognition for reflective practice, action research and professional learning for teachers, support staff and other education professionals
  • Fellowships for school-based champions
  • Validation for  evaluators
  • TLA membership built into Masters modules




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