This site has grown from a space to host materials for a single event held on 26th April 2016, hosted by Newcastle University on behalf of BERA and BELMAS, to a more sustained space for leadership stories to be told and leadership issues to be raised, linked to accounts of different methodological approaches used to examine such accounts. This takes on the work of previous Educational Leadership SIG convenors into 2016 and beyond. For example the first event was held in memory of Dr Anne Halsall, the previous BERA Leadership and Management SIG convenor and member of Faculty at the University of Aberdeen. An obituary of Anne, summarising her life’s work, can be accessed here.

We aim to include as many voices as possible, bridging between professional and academic, to explore how educational leadership research can inform educational leaders. To this end we invite testimony from leaders on topics worthy of research, as well as sharing presentations of current research. Debate is stimulated as critical conversations from these activities through keynotes and panels.

Please note that this is not an official BERA-endorsed website and therefore the views expressed on this site are the views of the individuals who have contributed and do not express the official views of BERA. 


We have now held two events and organised a range of Educational Leadership SIG activity at BERA annual conference in Leeds in September 2016, summarised visually here and, as a post event reflection here. This latter document offers our immediate next steps.

Our main output will be to build a special issue of the BELMAS journal Management in Education in 2017. Please find the call for contributions here, noting the November deadline.

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