Collaborative Schooling for Change

Collaborative Schooling for Change

Core to the work of the School of Education in this field is our belief that tackling educational inequity is one of the most significant challenges of our time. This can only be achieved by researchers working across disciplines and in partnership with policy-makers and practitioners to develop new theoretical insights and practical approaches that levels the playing field so that all children can achieve their full potential irrespective of their background. This is illustrated by Chris Chapman’s research, which focuses on the interplay between educational and public service research, policy and practice, specifically in relation to the improvement of educational outcomes in disadvantaged settings. Chris works collaboratively with schools and communities to develop deeper understandings and support the practical interventions to improve educational outcomes. The recurring themes in Chris’s research are accountability, collaboration, equity, leadership, professional learning and organisational/system reform. He is a member of the First Minister’s International Council of Education Advisers, and is Senior Academic Adviser to the Scottish Attainment Challenge.

We also offer research in the field that influences systems development in the schools sector in other nations. For example, a team led by Louise Hayward and also involving Peter Donaldson, Kay Livingston, Kara Makara-Fuller and David Morison-Love is funded by the Welsh Government in a major project concerned with Progression and Assessment in the Curriculum for Wales and draws on the work of the International Education Assessment Network (IEAN) of Small Nations and States that she leads. The Welsh Government has also recently announced a new National Academy for Education Leadership, strongly influenced by the Scottish College of Educational Leadership, which is chaired by Tony Finn. Further, Trevor Gale is also a founding member of the new Wales Education Commission, a group of international education experts providing research-informed advice to the Welsh Government on its new education agenda. Clive Dimmock is leading work to build leadership capacity of headteachers in Vietnam supported by funding from the British Council and the Head Foundation. Kay Livingston has provided extensive advice to the European Commission on Initial Teacher Education.

Further, our work in leadership extends into higher education and leadership for development through a range of projects. For example through funding from the British Council and other agencies, work led by Marjory McMahon has developed senior leaders in a number of countries including Pakistan, Indonesia and Russia. Michele Scheweisfurth and Oscar Valiente in work funded by AusAid have explored the relationship between education and developmental leadership in the Philippines.