Ms Alison Mitchell

  • Headteacher in Residence (School of Education)

Biography

Alison Mitchell is Headteacher in Residence at the University of Glasgow's School of Education. Alison teaches on leadership preparation and development programmes (Into Headship and In Headship) for aspiring and new headteachers (school principals) and is part of the School of Education's Future of Headship (FoH) research and writing team, led by Dr Deirdre Torrance, with colleagues Professor Christine Forde, Dr Julie Harvie, Mrs Kathleen Kerrigan and Professor Margery McMahon, undertaking a six strand, multi-method research project on the future of school leadership in Scotland.

She has 31 years' professional experience in secondary education in Scotland, including 11 years as headteacher of a large comprehensive secondary school in Glasgow City. She completed a degree of Master of Education (Educational Studies) at the University of Glasgow in 2019, receiving the William Boyd Prize for the most distinguished Masters student in the School of Education. Her professional context and experience motivates many research interests within the FoH research team, including ethical school leadership, education policy and professional collaboration in education. She is now in year two of her PhD at the University of Glasgow School of Education, researching the concept and practice of Headship as System Leadership in Scotland.

Alison works one day a week for Glasgow City Council Education Improvement Service (EdIS) supporting education leadership; mentoring, leading professional learning and contributing to the Leadership Strategy Group. She is also the Glasgow City Council representative on the Leadership, Empowerment and Improvement workstream within the West Partnership.

 

Research interests

  • The Future of Headship
  • Education Policy
  • Social Justice Leadership
  • Ethical School Leadership
  • Headship as System Leadership, for positive, sustainable change in Scottish Education? (Current PhD focus)

Publications

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Jump to: 2022 | 2021
Number of items: 14.

2022

Mitchell, A. (2022) Being a headteacher through the Covid-19 pandemic. British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS 2022), Liverpool, UK, 8-10 July 2022.

Forde, C. , Torrance, D. , Mitchell, A. , McMahon, M. and Harvie, J. (2022) Education governance and the role of the headteacher: the new policy problem in Scottish education. Management in Education, 36(1), pp. 18-24. (doi: 10.1177/08920206211057348)

2021

Harvie, J. and Mitchell, A. (2021) The Changing Role of the Headteacher. ECER 2021 European Conference on Educational Research, 06-10 Sep 2021.

Torrance, D. , Forde, C. , Mitchell, A. , Harvie, J. and McMahon, M. (2021) Using the Delphi Method to Investigate the Work of School Middle Leadership Teams. ECER 2021 European Conference on Educational Research, 06-10 Sep 2021.

Forde, C. , Mitchell, A. , Harvie, J. , McMahon, M. and Torrance, D. (2021) The Changing Role of the Headteacher in Scottish Education: Implications for Headship Preparation and Induction. ECER 2021 European Conference on Educational Research, 06-10 Sep 2021.

Mitchell, A. and Baker, M. (2021) An organisational commitment to closing the attainment gap. In: DeWitt, P. M. (ed.) Collective Leader Efficacy: Strengthening Instructional Leadership Teams. SAGE Publications. ISBN 9781071813720

Mitchell, A. (2021) Co-producing Knowledge to Explore the Future of Headship in Scotland. British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS 2021), 2-3 July 2021.

Forde, C. , Harvie, J. , McMahon, M. , Mitchell, A. and Torrance, D. (2021) Back on Track or Re-envisioning a Different Track. Social Justice Leadership and its Implications in the Post-Pandemic Scottish Education Systems. BELMAS UK Review Webinar: Post COVID Future of Educational Leadership and Administration, 26 May 2021.

Mitchell, A. (2021) Leadership during a pandemic. Teaching Scotland, 88, pp. 24-25.

Torrance, D. , Mitchell, A. , Harvie, J. , McMahon, M. and Forde, C. (2021) How Can Leadership-as-Practice and Collective Leadership Re-Vision Headship? Colloquium on Collective Leadership and L-A-P: How Can We Raise Each Other Up, 21 Jan 2021.

Forde, C. , Torrance, D. , McMahon, M. and Mitchell, A. (2021) Middle leadership and social justice leadership in scottish secondary schools: harnessing the Delphi method’s potential in a participatory action research process. International Studies in Educational Administration, 49(3), pp. 103-121.

Mitchell, A. , Torrance, D. , Forde, C. , Harvie, J. and McMahon, M. (2021) Social justice leadership in Scottish schools: Building on co-constructed understandings and aspirations. Centre for Leadership and Diversity (CLD) at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Annual International Conference, Toronto, Canada (Online), 9- 10 December 2021.

Torrance, D. , Forde, C. , McMahon, M. A. , Mitchell, A. and Harvie, J. (2021) Potential theoretical approaches to support the critical exploration of ‘the problem(s)’ of preparing, recruiting and retaining headteachers in Scotland. In: Mifsud, D. (ed.) Narratives of Educational Leadership. Series: Educational Leadership Theory. Springer: Singapore, pp. 131-158. ISBN 9789811658303 (doi: 10.1007/978-981-16-5831-0_6)

Torrance, D. , Harvie, J. , Mitchell, A. and Forde, C. (2021) Emerging Issues from the Future of Headship Research Programme. British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS 2021), 2-3 July 2021.

This list was generated on Thu Dec 8 06:40:36 2022 GMT.
Number of items: 14.

Articles

Forde, C. , Torrance, D. , Mitchell, A. , McMahon, M. and Harvie, J. (2022) Education governance and the role of the headteacher: the new policy problem in Scottish education. Management in Education, 36(1), pp. 18-24. (doi: 10.1177/08920206211057348)

Mitchell, A. (2021) Leadership during a pandemic. Teaching Scotland, 88, pp. 24-25.

Forde, C. , Torrance, D. , McMahon, M. and Mitchell, A. (2021) Middle leadership and social justice leadership in scottish secondary schools: harnessing the Delphi method’s potential in a participatory action research process. International Studies in Educational Administration, 49(3), pp. 103-121.

Book Sections

Mitchell, A. and Baker, M. (2021) An organisational commitment to closing the attainment gap. In: DeWitt, P. M. (ed.) Collective Leader Efficacy: Strengthening Instructional Leadership Teams. SAGE Publications. ISBN 9781071813720

Torrance, D. , Forde, C. , McMahon, M. A. , Mitchell, A. and Harvie, J. (2021) Potential theoretical approaches to support the critical exploration of ‘the problem(s)’ of preparing, recruiting and retaining headteachers in Scotland. In: Mifsud, D. (ed.) Narratives of Educational Leadership. Series: Educational Leadership Theory. Springer: Singapore, pp. 131-158. ISBN 9789811658303 (doi: 10.1007/978-981-16-5831-0_6)

Conference or Workshop Item

Mitchell, A. (2022) Being a headteacher through the Covid-19 pandemic. British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS 2022), Liverpool, UK, 8-10 July 2022.

Harvie, J. and Mitchell, A. (2021) The Changing Role of the Headteacher. ECER 2021 European Conference on Educational Research, 06-10 Sep 2021.

Torrance, D. , Forde, C. , Mitchell, A. , Harvie, J. and McMahon, M. (2021) Using the Delphi Method to Investigate the Work of School Middle Leadership Teams. ECER 2021 European Conference on Educational Research, 06-10 Sep 2021.

Forde, C. , Mitchell, A. , Harvie, J. , McMahon, M. and Torrance, D. (2021) The Changing Role of the Headteacher in Scottish Education: Implications for Headship Preparation and Induction. ECER 2021 European Conference on Educational Research, 06-10 Sep 2021.

Mitchell, A. (2021) Co-producing Knowledge to Explore the Future of Headship in Scotland. British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS 2021), 2-3 July 2021.

Forde, C. , Harvie, J. , McMahon, M. , Mitchell, A. and Torrance, D. (2021) Back on Track or Re-envisioning a Different Track. Social Justice Leadership and its Implications in the Post-Pandemic Scottish Education Systems. BELMAS UK Review Webinar: Post COVID Future of Educational Leadership and Administration, 26 May 2021.

Torrance, D. , Mitchell, A. , Harvie, J. , McMahon, M. and Forde, C. (2021) How Can Leadership-as-Practice and Collective Leadership Re-Vision Headship? Colloquium on Collective Leadership and L-A-P: How Can We Raise Each Other Up, 21 Jan 2021.

Mitchell, A. , Torrance, D. , Forde, C. , Harvie, J. and McMahon, M. (2021) Social justice leadership in Scottish schools: Building on co-constructed understandings and aspirations. Centre for Leadership and Diversity (CLD) at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Annual International Conference, Toronto, Canada (Online), 9- 10 December 2021.

Torrance, D. , Harvie, J. , Mitchell, A. and Forde, C. (2021) Emerging Issues from the Future of Headship Research Programme. British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS 2021), 2-3 July 2021.

This list was generated on Thu Dec 8 06:40:36 2022 GMT.

Supervision

Current Supervision:

 

MEd Childhood Practice

  • The relevance and purpose of Professional Development Plans (PDPs)

Teaching

Current Teaching at the University of Glasgow School of Education:

 

Previous Teaching at the University of Glasgow School of Education:

 

Professional Learning with Glasgow City Council:

 

Other Contributions:

 

Additional information

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