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Research Group: Leadership, Educational Effectiveness & Policy

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The LEEP centre brings together colleagues working and researching in the areas of leadership, school improvement, educational effectiveness and policy. We aim to influence policy, practice and research methodology across a wide spectrum of educational contexts and sectors including schools and further / higher education.

LEEP is one of the most high-powered research centres in the field. Members have exceptional strengths in various research methodologies and in a wide range of substantive areas including: educational effectiveness; management, leadership and improvement; employment policy, lifelong learning and the labour market; teacher training and teacher effectiveness; equity and competition.  

A wide range of perspectives, philosophies and methodologies is evident in the Centre, with particular strengths in advanced quantitative methods, policy and social network analysis, mixed methods, randomised control trials and conceptual testing. Centre members have a long and distinguished history of external funding from a range of sources including government agencies, charities and research councils, and have played leading roles in advising policy-makers in the UK and internationally. Members are very active in editing journals, serving on editorial boards and taking leadership roles within the academic community.

LEEP is led by Professor Anthony Kelly. Tony was a REF panel member for Education in 2014 and has advised several governments in the area of school improvement and educational effectiveness. Formerly a successful headteacher, he is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and has overseen scores of funded research projects. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) in 2012. His background is in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

Job opportunities

PhD Studentship (ESRC South Coast DTP) 
The contribution of academically effective primary schools to the educational progress of children with Specific Word Reading Difficulties. Information and application HERE.

PhD Studentship (ESRC South Coast DTP)
Exploring the learning trajectories of students in higher education: the role of individual and contextual variables in impacting student learning outcomes (CRI and LEEP). Information and application HERE.

PhD Studentship
Peer-to-Peer Review in Schools – a case study of collaborative school improvement in the face of local competition. Information and application HERE.

 

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