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Research Group: Leadership, Effective Education & 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. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics in 1994 and elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2006. He has appeared as an expert witness before the House of Commons Select Committee on Education and in important test cases (relating to education) in the High Court. He has held visiting professorships in several universities.

Affiliated Members of LEEP

Professor Carol Campbell, Ontario Institute of Education, University of Toronto (OISE-UT)

Dr Nigel Matthias, Gosport & Fareham Multi Academy Trust


Director of the Centre

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