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Research project

Ambition School Leadership - School performance and improvement in challenging contexts

Project overview

An investigation into school leadership in challenging contexts. Funded by Ambition.


Lead researcher

Professor Chris Downey

Professor of Education

Research interests

  • The relational capital of students and educators
  • Collaborative networks in the work of educational leaders 
  • Educators' use of and attitudes toward data in their professional practice
Other researchers

Professor Tony Kelly

Professor of Education

Research interests

  • Education effectiveness
  • Education policy
  • Leadership and improvement

Dr Maria Kaparou


Research interests

  • Educational leadership and management, particularly focused on instructional leadership/Leadership for Learning; leadership and management for school improvement within MATs;
  • Education policy;
  • School improvement;

Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

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