School of Education

Leading educational networks: Theory, policy, practice

A34, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
Tuesday 5th July 2022 (14:00-16:30)

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A Centre for Research in Educational Leadership and Management Seminar

Over recent decades there has been a global shift in educational policy and practice, including in England, towards various forms of ‘joining-up’, for example through partnerships, hubs and alliances. These networks have differing aims but are broadly geared towards increasing quality and/or innovation in educational provision. But networks often fail to deliver on their objectives, or have unintended consequences. Leadership within and across networks is therefore an important topic for research and discussion.

This seminar will provide an opportunity to explore and discuss the conclusions from a new book on this theme, authored by Professor Toby Greany (University of Nottingham, UK) and Associate Professor Annelies Kamp (University of Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand), through a mixture of inputs and small group discussions.

The authors will review evidence on educational networks and will outline case studies of networks in Aotearoa NZ and England, which they will examine through a range of theoretical lenses, seeking to draw out implications for leadership and for wider policy, practice and research.

Responses will come from leading thinkers and practitioners in the field, including:

  • Marie-Claire Bretherton, Education Director, Anthem Schools Trust
  • Dr Kate Chhatwal, Chief Executive, Challenge Partners
  • Richard Sheriff, CEO, Red Kite Learning Trust, Teaching School Hub and Alliance



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