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How to research critical conversations in educational leadership?

A memorial event for Dr Anne Halsall


Online registration has now closed. If you want to attend this event, please email for details of how to register onsite.

This event creates a space for leadership stories to be told and leadership issues to be raised, linked to accounts of different methodological approaches used to examine such accounts. Presenters have been invited to offer testimony yet to be researched as well as accounts of current research.

This will be a linked event with an early careers researcher innovative session included in the BERA Leeds 2016 conference. Both events are being planned to feed papers into a special issue, early 2017, of the BELMAS journal Management in Education.

Draft programme

09.30 Hot drinks
10.00 Welcome and introduction
Mr René Koglbauer, Acting Head of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University
10.15 Testimonials (short presentations, videos/posters) about contemporary educational leadership issues
6 accepted titles covering early leadership, recruitment in special schools, experiences of deputy headship, the pressures of accountability, the impact of the PREVENT strategy and reflections on system leadership.
11.00 Parallel workshops of studies:
Quantitative and Mixed Methods approaches – 3 accepted titles covering the study of Universities in school-University partnerships, surveys and focus groups when studying pupil leadership and a critical realist approach to examining educational policy

Qualitative approaches – 5 accepted titles covering interactive analysis, narrative interviewing, interpretative phenomenological analysis and studies of ego development and leadership identity & agency.

12.30 Lunch and networking
13.30 Keynote speaker‘Researching  Educational Leadership: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges’
This talk explores the new forms of educational leadership that are emerging in response to social, cultural, political, and economic changes internationally. It considers some of the challenges for research and for the professional development of current and aspiring educational leaders.
Professor Sue Robson, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University
14.30 Panel debate about the kinds of evidence being generated by educational leadership researchers to propose future directions for inquiry
Panel members – Professor Miriam David, UCL Institute of Education;  Dr Victoria Showunmi, UCL Institute of Education; Professor Liz Todd, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University
(Chair: Dr Alison Fox, School of Education, University of Leicester)
15.30 Departure


BERA offer a limited amount of bursaries for BERA Student Members only.

  • Bursaries are available for BERA Student Members to the value of £50 towards travel, and complimentary registration for the event.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email with a 200 word statement on why you want to attend this event. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Once approved you will be sent details of how to register online. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA in the current year.