Developing Specialist Leaders of Education: a research engagement approach

Close, Paul and Kendrick, Ann ORCID logo ORCID: (2018) Developing Specialist Leaders of Education: a research engagement approach. Professional Development in Education, 45 (2). pp. 291-306.

[thumbnail of Kendrick_DevelopingSpecialist_Preprint.pdf]
PDF - Accepted Version
Available under License CC BY-NC

Download (371kB) | Preview
Official URL:


There has been little research to date on the continuing professional development needs of the several thousand Specialist Leaders of Education now designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership in England to work across schools as consultants on school-to-school support. This case study reports on the second and third stages of a four stage research process designed to address these needs. The first stage reported on the creation of a professional development agenda for SLE’s using consultancy research. These middle stages test out this agenda with a stakeholder group of SLEs, head teachers and broker in a Teaching Schools Alliance. The fourth stage will track the implementation of professional development activities arising from these findings. Apart from the specific needs of Specialist Leaders of Education, this study will have wider relevance for all practitioners and researchers working in and with schools on leadership development using Research Engagement strategies and Joint Practice Development approaches in a so-called ‘self-improving’ school system.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Professional Development in Education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) for International Professional Development Association
ISSN: 1941-5265
Departments: Learning Education and Development (LED)
Additional Information: Abbreviation: NCTL: National College for Teaching and Leadership; HEI: Higher Education Institution; SAT: Standard Assessment Task; CPD: Continuing Professional Development.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2018 14:38
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 20:17


Downloads per month over past year

Downloads each year

Edit Item