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Leadership, trust, and school improvement: Lessons from England



Paper 1: The importance of trust to research-informed school improvement in England: Findings from a social network analysis of 43 English schools

Dr. Chris Brown, Senior Lecturer at UCL Institute of Education (London Centre for Leadership in Learning)

Dr Chris Brown will be presenting findings from a study that examined what drives teachers’ perceptions that their school: first, encourages the use of research evidence to support improvements to teaching; and second, whether school improvement strategies are grounded in research on effective practice. The results illustrate the importance of learning and trust in facilitating the types of relations needed to provide teachers with access to the research/evidence-centred social capital that resides within a school.

With a long standing interest in how evidence can aid education policy and practice, Chris has written four books (including 'Leading the Use of Research and Evidence in schools'), several papers and has presented on the subject at a number of international conferences in Europe, and North America. Chris has extensive experience of leading a range of funded projects, many of which seek to help practitioners to identify and scale up best practice, and was recently awarded a significant grant by the Education Endowment Foundation to work with 100+ primary schools in England to increase their use of research. Other projects include an evaluation of England’s progress towards an evidence informed school system (funded by England’s Department for Education).  In 2015 Chris was awarded the American Educational Research Association ‘Emerging Scholar’ award (Education Change SIG).

Paper 2: The transformational shift in educational outcomes in London – how did it happen? A local authority perspective

Sean Hayes, Interim Head of Children's Services Performance and Data, London Borough of Hounslow

Sean Hayes will be discussing the transformation in educational outcomes in London over the past 15 years, and will argue the case for the place of local authorities in London’s success story.  Sean has worked as an educational researcher in London local authorities since 1990.  He is currently interim Head of Performance & Data in Hounslow Children’s Services, having also worked in Islington, Greenwich, Lambeth and Hammersmith & Fulham.  One of his main educational interests is in the provision of high quality performance data analysis for schools.  His research interests are largely in the school improvement area, focusing on educational attainment and the intersection of social class, race and gender.  He sits on the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Executive Council and is currently its Treasurer.  He is a graduate of Queen’s and has been writing and presenting educational research papers for over 20 years.  He is also a governor at a secondary school in London.

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