Dr Kay Fuller

Lecturer (in English Education)

School of Education

Dr Kay Fuller

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom


Kay took up the position of Lecturer in English Education in September 2007. Teaching posts in secondary education have included Head of English 1996-2002; and Deputy Headteacher of a large comprehensive school 2002-2005. She has taught in five comprehensive schools in Sandwell, Birmingham and Worcestershire. Her career in education follows a career in retail management in Blackpool, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Birmingham.


  • Ed D (University of Birmingham). 
  • M Ed (University of Birmingham).
  • PGCE (University of Birmingham).
  • BA (University of Exeter)


As Lecturer in English Education and a PGDipEd(QTS) course leader, she is responsible for the planning and delivery of the English secondary PGDipEd(QTS) course.

Postgraduate supervision

Kay supervises students completing their dissertations as part of their MEd (Teaching Studies) degree.


  • Educational leadership (including a specific interest in gender)
  • Education for social justice
  • English Education (with a specific interest in children's writing)

Research projects

September 2012-August 2013 An investigation into women's leadership preparation within the senior leadership team funded by the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society

Kay is also running the Creative Writing Workshop which was set up in 2009.

Other activities

  • External Examiner for PGCE secondary English – University of Bedfordshire (2008-2012)
  • External Examiner for PGCE secondary English - BathSpa University (2010-)
  • External Examiner for Northampton Teacher Training Programme (2011-)
  • Governor of Bartley Green Technology College (2010-)
  • Governor of the Birmingham Women’s Hospital Foundation Trust (2008-2011).


Fuller, K.E. (forthcoming) Gender, Identity and Educational Leadership, Continuum.

Fuller, K.E., Parsons, S., MacNab, N. and Thomas, H. (2013) How far is leadership distributed in extended services?, Educational Management Administration and Leadership

Fuller, K.E. (2012) Leading with emancipatory intent: Headteachers' approaches to pupil diversity, Educational Management Administration and Leadership 40, 6, 672 -689. http://ema.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/10/02/1741143212456911

Fuller, K.E. (2010) Talking about gendered headship: how do women and men working in schools conceive and articulate notions of gender? Journal of Educational Administration and History. ISSN: 0022-0620.DOI: 10.1080/00220620.2010.514041

Fuller, K.E. (2010) English lessons: children’s poetic perspectives, English in Education, 44, 2, 146-163. ISSN: 0425-0494.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1754-8845.2010.01062.x

Fuller, K.E. (2009) Women secondary head teachers: Alive and well in Birmingham at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Management in Education, 23, 1, 19-31. ISSN: 0892-0206.    DOI: 10.1177/089202060809907

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