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Educational Review: article of the year seminar

Edgbaston Room Lucas House
Social Sciences
Friday 24th November 2017 (10:30-13:30)
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Gemma Banks

Every year, the editorial board of Educational Review selects an ‘article of the year’ – the article published in the journal during the year which offers the most original and significant contribution to our field of knowledge. And each year we invite the winner of the award to give a seminar at the University of Birmingham.

We are delighted to invite you to this seminar celebrating the work of our latest (2016) winners.

Managing headteacher performance: the role of governing bodies and trustees


S Bubb & P Earley from the UCL Institute of Education, London; M Crawford from the Institute of Education, Plymouth University and C James from the Department of Education, University of Bath

This seminar builds on our article of the year (Earley et al, 2016) to discuss the role of school governing bodies and academy boards of trustees in managing headteacher performance. It is well known that leadership is important for the effective functioning of schools so an understanding of the performance of headteachers – or headteacher performance management (HTPM) – is crucial. Current changes to the educational system, including academisation, increased school autonomy and the centrality of school improvement, linked to inspection, make the stakes much higher than in most education systems. Understanding how HTPM operates in the ever-changing English educational landscape is therefore crucial given the evolving structure of the system and the shifting relationship between the state and schools. The role of the external adviser and/or school improvement partner is especially pronounced in helping the governing body set objectives for the head and make decisions about salary increases. In multi-academy trusts (MATs) the situation is less clear with executive heads often performing this role with or without governor involvement. 

The seminar will discuss emerging trends and recent developments as they relate to HTPM and give examples of governing bodies’ key role and the main constraints under which they operate, especially in relation to objectives, performance and remuneration. 

References: Earley, P., S. Bubb, D. Eddy-Spicer, M. Crawford, and C. James. “Governing Bodies, Headteacher Performance and Pay: The Role of External Advisers.” Educational Review 68, no. 3 (July 2, 2016): 257–73. 

Free access to the winning article may be found at: :

The event is sponsored by Routledge (our publisher), with a cash prize presented to each winner, and lunch (at 12:30) for all who attend. The number of attendees is limited to 30. 

If you would like to attend, please email the journal manager, Gemma Banks (, including details of any dietary requirements, and we’ll book you in. 

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