Simon Asquith

Doctoral Researcher (EdD)

Research Topic

Educational Equalities and the 'Self-Improving School System' in England.

Research Summary

My research aims at providing a clearer understanding of the positions adopted relating to equitability and social justice by executive and senior leaders in what is increasing referred to as a ‘self-improving school system’ in England.  It explores these positions via the lenses of Bourdieuian theory (particularly of habitus) and Engeström’s Activity Theory and via the juxtaposition of analysed discourses with findings from personal history interviews.

Research Interests

Executive Headteacher and Headteacher Positioning and Responses to the 'Self-Improving School System.

Research Supervisor

Professor Jane Martin

Membership of research and professional organisations


Publications and conference presentations

Asquith. S. (2017) Equality of access to a primary geographical education within a self-improving school system in England. In: Catling, S. (Ed) Reflections on Primary Geography. Sheffield: Register of Research in Primary Geography/ Geographical Association. 65-67

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