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Prof John West-Burnham

Professor of Educational Leadership and Research

Prof John West-Burnham is Professor of Educational Leadership at St Mary’s University, London.  He is a key advisor in the development of the Aquinas Centre for Learning Leadership and Innovation and in the School of Education’s doctoral degree development programme. 

His great professional generosity, his considerable experience and his irrefutable and world-renowned expertise in research and in teaching on education and leadership in education have already been felt at St Mary’s.

John, also, holds professorships in the Universities of Bristol, Hull (International Leadership Centre), Manchester and Cyprus, Queens University, Belfast and Liverpool Hope University.  He has held senior academic posts at the Institute for Education: London Leadership Centre, the University of Hull, the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, the University of Leicester and the Regional Training Unit (Northern Ireland).  He is a Senior Research Adviser at the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) has wide-ranging interests at the interface of leadership and learning.

He enjoys, a thoroughly well-deserved international reputation having worked as a consultant to the Sampoerna Foundation, Indonesia, as a Senior Associate at the Center for RelationaLearning in New Mexico and as a principal consultant in the Leadership Development in Schools Programme for the Ministry of Education in the Republic of Ireland.  His work has also taken him to Australia, New Zealand, Estonia, Israel, Singapore, South Africa, UAE and widely across the USA.

John's current research and writing interests include social justice, transformational leadership, spiritual and moral development, interpersonal leadership, personalization, leadership learning and development and educational leadership in the community.

John is the author of numerous books, chapters and journal articles in the field of education and educational leadership in particular.


Research

John’s current research and writing interests include social justice, transformational leadership, spiritual and moral development, interpersonal leadership, personalisation, leadership learning and development and educational leadership in the community.

John is the author of numerous books, chapters and journal articles in the field of education and educational leadership in particular.

Publications

  • Rethinking Educational Leadership: from improvement to transformation (2009)
  • Education and Social Justice (2009) with L Chapman
  • Systems Leadership Continuum (2008) with Collarbone P.
  • Spiritual and Moral Development in Schools Continuum (2008) with Huws Jones V.
  • Schools and Communities Network Continuum (2007) with (Farrar, M. & Otero, G.)
  • Personalizing Learning: a practical handbook NetworkContinuum (2006) (with Coates, M.)
  • Personalizing Learning Network Educational Press 2005 (with Coates, M.)
  • The Handbook of Educational Leadership & Management. Pearson Education 2003 (Editor with Davies, B.)
  • The Performance Management Manual Pearson (with Bradbury, I) 2003
  • Educational Leadership and the Community Pearson, (with Gelsthorpe, T. eds) 2002
  • Performance Management in Schools  Pearson, (with O’Neill, J. & Bradbury, I eds.) 2001
  • Schools for the 21st Century Pearson, (with Dalton, I. & Fawcett, R. eds) 2001
  • Managing Learning for Achievement, Pitman, (with Bowring-Carr, C.) 1998
  • Leadership and Professional Development, Pitman, (with O’Sullivan, F.) 1998
  • Reengineering and Total Quality in Schools, Pitman, (with Davies, B. eds). 1997
  • Effective Learning in Schools, Pitman, (with Bowring-Carr, C.). 1997
  • Managing Quality in Schools 2e, Pitman. 1997
  • Leadership and Strategic Management, Longman, (with Bush, T., O’Neill, J., & Glover, D.). 1995
  • Managing the Curriculum, Longman, (with Lofthouse, M., Bush, T., Coleman, M., O’Neill, J. and Glover, D.). 1995
  • The Principles of Educational Management, Longman, (with Bush, T. Eds). 1994
  • Managing Quality in Schools, A Training Manual, Longman, (with Bowring-Carr, C.). 1994
  • The Appraisal Training Resource, Longman. 1993
  • Mentoring in the Effective School, Longman, (with Smith, P. Eds). 1993
  • Managing Quality in Schools, Longman. 1992
  • How To Help Your Child at School, Northcote House. 1987

Journal articles

  • Chapman, L. and West-Burnham, J. (2007) The comprehensive ideal - excellence or equity?,CSCS Journal, Spring, 17, 3, p. 15-16
  • West-Burnham, J. (2006) Educational Leadership: new horizons,Leadership in Focus, Autumn, 44, p. 6-8
  • West-Burnham, J. (2005) Creating a new vision of learning for able, gifted and talented pupils: what issues should lie at the base of educational decisions?,Gifted Education International, 20, 2, p. 114-122
  • West-Burnham, J., White, T., Laycock,-M. and Vybiral, M. (2005) Values in education: putting ideals into practice,CSCS Journal, Summer, 16, 3, p. 14-18
  • West-Burnham, J. (2004) Leadership to raise standards, leadership for race equality - binary opposites?,Race Equality Teaching, Summer, 22, 3, p. 16-18
  • West-Burnham, J. (2003) Leadership for transformation,Gifted Education International, 17, 1, p. 4-15
  • West-Burnham, J. (2003) Leadership for Transformation, Gifted Education International, 17, 1, p. 4-15
  • West-Burnham, J. (1999) Leadership at Lincoln: the contribution of higher education to the development of educational leadership(Working paper)
  • West-Burnham, J. (1999) Teaching in the school of the future,Education Today, March, 49, 1, p. 21-24
  • West-Burnham, J. (1997) Leadership for learning: reengineering mind sets,School Leadership and Management, 17, 2, p. 231-244
  • West-Burnham, J. (1997) Leadership for Learning--Reengineering "Mind Sets", School Leadership and Management, 17, 2, p. 231-44
  • West-Burnham, J. (1994) Appraisal as investment,Education Today, 44, 1, p. 26-29
  • West-Burnham, J. and Davies, B. (1994) Quality Management as a Response to Educational Change, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994), April 1994, pp. 17
  • West-Burnham, J. and Davies, B. (1994) Quality management as a response to educational changes, International Studies in Educational Administration, Winter, 60, p. 47-52
  • West-Burnham, J. and Seymour, R. (1990) Learning styles and education management: part two, International Journal of Educational Management, 4, 4, p. 22-26
  • Davies, B. and West-Burnham, J. (1990) School governors: an effective management force or another bureaucratic layer of school management?,School Organisation, 10, 2-3, p. 253-260
  • Seymour, R. and West-Burnham, J. (1989) Learning styles and education management: part one, International Journal of Educational Management, 3, 4, p. 19-25
  • West-Burnham, J. (1987) Effective learning and the design of staff development activities, Educational Change and Development, Winter, 8, 2, p. 17-23
  • West-Burnham, J. (1983) A discussion of the implications for secondary school management of a static structure, School Organization, 3, 3, p. 255-261

Examples of NCSL online publications

  • West-Burnham, J. and Ireson, J. (2005) ‘Leadership Development& Personal Effectiveness’, Nottingham: NCSL.
  • West-Burnham, J. (2008) ‘Leadership for personalising learning’, Nottingham: NCSL.
  • John West-Burnham (nd) ‘Learning to lead’, Nottingham: NCSL.
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