23rd April 2003




A leading education expert is to take a look back over two decades of education leadership policy in her inaugural lecture at the University of Lincoln next month.


Professor Jacky Lumby, Professor of Education Leadership and Director of Research at the International Institute for Education Leadership, will explore how government policies and the values of individual school and college leaders have interacted to influence the developing practice of leaders at all levels.


Her talk will be given at 6pm on Thursday 15th May in the Jackson Lecture Theatre at the Brayford Pool campus.


“Since the 1980s the leadership of schools, colleges and universities has received increasing emphasis,” says Professor Lumby.


“The government, academics and trainers have persisted in promoting frequently changing concepts of leadership. Those working in education have not only been subject to the pressure of taking account of the shifting notions of appropriate leadership, but have also been the target for sustained criticism.


“Particularly in post-compulsory education, the practice of leaders has been accused of displaying the worst features of new public sector management and becoming divorced from the central purpose of promoting learning.”


Professor Lumby joined the IIEL in July last year from the University of Leicester, where she was Deputy Director of the Educational Management Development Unit.


She has taught in a range of educational settings and has also worked at the Greater Peterborough Training and Enterprise Council (TEC) where she had responsibility for the development of managers in both business and education.



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