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I am an ex-secondary Head Teacher who has spent 20 years working at senior levels in both English and Scottish schools. I joined the University in 2014 to lead a project aimed at strengthening the partnership approach to Initial Teacher Education, working across two Universities and nine Local Authorities. From there I become heavily involved in the development, writing and teaching of our Masters courses in Educational Leadership as well as our Headship qualifications.
I have held and continue to hold a range of strategic leadership roles within the School of Education and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. I am currently the Deputy Head of the School of Education (Teaching and Learning). I served as the Director of Post Graduate Taught courses within the School of Education from 2019-2022 and was the HaSS Associate Dean for Post Graduate Taught courses from 2020-2022. I have led the MEd in Educational Leadership since 2017. I was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in 2021.
My research interests are focused on leadership preparation and development across different hierarchical structures in schools. Having gained a Distinction award at Masters level, I am currently in the final stages of my doctoral studies, exploring the formation of leadership identity and how this intercepts with emotional intelligence. Having had a successful viva I plan to make my final submission early in 2023.
Academic / Professional qualifications
National Professional Qualification for Headship; awarded by The National College for School Leadership; June 2006
Full registration with General Teaching Council for Scotland; Secondary teaching in Physics and Mathematics
My research interests focus on the study of leadership and in particular the development of leadership. This includes development of leadership capabilities in both formal and informal aspects. I am interested in the importance in organisational culture and its relationship to staff development.
My main current research activities are focused on exploring leadership identity formation and emotional competencies in the educational leader.
I am a member of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) where I am also member of their Research Interest Group in Leadership Preparation and Development.
I have supervised a number of students in their Masters Dissertation or Final Year project in topics related to leadership or leading change as follows:
MSc Dissertation: The Effect of Authentic, Distributed and Transformational Leadership on students’ performance at school level.
MEd Dissertation: Assessing the effectiveness of collaborative pedagogies in the mainstream classroom for pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
MEd Worked Based Project: Developing a reading culture across a Primary School and applying for the Reading Schools Award as awarded by the Book Trust Scotland.
MEd Worked Based Project: Raising Attainment and Achievement through a consistent Play/PEBL approach.
MEd Worked Based Project: Learning for Sustainability
MEd Worked Based Project: Empowering learners through Pupil Voice
MEd Dissertation: A Literature-based Study on Emotional Intelligence and Effective Leadership
MEd Dissertation: Exploring the Empowerment Agenda within a Scottish School
MSc Dissertation: The Developmental “Heroic journey” of the Tutors of the Management Development Programme
MEd Dissertation: Exploring Middle Leaders Understanding & Perceptions of Collegiality in Secondary Education
MEd Dissertation: Is young children's curiosity suitably challenged in an Inquiry-Based Learning Environment?
MEd Dissertation: Social Justice in Education: An exploratory review of the concepts of Social Justice and Social Justice Leadership, with a Scottish perspective
MEd Dissertation: How does national policy conceptualise the enactment of teachers as leaders though a leadership for all agenda?
MEd Worked Based Project: Leading curriculum change
MEd Worked Based Project: Establishing mechanisms and structures for formally recording and acting upon pupil voice for school improvement.
MEd Worked Based Project: School Improvement Through Pupil Voice.
MEd Worked Based Project: Leading and managing the expansion of increased hours of high quality, Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) across a local authority.
MSc Dissertation: The role of parental involvement to enhance students’ attendance and achievement in primary schools
MSc Dissertation: Challenges Facing Arab Female Leaders in Education across Arab Countries
MEd Dissertation: A study into the understanding and development of Teacher Leadership in Scottish Schools.
MEd Dissertation: An Investigation into the Pupil Equity Fund leadership roles within Primary Schools
MEd Worked Based Project: Can Personal Support improve pupil wellbeing? How can we measure the Wider Achievements of learners to close the achievement gap?
MEd Worked Based Project: Teacher Professionalism: Engaging Teachers in Meaningful Professional Learning
MEd Worked Based Project: Introducing professional enquiry to all staff through professional reading.
MEd Worked Based Project: How effective is Philosophy for Children in helping to develop the critical thinking skills of upper primary pupils in my school?’
MEd Worked Based Project: Implementing the Transformation of the Management Structure of a College
MEd Worked Based Project: How can positive parental engagement be enhanced in high attaining
MEd Worked Based Project: Parental Engagement in Numeracy and Digital Technologies
MEd Worked Based Project: Involving and engaging parents and families in their children’s learning
MEd Dissertation: Parental Engagement – why should we ask for the parents’ views?
MEd Dissertation: A research project investigating the development of an additional support needs resource within a mainstream secondary school
MSc Dissertation: Middle Leadership in Primary Schools: Succession of Strategic Leaders or Operational Managers at a Standstill
MSc Dissertation: Emotional Intelligence in Transformational Leadership
MEd Worked Based Project: Improving data from Tracking in order to plan effective and timeous interventions for pupils
MEd Worked Based Project: Improving pastoral tracking in to improve pastoral interventions.
MEd Worked Based Project: How can tracking within the Broad General Education be more reflective of pupils’ individual progress, and how can this be consistently used across the department
MEd Worked Based Project: What constitutes a positive post school destination for young people with complex additional support needs and what programme of activity requires to be in place to support this?
MEd Worked Based Project: Leading to close the attainment gap.
MEd Dissertation: The Effect of Pupil Voice on the Perception of Pupil Agency
MEd Dissertation: An exploration of humility in Scottish public middle leaders.
MEd Worked Based Project: Building capacity of the staff to support participation in Wider Achievement
MEd Worked Based Project: Exploring the important role parents can play in supporting the development of their child’s learning by working in partnership with the school.
MEd Worked Based Project: Working in collaboration with stakeholders to meet the needs of young people, whilst seeking to raise the attainment levels
MEd Worked Based Project: Review of the House System to enhance and complement current policy and status as a Scottish Attainment Challenge School.
MSc Dissertation: Learner Engagement: How a Further Education College Engages with Learners
Expertise & Capabilities
Leadership and Management development
Design and delivery of bespoke leadership courses
Educational Organisational Culture
Senior leadership preparation and development
Coaching (I am currently pursuing an ILM level 5 coaching qualification)
I am course leader for the Management and Leadership in Education Masters programme.
I am module leader on our new Masters programme on Educational Leadership, titles which include: Conceptions of Leadership: Contexts for Leadership: Strategic Leadership: Work-based Project.
I have been a course tutor for our National Qualification Masters Programme for Headteachers (Into Headship).
I have supervised Undergraduate and Masters dissertation students in a variety of projects related to leadership and management.
I have also designed and delivered bespoke leadership courses to a variety of clients.
Master of Arts, Educational Leadership and Management, University of Nottingham
Award Date: 19 Jul 2017
Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Paisley
Award Date: 30 Jun 1996
Bachelor of Science, Instrumentation with Applied Physics, Glasgow Caledonian University
Award Date: 30 Jun 1996
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Becoming a leader: exploring the experiences of aspiring leaders in Scottish schoolsHolmes, J., 8 Jun 2022.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Speech
Fostering teachers' understanding of leadership through a programme of professional learningCassidy, C., Holmes, J., Ferguson, E. C. & Christie, D., 30 Nov 2020, In: Scottish Educational Review. 52, 2, p. 71-88 18 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile14 Downloads (Pure)
External Examiner Activities at Birmingham City University
Joanna Holmes (Examiner)11 Sept 2019 → …
Activity: Examination types › Examination
Columba 1400 Leadership Academy
Joanna Holmes (Participant)14 Aug 2019 → 16 Aug 2019
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in workshop, seminar, course