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Public Lecture Series: Professor Michael Jopling

Northumbria University


Professor Michael Jopling, Professor in Education, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences 

Is There a North-South Divide Among Schools in England?

Refreshments will be available from 6pm


In this lecture, Michael Jopling examines claims that there is a North-South divide in performance and student attainment among English schools, made most prominently in Sir Michael Wilshaw’s annual Ofsted report on the state of education and skills in England in 2015.

Drawing on national and international research into school leadership, school to school collaboration, school effectiveness and school improvement, the lecture challenges prevalent characterisations of ‘successful’ and ‘failing’ schools. It also suggests that in a fragmented, academised school landscape, which has made the idea of schools’ accountability to their local area increasingly problematic, we need to find better and more contextually sensitive ways to assess schools’ responses to the complex and multiple challenges they face in preparing children and young people for the future.

About the speaker

Professor Michael Jopling joined Northumbria University as Professor in Education in June 2014 from University of Wolverhampton. He has been involved in research and innovation in education for almost 20 years, working across most areas of education from early years and schools through to post-compulsory and higher education.

His research interests include school to school collaboration, educational leadership, social justice and inclusion in education, and supporting teachers and practitioners in participatory research and enquiry. Current and recent research projects focus on effective collaboration among schools, health and social services to support vulnerable children and young people, networks supporting school improvement, and children and young people’s health and wellbeing. He has published widely in areas such as networking and collaboration, e-learning, teacher education, and early years and school leadership, and was until recently convenor of the British Educational Research Association’s special interest group on educational effectiveness and improvement.

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Northumbria University
Presentation Hall, Design Building
City Campus East 2
Newcastle Upon Tyne


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