Dr Val Poultney

Position: Senior Lecturer

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Postgraduate and Initial Teacher Training

Subject area: CPD in Education

Research Centre: Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

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Senior Lecturer in Education

Teaching responsibilities

Doctoral programmes: PhD and EdD - lecturer, supervisor and examiner

Secondary School Direct programme - University Link Tutor for Science

Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes.

Professional interests

Leadership and Management of Schools: Subject leadership, Governance.

Evidenced-based teaching: how teachers embed this approach into their teaching, how it is led and managed in primary and secondary contexts.

Development of Professional Doctorates as particularly related to the Doctor of Education (EdD).

Research interests

  • Development of subject leaders in secondary and primary contexts
  • Evidenced-based teaching and development of professional learning communities
  • Governance of state academies, private schools
  • School Improvement with a focus on researching teachers.

Membership of professional bodies

British Educational Research Association (BERA): Special Interest Groups - Leadership and Management in Education, Practitioner Research

British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society: Special Interest Groups: Governance, Leadership Development, Doctoral Research

Professional Doctorates Network

International Association of Professional and Practice-based Doctorates (UKCGE and University of Middlesex)

FHEA Senior Teaching Fellow May 2013


Doctor of Education (Leadership and Managment) (Nottingham)

Masters in Education (Continuing Professional Development: School Leadership) (Nottingham)

Bachelor of Education (Birmingham)

Certificate of Education (City of Birmingham Polytechnic)

Recent publications

Tarpey, C. and Poultney, V. (2015) ‘Maximising Leadership Capacity and School Improvement through Re-alignment of Children’s’ Services’ Management in Education Special Edition, Sage.

Poultney. V. (2013) ‘Governing for the Future: Researching and Reflecting on Independent School Practice’ Management in Education Special Edition, Sage. Dougan, R. and Poultney, V. (2011) Series of 10 articles on Effective Leadership Good for Business: Burton Mail.

Poultney, V. (2011) ‘Can we work together and still be friends?’ CPD Professional Update,Issue 137. Poultney, V. (2010) ‘Challenging the PhD: managing the alignment of an EdD programme alongside a traditional PhD pathway. Work-based Learning e-journal University of Middlesex. Vol. 1 (1) http://wblearning-ejournal.com/archive/10-10-10/1008%20rtb.pdf

Poultney, V. (2007) ‘The Role of the Effective Subject Leader: perspectives from practitioners in secondary schools’ Management in Education, British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS), 2007, Vol. 21 (2) 8-14.

Recent conferences

‘The self-improving school: how professional learning leadership supports teacher inquiry’, British Educational Research Association, September 2015.

‘I see inquiry as a normal part of my professional practice: A critical examination of practitioners’ experiences from one Midlands Teaching School Alliance’ (with A. Fox, University of Leicester), British Educational Research Association, September 2015.

‘Whoa, this is massive, this is huge’: leading the inquiry-focused school primary school. Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN). University of Aston. May 2015 and Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Derby (Buxton), July 2015.

‘Joint Supervision: A model for Successful Doctoral Programmes’, International Conference for Professional Doctorates, Cardiff, 9-11 April (2014).

‘Developing and sustaining effective doctoral programme leadership: building a doctoral learning culture’, International Conference for Professional Doctorates, Florence, Italy (April 2012).

Experience in industry

Teacher of Science (subject specialism Biology) in comprehensive state and private sector schools (1979 - 1988 )

Head of Science (1988 - 1996)

Senior Teacher (1996 - 2003)

International experience

Delivering Doctor of Education programme as 'flying faculty' to students from Israel, located in Cyprus and Tel Aviv.

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