Staff profile

Dr Val Poultney

Senior Lecturer


Education Studies and SEND


College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Research centre

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Senior Lecturer in Education

Teaching responsibilities

Professional interests

Research interests

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 Management) (Nottingham)
  • Masters in Education (Continuing Professional Development: School Leadership) (Nottingham)
  • Bachelor of Education (Birmingham)
  • Certificate of Education (City of Birmingham Polytechnic)


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

International experience

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

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)

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.