Professor Tim Simkins

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Job title: 
Emeritus Professor

Phone 0114 225 6060
Email t.j.simkins@shu.ac.uk

Tim is Emeritus Professor of Education Management, working in association with the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research. He has more than 30 years' experience of teaching and researching leadership and management in education. He is a former secretary and chair, and currently Professional Officer of the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society and an Associate Editor of Educational Management Administration and Leadership. He has been a member of the ESRC Peer Review College.

Tim's research interests concern the interface between national policy and institutional management, organisational and resource management issues in schools and colleges, evaluation of leadership development programmes and educational leadership in developing countries. He has acted as a consultant to a number of international development agencies in the designing and evaluation of management development programmes and the development and evaluation of resourcing systems. He has also led and participated in a range of research and evaluation projects for government agencies, including evaluations of a number of the programmes for what is now the National College for Teaching and Leadership. His current work concerns the impact of school restructuring in England on local schooling landscapes. He has published more than 50 books, monographs and articles.

Selected publications

  

Simkins, T. (2015) ‘School restructuring in England: new school configurations and new challenges, Management in Education, 29,1 4-8

Coldron J, Crawford M, Jones S, Simkins T (2014) The positions of primary and secondary schools in the English school field: a case of durable inequality. Journal of Education Policy. Published online: 31 Oct 2014. 

Simkins T, Coldron J, Crawford M, Jones S (2014) Emerging local schooling landscapes, the role of the local authority. School Leadership and Management. 

Woods, P. and Simkins, T. (2014) 'Understanding the local: Themes and issues in the experience of structural reform in England', Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 42, 3, pp 324-40

Coldron, J. Crawford, M. Jones, S. and Simkins, T. (2014) 'The restructuring of schooling in England: The responses of well-positioned headteachers'. Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 42, 3, pp 387-403

Simkins, T. (2013) 'Governance of education in the United Kingdom: Convergence or divergence?' Local Government Studies, 40, 6, pp 986-1002

Simkins, T. (2012) 'Understanding school leadership and management in England: retrospect and prospect', Educational; Management Administration and Leadership, 40, 5, 619–638

Simkins, T. and Garrick, R. (2012) 'Developing multi-agency teams: implications of a national programme evaluation', Management in Education, 26, 1, 13–19

Coldwell, M. and Simkins, T (2010) Level models of continuing professional development evaluation: a grounded review and critique. Professional Development in Education 37 (1); 143–57

Simkins, T. (2009) 'Integrating work-based learning into large-scale national leadership development programmes in the UK.' Educational Review, 61(4); 391–405

Simkins, T. and Close, P.(2009). 'Work-shadowing as a process for facilitating leadership development in primary schools.' School Leadership and Management, 29(3): 239–252.

Simkins, T., Coldwell,M., Close, P. and Morgan, A.(2009). 'Outcomes of in-school leadership development work: a study of three NCSL programmes.' Educational Management Administration and Leadership 37(1): 29–50.

Simkins, T, Maxwell, B, Aspinwall, K (2009) Developing the whole school workforce in England: building cultures of engagement Journal of Professional Development in Education, 35(3): 433–450

Simkins T, Close P, Morgan A, Pocklington K (2008) Evaluation of the Roll-out of Leadership Pathways - Final Report for the National College for School Leadership

Coldwell M, Simkins T, Coldron J, Smith R, Aspinwall K, Close P, Elliot N, Garrett Viv, Maxwell B, Wainwright J, Willis B, Wolstenholme C (2008) Developing the whole school workforce - An evaluation of the Testbed programme (Final Report, PDF 270KB) for the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA)

Simkins T, Coldwell M, Close P, Morgan A (2007) Outcomes of in-school leadership development work: a study of three NCSL programmes in Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 37 (1): 29–50

Simkins, T and Close, P (2006) Leadership Pathways: Design Stage Study for the National College for School Leadership

Simkins, T. (2005) 'Leadership in education: ''What works' or 'what makes sense'?', Educational Management, Administration and Leadership, 33, 1, pp. 9–26

Simkins, T. (2004) 'School finance and equity in England : an analysis of strategies and consequences', Educational Management, Administration and Leadership, 32, 4, pp. 369–386

Aspinwall, K., Garrett , V. and Simkins, T. (2003) 'All about Learning': a report on the role of the school-based consultant and the evaluation system for NE Sheffield EAZ

Aspinwall, K., and Simkins, T. (2003) Enrichment and Engagement: a report on the work of the Learning Together EAZ, Sheffield

Simkins, T. Sisum, C. and Memon, M. (2003) 'School leadership in Pakistan: exploring the headteacher's role', School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 14, 3, pp. 275–292

Simkins, T. (2002) 'Reform, accountability and strategic choice in education', in Preedy, M., Glatter, and Wise, C. (eds.) Strategic Leadership and Accountability, London: Paul Chapman

Simkins, T. and Lumby, J. (2002) 'Cultural transformation in further education? Mapping the debate', Research in Post Compulsory Education, 7, 1, pp. 9–26

Simkins, T., Smith, R., Coldron, J., and Aspinwall, K. (2002) 'Models of the diffusion of good practice: an analysis of key initiatives in England', in Buchberger, F. and Berghammer, S. (eds.) Education Policy Analysis in a Comparative Perspective, Linz , Austria: Universitatsverlag Rudolf Trauner

Simkins, T., Coldron, J., Crawford, M. and Jones, S. (in press) “Emerging local schooling landscapes: the role of the local authority”, School Leadership and Management.

Coldron, J., Crawford, M., Jones, S. and Simkins, T. (in press) “The positions of primary and secondary schools in the English school field: a case study of durable inequality”, Journal of Education Policy.

Woods, P. and Simkins, T. (2014) Understanding the local: Themes and issues in the experience of structural reform in England’, Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 42, 3, pp 324-340.

Coldron, J., Crawford, M., Jones, S. and Simkins, T. (2014)  The restructuring of schooling in England: The responses of well-positioned headteachers’, Educational  Management Administration and Leadership, 42, 3, pp 387-403.

Simkins, T. (2013) ‘Governance of education in the United Kingdom: Convergence or divergence?’ Local Government Studies, published online 29 January 2013, DOI 10.1080/03003930.2012.726143

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