Dr Tony Leach
Senior Lecturer, Children, Young People and Education
Tony's background is in teaching, learning consultancy and
research. Having studied Theology at York St John in the 1960s, he
was employed as a teacher in several High Schools over a period of
From 1985 until 1987, he was jointly seconded to work for the
Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Examinations Board and the
Counselling and Career Development Unit at the University of Leeds.
It was during that time that Tony decided to embark on a career in
educational consultancy. Nowadays, Tony's consultancies are about
helping individuals and teams develop their practice.
At York St John University, Tony teaches on the Foundation
Degree programmes in Supporting Learning and Working with Children
and Young People, the BA (Hons) Education Studies, and the MA
Practitioner Research: Improving Professional Practice.
Tony’s active research work is concerned with investigating
professional learning communities, the processes of psychological
contracting within the workplace, workforce reform and the
processes of job-redesign, the processes of knowledge creation and
transfer and entrepreneurial learning in the workplace, and
graduate employment and employability.
Publications Since 2008
Leach, T. & Lewis, E. (forthcoming, 2012)
'Children's experiences during circle-time: a call for
research-informed debate, Pastoral Care in Education.
Leach, T. (2012) 'Researching graduates' live
experiences of vocational learning', Research in Post
Compulsory Education, 17 (2), 261-275.
Leach, T. (2010) 'Knowledge creation and
deployment in the small, but growing, enterprise
and the psychological contract', Research in Post-Compulsory
Education, 15 (3), pp. 329-344
Leach, T. (2009) 'Maybe I can fly: nurturing
personal and collective learning in professional learning
communities', Pastoral Care in Education, 27(4), pp.
Smith, P. and Leach, T. (2009) Book Review of Childhood:
Services and Provision for Children by
Pat Tomlinson and Sue Welch (2008), Support for
Learning: British Journal of Learning Support, 24 (2),
Research and Professional Conferences: International
Leach, T. (2011) ‘Researching
people's lived experience of employment’, presentation and
paper, Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research
Conference, York St John University, 1-2 June 2011
Leach, T. and Wood, M. (2011) ‘Knowledge
Creation and Organisational Learning’ , presentation
and paper , International Conference and Exhibition on
Knowledge-Based Business and Education, January 8-10, Bahrain,
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