Dr Tony Leach

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My background is in teaching, learning consultancy and research. Completing my Cert Ed. teaching qualifications at St John’s College, York in the 1960s, I then moved on to teach in several High Schools over a period of 17 years. Gained in those years, my part-time undergraduate studies were in Education and the Social Sciences (Open University), and I hold a M.Sc (Education) from the University of Bradford, as well as a PG Diploma in Guidance and Counselling from the University of Leeds and PhD from the University of Huddersfield. From 1985 until 1987, I was jointly seconded to work for the Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Examinations Board in Harrogate and the Counselling and Career Development Unit at the University of Leeds. Thereafter, embarked on a career in educational consultancy, which I continued with until I came to York St John University in 2005. I am a Fellow of the HEA.

Further Information

Teaching

Having taught across the BA (Hons) Education Studies, BA (Hons) Children, Young People & Families and MA Education programmes for almost a decade, I now supervise undergraduate, MA and PhD student research.

Research

I am actively involved in two research projects:

Building Research-Engaged Schools

Aims and Objectives:

This project is about building research engaged, self-improving schools. Working with schools, we are particularly interested in listening to the voices of staff and pupils: to discover how and to what ends they engage in, and with, research. We want to understand more about how their engagement with research is influencing their ethos, their principles and their practice. We also want to explore the everyday realities and outcomes for the school and its members, when teams of teachers, and teachers and students, collaborate to investigate shared concerns about teaching and learning and education more broadly.

Specifically, the research objectives are to develop an understanding of and evidence for:

  1. teacher and other staff engagement with and use of educational research;
  2. pupil engagement with and use of educational research;
  3. how research cultures develop and grow in schools (i.e. how ‘curious schools’ develop);
  4. the influence of research on schooling (including pedagogic practice and pupil learning and also school philosophy and ethos);
  5. sharing evidence of influence with those within and beyond the school community;
  6. the implications of research-engaged schooling for initial and in-service teacher education and other staff development;
  7. how HEIs can help build research-engaged schools.

 

Graduate Career Paths

Aims and Objectives:

This project is an ongoing study in which the aim is to obtain rich case study accounts of the way graduates perceive and enact their careers; how their careers are evolving in today’s complex work environment; and how building their careers involves crossing physical, cultural and psychological boundaries, including the psychological reorientation of how they perceive their career unfolding. The aim is to obtain rich case study accounts of how graduates perceive and enact their careers in today’s complex labour market. Specific aims are to explore:

  • their transitional experiences in the contemporary labour market, as they seek to build an imagined career for themselves;
  • their use of knowledge and skills acquired in their undergraduate studies, in their working lives, and when crossing boundaries that might otherwise prevent them from achieving their imagined career;
  • the interplay between a person’s career decision making and the context within which they make decisions.

Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Leach, T. (2018) 'Democracy in the classroom, Power and Education, 10 (2) 181-194

Leach, T. (2017) 'Cooling out the marks'. the ideology and politics of vocational education in an age of austerity, Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 22(2), 221-236.

Leach, T*. & Crisp, A. (2016) ‘Students don’t always tell teachers the truth very often, do they?’ Reflections on the implications when teachers and students collaborate to investigate teaching practice,

Leach, T. (2016) ‘It seems at the moment my career is dependent on factors outside my control.’ Reflections on graduates’ experiences of employment and career enactment in an era of economic uncertainty and austerity, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 

Leach, T, (2015) Graduates’ experiences and identity, transitions, personal agency and emergent career direction, Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 20 (1), 50-63. 

Leach, T*. & Lewis, E. (2013) Children’s experiences during circle time: a call for research-informed debate, Pastoral Care in Education, 31(1), 43-52.

Leach, T. (2012) Researching graduates’ lived 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), 329-344.

Leach, T. (2009) Maybe I can fly: nurturing personal and collective learning in professional learning communities, Pastoral Care in Education, 27(4), 313-323. 

 

Conference Proceedings & Learning Society SIG & Network Events

Leach, T. (2017) 'Post 30s and entrepreneurship: the discovery and pursuit of imagined positive careers in real life situations'. A presentation at the Journal of Vocational Education (JVET) 12th International Conference: 7th – 9th July 2017, Worcester College, Oxford, UK.

Leach, T. (2016) ‘Democracy in the classroom: what children and teachers have to say about this,’ A presentation in a panel session at the BERA Annual Conference, 12th – 15th September 2016 , University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.

Leach, T. (2016) ‘Cooling out the marks’: the ideology and politics of vocational education in an age of austerity. A paper presented at the Association of Research in Post- Compulsory Education 2nd International Conference: 8th – 10th July 2016, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, UK.

Leach, T. (2016) ‘Vocational education from a research perspective’, A paper presented at the International Diversity & Inclusive Education Conference: 9th-11th May 2016, Pädagogische Hochschule, Salzburg University of Education, Salzburg, Austria.

Leach, T. (2015) ‘Vocationalism in the 21st Century: graduate experiences of employment and career enactment in a new era of austerity, BERA HE Post-Compulsory and Lifelong Learning Sig event, 17th July 2015, IoE., London, UK

Leach, T. (2015). ‘Using email interviews to investigate graduates’ lived experiences of employment and sustained career building,’ BERA Research into Higher Education Sig event, 8th May 2015, IoE, London, UK.

Leach, T. (2015). Graduate experiences and perceptions of career enactment: identity, personal agency and emergent career direction. Society of Research in Higher Education (SRHE) network event, May 2015, SRHE, London, UK.

Leach, T. (2014) ‘Martin Buber’s philosophy of education and its implications for changing conceptualisations of teacher-student relationships in the classroom.’ A paper presented at the Social and Moral Fabric of Schooling 8th International Conference: 28th-30th August 2014, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, UK.

Leach, T. (2014) ‘Graduates’ experiences and perceptions of career enactment: identity, transition, personal agency and emergent career direction.’ A paper presented at the Research in Post-Compulsory Education Inaugural International Conference: 11th –13th July 2014, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, UK.

Leach, T. and Wood, M. (2011) ‘Knowledge Creation and Organisational Learning.’ A paper presented at the International Conference and Exhibition on Knowledge-Based Business and Education, January 8-10, Bahrain, Bahrain.

Leach, T. (2011) ‘Researching people’s lived experiences of employment.’ A paper presented at the Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research International Conference, 1st -2nd June 2011, York St John University, York, UK

 

Professional Activity

Professional Memberships

Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education (ARPCE)

British Educational Research Association (BERA)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

External examiner

Anglia Ruskin University, MA in Education (2015-)

University of Derby, PG Cert in Business Coaching (2005-2007)

Conference Proceedings & Learning Society SIG & Network Events

Leach, T. (2016) ‘Democracy in the classroom: what children and teachers have to say about this,’ A presentation in a panel session at the BERA Annual Conference, 12th – 15th September 2016  , University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.

Leach, T. (2016) ‘Cooling out the marks’: the ideology and politics of vocational education in an age of austerity. A paper presented  at the Association of Research in Post-Compulsory Education 2nd International Conference: 8th – 10th July 2016, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, UK.

Leach, T. (2016) ‘Vocational education from a research perspective’,  A paper presented at the International Diversity & Inclusive Education Conference:  9th-11th May 2016, Pädagogische Hochschule,  Salzburg University of Education, Salzburg, Austria.

Leach, T. (2015) ‘Vocationalism in the 21st Century: graduate experiences of employment and career enactment in a new era of austerity, BERA HE Post-Compulsory and Lifelong Learning Sig event, 17th July 2015, IoE., London, UK.

Leach, T. (2015). ‘Using email interviews to investigate graduates’ lived experiences of employment and sustained career building,’ BERA Research into Higher Education Sig event, 8th May 2015, IoE, London, UK.

Leach, T. (2015). Graduate experiences and perceptions of career enactment: identity, personal agency and emergent career direction. Society of Research in Higher Education (SRHE) network event, May 2015, SRHE, London, UK.

Leach, T. (2014) Martin Buber’s philosophy of education and its implications for changing conceptualisations of teacher-student relationships in the classroom. A paper presented at the Social and Moral Fabric of Schooling 8th International Conference: 28th-30th August 2014, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, UK.

Leach, T. (2014) Graduates’ experiences and perceptions of career enactment: identity, transition, personal agency and emergent career direction. A paper presented at the Research in Post-Compulsory Education Inaugural International Conference: 11th –13th July 2014, Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

Leach, T. (2012) Connected learning communities: communities in research with children and young people. A paper presented at the Second International Conference of Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research, York St John University: 11-12 July 2012, York.

Leach, T. and Simpson, K. (2012) Using email interviews in collaborative research. Presentation and paper, Second International Conference of Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research, York St John University: 11-12 July 2012, York.

Leach, T. (2011) ‘Researching people’s lived experience of employment’. Presentation and paper, Inaugural Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research Conference: 1-2 June 2011, York St John University, York.

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, Bahrain

Professional membership: SIG presentation

Leach, T. (2015) ‘Vocationalism in the 21st Century: graduates' experiences of employment and career enactment in a neoliberal environment’, presentation and paper, BERA Post Compulsory and Lifelong Learning SIG, IoE, London, July 2015.

Leach, T. (2015) ‘Using email interviews to investigate graduates' lived experiences of employment and sustained career building’, presentation and paper, BERA HE SIG, IoE, London, May 2015.

Leach, T. (2015) ‘Graduate experiences and perceptions of career enactment: identity, personal agency and emergent career direction’, presentation and paper, SRHE networking event, SRHE, London, May 2015.

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