Chair of Educational Leadership

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David Hopkins is currently Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Bolton, as well as being Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Education, University College London and the University of Nottingham.

David is passionately committed to improving the quality of education for all and has worked at the intersection of policy, research and practice for over forty years. Among a range of educational roles, he has been Chief Adviser to three Secretary of States on School Standards in the UK, Dean of Education at the University of Nottingham, a secondary school teacher and Outward Bound Instructor.

David helped found the National College for School Leadership, consults internationally on school reform and holds visiting professorships at Universities around the world. David is also the founder of the Adventure Learning Schools Charity; and despite two new knees, still practices occasionally as an International Mountain Guide.

He has recently completed his school improvement trilogy with the publication of Exploding the Myths of School Reform; the previous books being School Improvement for Real (2001) and Every School a Great School (2007).

David was recently ranked as the 16th most influential educator in the world by the American based Global Gurus organization.

Research Interests and Research Subject Specialisms

Educational Leadership; Educational Change and Policy Implementation; School Improvement and System Reform; Teaching and Learning; Adventure Education.

Teaching Responsibilities

ETF Sponsored FE LEAD Programme

Masters in Leading Learning

Doctorate in Educational Leadership

Publications and Research Outputs

Over 50 books including the school improvement trilogy - School Improvement for Real (2001), Every School a Great School (2007) and Exploding the Myths of School Reform (2013).


System Leadership - Three characteristics of high performing school systems


System Leadership - A shared responsibility


System Leadership - Supporting communities of practice