Karen Spence-Thomas

Karen Spence-Thomas

Centre for Educational Leadership UCL IOE

Karen Spence-Thomas has held teaching and leadership roles in London schools and joined the IOE in 2009, working initially as a teacher educator on the Graduate Teacher Programme. She now specialises in designing and facilitating tailored professional development programmes within and across schools in the UK and internationally. She has been a Deputy Director of the IOE School Partnerships Team and has co-led the IOE R&D Network of schools with Professor Louise Stoll. Recent and current projects include: ESRC funded Middle Leaders as Catalysts for Change (with Louise Stoll); Leadership for Learning, a programme for school principals across Spain (funded by Educaixa). Recent publications include: London: IOE Press; ‘Leading professional learning and development’ with Vivienne Porritt and Carol Taylor in P. Earley and T. Greany (ed, 2018) School Leadership and Education System Reform; ‘Research-Informed Peer Review’ with David Godfrey in D. Godfrey (ed, 2020), School Peer Review for Educational Improvement and Accountability: Theory, Practice and Policy Implications; ‘Accelerating the progress of disadvantaged learners in London’ with Mark Quinn in P. Earley and T. Greany (2021, in print) School Leadership and Education System Reform.

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