August 4, 2016

Dr. Matthew O’Leary

Matt Photo 2 - May 2016

Dr Matt O’Leary is a Reader in Education at Birmingham City University. In a career spanning almost 25 years in education, he has worked as a teacher, teacher educator, head of department and educational researcher in colleges, schools and universities in England, Mexico and Spain. His main research interests focus on the impact of education policy on practice, particularly in the Further Education (FE) sector, as well as teacher learning and teacher assessment. He is well known internationally for his work on classroom observation, which has been instrumental in challenging engrained orthodoxies and influencing policy makers and national debates. He is the author of Classroom observation: A guide to the effective observation of teaching and learning (2014) and author and editor of the recent book Reclaiming lesson observation: supporting excellence in teacher learning (2016), both of which are published by Routledge. He is currently carrying out a research study into the impact of austerity on the FE workforce in England and is extending this to include a comparative study between England and Ireland.


Recent publications and presentations of particular relevance to this conference include:

O’Leary, M. (2016) ‘Further education at breaking point: the impact of government austerity in England’, paper presented at Association of Research in Post-Compulsory Education Conference, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, 9th July 2016.

O’Leary, M. & Smith, R. (2015) ‘Partnership as cultural practice in the face of neoliberal reform’, Journal of Educational Administration and History, Vol. 47(2), pp. 174–192.

Gleeson, D., Hughes, J., O’Leary, M. & Smith, R. (2015) ‘The state of professional practice and policy in the English Further Education system: a view from below’, Research in Post-Compulsory Education, Vol. 20(1), pp. 78-95.