Simon Clarke

Professor, BA (Hons) Reading, PostGradCertEd Brist., MA Lond., EdD W.Aust., FACE, FACEL

  • The University of Western Australia (M428), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile



Ed.D. The University of Western Australia.

M.A. in Political Education, Institute of Education, University of London.

PGCE School of Education, University of Bristol.

B.A. (Hons), University of Reading.


Simon Clarke’s teaching, supervision and research are located in the substantive field of educational leadership. His research activities have included his participation in the international ‘Carpe Vitam Leadership for Learning project’, coordinated by the University of Cambridge. In addition, he has undertaken research investigating the variability of influences on the work of principals of small schools within the contexts of their communities. For several years he has also been involved in the International Study of Principals’ Preparation (ISPP), examining the provision and efficacy of preparation programmes for new principals across 13 different countries and jurisdictions. His latest interest, relates to investigating the ways in which the nature and character of school leadership is mediated by context. His work is widely published and his overall contribution to education has been recognised through fellowships of the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.

Roles and responsibilities

Coordinator of Doctor of Education Programme

Funding overview

Research grants

Chapman, E., Louden, W., Clarke, S. Evaluation of the Curriculum Improvement Program Phase II. Department of Education & Training WA. $219,207.00.

Clarke, S. R. P., Dempster, N. Leading and Teaching in Small Schools: Confronting Contextual Complexity in Work Practices. Griffith University Industry Collaboration Scheme. $10, 000 from Griffith University and $10, 000 from Education Queensland.

Clarke, S. R. P., Dempster, N. Leadership for Learning: Charting Changes in Theory and Practice. Griffith University Research Grant. $12, 686.

Clarke, S.R.P., Wildy, H. R. Louden, W. Authentic Assessment of Principals' Performance. Funded by Edith Cowan University and The Western Australian Centre for Leadership, $30,000.

Teaching Grants

Clarke, S.R.P. Outcomes-Based Education Scheme Grant, University of Western Australia $6,388

Clarke, S.R.P. The Creation of a CD-Rom for Enhancing Professional Learning in Small Schools' Leadership. Griffith University Teaching Grant, $6,500.


Literature Review and Background Research for the National Collaboration Project – Innovative Strategies for Small and Remote Schools. Funded by WA Department of Education. $18,000. With H. Wildy

Probing the Street Realities of the Teaching Principal. Presentation and Workshop funded by Queensland Teachers Union

Centre for Education and Leadership in Education. (Griffith University). Teacher Leadership in Productive Pedagogies Initiative. Inala cluster of schools. Funded by Education Queensland.

Centre for Education and Leadership in Education. (Griffith University). The Assistant to the Principal in Religious Education (APRE) in Primary Schools. Funded by the Queensland Catholic Education Commission.

Clarke, S.R.P. Mastering the Art of Extreme Juggling: An Examination of the Contemporary Role of the Queensland Teaching Principal. A report on the Queensland Association of State School Principals (QASSP) teaching principals' survey. Funded by QASSP

Centre for Education and Leadership in Education. (Griffith University). New Horizons Project. Funded by St Peters Lutheran College.

Centre for Education and Leadership in Education. (Griffith University). Review of the Alternative Schooling Trial. Funded by Education Queensland.

Previous positions

Senior Lecturer in Curriculum Leadership and Director of Centre for Leadership and Management in Education, Griffith University, Queensland

Senior Lecturer in Curriculum Leadership and Deputy Director of Centre for Leadership and Management in Education, Griffith University, Queensland

Post Doctoral Scholar, Institute for the Service Professions, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia.

Teaching and administrative roles in state and independent secondary schools located in England and Australia

Current projects

Investigating how diverse contexts influence the nature and character of school leadership

Teaching overview

Human Resource Development EDUC5610
Leadership for Learning EDUC5612
Qualitative Inquiry EDUC5634
Educational Leadership & Management EDUC5415
Doctoral Research Project Design EDUC9972


Research interests include, educational leadership, school improvement, schools as organisations, change in education; teachers’ work, and industrial relations in education

Current research affiliations include:

• The Carpe Vitam ‘Leadership for Learning’ –project involving the University of Innsbruck, The Danish University of Education, The University of Oslo, The University of Patras, Cambridge University, the University of Washington and Griffith University. The project is supported by the Wallenberg Institute in Sweden and is led by Professor John MacBeath, the Chair of Educational Leadership at Cambridge University.

• The International Study of Principals’ Preparation (ISPP) involviing Instituto The Politecnico Nacional, Mexico, Texas State University, The University of Aberdeen, The University of Warwick, North West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa, The University of Technology, Jamaica, The University of Calgary and Murdoch University

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • Leadership for Learning
  • Change in education
  • Educational leadership
  • School leadership in context
  • Industrial relations in education
  • School improvement
  • Schools as organisations
  • Teachers' work


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